Legislation Around the District

The Legislative Committee’s role is to monitor legislative bills being considered by State legislative bodies in the 13 western states that comprise the Western District, and share those activities with both the District Board and the District members. This webpage will be a clearinghouse for transportation related legislation in each state, items that the District Board is focusing on, and legislative information from the individual sections.

If there is any legislation you believe is important for ITE to be aware of and is not shown, please contact the Legislative Chair, Tom Mericle.

View a summary of 2016 Legislative Activity by State

Current Legislative Activities by the Western District Board:

SB 743 (CA) Task Force:

Implementation of SB 743: Working with State Office of Planning and Research (OPR) on implementation of bill regarding new LOS standards. The Western District Board has appointed Erik Ruehr to chair a task force to work with OPR.  Contact Erik

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) has released a revised proposal that reflects input that OPR received during the preliminary discussion draft. The revised proposal contains:

(1) an explanation of the changes and how they respond to public input,

(2) a revised proposed new CEQA Guidelines Section 15064.3,

(3) a draft technical advisory containing recommendations related to methodology, thresholds of significance, safety, and mitigation, and

(4) case studies illustrating how the proposed analysis would apply to sample projects.

A copy of the revised proposal is available here: https://www.opr.ca.gov/docs/Revised_VMT_CEQA_Guidelines_Proposal_January_20_2016.pdf. Notices of any public workshops will be announced and posted on OPR’s website at opr.ca.gov.


The California ITE SB 743 Task Force has prepared a final comment letter on SB 743 Guidelines that were released by the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) on January 20. If you have any questions please email Erik Ruehr, California SB 743 Task Force Chair at eruehr@vrpatechnologies.com. OPR’s revised draft guidelines and other information on SB 743 may be obtained from OPR’s website at www.opr.ca.gov under CEQA/Alt. Transportation Metrics (SB 743).

ITE Final Letter to OPR 2-29-16


The initial Draft SB 743 Guidelines were reviewed by the Task Force and comments submitted to OPR last year:

View the California SB 743 Implementation Task Force Letter to OPR


Legislative Activities by the International Board:

Federal Legislation is monitored by the ITE International Board and staff.

State by State Transportation Legislative Activity:

Each state has different schedules for their legislative sessions.

Get information on each session by State.



2017 Session: January 17 to April 28th

SB 14 – Personal insurance policy restrictions for drivers of transportation network companies.

2017 Session: January 9 to April 7

SB 1049 – Prohibits messaging while driving.

SB 1051 – Prohibits solicitors from approaching within 10 feet of a vehicle waiting at a traffic control device.

SB 1080 – Prohibition of use of a communication device by a teenage driver.

SB 1087 – Prohibition of use of a communication device while driving

SB 1088 – Operating a vehicle that causes injury of death while using a wireless communication device added to list of guilty violations.

HB 2305 – Requires all persons in a vehicle to produce proof of identity.


2017 Session: Year Round

SB 1 – Increase the state gas tax by 12 cents, increase in the vehicle license fees by $38, adding a $100 per year fee for zero emission vehicles, transfer of $300M in cap and trade funds, and returning $500M in vehicle weight fees.

AB 1 – Increase the state gas tax by 12 cents, increase in the vehicle license fees by $38, adding a $100 per year fee for zero emission vehicles, transfer of $300M in cap and trade funds, and returning $500M in vehicle weight fees.

AB 87 – Autonomous vehicle testing

AB 63 – Extend provisional licensing requirements to 21 years old.

AB 278 – Exempt from CEQA projects that consists of the inspection, maintenance, repair, rehabilitation, replacement, or removal of, or the addition of an auxiliary lane or bikeway to, existing transportation infrastructure

AB 332 -Authorize a local agency to temporarily close a highway under its jurisdiction to curb a serious nuisance, including illegal dumping.

AB 390 – Allows pedestrians to cross when facing a countdown timer if there is reasonable time to cross rather than only during the “walk” indication.

AB 694 – Require bikes to ride in the right hand vehicle lane or bike lane (if present) and also require bikes to ride to the far right if is wide enough for bikes and vehicles to be side by side.

AB 1452 – Allow local agency to designate stalls or spaces on a public street for the exclusive purpose of charging and parking a vehicle that is connected for electric charging purposes.

SCA 6 – Would change the requirement for local sales tax measures for transportation from 2/3 to 55% voter approval.


2017 Session: January 11 to May 10

SB 43 – Eliminating the medical requirement to drive for a transportation network company

SB 59 – Exempts motorists using a roundabout from needing to signal.

SB 93 – Allows a bike rider to proceed through a stop sign without stopping under certain conditions.


2017 Session: January 18 to May 5

SB 18 – Lowers the driving under the influence BAC level to 0.05.

SB 129 – Clarifies when a pedestrian is crossing the roadway within a crosswalk for pedestrians’ right-of-way.

SB 179 – Requires drivers and passengers of motorcycles, motor scooters, and mopeds under the age of 25 to wear a helmet.

SB 217 – Requires the state DOT to implement a Vision Zero program by July 2018.

SB 221 – Allows for automated photo red light enforcement.

SB 328 – Requires 3-foot separation when passing a bicyclist.


2017 Session: January 8 to April 7


2017 Session: January 2 to April 28

SB 33 – Exempting traffic signs, traffic signals, and street lighting from meeting building code standards.

HB 149 – Revise laws related to license plate scanning.

HB 174 – Requiring headlights be on on two-lane highways.

HB 267 – Provide a reasonable distance when passing a bicycle (3-ft or 5-ft depending on speed).


2017 Session: February 6 to June 6

New Mexico

2017 Session: January 17 to March 18

SB 76 – Requires traffic to move over or slow down for stationary vehicle that are displaying flashing emergency or hazard lights.

2017 Session: February 1 to July 10

SB 125 – Requires the use of headlights when windshield wipers are on.

SB 532 – Sets new rules for driving in the left lane.

SB 475 – Permits school bus driver to operate video recording device for purpose of recording persons who fail to stop for bus safety lights. Permits law enforcement agency to issue citation for failure to stop for bus safety lights based on report submitted by school bus driver that includes recording of violation.

SB 556 – Prohibits driving with a dog in the drivers lap.

HB 2409 – Allows cities to issue speeding violations from red light cameras.

HB 2440 – Directs state DOT to remove HOV lanes on Interstate 5 in Portland.

HB 2489 – Increases the speed limit on State Highway 97 for certain vehicles.

HB 2665 – Allows mopeds and motorcycles to drive along the shoulder in congestion.

HB 2682 – Cities and counties acting as road authority have the ability to establish legally binding speeds on their roads taking ODOT out of the involvement in the decision making process on city and county roads.


2017 Session: January 23 to March 9



HB 161 – Refining laws related to pedestrians impeding traffic: Mainly related to pedestrians soliciting and receiving money.



2017 Session: January 9 to April 21

HB 1262 – Access aisle for disabled van parking space shall have min 96-inch aisle width.

HB 1335 – Promote the buildout of electric vehicle infrastructure.

SB 5018 – Allows taxis carrying a disabled person to use HOV lanes.

SB 5147 and HB 1149 – Allows an exemption from a three foot maximum extension on the front of a vehicle for transit busses with front mounted bike racks.

SB 5053 – Adjusting speed limits on certain sections of Interstate 90

SB 5156 – Requires motorcycle drivers under the age of 18 to wear a helmet.


2017 Session: January 10 to March 7

HB 64 – Provisions for moving over or slowing when passing a vehicle with flashing lights.

HB 80 – Requirements for transportation network companies.

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Individual Section Legislative Information and Contacts (where applicable):

California – Northern Section: Vacant

California – SF Bay Area Section: Tony Henderson

SF Bay Area Legislative Information

California – Riverside/San Bernardino Section: Anwar Wagdy

California – Southern California Section: Martin Varona

So Cal Legislative Information (in newsletter)

Colorado/Wyoming Section: Scott Thomas

Colorado/Wyoming Legislative Information

Greater Oregon: Kevin Haas

Oregon Legislative Information

Hawaii: Vacant

New Mexico: Steve Egan