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SB 348: Local Government Vehicle Registration Fees (2008)


Senate Bill 348 extends an authorization that allows the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG) to assess up to $4 in motor vehicle fees.  The purpose of the fee is to establish a fund Congestion Management Activities to reduce traffic congestion, and to provide funding for the state-mandated Countywide Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (STOPPP).

After this bill passed the Legislature, Senator Simitian sent a letter to the Governor urging his signature on this bill.

For more information, you can read the SB 348 "Fact Sheet" prepared by a member of Senator Simitian's staff.

Final Status and Text

SB 348 is no longer active. Its final status was:
Signed into Law

You can read its final text on the Legislature's Bill Information site.

Background Information

What the bill does:

SB 348 extends current authorization for the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG), a body composed of representatives from all 20 cities and the county in San Mateo.  The bill also extends requirements that a clear nexus between the fee and programs funded through fee revenues.  Any fee extension requires a two-thirds majority of C/CAG.

Congestion projects funded through the fee to maximize the capacity of the current transportation system include ramp metering, employer and local shuttles, Intelligent Transportation Systems, and advanced accident removal systems with automatic rerouting of traffic.  Stormwater projects funded through the fee will only be those programs that directly address pollution caused from motor vehicles and transportation systems, such as residue from brake pads, vehicle fluids such as oil, antifreeze, and gasoline, tar from streets, and paint, rubber, and metals from vehicles.

The bill will provide continued funding for critically-needed and state-mandated programs in San Mateo County at a time local funding for the programs is scarce.