Panel delays California anti-congestion measure

| 4/26/2005

A resolution designed to help get trucks through California’s metropolitan areas as quickly as possible has been put on hold by an Assembly Committee.

Designed as a pollution control measure, ACR23, introduced by Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia, R-Cathedral City, would urge the Department of Transportation to develop commercial trucking routes that would provide for the most direct movement through a city. The work would be done in consultation with the cities.

The bill was recently amended so that it could apply to any city or county in the state. After the addition of the amendment, the bill was sent back to the Assembly Appropriations Committee, where it was placed on the “suspense file.” According to a committee spokeswoman, that means the panel found that the bill would cost the state more than $150,000a year. Consideration of bills that fall in that price range will be put off until the committee’s fiscal deadline in late May.

The text of the measure on the Assembly Web site says that the measure was being introduced to help reduce the time that trucks spend in city limits, and therefore reduce the level of pollution from truck emissions.

– By Mark H. Reddig, associate editor