Legislature scales back California high-speed rail reporting

Jun 15, 2015 8:11 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Lawmakers have approved legislation that would require less frequent reporting by the California High-Speed Rail Authority to the state Legislature.

Democrats approved the legislation Monday as part of a Democratic budget package, as they continue to seek a budget compromise with Gov. Jerry Brown.

SB76, a bill dealing with various transportation issues, would cut the current twice-annual reports to the Legislature to once every two years.

High-speed rail spokeswoman Lisa-Marie Alley says that will be more efficient, since the agency already compiles a comprehensive business plan updating the project in even years. The legislative reports will come in odd years.

But Sen. Jeff Stone of Temecula and other Republicans characterized it as a move away from transparency on the controversial $68 billion project.

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