Senate Bill 5343, the bill to make Sound Transit pay for parking permits for residents in Restricted Parking Zones around Sound Transit infrastructure, got an extreme makeover in the Senate Transportation Committee Monday afternoon. Watch 1:17:30 into the TVW video.
A substitute version of the bill, formally offered by Committee Chair Curtis King (R – Yakima), but written largely by committee member Sen. Pramila Jayapal (D – Seattle), changed the whole tenor of the bill:
AN ACT Relating to parking impact mitigation from regional transit authority facility construction; adding a new section to chapter 81.112 RCW; and adding a new section to chapter 35.21 RCW.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. A new section is added to chapter 81.112 RCW to read as follows:
When an authority constructs or operates a transportation facility, it must consider the potential impacts of that facility on parking availability for residents nearby and develop mitigation strategies.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. A new section is added to chapter 35.21 RCW to read as follows:
A city with a population of more than six hundred thousand that has implemented restricted parking zones in residential areas as a direct result of the parking impacts of a regional transit authority facility must:
(1) Honor all requests for low-income restricted parking zone permits;
(2) Charge no more than five dollars per year for low-income restricted parking zone permits; and
(3) Allow restricted parking zone permits for registered nonprofits located within a restricted parking zone.
Since the City already has a program allowing low-income RPZ residents to pay just $10 for a 2-year permit, the effect of the bill is to make Seattle’s low-income RPZ permit program permanent.
Sen. Marko Liias (D – Mukilteo), who led opposition to a bill identical to SB 5343 last year (SB 6489), gave his enthusiastic support for the committee substitute bill, and thanked Sen. Jayapal for her work in “massaging” the bill into something he could support.
House Bill 1751, the companion to SB 5343, is being heard in the House Transportation Committee Thursday at 3:30 pm. I have a call out to the bill sponsor, Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos, to see if she is considering adopting language similar to what the senate committee passed Monday.