California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 1818

Introduced by Assembly Member Melendez

February 8, 2016

An act to amend Section 163 of the Streets and Highways Code, relating to transportation.


AB 1818, as introduced, Melendez. Transportation funds.

Existing law establishes a policy for expenditure of certain state and federal funds available to the state for transportation purposes. Under this policy, the Department of Transportation and the California Transportation Commission are required to develop a fund estimate of available funds for purposes of adopting the state transportation improvement program, which is a listing of capital improvement projects.

This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to this provision.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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Section 163 of the Streets and Highways Code
2 is amended to read:



The Legislature, through the enactment of this section,
4intends to establish a policy for the use of all transportation funds
5that are available to the state, including the State Highway Account,
6the Public Transportation Account, and federal funds. For the
7purposes of this section, “federal funds” means any obligational
P2    1authority to be provided under annual federal transportation
2appropriations acts. The department and the commission shall
3prepare fund estimates pursuant to Sections 14524 and 14525 of
4the Government Code based on the following:

5(a) Annual expenditures for the administration of the department
6shall be the same as the most recent Budget Act, adjusted for

8(b) Annual expenditures for the maintenance and operation of
9the state highway system shall be the same as the most recent
10Budget Act, adjusted for inflation and inventory, or, when a
11maintenance plan has been enacted pursuant to Section 164.6,
12maintenance expenditures shall be based on planned expenditures
13in that plan.

14(c) Annual expenditure for the rehabilitation of the state highway
15system shall be the same as the most recent Budgetbegin delete Act,end deletebegin insert Actend insert or,
16when a long-range rehabilitation plan has been enacted pursuant
17to Section 164.6, shall be based on planned expenditures in that
18long-range plan.

19(d) Annual expenditures for local assistance shall be the amount
20required to fund local assistance programs required by state or
21federal law or regulations, including, but not limited to, railroad
22grade crossing maintenance, bicycle transportation account
23begin insert projectsend insert, congestion mitigation and air quality, regional surface
24transportation programs, local highway bridge replacement and
25rehabilitation, local seismic retrofit, local hazard elimination and
26safety, and local emergency relief.

27(e) After deducting expenditures for administration, operation,
28maintenance, local assistance, safety, and rehabilitation pursuant
29to subdivisions (a), (b), (c), and (d), and for expenditures pursuant
30to Section 164.56, the remaining funds shall be available for capital
31improvement projects to be programmed in the state transportation
32improvement program.