HB 3055A transportation projects – tolling

06/18/2021
HB 3055A VOTE:NO
In Committee
Work Session 06/21/2021 2:00pm
Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2021R1/Measures/Overview/HB3055
Committee assigned to bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2021R1/Committees/JWM/Overview

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This bill is filed as an omnibus transportation bill that includes a number of technical statutory adjustments but also adds new programs including income-based toll rates. Allows natural gas utilities to recoup costs for infrastructure for charging stations. Extends tolling indebtedness to unlimited expenses. Adds motorcycle education.

Personal Choice and Responsibility
The toll program revenue bonds are extended to unlimited expenses that will make a tolling project continue forever and never get paid off and passes more debt to the next generation. Institute an equitable income-based toll rates to be paid by users of tollways. This isn’t equitable user rates. Tax relief could be given to keep toll rates constant so not to be manipulated by users. Adds motorcycle rider education courses for applicants for motorcycle endorsement.

Fiscal Responsibility
Increases maximum indebtedness from $100 million to $600 million increasing maturity from 3 to 5 years. Established separate Toll Program Fund to include the State Tollway Account and Congestion Relief Fund projects plus making improvements on adjacent highways to tollway. Allows Board of Aviation to enter into commercial arrangements of up to 40 years (instead of 30 for non-commercial arrangements). Passes more debt to the next generation. Allows Port of Hood River or Port of Cascade Locks continue to establish toll on bridges under their jurisdiction.

Limited Government
The measure is the omnibus transportation bill that includes a number of technical statutory adjustments on topics ranging from railroad water sanitation, documents issued by ODOT, odometer inspections, definition of “bicycle” for bicycle excise tax, driver’s responsibilities when approaching a flashing yellow beacon, and collection of use fuels. It also reinstates the classroom instruction requirement for motor carrier training and allows ODOT to appoint agents to carry out that instruction, either in person or online. Authorizes Lane and Clackamas Counties to establish different speed limits. Provides for electric and natural gas utilities to recoup costs associated with infrastructure for alternative fuel vehicle charging and fueling from retail customers. The measure also eliminates the sunset on temporary aviation fuel and jet fuel taxes imposed by HB 2075 (2015), and the grant programs funded by revenues from these taxes are restructured under the measure. Restructures statutes related to tolling and financing of tollway projects by extending indebtedness to all expenses and obligations including, without limitation, financial covenants, debt service requirements, reserve requirements and any other funding requirements established under the terms of any indenture prepared under section 68 of this 2021 Act and any other contracts establishing the terms of the indebtedness including develop, implement and administer the toll program. Repeal of Vehicle Registration Suspensions in response to conviction of driving while suspended or second or subsequent charge of DUII. Creates offense of failure to carry vehicle traction tires or chains. Specifies that Department of Aviation may enter into contracts, leases, or other arrangements for up to 50 years in cases of commercial arrangements. Authorizes Department of Aviation to establish fee to cover tall structure evaluations.

Comments

  1. Hard working Oregonians already pay a tremendous amount in gasoline taxes and other fees to generate revenue for infrastructure projects. We don’t need to mimic the east coast by establishing toll routes.

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