The Complete Streets for Active Living Bill (SB 127) has reached a crucial point in its journey through the Senate. It has landed in the Senate Appropriations Committee. This is where the fiscal impact of bills is assessed. Yesterday, SB 127 was placed on the “suspense file,” which means the bill is on hold because of “unknown significant costs.” But, if enough people call and support Complete Streets, we can get this important legislation back on track.
A bill can die in Appropriations, if there is not enough political will to push it through. By Thursday, May 15th, we need to convey to Senate leadership that the benefits of the proposal outweigh the costs. It’s hard to put a price tag on the value of the lives saved and injuries prevented by Complete Streets features. Now is the time to voice your support for Complete Streets on Caltrans-controlled city streets.
The senators responsible for moving bills forward in the Appropriations Committee have the power to move the Complete Streets Bill forward, but the timeline is tight. The bill needs to come off of the suspense file before a hearing this Thursday, May 16th.
Your senators need to hear that you support Complete Streets. Please email or call these two senators today.