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Senate Transportation has three bills on Weds Feb 4

February 3, 2015

chopperOn Wednesday, February 4th, at 8:00 AM the SD Senate Transportation committee will take on 3 bills.

SB 80 – SoDakLiberty PostsIncrease the selling price of a towed vehicle that exempts the seller of the vehicle from certain vehicle dealer licensing requirements.

Sen Bob Ewing (R, Dist 31) and Rep Fred Romkema (R, Dist 31) are the prime sponsors. This bill changes the threshold from $200 to $1000. Is $200 currently too small an amount and not exempting the towing cases it was meant to?

SB 85 – SoDakLiberty PostsRepeal certain requirements regarding the handlebar height on motorcycles.

Sen Terri Haverly (R, Dist 35) and Rep Dan Kaiser (R, Dist 3) are the prime sponsors. This is a bill I have received quite a few emails on. It appears there are passionate people that would like to see the handlebar height requirements for motorcycles changed. Here is the wording of the law that would be repealed by this bill:

No person may operate on a public street or highway a motorcycle equipped with a handlebar positioned so that the grips of the handlebar are at or above shoulder height of the person when sitting astride the seat. A violation of this section is a petty offense.

I’ve spoken with the owners of some local bike shops about this law. They say there is no reason for the law, at least not from a safety point of view. This is one that would be good bill to pass in order to get rid of a meaningless law. Ticketing bike owners for no apparent public safety reason just doesn’t make sense.

SB 94 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Establish a license fee for electric-powered motorcycles.

Sen Terri Haverly (R, Dist 35) and Rep Dick Werner (R, Dist 22) are the prime sponsors. This bill would treat electric motorcycles the same as gas-powered motorcycles for the license fee. I wish I had asked the owners of the bike shops about this bill, I didn’t realize there were electric motorcycles.

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