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SB-66 California Council on the Future of Transportation: advisory committee: autonomous vehicle technology.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 12/07/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 66


Introduced by Senator Allen

December 07, 2020


An act to add and repeal Chapter 1.5 (commencing with Section 13985) of Part 4.5 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, relating to transportation.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 66, as introduced, Allen. California Council on the Future of Transportation: advisory committee: autonomous vehicle technology.
Existing law establishes the Transportation Agency, which consists of various departments and state entities including the California Transportation Commission and the Department of Transportation. Under existing law, the agency is under the supervision of an executive officer known as the Secretary of Transportation, who is required to develop and report to the Governor on legislative, budgetary, and administrative programs to accomplish comprehensive, long-range, and coordinated planning and policy formulation in the matters of public interest related to the agency.
This bill would require the secretary to establish an advisory committee, the California Council on the Future of Transportation, to provide the Governor and the Legislature with recommendations for changes in state policy to ensure that as autonomous vehicles are deployed, they enhance the state’s efforts to increase road safety, promote equity, and meet public health and environmental objectives. The bill would require the council to be chaired by the secretary and consist of at least 22 additional members, selected by the chair or designated, as specified, who represent, among others, transportation workers, various state and local agencies, and a disability rights organization.
The bill would require the council to gather public comment on issues and concerns related to autonomous vehicles and to submit, no later than January 1, 2024, a report to the Legislature with, among other things, recommendations for statewide policy changes and updates, and to continue to update the report, or submit a new report, of its recommendations biannually thereafter, or more frequently at the secretary’s discretion. The bill would require the council to create subcommittees focused on one or more specific topics and to form one subcommittee led by the Office of Planning and Research focused on furthering the state’s environmental, public health, and energy objectives, as specified. The bill would require the subcommittee to submit policy recommendations to the council and the Legislature by January 1, 2024, and to make those recommendations publicly available.
The bill would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2035.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) California, as a technological hub for innovation, should support the continued research and development of autonomous vehicle technology as it has the potential to eventually contribute, along with other transportation developments, to safety and mobility and to other environmental, economic, public health, and social equity benefits. Autonomous vehicle technology continues to be developed and its full potential has yet to be realized.
(b) The deployment of autonomous vehicles, along with all other parts of the transportation sector, should appropriately support the state’s efforts to improve road safety, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and criteria air pollutants, reduce traffic congestion and vehicle miles traveled, encourage efficient land use, and increase access to mobility and economic opportunities for all Californians.

SEC. 2.

 Chapter 1.5 (commencing with Section 13985) is added to Part 4.5 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, to read:
CHAPTER  1.5. California Council on the Future of Transportation

13985.
 (a) The secretary shall establish an advisory committee known as the California Council on the Future of Transportation.
(b) The council shall provide the Governor and the Legislature with recommendations for changes in state policy to ensure that as autonomous vehicles are deployed, they enhance the state’s efforts to increase road safety, promote equity, and meet public health and environmental objectives.
(c) (1) The council shall be chaired by the secretary and consist of the following additional members, all of whom shall serve without additional compensation:
(A) The Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency or the secretary’s designee.
(B) The Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development or the secretary’s designee.
(C) The Chair of the California Transportation Commission or the chair’s designee.
(D) The Director of the Office and Planning and Research or the director’s designee.
(E) The Director of Transportation or the director’s designee.
(F) The Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol or the commissioner’s designee.
(G) The Insurance Commissioner or the commissioner’s designee.
(H) The Director of Motor Vehicles or the director’s designee.
(I) The Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development or the director’s designee.
(J) The Chair of the State Air Resources Board or the chair’s designee.
(K) A member of the California Public Utilities Commission designated by the President of the commission.
(L) One or more individuals who represent insurance interests.
(M) One or more individuals who represent a bona fide labor organization that represents transportation workers.
(N) One or more individuals who represent local government from a rural, suburban, or urban area of the state or from an organization that represents local governments.
(O) One or more individuals who represent a California public research institution.
(P) One or more individuals who represent a vehicle manufacturer or an organization that represents vehicle manufacturers.
(Q) One or more individuals who represent a technology company that develops autonomous technology or an organization that represents technology companies that are developing autonomous technology.
(R) One or more individuals who represent a disability rights organization.
(S) One or more individuals who represent a local transit agency.
(T) One or more individuals from a bicycle or pedestrian safety organization.
(U) One or more individuals from an environmental justice or environmental equity advocacy organization.
(V) One or more individuals from a public health, science, or environmental organization.
(2) The secretary, in consultation with the members designated in subparagraphs (A) to (K), inclusive, shall appoint the representatives described in subparagraphs (L) to (V), inclusive. The representatives appointed by the secretary shall serve for four-year terms and may be reappointed to consecutive terms.
(d) (1) The council shall gather public comment on issues, concerns, and policies related to autonomous vehicles and shall submit a report to the Legislature with recommendations for statewide policy changes and updates, and any additional research or data needed, no later than January 1, 2024. The council shall continue to update the report, or submit a new report, of its recommendations biannually thereafter, or more frequently at the secretary’s discretion.
(2) A report submitted pursuant to this subdivision shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795.
(e) The council shall include in its report submitted pursuant to subdivision (d), but is not limited to including, policy recommendations on the following topics:
(1) Enhancing safety for all road users in the near and long term, including potential changes to traffic laws, and licensing and registration, taking into account changes in autonomous vehicle technology over time.
(2) Infrastructure improvements that may be needed for the safe operation of autonomous vehicles.
(3) Improving how individuals travel, including, but not limited to, reducing traffic congestion and vehicle miles traveled.
(4) Furthering the state’s environmental, public health, and energy objectives, including the state’s planning priorities described in Section 65041.1.
(5) Promoting the integration of new mobility services with walking, bicycling, transit, and other modes of travel.
(6) Labor and economic impacts that include, but are not limited to, potential job loss, worker displacement, and job creation.
(7) Increasing the availability of accessible mobility options, particularly for individuals with technological, financial, cultural, and other barriers to mobility or with different physical, sensory, and cognitive abilities, that provide accessible physical equipment and communication interfaces.
(8) Potential changes to insurance requirements.
(f) The council shall create subcommittees focused on one or more of the topics described in subdivision (e) to gather public comment and provide recommendations to the council. One subcommittee shall be led by the Office of Planning and Research and focus on paragraph (4) of subdivision (e), taking into consideration the principles established by the California Multi-Agency Workgroup on Automated Vehicle Deployment for Healthy and Sustainable Communities. Policy recommendations developed by this subcommittee shall be submitted to the council and the Legislature by January 1, 2024, and shall be made available to the public.
(g)  This chapter shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2035, and as of that date is repealed.