The Department of Transportation shall develop a summary that shows, to the extent it can be determined, how the departmentís costs for maintenance, preservation and modernization are affected by state and federal mandates, environmental regulations or other factors that have a significant impact on cost. The summary shall be submitted to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate at the beginning of each regular session of the Legislative Assembly and need include only mandates, regulations and other factors issued or occurring on or after October 23, 1999. When the department submits the summary to the Speaker and the President, the department shall notify each member of the Legislative Assembly that the summary is available. [1999 c.939 §9]
(Road User Fee Task Force and Pilot Project)
Note: Sections 1 to 6, chapter 862, Oregon Laws 2001, provide:
Sec. 1. The Legislative Assembly finds that:
(1) An efficient transportation system is critical for Oregonís economy and quality of life.
(2) The revenues currently available for highways and local roads are inadequate to preserve and maintain existing infrastructure and to provide funds for improvements that would reduce congestion and improve service.
(3) The gas tax will become a less effective mechanism for meeting Oregonís long-term revenue needs because:
(a) It will steadily generate less revenue as cars become more fuel-efficient and alternative sources of fuel are identified; and
(b) Bundling fees for roads and highways into the gas tax makes it difficult for users to understand the amount they are paying for roads and highways. [2001 c.862 §1]
Sec. 2. (1) There is created the Road User Fee Task Force.
(2) The purpose of the task force is to develop a design for revenue collection for Oregonís roads and highways that will replace the current system for revenue collection. The task force shall consider all potential revenue sources.
(3) The task force shall consist of 12 members, as follows:
(a) Two members shall be members of the House of Representatives, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
(b) Two members shall be members of the Senate, appointed by the President of the Senate.
(c) Four members shall be appointed by the Governor, the Speaker and the President acting jointly. In making appointments under this paragraph, the appointing authorities shall consider individuals who are representative of the telecommunications industry, of highway user groups, of the Oregon transportation research community and of national research and policy-making bodies such as the Transportation Research Board and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
(d) One member shall be an elected city official, appointed by the Governor, the Speaker and the President acting jointly.
(e) One member shall be an elected county official, appointed by the Governor, the Speaker and the President acting jointly.
(f) Two members shall be members of the Oregon Transportation Commission, appointed by the chairperson of the commission.
(4)(a) The term of a legislator appointed to the task force is four years except that the legislator ceases to be a member of the task force when the legislator ceases to be a legislator. A legislator may be reappointed to the task force.
(b) The term of a member of the task force appointed under subsection (3)(c) of this section is four years and the member may be reappointed.
(c) The term of a member of the task force appointed under subsection (3)(d) or (e) of this section is four years except that the member ceases to be a member of the task force when the member ceases to be a city or county elected official. A city or county elected official may be reappointed to the task force.
(d) The term of a member of the Oregon Transportation Commission appointed to the task force is four years except that the member ceases to be a member of the task force when the member ceases to be a member of the commission. A member of the commission may be reappointed to the task force.
(5) A legislator appointed to the task force is entitled to per diem and other expense payments as authorized by ORS 171.072 from funds appropriated to the Legislative Assembly. Other members of the task force are entitled to compensation and expenses as provided in ORS 292.495.
(6) The Department of Transportation shall provide staff to the task force.
(7) The task force shall study alternatives to the current system of taxing highway use through motor vehicle fuel taxes. The task force shall gather public comment on alternative approaches and shall make recommendations to the Department of Transportation and the Oregon Transportation Commission on the design of pilot programs to be used to test alternative approaches. The task force may also make recommendations to the department and the commission on criteria to be used to evaluate pilot programs. The task force may evaluate any pilot program implemented by the department and report the results of the evaluation to the Legislative Assembly, the department and the commission.
(8) In addition to the requirements of subsection (9) of this section, the task force shall propose to the Seventy-second Legislative Assembly options for the design of a revenue collection system for Oregonís roads and highways that would replace the current system for revenue collection.
(9) The task force shall report to each regular session of the Legislative Assembly on the work of the task force, the department and the commission in designing, implementing and evaluating pilot programs.
(10) Official action by the task force requires the approval of a majority of the members of the task force.
(11) Notwithstanding ORS 171.130 and 171.133, the task force by official action may recommend legislation. Legislation recommended by the task force must indicate that it is introduced at the request of the task force. Legislative measures proposed by the task force shall be prepared in time for presession filing with the Legislative Counsel by December 15 of the year preceding a regular session of the Legislative Assembly. [2001 c.862 §2]
Sec. 3. (1) The Department of Transportation may develop one or more pilot programs to test alternatives to the current system of taxing highway use through motor vehicle fuel taxes. Pilot programs may include, but need not be limited to, programs testing technology and methods for:
(a) Identifying vehicles;
(b) Collecting and reporting the number of miles traveled by a particular vehicle; and
(c) Receiving payments from participants in pilot projects.
(2) Technology and methods tested under subsection (1) of this section shall be tested for:
(b) Ease of use;
(c) Public acceptance;
(d) Cost of implementation and administration; and
(e) Potential for evasion of accurate reporting.
(3) The department may solicit volunteers for participation in pilot programs developed under this section. A participant must:
(a) Report the participantís use of the highway system in Oregon as required by the program;
(b) Pay the fee established for the program for use of the highway system; and
(c) Display in the participantís vehicle an emblem issued under subsection (6) of this section.
(4) The department shall establish a fee for each pilot program the department undertakes. The fee shall be a highway use fee and shall be paid by each participant in the program. The program may be designed so that the fee is imposed in lieu of any tax on motor vehicle fuel imposed under ORS 319.020 or any tax on the use of fuel in a vehicle under ORS 319.530 that would otherwise be paid by the participant.
(5) If a person who participates in a pilot program under this section pays the motor vehicle fuel tax under ORS 319.020, the department may refund the taxes paid.
(6) The department shall issue an emblem for each vehicle that will be used by a participant as part of a pilot program under this section. A seller of fuel for use in a motor vehicle may not collect the tax that would otherwise be due under ORS 319.530 from a person operating a vehicle for which an emblem has been issued under this subsection.
(7) If a person participating in a pilot program under this section ends the personís participation in the program prior to termination of the program, the person shall pay to the department any amount of the highway use fee established for the program under subsection (4) of this section that the person has not yet paid. The person shall return to the department any emblem issued to the person under subsection (6) of this section.
(8) The department may terminate a pilot program at any time and may terminate participation by any particular person at any time. When a program is terminated or a personís participation is terminated by the department, the department shall collect any unpaid highway use fees established for the program under subsection (4) of this section.
(9) The department may adopt any rules the department deems necessary for the implementation of this section, including but not limited to rules establishing methods of collecting highway use fees from program participants and rules establishing reporting requirements for participants.
(10) The department may compensate participants in pilot programs established under this section.
(11) In designing, implementing and evaluating pilot programs under this section, the department shall consider the recommendations of the task force created by section 2 of this 2001 Act. [2001 c.862 §3]
Sec. 4. (1) The department may use moneys in the State Highway Fund for financing activities required to support the task force created by section 2 of this 2001 Act and the pilot programs established under section 3 of this 2001 Act.
(2) The department may solicit and accept grants and assistance from the United States Government and its agencies and from any other source, public or private.
(3) The department may accept gifts or donations of equipment necessary to carry out research and pilot programs under sections 2 and 3 of this 2001 Act. [2001 c.862 §4]
Sec. 5. (1) Notwithstanding section 2 (8) of this 2001 Act, not later than September 30, 2002, the task force created by section 2 of this 2001 Act shall present a preliminary report to the Legislative Assembly on possible alternatives to the current system of taxing highway use through motor vehicle fuel taxes.
(2) Not later than July 1, 2003, the Department of Transportation shall begin to implement pilot programs as authorized by section 3 of this 2001 Act. [2001 c.862 §5]
Sec. 6. Sections 1 to 5 of this 2001 Act are repealed on January 2, 2010. [2001 c.862 §6]
Note: Section 43, chapter 618, Oregon Laws 2003, provides:
Sec. 43. The Department of Transportation may vary any fee established under section 3, chapter 862, Oregon Laws 2001, to facilitate the maximum use of road capacity. [2003 c.618 §43]
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