State bill to allow vote on Measure R extension clears Senate transportation committee

The vote on AB-1446 (by Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles) was yesterday afternoon. The state bill is needed in order to put a Measure R extension on a ballot before county voters.

On a related note, the Metro Board of Directors is scheduled to vote on whether to take the issue to voters at their meeting tomorrow. If the Board wants to put an extension to voters in November, they will need AB 1446 to be approved by the Legislature this session and then signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Here is the update on yesterday’s vote by Metro’s government relations staff:

Today, the California State Senate Transportation and Housing Committee approved AB 1446 (Feuer) on a 7-2 vote. The Committee asked for an amendment to clarify that the local return sub-fund in Measure R would continue with an extension. The author accepted the amendment, and the bill will now be referred to the Senate Governance and Finance Committee for a vote. We anticipate the bill will be heard on Tuesday, July 3rd.

A copy of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee analysis from today’s hearing is attached for your reference.