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SJM109.....................................................by STATE AFFAIRS TRANSIT FUNDING - Stating findings of the Legislature; commending Congress for its efforts to increase transit funding for Idaho; requesting Congress to extend the concept of the federal lands upward match adjustment into additional areas in the transit program; and requesting Congress to adopt funding and formula features that will do the most to enable Idaho and its communities to more fully respond to pressing transit needs. 03/02 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing 03/03 Rpt prt - to 10th Ord 03/04 10th Ord - ADOPTED - voice vote Floor Sponsor - Ingram Title apvd - to House 03/05 House intro - 1st rdg - to Transp 03/11 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg 03/12 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg 03/15 3rd rdg - ADOPTED - 57-3-10 AYES -- Andersen, Barraclough, Bauer, Bayer, Black, Block, Boe, Bolz, Bradford, Campbell, Cannon, Clark, Collins, Cuddy, Deal, Denney, Douglas, Eberle, Edmunson, Ellsworth, Eskridge, Field(18), Field(23), Garrett, Harwood, Henbest, Jones, Kellogg, Kulczyk, Lake, Langford, Langhorst, Martinez, McGeachin, Meyer, Miller, Mitchell, Naccarato, Nielsen, Pasley-Stuart, Ring, Ringo, Roberts, Robison, Rydalch, Sali, Sayler, Schaefer, Shepherd, Shirley, Skippen, Smith(30), Smith(24), Smylie, Snodgrass, Trail, Wills NAYS -- Barrett, McKague, Wood Absent and excused -- Bedke, Bell, Crow, Gagner, Jaquet, Moyle, Raybould, Ridinger, Stevenson, Mr. Speaker Floor Sponsor - Cannon Title apvd - To Senate 03/16 To enrol 03/17 Rpt enrol - Pres signed 03/18 Sp signed 03/19 To Secretary of State
]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]] Fifty-seventh Legislature Second Regular Session - 2004 IN THE SENATE SENATE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 109 BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE 1 A JOINT MEMORIAL 2 TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, TO THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTA- 3 TIVES OF THE UNITED STATES IN CONGRESS ASSEMBLED, AND TO THE CONGRESSIONAL 4 DELEGATION REPRESENTING THE STATE OF IDAHO IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED 5 STATES. 6 We, your Memorialists, the Senate and the House of Representatives of the 7 State of Idaho assembled in the Second Regular Session of the Fifty-seventh 8 Idaho Legislature, do hereby respectfully represent that: 9 WHEREAS, Idaho is a rapidly growing state with large, low-population den- 10 sity areas that need additional federal support for transit services; and 11 WHEREAS, providing rural transit services in Idaho and other rural states 12 is a challenge due to long trip distances and the allocation of transit costs 13 among relatively fewer riders; and 14 WHEREAS, over 62% of the lands in the state of Idaho are under federal 15 ownership, and cannot be taxed or developed by the state, thereby reducing the 16 ability of the state to raise additional tax revenues; and 17 WHEREAS, under Section 120 of Title 23, United States Code on federal 18 share payable, federal law has compensated for this reduced ability to raise 19 tax revenues by providing a "sliding scale" upward adjustment in the federal 20 share of project costs in the highway program in those states with a high per- 21 centage of federal lands, but no such adjustment has been applied to the tran- 22 sit program to date; and 23 WHEREAS, the United States Congress is currently in the process of 24 reauthorizing the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) 25 which will set the surface transportation programs for highways and transit 26 for the next six years; and 27 WHEREAS, reauthorization legislation pending in Congress would, 28 commendably, apply the upward adjustment to certain areas of the federal tran- 29 sit program, resulting in an increased percentage of federal transit program 30 formula dollars being distributed to rural states and their communities. 31 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second Regular Ses- 32 sion of the Fifty-seventh Idaho Legislature, the Senate and the House of Rep- 33 resentatives concurring therein, that the Congress be commended for its 34 efforts to date to increase transit funding for Idaho and to apply a higher 35 federal match to transit projects due to the presence of significant federal 36 lands in a state. 37 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Congress, as it completes highway and 38 transit reauthorization legislation, should extend the concept of the federal 39 lands upward match adjustment into additional areas in the transit program and 40 ensure that such match adjustment takes into account all forms of federal 41 lands to the same extent as is done under the highway program. 42 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Congress should adopt funding and formula 43 features that will do the most to enable Idaho and its communities to more 44 fully respond to pressing transit needs. 2 1 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Senate be, and she is 2 hereby authorized and directed to forward a copy of this Memorial to the Pres- 3 ident of the United States, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the 4 House of Representatives of Congress, and the congressional delegation repre- 5 senting the State of Idaho in the Congress of the United States.