California state legislature oversight hearings for high speed rail project

There are four committees in the California state legislature with explicit oversight responsibilities for the California High Speed Rail Authority.

In the Assembly (California’s equivalent of the House of Representatives):

1 Budget Subcommittee 3 on Resources and Transportation – currently chaired by Richard Bloom (D-50)

California has a fiscal year that ends on June 30th. The governor’s office releases a proposed budget for the following fiscal year in January, a revision of that budget in May and the legislature (hopefully) adopts a budget before the end of June. This committee will typically look at the budget for each transportation-related department during that period. They will be hosting their first hearing tomorrow January 27th, 2016 in Sacramento. It is open to the public, here is the agenda/information memo and here is the letter the legislative peer review group submitted in advance of Chair Lou Thompson’s testimony.

2 Transportation Committee – currently chaired by Jim Frazier (D-10)

We have no word on the next hearing – but will update this when we get word.

In the State Senate:

3 Budget Subcommittee 2 on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation – currently chaired by Lois Wolk (D-3)

No word yet on when hearings will happen.
4 Transportation Committee – currently chaired by Jim Beall (D-15)

The LA Times reported that Senator Beall will hold hearings but there is no date so far.

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