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Transportation and Transit Policy Subcommittee

FIFTEENTH MEETING

2007-2008 Regular Session - March 12, 2008

STATE OF MINNESOTA FIFTEENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SIXTH SESSION

TRANSPORTATION AND TRANSIT SUBCOMMITTEE

MINUTES


Representative Hornstein, Chair of the Committee, called the meeting to order
at 2:23 P.M. on Wednesday, March 12, 2008, in Room 5 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:


Hornstein, Chair
Madore, Vice Chair
Erhardt
Hausman
Hortman
Lieder
Nelson, M.
Ruth
Severson

Members excused:

Holberg

A quorum was present.

Rep. Ruth moved that the minutes of March 5, 2008 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

At 2:25 PM Rep. Hornstein passed the gavel to Rep. Madore, Vice Chair.

HF 2968 (Ward) Alcohol restricted driver's licenses distinguishing color and markings specified. Rep. Ward presented the bill. Joan Petunski, Dept. of Vehicle Services (DVS) assisted him. Rep. Madore moved the bill and the H2968A2 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. Rep. Madore moved that HF 2968, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Transportation Finance committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 3835 (Davnie) Medium-speed electric vehicles defined, medium-speed electric vehicles required to be registered and titled, and roads identified on which they may operate. Rep. Madore moved adoption of the handwritten A1 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. Tim Cummers, Cushman Motors, assisted in presenting the bill. Rep. Madore moved that HF 3825, as amended, be recommended to pass and to Transportation Finance for possible inclusion in the Omnibus Policy bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 3792 (Hortman) Commuter rail governance. The following spoke to the bill: Judd Schetnan, Met Council, Betsy Parker, MnDOT, and Bill Schrieber, North Star Corridor Authority. Rep. Hortman moved that HF 3792 be returned to Tranportation Finance Committee with the recommendation to be referred to the Local Government Committee via the Finance Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 3896 (Hornstein) Walkways required by certain railroad tracks/Rail Road Walkways Safety Act. The following spoke to the bill:
Phil Qualy, United Transportation Union (UTU)
Jerry Ott, UTU Local 911
John Apitz, MN Reg. Rail Road Association
Brian Sweeney, BNSF Council
Cecil Sellness, MnDOT,
Rep. Hornstein moved that HF 3896 be recommended to pass and returned to the Transportation Finance Committee for possible inclusion in the Omnibus Policy bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 3962 (Morrow) Spotter trucks regulated. Jeremy Estensen, MN Truckers, assisted in presenting the bill. Rep. Morrow moved the following oral amendment:

Page 2, line 14, after tractor insert: with a manufacturer’s certificate of origin "not for on road use" specification THE MOTION PREVAILED. Rep. Madore moved that HF 3962, as amended, be returned to the Transportation Finance Committee for possible inclusion in the Omnibus Policy bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 3960 (Morrow) Driver education instruction relating to interaction with commercial motor vehicles required and modification of driver’s manual required. Jeremy Estensen, MN Trucking Association and Deb Carlson, Exam Program Manager MnDOT, spoke to the bill. Rep. Hornstein moved that HF 3960 be returned to the Transportation Finance Committee for possible inclusion in the Omnibus Policy bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED.







FIFTEENTH MEETING

HF 3800 (Hornstein) Impounded vehicle and contents sale permitted after title transfer. Rep. Hornstein moved adoption of the H3800A1 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. Ron Elwood, Legal Aid and Michael Dahl, MN Coalition for the homeless spoke to the bill. Rep. Hornstein moved that HF 3800, as amended, be returned to the Transportation Finance Committee for possible inclusion in the Omnibus Policy bill. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:57 P.M.




REP. Hornstein, Chair





Susie Maher, Committee Legislative Asst.
More Info On This Meeting..

HF2968 (Ward) Joey's Law; alcohol-restricted driver's licenses distinguishing color and markings specified.
HF3800 (Hornstein) Impounded vehicle and contents sale permitted after title transfer; notices provided, right to receive contents without charge established, deficiency claim limited, and oversize and overweight tow truck permit provided.
HF3896 (Hornstein) Walkways required by certain railroad tracks.
HF3962 (Morrow) Spotter trucks regulated.
HF3960 (Morrow)Driver education instruction relating to interaction with commercial motor vehicles required and modification of driver's manual required.
HF3835 (Tschumper) Medium-speed electric vehicles defined, medium-speed electric vehicles required to be registered and titled, and roads identified on which medium-speed electric vehicles may be operated.
HF3827 (Morrow) Pupil transportation safety information and questions required in driver's manual and examination
HF3792 (Hortman) Commuter rail; transportation commissioner's authority clarified relating to commuter rail, and operation and maintenance of commuter rail lines located in the metropolitan area provided.