By Steve Hymon, June 5, 2015
As many of you know, Metro is getting feedback on developing a new long range transportation plan and a possible ballot measure for Nov. 2016 although there’s nothing definitive yet before the the Metro Board.
In order to take a ballot measure to voters, Metro first needs a bill approved by the Legislature allowing the agency to do so. On Thursday, that bill — SB 767 (Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles) — was approved in the State Senate by a 24-13 vote. It next will be considered by the Assembly.
Here is the update from Metro’s government relations team:
Yesterday, SB 767 (De Leon), which would authorize Metro to place a sales tax measure on a future ballot was approved in the State Senate. The bill has been amended to incorporate legislation from last year, SB 1037 (Hernandez). The Board of Directors adopted a Work with Author position on that measure. To view the amended version of the bill, please click here. The measure will now be moved to the Assembly and will soon be considered in the Assembly Transportation Committee.The SB 1037 bill requires Metro to update its long-range plan and an expenditure plan before taking any measure to voters. Metro is in the process of doing that.