Vidak's Measure to Create a Transportation Inspector General Clears First Hurdle

But Democrat Senators Kill Vidak's Bipartisan Bill Allowing Re-Vote on High-Speed Rail
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Sacramento – Senator Andy Vidak’s (R-Hanford) Senate Bill 13x passed the Senate Transportation Committee today, but Democrat senators on the same committee today killed SB 3x, Vidak’s bipartisan measure to allow a re-vote on High-Speed Rail.

SB 13x would create a Transportation Inspector General to investigate Caltrans and the High-Speed Rail Authority and then report back to the Legislature any instances of fraud, waste and abuse.  This measure is modeled after SB 878 (2012), authored by then-Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord), that both houses of the Legislature passed before it was vetoed by the governor.

“SB 13x would give the Legislature the tools it needs to hold Caltrans and the High-Speed Rail Authority accountable, and ensure that every transportation dollar is spent efficiently and appropriately,” said Vidak.

SB 13x will next be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration.

Vidak’s SB 3x, co-authored by Assemblyman Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), would have allowed a re-vote on the controversial High-Speed Rail (HSR) project, but was killed today in the Transportation Committee by Democrat senators.

The bipartisan measure would have simply asked California voters, on the 2016 June ballot, if they would like to redirect the remaining $8.9 billion in High-Speed Rail bonds to be split 50-50 for the repair and construction of local roads and state highways, rather than continue to build HSR.

“This train will do nothing for many of us in California,” said Vidak.  “Democrat Senate Leadership knows that if voters were given the chance, they would stop High-Speed Rail in its tracks, and that’s why they killed this bipartisan bill.”

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