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Goal & Issue Summaries

Goal

Work toward developing and maintaining a statewide transportation network that is adequate for the needs of business, agriculture and individual citizens.

Issue Summaries

Autonomous Vehicles

Position: California should encourage the development of AV technology for transit and commercial operations, building upon its regulatory framework for passenger vehicles. It should ensure that laws and regulations keep pace with advancing technology, are not duplicative, do not conflict with federal or other state laws, that California laws allow companies to receive compensation for their Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)-approved programs, and that regulation is not overly burdensome, all while maintaining consumer safety. With such a balance, California can remain at the technological forefront of AV development.

Autonomous Vehicles

 

Major Victories

In 2018, helped prevent an effort to repeal 2017 legislation that is providing long-term revenues to fix roads, freeways and bridges across California, and putting more dollars toward transit and safety (Proposition 6).

Backed signing of legislation in 2017 that streamlines licensing for drivers in transportation network companies (SB 182).

Supported signing of urgency bill in 2017 that streamlines regulations for autonomous vehicles (SB 145).

Supported legislation signed into law in 2017 that will provide long-term revenues to fix roads, freeways and bridges across California, and put more dollars toward transit and safety (SB 1).

Stopped bills in 2017 jeopardizing the production of California-based fuel (AB 1645); and imposing additional liability for air emissions (AB 421).

Stopped or secured amendments in 2016 to bills jeopardizing the production of California-based fuel (AB 1759, AB 1882, AB 2729).

Backed legislation signed into law in 2016 that will increase transportation network companies’ use of electric vehicles (AB 2763).

Stopped proposals in 2016 that would have created unnecessary and burdensome mandates on vehicle sales and stifled the ridesharing economy (AB 1108, SB 1035).

Supported legislation signed into law in 2010 authorizing use of design-build by the Riverside County Transportation Commission (AB 2098).

Stopped new tax on goods movement in 2008 by leading a coalition of associations and businesses that persuaded former Governor Schwarzenegger to veto a bill to increase the cost of shipping goods and make California less competitive by imposing an illegal per-container tax in the ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles and Oakland (SB 974).

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Ben GolombekBen Golombek
Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff for Policy