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.
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 initial Draft SB 743 Guidelines were reviewed by the Task Force and comments submitted to OPR last year:
OPR released a revised proposal that reflects input that OPR received during the preliminary discussion draft. A copy of the revised proposal is available at https://www.opr.ca.gov/docs/Revised_VMT_CEQA_Guidelines_Proposal_January_20_2016.pdf.
The Task Force sent a final comment letter in February 2016:
If you have any questions please email Erik Ruehr, California SB 743 Task Force Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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).
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.
2017 Session: January 17 to April 28th (in special session)
|SB 14 – Personal insurance policy restrictions for drivers of transportation network companies.|
2017 Session: January 9 to April 7 (adjourned)
| SB 1080 – Prohibition of use of a communication device by a teenage driver.
|SB 1049 – Prohibits messaging while driving.
SB 1051 – Prohibits solicitors from approaching within 10 feet of a vehicle waiting at a traffic control device. (failed to pass)
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, adding an annual fee for zero emission vehicles.||
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 (adjourned)
|SB 43 – Eliminating the medical requirement to drive for a transportation network company
SB 59 – Exempts motorists using a roundabout from needing to signal. (Failed to pass)
SB 93 – Allows a bike rider to proceed through a stop sign without stopping under certain conditions. (Failed to pass)
2017 Session: January 18 to May 5 (Adjourned)
|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 (adjourned)
2017 Session: January 2 to April 28 (adjourned)
| 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. (Failed to pass)
HB 267 – Provide a reasonable distance when passing a bicycle (3-ft or 5-ft depending on speed). (Failed to pass)
2017 Session: February 6 to June 6
2017 Session: January 17 to March 18 (adjourned)
|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 (adjourned)
|HB 161 – Refining laws related to pedestrians impeding traffic: Mainly related to pedestrians soliciting and receiving money.
2017 Session: January 9 to April 21 (adjourned)
| 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.
|HB 1262 – Access aisle for disabled van parking space shall have min 96-inch aisle width. (Waiting for Gov signature)
HB 1335 – Promote the buildout of electric vehicle infrastructure.
SB 5018 – Allows taxis carrying a disabled person to use HOV lanes. (Waiting for Gov signature)
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 80 – Requirements for transportation network companies.
|HB 64 – Provisions for moving over or slowing when passing a vehicle with flashing lights. (Failed to pass)
Interesting Transportation Legislation On-line Articles:
None submitted yet.
- Americans want to rebuild roads and bridges, but not at the cost of new taxes
- US DOT names 10 sites for Autonomous Vehicle testing; two in California
- Downtown Denver survey shows an increase in people driving alone
Individual Section Legislative Information and Contacts (where applicable):
California – Northern Section: Vacant
California – SF Bay Area Section: Tony Henderson
California – Riverside/San Bernardino Section: Anwar Wagdy
California – Southern California Section: Martin Varona
Colorado/Wyoming Section: Scott Thomas
Greater Oregon: Kevin Haas
New Mexico: Steve Egan