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Republicans have voted for SB910

posted Jul 15, 2011, 11:09 PM by Bill Wright - Burton   [ updated Jul 15, 2011, 11:28 PM ]

What do Tim Pawlenty, Jon Huntsman, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal and Jeb Bush have in common? All of them are Republican and all signed 3-foot passing bills into law as governors of their respective states.

It's hardly news that in most of the 18 states with 3-foot passing laws on the books, Republicans and Democrats worked together to get them enacted. Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana and Tennessee enacted 3-foot passing laws with solid bipartisan support.

In Georgia and Kansas, Republican lawmakers sponsored the legislation that was later signed by the Republican governor. Earlier this month Georgia's Republican Governor Nathan Deal signed that state's 3-foot passing law, which was sponsored by two Republican lawmakers. In April, the 3-foot passing bill signed into law in Kansas by Republican Governor Sam Brownback was sponsored by the Republican-led House Transportation Committee.

And in Colorado, Republican Sen. Greg Brophy, an avid cyclist and farmer from the east side of the state, was one of two lead sponsors on that state's 3-foot passing bill, which was later signed by Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter. Brophy later sponsored legislation to prohibit Colorado communities from banning bicycles, a response to a bicycling ban enacted last year by Black Hawk, CO, a tiny historic mining town that in recent years has become a popular gambling center.

So now in California we have seen 5 republican Senators vote for SB910, and we have seen one republican Assemblyman vote for the measure - than seen him change his vote - after leaving the room, returning to say he voted on the wrong measure. We have heard three republican Senators testify on the Senate floor, two in favor one opposed.  This measure has bipartisan interest.

Yet there has been communication to the authors from the Assembly Republican Caucus  leadership that their position is opposed to having bicycles on any road.  They have indicated they believe the road is for cars. Thus they are advising every republican Assembly-member to vote no on sb910.

Well, their Republican vote would be helpful, but is not absolutely needed to pass our bill.