The bill, AB 1446, was approved yesterday by the state Assembly’s Committee on Local Governments. It still must be considered by two other Assembly committees — Transportation and Appropriations — and, of course, would need approval of the state Senate and the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown to become law.
The bill gives the Metro Board of Directors the authority to put a Measure R extension before county voters. That could — emphasize could — happen as soon as this November.
It is important to emphasize that the 13-member Board has not yet made this decision, nor is there a vote yet scheduled. A Metro staff report is expected to be delivered to the Board next week outlining different funding scenarios for a Measure R extension and how revenues may be used to accelerate Metro projects by bonding against future Measure R receipts.
The news release about yesterday’s committee approval from Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles), who wrote the bill, is posted after the jump. (Click here for pdf version).