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2006 House Bill 2871: Regional transportation commission
  1. Introduced by Rep. Edward Murray (D) on January 16, 2006, to create a single regional transportation commission with adequate resources to develop and implement a comprehensive transportation plan for the central Puget Sound metropolitan region.
    • Referred to the House Transportation Committee on January 16, 2006.
    • Substitute offered to the House Transportation Committee on February 6, 2006, to change the powers, duties, and functions of the newly-created Regional Transportation Commission from the original bill. Instead of being the permanent governing entity, the Commission will develop a governance proposal to be submitted to the 2007 Legislature, from which legislation prescribing a permanent governing entity can evolve. The Commission's governance proposal will identify the authorized revenue sources and the scope of planning authority of the new governing entity. Separately from the governance proposal, the Commission will develop a comprehensive, integrated regional transportation finance plan to be submitted to voters. Additionally, the Commission will perform other duties relating to the evaluation of regional transportation governance. The Commission, and the permanent governing entity once it is formed, assume the taxing authority of the Monorail for purposes of funding transit within Seattle city limits. The RTID statute is retained and revised. The RTID is allowed to change its boundaries to be contiguous with regional transit authority boundaries. A single combined ballot, with expanded ballot title authority, is permitted with respect to RTID and Sound Transit finance plans. A ballot measure by the RTID or Sound Transit in 2006 is, however, prohibited. The scope of RTID's authority to fund transportation projects is expanded to include any project contained in a state or regional transportation plan that is of statewide or regional significance, specifically including funding transit operations. For a county to participate in an RTID plan, the county legislative authorities must adopt an ordinance indicating that county's participation in the plan. The local match contribution required of local jurisdictions toward certain RTID projects is reduced from one-third to 15%. The RTID's taxing, tolling, and fee-charging authority is modified. The authorized sales and use tax that the RTID may impose is capped at 0.1 percent. The RTID's authority to impose a motor vehicle excise tax is increased to 0.6%, and the list of permitted uses for any such motor vehicle excise tax is expanded. The RTID is also allowed to keep interest on its state treasury accounts. The RTID's tolling authority is broadened and specifically includes either or both Lake Washington bridges. Regarding a proposed 520 bridge project, the Department of Transportation must reach agreements with local communities to address mitigation issues prior to commencing the project.
    • The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on February 21, 2006.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Edward Murray (D) on February 11, 2006, to move the Monorail's taxing authority to the City of Seattle instead of the regional transportation commission or its successor. Prohibits King County Metro from reducing hours of transit service provided to the City based on the new transit services and projects which the City may plan and fund. Requires approval by the regional transportation commission or its successor entity of any RTID and Sound Transit ballot measures. Makes housekeeping changes to correct references to the RTID and its governing board. Allows King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties to establish transportation benefit districts (TBDs), and removes the requirement that a TBD spend no more than 40% of district revenues on local projects. Clarifies that, consistent with the broad RTID project eligibility definition, the scope of RTID planning includes operations, maintenance, and preservation of facilities or systems. H AMD 842. The amendment was withdrawn on 2/21/06.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Edward Murray (D) on February 11, 2006, to moves the Monorail's taxing authority to the City of Seattle instead of the regional transportation commission or its successor. Prohibits King County Metro from reducing hours of transit service provided to the City based on the new transit services and projects which the City may plan and fund. Requires approval by the regional transportation commission or its successor entity of any RTID and Sound Transit ballot measures. Makes housekeeping changes to correct references to the RTID and its governing board. Allows King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties to establish transportation benefit districts (TBDs), and removes the requirement that a TBD spend no more than 40% of district revenues on local projects. Clarifies that, consistent with the broad RTID project eligibility definition, the scope of RTID planning includes operations, maintenance, and preservation of facilities or systems. H AMD 860.
    • The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on February 21, 2006.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Ross Hunter (Medina) (D) on February 14, 2006, to provide that a regional transportation finance plan developed by the RTC or the RTID cannot be submitted to the voters unless NEPA records of decision have been issued on both the SR 520 and Alaskan Way Viaduct projects by September 1, 2007. H AMD 955. The amendment was withdrawn on 2/21/06.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Eileen Cody (West Seattle) (D) on February 17, 2006, to provide that transfer of Monorail taxing authority to the City of Seattle requires approval of the voters within Seattle and region wide as part of a regional transportation ballot measure. H AMD 956.
    • The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on February 21, 2006.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Ross Hunter (Medina) (D) on February 21, 2006, to require the DOT to fulfill several environmental planning requirements on both the Alaskan Way Viaduct and the SR 520 project prior to a public vote on a regional transportation ballot measure. H AMD 957. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on February 21, 2006.
  2. Passed 71 to 26 in the House on February 21, 2006, to create a single regional transportation commission for Puget Sound.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on February 22, 2006.
    • Referred to the Senate Transportation Committee on February 22, 2006.
    • Amendment offered to the Senate on February 27, 2006, by the Senate Transportation Committee, to remove the prohibition on a 2006 ballot; Require a RTID & Sound Transit to go to the ballot at the same time, until December 1, 2007; Revise the RTID project eligibility requirements; Exempt the peninsula area west of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge from a RTID area; Allow Sound Transit to annex area as part of its region-wide vote to support additional phases of its system and financing plan; Remove the requirement that a RTID plan be adopted by participating counties by ordinance; Increase the RTID motor vehicle excise tax rate from 0.6% to 0.8%; Maintain the RTID sales tax rate at 0.5%; Remove the transfer of the Monorail taxes to the City of Seattle; Allow for flexible TBD boundaries; Allow for a single-county RTID after December 1, 2007, if no multi-county RTID is in existence by that time; and revise the composition and the duties of the Regional Transportation Commission.
    • The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 1, 2006.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Bill Finkbeiner (R) on March 1, 2006, to provide that RTID and Sound Transit revenue measures may be imposed only if they both are being imposed at the same time. S AMD 309. The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on March 1, 2006.
  4. Passed 36 to 10 in the Senate on March 1, 2006, to create a single regional transportation commission for Puget Sound.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on March 7, 2006, and the House refuses to concur in Senate amendments. The House asks the Senate to recede from amendments.
  6. Received in the Senate on March 7, 2006, and the Senate recedes from amendments.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, (D-Camano Island) (D) on March 7, 2006, to strike everything after the enacting clause and insert a new bill. S AMD 412. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 7, 2006.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Ken Jacobsen, (D-Seattle) (D) on March 7, 2006, to remove requirement for Sound Transit & RTID to go on a joint ballot. S AMD 415. The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on March 7, 2006.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Ken Jacobsen, (D-Seattle) (D) on March 7, 2006, to strike everything after the enacting clause and insert a new bill. S AMD 421. The amendment was pulled on 3/7/06.
    • Amendment offered to the Senate on March 7, 2006, to allow the Seattle City Council, as an alternative to a public advisory vote on the Alaskan Way viaduct project, to hold hearings on the expert review panel's findings and to adopt a preferred alternative by November 1, 2006. S AMD 419. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 7, 2006.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Ken Jacobsen, (D-Seattle) (D) on March 7, 2006, to allow the ballot at the 2006 election as well. S AMD 423. The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on March 7, 2006.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Ken Jacobsen, (D-Seattle) (D) on March 7, 2006, to allow the plan to be on the 2006 or 2007 election ballot. S AMD 424. The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on March 7, 2006.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Ken Jacobsen, (D-Seattle) (D) on March 7, 2006, to strike everything after the enacting clause and insert a new bill. S AMD 425. The amendment was ruled out of order on 3/7/06.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, (D-Camano Island) (D) on March 7, 2006, to strike everything after the enacting clause and insert a new bill that reflects the enrolled amendments and modified bill. S AMD 995. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 7, 2006.
  7. Passed 38 to 7 in the Senate on March 7, 2006, to create a single regional transportation commission for Puget Sound.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  8. Received in the House on March 8, 2006.
  9. Passed 70 to 28 in the House on March 8, 2006, to concur in Senate amendments, for final passage of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  10. Signed by Gov. Christine Gregoire on March 29, 2006, to create a single regional transportation commission for Puget Sound.

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