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SB-1464 Vehicles: bicycles: passing distance.(2011-2012)

Senate:
Int
1st
Cmt
2nd
Cmt
2nd
3rd
Pass
Pass
Veto
Assembly:
1st
Cmt
2nd
3rd
Pass
Bill Status
SB-1464
Lowenthal (S)
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Chesbro (A)
Vehicles: bicycles: passing distance.
03/26/12
An act to amend Sections 21460 and 21750 of, and to add Section 21750.1 to, the Vehicle Code, relating to vehicles.
Senate
08/31/12
08/06/12

Type of Measure
Active Bill - In Floor Process
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
11/30/12 Consideration of Governors veto died on file.
09/28/12 In Senate. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
09/28/12 Vetoed by the Governor.
09/06/12 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
08/29/12 Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 29. Noes 4. Page 4965.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning Senate Bill 1464 without my signature.

I applaud the author's continuing work to improve bicycle safety. This bill requires motor vehicles to pass bicycles at a distance of at least three feet and expressly permits the vehicle to cross a double yellow line to do so.

Crossing a double yellow line is an inherently dangerous act that increases the risk of head-on collisions. When a collision occurs, it will result in a lawsuit where the state is likely to be sued as a "deep pocket." By making it legal to cross a double yellow line, the bill weakens the state's defense to these lawsuits.

Caltrans proposed a solution to insulate the state from costly lawsuits, while still providing the three-foot safety buffer for bicyclists. Unfortunately the author declined to amend the bill.

I encourage the sponsors to work with my administration to resolve the liability problem.

Sincerely,



Edmund G. Brown Jr.