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CSAC-Sponsored Transportation and Public Works Bills Advance

CSAC’s sponsored transportation and public works bills have been moving through the legislative process this week. Both measures have received bipartisan support, and we appreciate the letters counties have submitted in support of these bills. Below are brief updates on the status of AB 2120 (Ward) and AB 1932 (Daly).

AB 2120 (Ward) passed the Assembly Transportation Committee on Monday and will be moving to the Assembly Appropriations Committee next. The bill would apply California’s historic 55% local, 45% state formula from the Highway Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program to the $4.2 billion in dedicated bridge formula funding California will receive from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This bill would also require Caltrans to maintain its current commitment of funding from the federal National Highway Performance Program and Surface Transportation Block Grant Program to local bridges on and off federal-aid highways, respectively.

Placer County Supervisor Bonnie Gore testified in support of AB 2120 on behalf of CSAC. Supervisor Gore sits on the CSAC Board of Directors and serves as Vice Chair of the CSAC Housing, Land Use and Transportation Policy Committee. As part of her testimony, Supervisor Gore highlighted the importance of this measure, which would help close a significant funding gap for the over 4,400 local bridge repair and replacement projects needed statewide. Without a significant increase in funding, the percentage of local bridges in California in poor condition will exceed 50% by 2035.

CSAC’s support letter for AB 2120 is available here. CSAC encourages counties to submit letters in support of the bill in advance of its next hearing. To formally register support, letters must be submitted through the California Legislature Position Letter Portal. A quick reference sheet on the portal is available here. Please also share your letters with CSAC staff (Marina Espinoza at mespinoza@counties.org).

AB 1932 (Daly) moved out of the Assembly Local Government Committee last week and passed the Assembly Floor on Monday. It will now be moving to the Senate. The bill would delete the January 1, 2023 sunset date on a state law authorizing counties to utilize the “Construction Manager At-Risk” method for specified public works projects for qualifying public works contracts exceeding $1 million.

CSAC’s sponsor letter for AB 1932 is available here.

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