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AB-3278 High-Speed Rail Authority: passenger train service.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 04/30/2020 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 04, 2020

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 3278


Introduced by Assembly Member Patterson

February 21, 2020


An act to amend add Section 185012 of the Public Utilities 2704.80 to the Streets and Highways Code, relating to high-speed rail.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 3278, as amended, Patterson. High-speed rail. High-Speed Rail Authority: passenger train service.
The California High-Speed Rail Act creates the High-Speed Rail Authority to develop and implement a high-speed rail system in the state, with specified powers and duties. Existing law defines certain terms in that regard. Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the 21st Century, approved by the voters as Proposition 1A at the November 4, 2008, statewide general election, provides for the issuance of $9,000,000,000 in general obligation bonds for high-speed rail purposes. Existing law requires the High-Speed Rail Authority, before committing those bond proceeds for expenditure for construction and real property and equipment acquisition, to have approved and concurrently submitted to the Director of Finance and the Chairperson of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee both a detailed funding plan and a report, prepared by one or more financial services firms, financial consulting firms, or other consultants involved in funding or constructing the high-speed train system, indicating that, among other things, the planned passenger train service to be provided by the authority, or pursuant to its authority, will not require an operating subsidy.
This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to these definitions. state that passenger train service is provided by the authority, or pursuant to its authority for those purposes when high-speed train service uses the high-speed train system owned by the authority, regardless of whether the service is provided directly by the authority or provided by a third party pursuant to a lease agreement with the authority.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 (a) The Legislature finds and declares that the interim service business model described in the High-Speed Rail Authority’s 2020 business plan for operation of high-speed train service between the Cities of Merced and Bakersfield does not meet the “no operating subsidy” requirement described in subdivision (d) of Section 2704.08 of the Streets and Highways Code, which was added by Proposition 1A, a measure approved by the voters at the November 4, 2008, statewide general election.
(b) It is the intent of the Legislature that this measure clarify that requirement.

SEC. 2.

 Section 2704.80 is added to the Streets and Highways Code, to read:

2704.80.
 For purposes of the requirements of subdivision (d) of Section 2704.08, the prohibition on operating subsidies for passenger train service to be “provided by the authority, or pursuant to its authority” applies to high-speed train service using the high-speed train system owned by the authority, regardless of whether the service is provided directly by the authority or provided by a third party pursuant to a lease agreement with the authority.

SECTION 1.Section 185012 of the Public Utilities Code is amended to read:
185012.

As used in this division, unless the context requires otherwise, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

(a)“Authority” means the High-Speed Rail Authority.

(b)“Department” means the Department of Transportation.

(c)“High-speed rail” means intercity passenger rail service that uses an alignment and technology that makes it capable of sustained speeds of 200 miles per hour or greater.