ASSEMBLY BILL 1223 (PRINGLE – 1995)
CHAPTER 739, STATUTES OF 1995 AB 1223
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Several Streets and Highways Code sections, and numerous Vehicle Code sections were affected with the passage of Assembly Bill 1223 in 1995. (See Exhibit A, #1a through #1g) Assembly member Curt Pringle introduced this legislation, pertaining to the establishment of a civil procedure for dealing with the evasion of tolls, on February 23. 1995. (See Exhibit A, #1a) According to the Assembly Committee on Transportation, Assembly Bill 1223 was sponsored by the Orange County Transportation Corridor Agencies. (See Exhibit A, #3, page 2)
Assembly Bill 1223 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Transportation and the Senate Committee on Transportation where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibit A, #3 and #8) The fiscal ramifications of the bill were considered by the Assembly Committee on Appropriations and the Senate Committee on Appropriations. (See Exhibit A, #2 and #5) Five amendments were
made to Assembly Bill 1223. (See Exhibit A, #1b through #1f and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Pete Wilson signed the bill on October 9, 1995, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on October 10, 1995 as Chapter 739 of the Statutes of 1995. (See Exhibit A, #1g and #2)
The Office of Senate Floor Analyses summarized Assembly Bill 1223, as last amended on August 28, 1998, as follows:
This bill provides a procedure to be followed in instances of toll evasion on specified bridges and tolls.
(See Exhibit A, #9, page 1)
In its analysis of Assembly Bill 1223 as amended on May 8, 1995, the Senate Transportation Committee described the purpose the measure:
The bill is intended to streamline enforcement of toll collection. With the automated vehicle identification (AVI) technology, frequent users of toll facilities will not have to stop at toll gates but may set up an account with the operator of the toll facility or provide a credit card number. Vehicles with inactive amounts, exhausted accounts or who otherwise fail to pay would be identified either in person or via a camera. Eventually, the department may install similar devices on existing toll bridges.
(See Exhibit A, #8, page 2)