The bill requires the department of transportation (CDOT) to convene and engage in robust consultation with a stakeholder group comprised of representatives of specified industries, workers, governmental entities, planning organizations, and interest groups that will potentially be affected by the adoption of new and emerging transportation technologies and business models. The stakeholder group is required to:
- Examine the economic, environmental, and transportation system impacts of the adoption of new and emerging transportation technologies and business models;
- Identify potential means of addressing the impacts that increase positive impacts and mitigate negative impacts; and
- Present to CDOT, no later than November 1, 2019, a report of policy recommendations regarding the impacts examined and means of addressing those impacts with funding from the imposition of fees on the use of motor vehicles used for commercial purposes, as defined by the bill. The report must identify potential fees that are structured and reasonably calculated to:
- Generate sufficient revenue for the state and local governments to mitigate specified impacts to the transportation system;
- Fund needed transportation infrastructure, including multimodal infrastructure and the infrastructure needed to support the adoption of zero-emissions vehicles;
- Defray the administrative costs of fee collection;
- Incentivize the adoption of zero-emissions vehicles for utilization as motor vehicles used for commercial purposes; and
- Incentivize multiple passenger ride sharing for motor vehicles used for commercial purposes and the use of such vehicles as a first and last mile solution for users of public transit.
CDOT is required to report on the progress and policy recommendations of the stakeholder group, CDOT's preliminary plans and recommendations regarding the development and promulgation of rules, and any recommendations that CDOT has regarding the need for related legislation during its 2019 annual presentation to legislative oversight committees required by the "State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act". No later than October 1, 2020, within any statutory parameters established by the general assembly through legislation enacted during the 2020 legislative session, and giving strong consideration to the policy recommendations report provided by the stakeholder group, CDOT is required to promulgate rules to the extent necessary to effectively implement the bill. If the general assembly does not impose fees on motor vehicles used for commercial purposes through legislation enacted during the 2020 legislative session and instead enacts legislation that authorizes CDOT or any CDOT enterprise to impose such fees, the rules may impose fees to the extent authorized by the legislation. During the 2020 legislative interim, CDOT must present a final written report regarding the stakeholder group, rule-making processes, and rules promulgated to the transportation legislation review committee.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)