Rushed as Usual, A.B. 2321 Faces “Do or Die” Week

A.B. 2321, the legislation that authorizes Metro to place a half cent sales tax on the ballot this December, is facing some critical hurdles this week.  The legislation, newly amended before it could get out of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has to be approved by the Senate and Assembly and signed by the governor before the end of the month.  That could be a steep mountain to climb: the end of the month is less than a week away and many politicians are out of town for the Democratic National Convention.

This morning I spoke with staff at Assemblyman Feuer’s office and they seemed confident the bill will get the support it needs this week.  You may remember that after the Senate Appropriations Committee, Feuer told the Bottleneck Blog that the compromises reached that day would ensure the bill’s eventual passage.

Those waiting for news on A.B. 1358, the Complete Streets Bill, need not be concerned about this week’s legislative action.  The deadline for Feuer’s legislation has no bearing on legislation that doesn’t pertain to this fall’s ballot.

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