Senator Leyva Issues Statement On SB 1 Vote

Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 Approved by State Senate Today

Thursday, April 6, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) issued the following statement after the California State Senate passed Senate Bill 1 by Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) on the Senate Floor:

“As the State Senator representing the 20th State Senate District, my primary consideration when I vote on bills is how they will affect the hardworking residents in my district.  Having lived in the Inland Empire since I was a child, I vividly remember many days when I could not even see the mountains through the thick smog.  Luckily, those poor air quality days are now less frequent, though largely because of the stringent environmental protections that California has proactively set into law and practice.”

“Representing a district where several freeways carry countless trucks that emit much pollution into our atmosphere, I have remained committed to continue protecting our local residents from efforts to undermine the positive strides we have made over the last few decades to clean our air.  To that end, as much as I appreciated the many benefits of SB 1—including improving our roads, creating jobs and continuing to invest in local communities—I could not support the proposal unless I was confident that we could continue to protect air quality in the Inland Empire and across California.  I have secured commitments from Senate leaders and the Brown Administration that they will work with me in the near future to ensure that we continue to protect California’s air quality from mobile source emissions.  With that understanding, I decided to support SB 1 on the Senate Floor today.”