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Hornstein amendment to require insurance for railroads operating next to light rail

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

SAINT PAUL, MN – State Representative Frank Hornstein (DFL-Minneapolis) will introduce an amendment to HF 2229 tomorrow in the House Transportation Finance Committee. The amendment requires freight rail companies to cover the cost of a freight rail accident in a light rail corridor.

“It’s outrageous that the railroads are seeking a liability cap from the Legislature,” said Rep. Hornstein.  “HF 2229 will essentially shift financial responsibility for a major accident to local governments and taxpayers.”

The amendment would require adequate liability insurance coverage for freight rail including property damage from a catastrophic incident involving fire or explosions, personal injury, deaths, environmental response and mitigation costs, and other liability.

What: Committee hearing on HF 2229

Where: Basement Hearing Room-State Office Building

When: Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. [If not heard by 2:45 p.m., HF 2229 will be taken up at 5:00 p.m. Thursday in Room 10.]