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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 132 – Public transportation study


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SCR132.....................................................by STATE AFFAIRS
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - STUDY - Stating findings of the Legislature and
authorizing the Legislative Council to appoint a committee to undertake and
complete a study of public transportation and related air quality issues in
03/02    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
03/03    Rpt prt - to 10th Ord
03/04    10th Ord - ADOPTED - 26-6-3
      AYES -- Andreason, Bailey, Brandt, Bunderson, Burtenshaw, Calabretta,
      Cameron, Compton(Duncan), Darrington, Davis, Gannon, Geddes, Goedde,
      Hill, Ingram, Kennedy, Keough, Marley, McWilliams, Noh, Richardson,
      Schroeder, Sorensen, Stennett, Werk, Williams
      NAYS -- Little, Lodge, McKenzie, Noble, Pearce, Sweet
      Absent and excused -- Burkett, Malepeai, Stegner
    Floor Sponsor - Ingram
    Title apvd - to House
03/05    House intro - 1st rdg - to W/M
03/18    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/19    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
    Rls susp - ADOPTED - 57-7-6
      AYES -- Andersen, Barraclough, Bayer, Bell, Black, Block, Boe, Bolz,
      Bradford, Campbell, Cannon, Clark, Collins, Crow, Cuddy, Denney,
      Douglas, Edmunson, Ellsworth, Eskridge, Field(18), Field(23), Gagner,
      Garrett, Harwood, Henbest, Jaquet, Jones, Kellogg, Lake, Langford,
      Langhorst, Martinez, McKague, Meyer, Miller, Mitchell, Moyle,
      Naccarato, Nielsen, Pasley-Stuart, Raybould, Ridinger, Ring, Ringo,
      Robison, Sayler, Shepherd, Shirley, Skippen, Smith(30), Smylie,
      Snodgrass, Stevenson, Wills, Wood, Mr. Speaker
      NAYS -- Barrett, Eberle, Kulczyk, McGeachin, Roberts, Rydalch, Sali
      Absent and excused -- Bauer, Bedke, Deal, Schaefer, Smith(24), Trail
    Floor Sponsor - Langhorst
    Title apvd - to Senate
03/19    To enrol
03/20    Rpt enrol - Pres signed - Sp signed
03/22    To Secretary of State

Bill Text

  ]]]]              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ]]]]
 Fifty-seventh Legislature                 Second Regular Session - 2004
                                       IN THE SENATE
                            SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 132
                                 BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
  1                               A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
  5    Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
  6        WHEREAS,  public  transportation  currently  is a significant component of
  7    Idaho's transportation system in both urban and rural areas; and
  8        WHEREAS, six metropolitan areas in Idaho were designated urbanized by  the
  9    U.S. Census Bureau following the 2000 Census, making them eligible for federal
 10    transit funds; and
 11        WHEREAS,  substantial  population  growth in several of these metropolitan
 12    areas has resulted in an increase in the use of motor vehicles in  such  areas
 13    so that the air quality in such areas may be deteriorating, including deterio-
 14    ration resulting in the potential for the federal government to designate such
 15    areas as nonattainment areas pursuant to the federal Clean Air Act; and
 16        WHEREAS, nonattainment designation could result in a substantial reduction
 17    in  federal  transportation  funds  as well as significantly reducing economic
 18    development opportunities in areas so designated; and
 19        WHEREAS, public transportation necessarily will play  a  more  significant
 20    role  in the future because it can significantly alleviate congestion on road-
 21    ways, providing for more efficient use of energy, extending the useful life of
 22    roadways, and reducing air quality problems associated with an increase in the
 23    number of private vehicles traveling on roadways; and
 24        WHEREAS, existing public transportation systems within the state  may  not
 25    be adequate to meet existing and future demand; and
 26        WHEREAS,  there  is  a need to analyze both the wide variety of methods to
 27    coordinate and enhance public transportation as well as the methods to protect
 28    and enhance air quality in various regions of the state; and
 29        WHEREAS, there is a need to  examine  the  various  federal  programs  and
 30    related  funding  sources designed to support public transportation as well as
 31    to protect and enhance air quality; and
 32        WHEREAS, the Second Regular Session of the Fifty-seventh Idaho Legislature
 33    considered legislation to require motor vehicle emissions control programs  in
 34    densely-populated  counties  where emissions from all sources, including vehi-
 35    cles, threaten to exceed ambient air quality standards; and
 36        WHEREAS, the Idaho Task Force on Public  Transportation  provided  to  the
 37    Second  Regular Session of the Fifty-seventh Idaho Legislature a comprehensive
 38    report that:
 39        (1)  Documents private and all public,  federal,  state  and  local  funds
 40        expended on public transportation in Idaho; and
 41        (2)  Documents  an  inventory  of existing public transportation services;
 42        and
 43        (3)  Recommends strategies for methods to coordinate public transportation
 44        services; and
  1        (4)  Recommends strategies for providing private  and  public  funding  of
  2        public transportation services; and
  3        WHEREAS,  there is a need for the Legislature to further study and analyze
  4    these issues during the interim between sessions of the Legislature.
  5        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second  Regular  Ses-
  6    sion  of the Fifty-seventh Idaho Legislature, the Senate and the House of Rep-
  7    resentatives concurring therein, that the Legislative Council is authorized to
  8    appoint a committee to undertake and complete a study of public transportation
  9    and related air quality issues. The Legislative Council  shall  determine  the
 10    number  of legislators and membership from each house appointed to the commit-
 11    tee and shall authorize the committee to receive input, advice and  assistance
 12    from interested and affected parties who are not members of the legislature.
 13        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the committee will:
 14        (1)  Review the report of the Idaho Task Force on Public Transportation;
 15        (2)  Identify  transportation  links such as park and ride, rail, transit,
 16        commuter services and air services, within the state of Idaho;
 17        (3)  Identify overlapping and duplicative public transportation services;
 18        (4)  Recommend strategies for methods to coordinate public  transportation
 19        services;
 20        (5)  Recommend strategies for providing private and public funding of pub-
 21        lic transportation services;
 22        (6)  Recommend strategies for maintaining and enhancing air quality in the
 23        regions  of  the  state of Idaho threatened by potential federal Clean Air
 24        Act nonattainment designations; and
 25        (7)  Develop any legislation related to these  matters  as  the  committee
 26        deems appropriate.
 27        BE  IT  FURTHER  RESOLVED  that the committee shall request that the Idaho
 28    Transportation Department, the Idaho Department of  Health  and  Welfare,  the
 29    Idaho  Department  of Environmental Quality, the Idaho Commission on Aging and
 30    all other state agencies necessary for completion of the  committee's  assign-
 31    ments assist the committee as requested.
 32        BE  IT  FURTHER  RESOLVED that the committee shall request that the Inter-
 33    agency Working Group on Public Transportation created in Section 40-514, Idaho
 34    Code, be a collaborator with the committee to provide input  and  advice.  The
 35    committee  will  not  duplicate  the  duties or obligations of the Interagency
 36    Working Group.
 37        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that nonlegislative members of the committee may be
 38    appointed by the cochairs of the committee who are appointed by  the  Legisla-
 39    tive  Council.  Nonlegislative  members of the advisory committee shall not be
 40    reimbursed from legislative funds for per diem, mileage or other expenses  and
 41    shall  not have voting privileges regarding the committee's recommendations or
 42    proposed legislation.
 43        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the committee shall report its findings,  rec-
 44    ommendations and proposed legislation, if any, to the First Regular Session of
 45    the Fifty-eighth Idaho Legislature.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

                       STATEMENT OF PURPOSE


This resolution directs Legislative Council to appoint an interim
committee to analyze public transportation and related air quality
issues. The committee is to deliver a report and any recommended
legislation to the next session of the legislature.

                            FISCAL NOTE

If this resolution is adopted by the Legislature and the committee
is appointed by Legislative Council, any necessary legislator travel and
per diem expense would be paid from the existing legislative
appropriation to the Senate and the House of Representatives. Funding
for staff support and expenses would be provided from the existing
appropriation to the Legislative Council for the Legislative Services
Office. There would be no additional impact upon the state general fund
as a result of this resolution.

CONTACT:  Senator Cecil Ingram 
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE                                SCR 132