Senate votes 27-6 to approve SB 1464

VICTORY!  The California Senate voted 27-6 this morning to approve Senate Bill 1464, our 3-foot passing bill.

The debate was short and sweet: Sen. Alan Lowenthal, SB 1464’s author, introduced the bill and urged an “aye” vote. When no other Senators took the floor to debate the bill, the roll was called.  An unprecedented outreach effort that generated a flood of emails, letters and phone calls to Senators urging a yes vote may help explain the short debate.

The 27 votes cast in favor of the bill came from such longtime allies for bicycling as Senators Mark Leno of San Francisco, Michael Rubio of Bakersfield, Mark DeSaulnier of Walnut Creek, Fran Pavley of the Westside of Los Angeles, and, of course, Alan Lowenthal of Long Beach.

Six Republican Senators were among those who voted for the bill, including Senators Tom Berryhill of Fresno, Sam Blakeslee of the Central Coast, Anthony Cannella of the northern San Joaquin Valley, Bill Emmerson of Riverside County, Ted Gaines of the northern Sierras and Sacramento’s eastern suburbs, and Doug La Malfa, whose North State district stretches from Del Norte County to Nevada County.

Some 2,200 Californians contacted their Senators in the past week to urge a yes vote for SB 1464, a huge response for most legislation and nearly unprecedented for bike-related legislation. We’re grateful to our allies at TransForm for sharing its online advocacy resources that helped make this response possible. And we’re especially grateful to all the Californians who contacted their Senators about the bill.

The bill goes next into the Assembly, where we expect it to be heard in the Assembly Transportation Committee later next month. If you’d like to be notified about how you can express support for SB 1464 as it moves through the Assembly, please join our email list.

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