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Trucking-Related Legislation - 2005

2005 Legislation -- Summary

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This Web page contains information about bills introduced in the 73rd Oregon Legislative Session that may be of interest to truck or bus companies doing business in Oregon. The ODOT Motor Carrier Transportation Division has maintained a Web page like this for many other Sessions -- 2012201120102009, 2008, and 2007, .

For more information and extensive access to Bills and Laws, visit the Oregon Legislature Web Site.

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HB2107 - CDL laws


Adds new statutes to the Vehicle Code related to disqualification from holding a Commercial Driver License (CDL), establishes new standards that apply when drivers are operating their personal vehicles, and adds two new serious traffic violations that may result in suspension of a CDL: 1) operating a commercial motor vehicle without appropriate driving privileges, and 2) operating a commercial motor vehicle without a CDL in the driver’s possession. The bill also defines reckless driving as a serious violation when its committed in a noncommercial vehicle by a driver who has a CDL.

Amends ORS 809.413 related to suspension of a CDL, including adding a provision for suspension for persons operating a commercial motor vehicle while their license is suspended and a provision to suspend a person’s CDL for up to one year if the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration notifies DMV that a driver is disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle because he or she has been determined to be an imminent hazard.

Amends ORS 813.404 related to driving under the influence of intoxicants, including adding provisions that prohibit a court from deferring or masking driver violations on a driving record when the person has a CDL or was operating a commercial motor vehicle at the time of the violation.

Adds new statutes to the Vehicle Code related to hazardous materials endorsements to establish rule authority for the Department of Transportation to implement a section of the USA Patriot Act that requires a security check clearance from the Federal Transportation Security Administration. This clearance is required at least every five years and when DMV issues or renews a CDL with a hazardous materials endorsement. Provisions are included for canceling the hazardous materials endorsement or CDL if requirements are not satisfied.

Amends ORS 807.035 and accompanying statutes to add a new license endorsement to operate a school bus and require drivers to pass a school bus skills test and knowledge test to obtain a school bus endorsement in addition to a passenger endorsement.

NOTE: When Congress passed the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 and the USA Patriot Act of 2001, it set new requirements and standards for commercial motor vehicle drivers and it directed states to comply by changing their laws within the next few years. With the passage of House Bill 2107, Oregon meets the federal requirement.

January 14 - Referred to House Transportation Committee with subsequent referral to Ways and Means.
February 28 - Public hearing held.
March 14 - Public hearing and work session held and bill as amended is referred to Ways and Means with a "Do Pass" recommendation.
May 17 - Work session held and bill is referred with no recommendation to House Budget Committee.
June 10 - Referred to Subcommittee on General Government, Transportation, and Economic Development.
June 22 - Work session held and bill is returned to full committee.
June 27 - Work session held and bill passes to the House floor with a "Do Pass" recommendation.
June 30 - Bill passes the House -- Ayes - 55, Absent - 1, Attending Legislative Business - 4
July 1 - Referred to Senate Budget Committee.
July 7 - Work session held and bill passes to the Senate floor with a "Do Pass" recommendation.
July 14 - Bill passes the Senate -- Ayes - 24, Nays - 2, Absent - 1, Attending Legislative Business - 3
July 27 - Governor signs into law, effective September 30, 2005.
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HB2840 - School zone speed


Amends ORS 811.111 to provide that a 20 mph speed limit in school zones applies when flashing lights indicate children may be arriving at a school or leaving school or, if a school zone does not have flashing lights, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the days school is in session. The bill takes effect July 1, 2006.

March 4 - Referred to House Transportation Committee.
March 9 - Public hearing held.
April 8 - Public hearing held.
April 25 - Work session held and bill as amended passes to the House floor with a "Do Pass" recommendation.
May 5 - Bill passes the House -- Ayes - 59, Nays - 1
May 13 - Referred to Senate Rules Committee.
June 16 - Public hearing and work session held and bill passes to the Senate floor with a "Do Pass" recommendation.
June 27 - Bill passes the Senate -- Ayes - 28, Nays - 2
July 20 - Governor signs into law, effective July 1, 2006.
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HB3252 - Speed limits


Amends ORS 810.181 to establish that if the Oregon Department of Transportation designates a speed limit of more than 65 mph on interstate highways, the designated speed for trucks and buses must be at least five mph lower.

Originally written to amend ORS 811.111 to set speed limits for rural interstate highways at a maximum 70 mph for cars and 60 mph for trucks and buses, and define rural interstate highway as the portion of an interstate highway that is not within the limits of a city with a population of 50,000 or more.

March 18 - Referred to House Transportation Committee.
April 18 - Public hearing held.
May 6 - Work session held and bill as amended passes to the House floor with a "Do Pass" recommendation.
May 19 - Bill passes the House -- Ayes - 40, Nays - 1, Excused - 4, Attending Legislative Business - 15
May 27 - Referred to Senate Rules Committee.
June 21 - Public hearing and work session held and bill passes to the Senate floor with a "Do Pass" recommendation.
June 27 - Bill passes the Senate -- Ayes - 25, Nays - 2, Excused - 1, Attending Legislative Business - 2
July 14 - Governor signs into law, effective January 1, 2006.
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HJM35 - Intrastate farm trucks


A Joint Memorial encouraging Congress to free Oregon farmers from undue regulatory barriers by enacting a law declaring farm trucks as operating in intrastate commerce when within 150 miles of the home farm, except when the truck is operated as a for-hire carrier of farm products.

April 21 - Referred to House Transportation Committee.
May 6 - Public hearing and work session held and bill passes to the House floor with a "Do Adopt" recommendation.
May 20 - Bill passes the House -- Ayes - 46, Nays - 8, Excused - 6
May 27 - Referred to Senate Rules Committee.
June 21 - Public hearing and work session held and bill passes to the Senate floor with a "Do Adopt" recommendation.
June 27 - Bill passes the Senate -- Ayes 29, Nays - 1
July 5 - Filed with the Secretary of State.
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SB367 - Seat belt law


Amends ORS 811.215, the statute that lists exemptions to the requirement to wear seat belts, to stipulate that the exemption does not apply to vehicles designed and used for the transportation of 15 or fewer persons, including the driver, except that the operator of the vehicle is not required to (1) wear a seat belt if he or she is a taxicab operator, or (2) ensure that a child passenger is properly secured with a child safety system. Amends ORS 811.210, the statute that outlines requirements to wear seat belts, to add passengers in a privately-owned commercial vehicle that is designed and used for the transportation of 15 or fewer persons, including the driver, and the person is 16 years of age or older and is responsible for another passenger who is not properly secured with a child safety system.

January 26 - Referred to Senate Business and Economic Development Committee.
January 28 - Public hearing held.
February 24 - Work session held and bill as amended passes to the Senate floor with a "Do Pass" recommendation.
March 9 - Bill passes the Senate -- Ayes - 23, Nays - 4, Excused - 3
March 16 - Referred to House Transportation Committee.
May 18 - Public hearing, work session held, and bill passes to the House floor with a "Do Pass" recommendation.
June 1 - Bill passes the House -- Ayes - 54, Nays - 2, Excused - 2
June 16 - Governor signs into law, effective January 1, 2006.
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SB591 - Pedestrian law


Adds new statutes to the Vehicle Code to require drivers to stop and remain stopped for pedestrians crossing with a signal or at a crosswalk while they’re in the driver’s lane or an adjacent lane. When turning in a controlled intersection, a driver must stop and remain stopped for pedestrians crossing the lane into which the driver is turning and at least six feet of the adjacent lane. For the purpose of a pedestrian in a crosswalk, a bike lane or the part of the roadway where a vehicle can stop or park adjacent to a lane of travel is considered part of that adjacent lane. Drivers are not required to stop when there’s a safety island and the vehicle is on the far side of the island from a pedestrian. Repeals ORS 811.010, 811.040, and 811.045.

February 15 - Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
March 14 - Public hearing held.
June 16 - Work session held and bill passes to the Senate floor with a "Do Pass" recommendation.
June 21 - Bill passes the Senate -- Ayes - 26, Nays - 3, Attending Legislative Business - 1
June 22 - Referred to House State and Federal Affairs Committee.
June 27 - Public hearing held.
June 29 - Work session held.
June 30 - Work session held and bill passes to the House floor with a "Do Pass" recommendation.
July 11 - Rereferred to House State and Federal Affairs Committee.
July 18 - Work session held and bill as amended passes to the House floor with a "Do Pass" recommendation.
July 26 - Bill passes the House -- Ayes - 54, Nays - 4, Excused - 1, Attending Legislative Business - 1
July 29 - Senate concurs in House amendments and repasses the bill -- Ayes - 29, Nays - 1
August 17 - Governor signs into law, effective January 1, 2006.
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SB433 - Workers' compensation


Amends ORS 656.027 to add to the list of workers who are not subject to workers´ compensation law, adding owners or leaseholders of vehicles used in the commercial transportation of property by a for-hire motor carrier that is required, by ORS 825.100 and 825.104, to have a certificate or permit to operate in Oregon.

February 4 - Referred to Senate Commerce Committee.
February 15 - Public hearing held.
April 7 - Work session held and bill passes to the Senate floor with a "Do Pass" recommendation.
April 20 - Bill passes the Senate -- Ayes - 26, Excused - 1, Attending Legislative Business - 3
April 26 - Referred to House Business, Labor and Consumer Affairs Committee.
May 11 - Public hearing and work session held and bill passes to the House floor with a "Do Pass" recommendation.
May 20 - Bill passes the House -- Ayes - 51, Absent - 1, Excused - 5, Attending Legislative Business - 3
June 7 - Governor signs into law, effective January 1, 2006.
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SB448 - Public transportation


Amends ORS 825.017 to exempt from motor carrier regulation (1) vehicles used for public transportation purposes approved by a district school board, (2) vehicles used to transport persons for hire by a nonprofit entity regardless of the distance traveled, if not in competition with a regular route full-service scheduled passenger carrier subject to motor carrier regulation or a mass transit district formed under ORS 267, and (3) government vehicles owned or operated as carriers of persons for hire.

February 8 - Referred to Senate Transportation Committee.
February 14 - Public hearing held.
March 9 - Work session held and bill passes to the Senate floor with a "Do Pass" recommendation.
March 22 - Bill passes the Senate -- Ayes - 25, Nays - 1, Excused - 4
March 28 - Referred to House Transportation Committee.
May 18 - Public hearing and work session held and bill passes to the House floor with a "Do Pass" recommendation and placed on the Consent Calendar.
May 27 - Bill passes the House -- Ayes - 58, Nays - 1, Excused - 1
June 14 - Governor signs into law, effective immediately.
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SB595 - Declaring emergency


Adds a statute to the Oregon Vehicle Code to allow the Director of the Department of Transportation or his designee to determine that an emergency has occurred or is imminent and then suspend certain motor carrier regulations for purposes of expediting the movement of persons or property for up to 72 hours, or longer if a state of emergency is declared under ORS 401.055. Under ORS 401.025, an emergency includes any man-made or natural event or circumstance causing or threatening loss of life, injury to person or property, human suffering or financial loss, and includes, but is not limited to, fire, explosion, flood, severe weather, drought, earthquake, volcanic activity, spills or certain releases of oil or hazardous material (see ORS 466.605), contamination, utility or transportation emergencies, disease, blight, infestation, crisis influx of migrants unmanageable by the county, civil disturbance, riot, sabotage and war.

Motor carrier regulations that may be suspended for emergency-related operators include the following:
* Requirement to have a certificate or permit for commercial transportation of persons or property --ORS 825.100
* Requirement to have a permit to operate as a for-hire or private carrier in interstate commerce -- ORS 825.104
* Requirement to have a weight receipt for vehicles subject to weight-mile tax -- ORS 825.450
* Requirement to have a temporary pass for single trip or short-time operations -- ORS 825.470
* Requirements related to public liability, property damage, and cargo insurance -- ORS 825.160 and 825.162
* Requirements related to registering certain vehicles not already registered in Oregon -- ORS 826.031
* Enforcement of truck size and weight regulations -- ORS 818.400
* Requirement to stop for an inspection of the driver, cargo or vehicle(s) -- ORS 825.250
* Safety regulations for for-hire and private carriers -- ORS 825.252
* Rules for transporting hazardous waste, hazardous material, and PCB -- ORS 825.258
* Assessment of tax for use of highways -- ORS 825.474

The bill was amended by the Senate Transportation Committee to add an emergency clause, making it effective upon passage.

February 16 - Referred to Senate Transportation Committee.
March 2 - Public hearing held.
March 7 - Work session held and bill passes to the Senate floor with a "Do Pass" recommendation.
March 17 - Bill passes the Senate -- Ayes - 20, Excused - 2, Attending Legislative Business - 8
March 24 - Referred to House Transportation Committee.
May 11 - Public hearing and work session held and bill passes to the House floor with a "Do Pass" recommendation.
May 20 - Bill passes the House -- Ayes - 51, Absent - 1, Excused - 5, Attending Legislative Business - 3
June 7 - Governor signs into law, effective immediately.
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SB5547 - ODOT Budget


Appropriates $8,626,167 from General Fund for rail purposes, beginning July 1, 2005.

Limits biennial expenditures from fees, moneys, and other revenues, including miscellaneous receipts and federal funds received as reimbursement from the U.S. DOT, as follows: Capital Improvement - $2,590,689;  Maintenance and Emergency Relief - $299,244,832;  Preservation - $231,228,765;  Bridge - $533,608,747;  Highway Safety - $54,481,011;  Operations - $45,646,152;  Modernization - $453,861,353;  Special Programs - $175,436,260;  Local Government - $214,904,957;  Utility Permits, Inspections, and Engineering on Highway Rights of Way - $4,518,231;  DMV - $129,708,431;  Motor Carrier - $46,016,469;  Transportation Program Development - $61,025,948;  Public Transit - $19,861,678;  Rail - $54,267,734;  Transportation Safety - $9,978,720;  Oregon Board of Maritime Pilots - $201,283;  Central Services-$120,802,964;  Debt service - $147,662,965.

Limits biennial expenditures from federal funds, excluding federal funds received as reimbursement from the U.S. DOT, as follows: Motor Carrier Transportation - $4,467,639;  Transportation Program Development - $186,248;  Public Transit - $31,031,412;  Rail - $15,385,786;  Transportation Safety - $13,410,776; Central Services - $56,334;  DMV - $245,934.

Limits biennial expenditures and payment of expenses from lottery moneys from the Administrative Services Economic Development Fund as follows: Westside Light Rail - $19,932,040;  Short Line Infrastructure Assistance - $812,045;  Industrial Rail Spur Infrastructure Assistance - $1,417,987.

This bill includes an emergency provision so that it would take effect on July 1, 2005.

Originally introduced as House Bill 5069
Before the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Transportation and Economic Development
February 14 - 1st public hearing held.
February 15 - 2nd public hearing held.
February 16 - 3rd public hearing held.
February 17 - 4th public hearing held.
February 21 - 5th public hearing held.
March 22 - 6th public hearing held.
May 9 - 7th public hearing held.
May 10 - 8th public hearing held.
May 11 - 9th public hearing held.
May 12 - 10th public hearing held.

May 20 - House Bill 5143 is referred to House Special Budget Subcommittee on General Government, Transportation and Economic Development.
June 6 - 1st work session held by House Special Budget Subcommittee.
June 23 - 2nd work session held and bill as amended passes to the House floor with a "Do Pass" recommendation.
June 30 - House Bill 5143 passes the House -- Ayes - 41, Nays - 17, Absent - 1, Attending Legislative Business - 1
July 1 - Referred to Senate Budget Committee. 

May 24 - Senate Bill 5547 is referred to Senate Special Budget Subcommittee on Transportation and Economic Development.
June 8 - 1st work session held by Senate Special Budget Subcommittee.
June 24 - 2nd work session held and bill as amended passes to the Senate floor with a "Do Pass" recommendation.
June 30 - Senate Bill 5547 passes the Senate -- Ayes - 24, Nays - 5, Excused - 1
July 6 - Referred to House Budget Committee.
July 26 - Work session held and bill passes to the House floor with a "Do Pass" recommendation.
July 27 - Senate Bill 5547 passes the House -- Ayes - 58, Nays - 1, Excused - 1
August 17 - Governor signs into law, effective immediately.
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Other bills


House Bill 2113 -- ODOT Reports
Amends statutes to delete requirements that the Department of Transportation produce certain regular reports and follow certain accounting and budgeting systems. Until amended by the House Transportation Committee, the bill proposed amending ORS 366.506 to direct that the Oregon Department of Administrative Services will review the flat fee rates established in ORS 825.480 as part of its study to determine the proportionate share that the users of each class of vehicle should pay for the costs of maintenance, operation, and improvement of the highways, roads, and streets in the state. This would have repealed ORS 825.482 and taken responsibility for the study away from the Department of Transportation.
January 14 - Referred to House Transportation Committee.
March 16 - Public hearing held.
May 2 - Work session held and bill as amended passes to the House floor with a "Do Pass" recommendation.
May 17 - Bill passes the House -- Ayes - 48, Nays - 8, Excused - 4
June 8 - Public hearing and work session held before the Senate Rules Committee and bill passes to the Senate with a "Do Pass" recommendation.
June 14 - Rereferred to the Senate Rules Committee.
June 28 - Work session held and bill as amended passes to the Senate with a "Do Pass" recommendation.
July 6 - Bill passes the Senate -- Ayes - 29, Absent - 1
July 10 - House concurs in Senate amendments and repasses the bill -- Ayes - 58, Absent - 2
July 22 - Governor signs into law, effective January 1, 2006.

House Bill 2163 -- Regulation of Passenger Carriers
Amends ORS 801.040 to prohibit city, county, district, or other political subdivision from imposing taxes, fees, or driver or vehicle standards on a motor carrier providing regular route full-service scheduled transportation of passengers within Oregon. The law would apply to passenger carriers with a certificate of authority from the Oregon DOT, issued under ORS 825.110, providing service as described in ORS 825.234.
January 17 - Referred to House Transportation Committee with subsequent referral to House Revenue Committee.
August 5 - Bill is in committee upon adjournment. 



House Bill 2353 -- Long Recreational Vehicles
Amends ORS 818.100 to allow a combination of three vehicles to be up to 65 feet long if it consists of a motor vehicle pulling a recreational vehicle without motive power, attached with a fifth wheel hitch, that is pulling a small trailer with loaded weight less than 3,500 pounds. Amends ORS 818.120 to specify that the combination is allowed if it´s operated solely for personal use.
January 21 - Referred to House Transportation Committee.
February 9 - Public hearing held. 
August 5 - Bill is in committee upon adjournment.

House Bill 2394 and House Bill 2512 -- Use of Warning Lights
Amends ORS 810.530 to allow a weighmaster or motor carrier enforcement officer to signal a vehicle to stop or use their vehicle´s warning lights to make a vehicle stop when a driver fails to stop or comply with commercial vehicle enforcement requirements spelled out in ORS 818.400.
January 21 - Referred to House Transportation Committee.
August 5 - Bills are in committee upon adjournment.

House Bill 2726 -- Notice of CDL Action
Amends ORS 809.430 to require the Department of Transportation to give at least 10-days notice, by certified mail, restricted delivery, return receipt requested, before suspending, revoking, or canceling driving privileges or a commercial driver license. The 10-days notice would not apply when a court or police officer takes immediate custody of a license, when driving privileges are suspended under ORS 813.410, and when the suspension is reinstated under ORS 813.440.
March 3 - Referred to House Transportation Committee.
August 5 - Bill is in committee upon adjournment.

House Bill 2907 -- Hazardous Material Risk Analysis
Amends ORS 825.258 to require the Oregon DOT to consider the risk to municipal water supplies if federal rules require a risk analysis prior to adopting state rules for the safe transportation of hazardous materials or the highway routing of the materials. If the U.S. DOT determines that a related state rule is preempted by federal law, the bill directs ODOT to apply for a waiver.
March 16 - Referred to House Water Committee.
August 5 - Bill is in committee upon adjournment.

House Bill 3447 -- Repeal Weight-Mile Tax
Repeals the weight-mile tax and flat fees. Establishes a 29 cent per gallon diesel fuel tax. Establishes a $26 three-day trip permit that out-of-state diesel fuel users would purchase if they´re not registered under the International Fuel Tax Agreement. Provides fuel tax refunds for four operations: (1) log or dump truck, (2) concrete mixer, self-loading log truck, garbage truck or recycling truck, (3) vehicles owned and operated by an investor-owned utility, and (4) vehicles with a separate fuel supply for operating ancillary equipment and not propelling the vehicle. Amends ORS 803.420 to replace existing truck registration fees with a fixed fee and a variable fee (amounts to be determined). Provides exceptions to the variable registration fee for five operations: (1) concrete mixers, log trucks, and sand and gravel trucks, (2) garbage or recycling trucks, (3) trucks that weigh between 26,001 and 60,000 lbs. and travel less than 30,000 miles a year, or weigh at least 26,001 lbs. and travel less than 5,000 miles a year, (4) trucks operated by investor-owned utilities, and (5) trucks that weigh at least 60,001 lbs. and are used exclusively for installing heavy machinery. Amends ORS 803.420(11)(a) to provide that vehicles over 8,000 lbs. that are registered by an individual or business licensed under ORS 479.630(13) or 537.747 and whose principal activity involves waterworks construction pay a flat registration fee. Amends ORS 803.420(12) to increase from $10 to $30 the fee for trailers registered under permanent registration. Amends ORS 803.645 to increase the existing $21 fee for a heavy motor vehicle trip permit, establishing a $42 fee for a three-day permit and a $15 fee for a one-day permit, increase from $10 to $20 the fee for a heavy trailer trip permit, increase from $5 to $10 the fee for a registration weight trip permit, and increase from $5 to $10 the fee for a registered vehicle trip permit. Amends ORS 818.205 to increase from $8 to $16 the fee for a Continuous Operation Variance Permit, retaining the provision for an additional amount, set in rules, not to exceed $8 for each jurisdiction in which travel is authorized by the permit. Amends ORS 818.270 to increase from $8 to $16 the fee for an over-dimension permit issued under ORS 818.200, retaining the provision that if the permit is issued by a private contractor, the contractor may charge an additional fee not to exceed $5, but adding that the contractor may add an amount, to be set in rule, not to exceed $16 for each jurisdiction in which travel is authorized by the permit. Increases from $8 to $16 the fee for a sifting or leaking load permit. Also, establishes an extra fee for continuous operation variance permits for five-, six-, and seven-axle trucks weighing over 80,000 lbs. and up to 105,500 lbs. The fee ranges from $165 for a five-axle truck weighing between 80,001 to 82,000 lbs., up to $191.01 for a seven-axle truck weighing between 104,001 to 105,500 lbs.
March 28 - Referred to House Transportation Committee, with subsequent referral to State and Federal Affairs Committee.
August 5 - Bill is in committee upon adjournment.

Senate Bill 566 -- Historic, Scenic Roads
Amends ORS 377.105 to prohibit the Oregon Transportation Commission and Department of Transportation from designating a highway as a freight route if it´s also designated as a historic and scenic highway. Amended by the Senate Transportation Committee to specify that 'freight route' means a highway designated a freight route by any statute or the 1999 Oregon Highway Plan, and specify that the Oregon Transportation Commission may not designate two routes as freight routes: (1) OR126 from the east city limits of Springfield to the intersection of 126 with US20, and (2) US101 from the intersection of 101 and US26 to the intersection of 101 and OR126.
February 15 - Referred to Senate Transportation Committee.
March 7 - Public hearing held.
April 6 - Public hearing held.
April 18 - Work session held and bill as amended passes to the Senate floor with a "Do Pass" recommendation.
April 27 - Bill passes the Senate -- Ayes - 20, Nays - 4, Excused - 2, Attending Legislative Business - 4
April 29 - Referred to House Transportation Committee.
August 5 - Bill is in committee upon adjournment. 

Senate Bill 868 -- Reduced Fines
Amends ORS 818.430 to reduce the Schedule 1 fine for failing to renew an annual overweight variance permit if a motor carrier appears in court and produces the old expired permit along with a new permit the carrier has obtained, and the carrier hasn´t ever previously failed to renew the permit for the vehicle involved. Under these circumstances, the fine would be reduced to not more than $100. This would apply to violations occurring after January 1, 2006.
February 24 - Referred to Senate Transportation Committee.
March 21 - Public hearing held.
August 5 - Bill is in committee upon adjournment. 

Senate Bill 894 -- Freight Routes
Amends ORS 366.215 to define "freight route" as any highway included in the National Highway System, for purposes of prohibiting the Oregon Transportation Commission from permanently reducing vehicle-carrying capacity on these routes when altering, relocating, changing, or realigning a state highway, unless safety or access considerations require the reduction.
February 24 - Referred to Senate Transportation Committee.
March 7 - Public hearing held.
March 30 - Public hearing held.
April 6 - Public hearing held.
August 5 - Bill is in committee upon adjournment. 
 
Senate Bill 1007 -- Inspecting Intermodal Chassis
Create a new law in ORS Chapter 777 requiring Ports that load and unload oceangoing vessels to employ trained safety inspectors to check every intermodal chassis, the trailers that carry intermodal freight containers, before they leave a Port. Inspections would check brakes, suspension, tires and wheels, connecting devices, lights, and electrical system. Inspectors would place a green tag on chassis with no defects and a red tag on chassis with defects. Red-tagged chassis could not be released to a driver until repairs were made. Removing or tampering with a tag would be a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by one year in jail, a $6,250 fine, or both. If an intermodal chassis defect presents an imminent danger to the public safety or is the result of the owner´s repeated failure to make proper repairs, inspectors must notify the Department of Transportation, which may suspend the owner´s certificate or permit issued under ORS 825.100. The Department may also forward a recommendation to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for administrative or other action deemed necessary against the owner´s interstate operating authority. A driver may request that a chassis be reinspected if he or she believes it´s unsafe and inspectors would be required to conduct another inspection. Port employees, inspectors, owners, or lessees of intermodal chassis would commit a Class C misdemeanor if they threatened, coerced, or otherwise retaliated against a driver who notified an inspector about the condition of a chassis, or requested reinspection or repair, punishable by 30 days in jail, a $1,250 fine, or both.
March 4 - Referred to Senate Transportation Committee.
April 4 - Public hearing held. 
April 20 - Public hearing and work session held and bill passes to the Senate floor with a "Do Pass" recommendation.
May 4 - Senate votes to refer bill to Senate Budget Committee.
June 9 - Assigned to Subcommittee on Transportation and Economic Development.
June 23 - Public hearing and work session held and bill passes to the full Ways and Means Committee.
August 5 - Bill is in committee upon adjournment.
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