The Assembly Transportation Committee approved AB 1446 today on a bipartisan 10-1 vote. The bill, introduced by Assemblymember Mike Feuer, would authorize LA Metro to ask voters to extend the Measure R sales tax indefinitely, enabling Metro to bond against a longer revenue stream and accelerate the construction of Measure R-funded transportation projects.
Previously the bill was overwhelmingly approved by the Assembly Local Government Committee. It is scheduled to be heard by the Appropriations Committee next Wednesday. Both the LA County Federation of Labor and the California Chamber of Commerce were quoted as supporting the bill in the press release issued by Feuer's office.
Feuer authored the original Measure R legislation during his first term as Assemblymember. Measure R asked voters to approve a 30-year one-half-cent sales tax dedicated to construction and operation of a specific list of projects. More than 67 percent of the voters approved the ballot measure in 2008.
Move LA Executive Director Denny Zane was quoted in the LA Times last week as saying that extensions of existing sales taxes "typically do better with voters than the original measures."