Goal & Issue Summaries
Develop and maintain a statewide transportation network that is adequate for the needs of business, agriculture and individual citizens.
Position: California should encourage the development of AV technology for transit and commercial operations. 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 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.
Position: The California Chamber of Commerce supports reasonable and necessary funding to ensure long-term stability of California’s roads, bridges, and infrastructure, all of which are needed to move California-made goods and support the state’s vibrant economy.
California should reject fees unrelated to infrastructure improvement or which otherwise make it more difficult for Californians to commute or businesses to move their goods in order to ensure a robust economy.
The Legislature should encourage policy that maintains adequate oversight over use of transportation dollars and implements measurable benchmarks and performance-based outcomes for the use of funds.
Transportation and Infrastructure Funding
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).
Leah B. Silverthorn
Climate Change, Energy, Environmental Regulation, Transportation