State legislation is an important element of the high-speed rail project. During the 2009 legislative session over a dozen new bills were proposed which affect the HSR project.

Some of these bills were constructive: Senator Ashburn’s SB 783 establishes additional requirements for the CHSRA’s Business  Plan, and Senator Lowenthal’s SB 734 allocates funds for various transportation projects including grade separations. Other bills were destructive: Assemblymember Galgiani’s AB 289 proposed to exempt HSR grade separation projects from having to go through CEQA.

As a service to the community, CARRD tracks these bills and provides a summary of their progress through the legislature. the updates are sent to City Councils, legislative offices, agencies, organizations and anyone interested in following the progress of the HSR project.

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