ASSEMBLY BILL 2299 (BATES – 2002)
CHAPTER 184, STATUTES OF 2002 AB 2299
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As enacted, Assembly Bill 2299 was a single-section bill that amended only Vehicle Code section 40254, relating to tolls. (See Exhibit #1d) Assembly member Bates introduced this bill on February 21, 2002 at the request of the Transportation Corridor Agencies of Orange County. (See Exhibits #1a and #7)
Assembly Bill 2299 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Transportation and the Senate Committee on Transportation where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibits #3 and #6) Two amendments were made to Assembly Bill 2299. (See Exhibits #1b, #1c and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Gray Davis signed the bill on July 13, 2002, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on July 15, 2002 as Chapter 184 of the Statutes of 2002. (See Exhibits #1d and #2)
The Office of Senate Floor Analyses Third Reading analysis of Assembly Bill 2299 as last amended gives the following description of the bill:
This bill authorizes a 45-day extension for toll facility operators to provide notice of toll evasion to violators under specified circumstances.
(See Exhibit #7)
Commenting on this legislation, the Concurrence in Senate Amendments analysis of Assembly Bill 2299 as last amended states in part:
This bill would provide toll operators and their processing agencies additional time to pursue penalties against drivers who deliberately evade payment of tolls. TCA, as sponsor of this measure, argues that the current 21-day period for notice does not provide sufficient time for toll operators to pursue drivers who evade payment of tolls. The intent of this bill, according to TCA, is to allow processing agencies more time and opportunity to go after habitual toll evaders, those who “game the system” by taking measures to either hide, or change or remove their license plates. According to TCA, this bill would complement their plans to fund increased enforcement on their toll facilities. TCA has proposed spending $450,000 for additional patrols during fiscal year 2002-2003.
(See Exhibit #9, page 2)