Diane Harkey’s Anti HSR Bill Fails Again in Assembly
In what is becoming an annual ritual, Assemblymember Diane Harkey (R-Dana Point) proposed a bill to stop any use of the voter-approved Prop 1A bond funding – and the bill has been killed by Democrats in an Assembly committee:
Legislation to stop bond funding for the state’s high-speed rail project failed to pass out of committee yesterday but the Southern California lawmaker who authored the so-called “Lemon Law” bill plans to reintroduce it or similar legislation, her office told the Daily Journal yesterday.
Assembly Bill 1455, authored by Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, R-Dana Point, failed to pass out of the Assembly Committee on Transportation yesterday on a 4-9 vote.
Harkey’s bill has become a darling of the anti-HSR crowd, and despite her repeated failure to even get the bill out of committee, she claims support is growing:
“This marks the third year we have promoted a solution and every year our support grows. We have endorsements from counties, cities, numerous citizen organizations and Farm Bureau chapters across the state, a clear indication that many have soured on what is becoming another Solyndra on rails,” Harkey wrote in the statement.
By referring to Solyndra, Harkey gives away her actual intentions. She’s trying to rally Republicans and conservatives to use the high speed rail project as a way to attack President Obama as being some kind of wasteful spending, as the Solyndra clean energy company was used last year. Assembly Democrats did the right thing in killing this bill, and Senate Democrats ought to follow their path and maintain strong support for the high speed rail project, especially in the face of Republican attacks.