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House Transportation committee has 4 bills on Tues Feb 10

February 10, 2015

caution-pedestrian-crosswalkOn Tuesday, February 10th, at 10:00 AM the SD House Transportation committee will take on 4 bills.

SB 40 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise certain provisions regarding the federal motor carrier regulations.

The Department of Public Safety asked for this bill. It passed Senate Transportation 7-0 and the Senate floor 35-0. This bill updates the Adoption of Federal Regulations (§ 49-28A-3) to the Hazardous Material Transport Safety portion of SD code (§ 49-28A). It updates the federal regulations referenced from 2014 to 2015. It also changes the age limit in this section from 16 to 18.

SB 22 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise the penalty for altering a registration device issued by a dealer.

This bill is for the Department of Revenue. It passed Senate Transportation 7-0 and the Senate floor 35-0. This one seems to clean up the language slightly.

HB 1030 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Provide certain restrictions regarding the passing of a bicycle.

The SD Department of Transportation (DOT) asked for this bill. This bill has been heard and deferred in this committee a couple times. It was slightly amended on Jan 22. Here is what I had to say about the bill last time it was scheduled for a hearing:

The first time this bill came to committee I talked about the second half of this bill. I still think that part is silly; there shouldn’t need to be a law to tell people on a bicycle not to pass a car on the right when that car is blinkering right. The first part of this bill came up during the Aberdeen Cracker Barrel this previous weekend. At that cracker barrel Rep Kaiser said he believes it is not necessary to give three feet of space when passing a bike, because current law is actually more restrictive. I am interested in what the amendment tomorrow will look like.

HB 1032 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Revise certain provisions regarding stopping for pedestrians at crosswalks.

The SD Department of Transportation (DOT) asked for this bill. This bill was tabled with a vote of 9-4 back on Jan 22. Then on Jan 27 the motion to remove the bill from being tabled passed. Now this bill will get another chance. Here is what I had to say about the bill prior to its Jan 22 hearing:

This bill clarifies the language of a drivers responsibility when approaching a crosswalk with a pedestrian. Most interesting though is the increased penalty from a petty offense to a Class 2 Misdemeanor. I’m not sure what the reasoning is for the increased penalty; the bill seemed good up to that point.

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