BILL SUMMARY for HB09-1042
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION & ENERGY
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|Moved a conceptual amendment, page 2, line 10, str|
Moved to refer House Bill 09-1042, as amended, to
|Pass Without Objection|
09:35 AM -- House Bill 09-1042
Representative Merrifield, prime sponsor, testified regarding House Bill 09-0107. Representative Merrifield explained that the bill would amend current law to state that five vehicles or more may not be impeded by a slow-moving driver. The legislation would require slow-moving vehicles to move off or to the side of the road at the first available and safe location when impeding other traffic. Agricultural vehicles would be exempt from the requirements of the bill. Of the 50 states, 38 states have statutes regarding impeding slow-drivers. Twelve states have statutes requiring drivers to pull over if impeding a designated number of vehicles. Representative McFadyen asked clarifying questions regarding enforcement and other states' practices. Representative Green expressed support for the bill due to safe driving concerns. Representative Green also asked clarifying questions on what the bill would require slow-moving drivers to do should five drivers be impeded. Representative Primavera asked questions on minimum speed limits and specificity of the bill. Represenative Baumgardner asked about the bill's applicability to freight trucks, and expressed concerns regarding a truck driver's abilities to see automobiles in rear view mirrors.
09:48 AM -- Mr. Jery Payne, Office of Legislative Legal Services, responded to Representative's Green question regarding current requirements for slow-moving vehicles obstructing other vehicles. Mr. Payne also responded to clarifying questions expressed by Representative Primavera.
09:52 AM -- Representative McFadyen asked for witness testimony
09:52 AM -- Mr. Bobby Juchem, representing the Colorado State Patrol (CSP), responded to questions from committee members. Mr. Juchem stated that when state troopers pull over automobiles, consideration is given to a vehicle's capabilities. Mr. Juchem also responded to questions pertaining to enforcement by both law enforcement and in the judicial system. Representative Merrifield expressed that the bill helps clarify for the CSP when a slow-moving vehicle may be pulled over. Mr. Juchem also responded to questions as to whether the bill would make a state trooper's job more complicated, stating that the bill would still provide for officer discretion.
10:07 AM -- Ms. Peg Ackerman, representing the County Sheriffs of Colorado (CSC), testified in support of the bill.
10:08 AM -- Mr. R.J. Hicks, representing the Colorado Motor Carriers Association (CMCA), testified in support of the bill. Mr. Hicks also provided comments on the bill and potential amendments. Mr. Hicks further expressed that the legislation would provide law enforcement officers more guidance and the bill's flexibility is appropriate for law enforcement officers and drivers.
|TIME: || 10:19:15 AM|
|MOTION:||Moved to refer House Bill 09-1042, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a 8-2 roll call vote.|
Final YES: 8 NO: 2 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS
10:20 AM -- Representative McFadyen discussed agenda items for the January 20, 2009, Joint Transportation Committee hearing.