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S_TRA_2017A 02/28/2017 Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



SENATE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION

Date: 02/28/2017
ATTENDANCE
Time: 02:01 PM to 03:09 PM
Scott
*
Todd
X
Place: SCR 352
Zenzinger
X
Cooke
X
This Meeting was called to order by
Baumgardner
X
Senator Baumgardner
This Report was prepared by
Jessika Shipley
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Bills Addressed: Action Taken:
HB17-1044

SB17-180

HB17-1061

HB17-1105
Amended, Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

Amended, Referred to Senate Appropriations

Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar





02:02 PM -- HB17-1044



Senator Todd, prime sponsor, presented House Bill 17-1044. The reengrossed bill redefines autocycles as motorcycles that do not use handlebars and have passengers riding in a fully or partly enclosed seating area. The bill also clarifies that child restraint and safety belt laws apply to autocycles. She distributed amendment L.003 (Attachment A) and amendment L.004 (Attachment B).



17SenateTran0228AttachA.pdf17SenateTran0228AttachA.pdf 17SenateTran0228AttachB.pdf17SenateTran0228AttachB.pdf



02:07 PM --
Sgt. Dave Hall, representing the Colorado State Patrol, testified in support of the bill and discussed the amendments.



02:09 PM --
J.R. Burke, representing Polaris Industries, testified in support of the bill and the amendments.



02:11 PM --
Kirk Fry, representing himself, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Fry provided a handout to the committee (Attachment C).



17SenateTran0228AttachC.pdf17SenateTran0228AttachC.pdf

















02:14 PM --
Jim Bensberg, representing the Power Sports Dealers Association of Colorado, testified in support of the bill and the amendments.



02:16 PM --
Ruth Aponte, representing Children's Hospital of Colorado, testified from a neutral position on the bill.



02:20 PM --
Bruce Downs, ABATE of Colorado, testified from a neutral position on the bill.





02:22 PM



Senator Todd explained the amendments.

BILL: HB17-1044
TIME: 02:23:44 PM
MOVED: Todd
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.003 (Attachment A). The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Scott
Todd
Zenzinger
Cooke
Baumgardner
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection


BILL: HB17-1044
TIME: 02:24:10 PM
MOVED: Todd
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.004 (Attachment B). The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Scott
Todd
Zenzinger
Cooke
Baumgardner
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection















02:24 PM



Senator Todd wrapped up her presentation of the bill.

BILL: HB17-1044
TIME: 02:25:19 PM
MOVED: Todd
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1044, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar. The motion passed on a vote of 5-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Scott
Yes
Todd
Yes
Zenzinger
Yes
Cooke
Yes
Baumgardner
Yes
Final YES: 5 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





02:26 PM -- SB17-180



Senator Cooke, prime sponsor, presented Senate Bill 17-180. This bill modifies the civil penalty authority of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) related to motor carrier oversight. Under current law, civil penalties collected by the PUC for violations of motor carrier regulations are credited to the General Fund. The bill credits these penalties to the newly created Legal Services Offset Fund, which is continuously appropriated to the Department of Law to offset its costs to represent the PUC in actions related to motor carrier violations. The fund balance and interest earnings remain in the fund at the end of each fiscal year, unless the balance exceeds $250,000, in which case the excess is transferred to the General Fund.



The bill also:

      • removes the requirement that the PUC prove that a violation of motor carrier regulations was intentional;

      • clarifies time frames and applicable penalty amounts related to subsequent motor carrier violations; and

      • allows the PUC to immediately revoke a limited regulation, towing carrier, or mover permit if a penalty is not paid on time.



Senator Cooke distributed amendment L.001 (Attachment D).



17SenateTran0228AttachD.pdf17SenateTran0228AttachD.pdf













02:31 PM --
R.J. Hicks, representing the Colorado Motor Carriers Association, testified in support of the bill.



02:34 PM --
Doug Dean and Ron Jack, representing the PUC, testified in support of the bill.



02:39 PM --
Erin Reynolds, representing Legislative Council Staff, testified about the fiscal note for the bill.

BILL: SB17-180
TIME: 02:41:03 PM
MOVED: Cooke
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment D). The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Scott
Todd
Zenzinger
Cooke
Baumgardner
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection


BILL: SB17-180
TIME: 02:41:28 PM
MOVED: Cooke
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 17-180, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a vote of 4-0, with 1 excused.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Scott
Yes
Todd
Excused
Zenzinger
Yes
Cooke
Yes
Baumgardner
Yes
Final YES: 4 NO: 0 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS

























02:42 PM -- HB17-1061



Senator Scott, prime sponsor, presented House Bill 17-1061. This bill, recommended by the Transportation Legislation Review Committee, increases the minimum weight for intrastate commercial vehicles from 10,001 pounds to 16,001 pounds, and requires the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) in the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to adopt rules for vehicles that would otherwise be considered commercial vehicles but for weighing between 10,001 and 16,000 pounds. The CSP may also adopt rules authorizing:

      annual inspections of these vehicles;

      enforcement of load securement requirements; and

      enforcement of coupling device requirements.



02:45 PM --
Barb Dells, representing the Colorado Motor Carriers Association, testified in support of the bill.



02:49 PM --
R.J. Hicks, representing the Colorado Motor Carriers Association, testified in support of the bill.





02:50 PM



The committee took a brief recess.





02:58 PM



The committee returned to order.

BILL: HB17-1061
TIME: 02:58:13 PM
MOVED: Scott
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1061 to the Committee of the Whole with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar. The motion passed on a vote of 5-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Scott
Yes
Todd
Yes
Zenzinger
Yes
Cooke
Yes
Baumgardner
Yes
Final YES: 5 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





















02:59 PM -- HB17-1105



Senator Baumgardner, prime sponsor, presented House Bill 17-1105. The reengrossed bill makes exceptions for physical vehicle identification number (VIN) verifications as a condition for vehicle registration or certificate of title issuance if the applicant for a new vehicle registration or title:

      presents a copy of the Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin;

      presents a purchase receipt from the dealer or out-of-state seller that indicates the applicant purchased the vehicle as new; or

      has the vehicle currently registered in another Colorado county at the time of application.



In addition, the bill requires the Colorado State Patrol in the Department of Public Safety to create a pilot program that allows a transportation association or organization to perform VIN verifications on commercial vehicles, and outlines specific program, applicant, and fee requirements. The pilot program is in effect from January 1, 2018, to January 1, 2020.



03:01 PM --
Sgt. Dave Hall, representing the Colorado State Patrol, testified about the bill. He responded to questions from the committee.



03:03 PM --
Greg Fulton, representing the Colorado Motor Carriers Association, testified in support of the bill.

BILL: HB17-1105
TIME: 03:08:42 PM
MOVED: Baumgardner
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1105 to the Committee of the Whole with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar. The motion passed on a vote of 5-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Scott
Yes
Todd
Yes
Zenzinger
Yes
Cooke
Yes
Baumgardner
Yes
Final YES: 5 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





03:09 PM



The committee adjourned.


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