Assembly approves Frazier bill to create transportation spending transparency

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Frazier bill to increase fairness and security by online traffic violator schools also approved today

SACRAMENTO – The full Assembly today unanimously approved a transportation spending transparency bill by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay).

“Assembly Bill 313 is a common-sense good government bill that will create accountability and transparency for how research dollars under the Road Repair and Accountability Act are spent,” Frazier said.

The University of California and California State University each have transportation research programs that receive millions of dollars from the Road Repair and Accountability Act (RRAA).

AB 313 would require both university systems to develop annual reports detailing the research activities that are funded with this money, including administrative expenses, and submit the reports to the Legislature and the California State Transportation Agency.

AB 313 has enjoyed unanimous bipartisan support throughout the legislative process. It now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Frazier also authored a measure in 2017, ACA 5, to create a constitutional amendment to guarantee funds generated by the RRAA are spent on transportation purposes only. ACA 5 was approved by voters as Proposition 69 in 2018.

Also today, the Assembly unanimously approved Frazier’s AB 708, which would close a loophole that certain online traffic violator schools have used to stack the odds in their favor that participants will choose one of their programs. To increase consumer protection, AB 708 would also require traffic violator schools to meet national technology standards to protect personal identifying information. AB 708 also heads to the Senate for consideration.

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Assemblymember Frazier represents the 11th Assembly District, which encompasses a large cross section of the Delta in Central Solano, Eastern Contra Costa and Southern Sacramento counties, and 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