Frazier disappointed governor rejects increased oversight of High Speed Rail project

Friday, June 1, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay), chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee, expressed disappointment today that Gov. Jerry Brown rejected a measure to increase accountability of California’s High Speed Rail project. The governor today vetoed a bill by Frazier, AB 2307, which would have required the state Senate to confirm the governor’s appointees to the High Speed Rail Authority’s Board of Directors.

“I am disappointed the Governor vetoed my bill, AB 2307, which would have done one simple thing – require the California State Senate to confirm any Governor’s appointees to the California High-Speed Rail Authority Board of Directors.  AB 2307 would have brought the Authority Board in line with countless other state boards and commissions, such as the California Air Resources Board, the California Transportation Commission, and the California Public Utilities Commission, in having their Governor’s appointees vetted by the Legislature in a public forum with stakeholder input.  The Governor says he is vetoing AB 2307 because the strong legislative presence on the Board brought on by my bill AB 1813 of 2016, provides an “unusual degree of accountability.”  I must respectfully disagree.  Authority CEO Brian Kelly has said that the Authority is no longer a planning agency but a project delivery agency.  I agree. Delivering the largest infrastructure project in the United States is a monumental task and as a major funding partner, the Legislature and the public should be involved in approving the people responsible for making decisions on nearly every aspect of the project. 

I look forward to introducing this bill again in the next session.”

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Assemblymember Frazier represents the 11th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Antioch, Bethel Island, Birds Landing, Brentwood, Byron, Collinsville, Discovery Bay, Fairfield, Isleton, Knightsen, Locke, Oakley, Pittsburg (partial), Rio Vista, Suisun City, Travis AFB, Vacaville and Walnut Grove.

CONTACT: Andrew Bird (916) 319-2011 Andrew.Bird@asm.ca.gov