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Trucking-Related Legislation -- 2012

2012 Legislation - Summary

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This Web page lists House and Senate bills introduced in the 2012 Legislative Session that are of interest to truck or bus companies doing business in Oregon. The ODOT Motor Carrier Transportation Division has maintained a page like this for many other Sessions -- 2011, 2010200920082007, and 2005.

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

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SB1545 - Employment definition

February 1 - Referred to Senate Business, Transportation and Economic Development Committee.
February 7 - Public hearing held.
March 5 - Bill is in Committee upon adjournment.

Senate Bill 1545 would change employment-related law in ORS 657.047 to specify that certain transportation services provided to for-hire carriers are excluded from the definition of “employment.”

The definition already excludes (1) transportation of logs, poles, and piling by a person who both furnishes and maintains the vehicle used, and (2) transportation performed for a for-hire carrier by a person that leases the person’s equipment to a for-hire carrier, personally operates, furnishes, and maintains the equipment and provides service to the for-hire carrier. SB 1545 expands on that latter exclusion to specify that it applies regardless of whether a person leasing equipment to a for-hire carrier purchases, leases, rents, or finances the equipment, from any person, without restriction. The amendment would take effect on the 91st day after the 2012 Session ends.

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HB4063 - Military experience

February 1 - Referred to House Veterans Affairs, with subsequent referral to Ways and Means.
February 6 - Public hearing held.
February 13 - Work session held and bill as amended passes with a "Do Pass" recommendation and subsequent referral to Ways and Means is rescinded.

February 16 - Bill passes the House of Representatives, 55-Aye, 2-Nay, 3-Excused.
February 20 - Referred to Senate Veterans' and Military Affairs Committee.
February 21 - Work Session held and bill as amended, to resolve conflicts, passes with a "Do Pass" recommendation. 

February 24 - Bill passes the Senate, 29-Aye, 1-Nay.
February 27 - House of Representatives concurs in Senate amendments and repasses the bill, 60-Aye. 

March 16 - Governor Kitzhaber signs into law, effective immediately.  
House Bill 4063 would require that many Oregon licensing agencies accept an applicant’s military training or experience as a substitute for the education or experience required for licensing, certification, or registration if the military training or experience is substantially similar to what’s necessary.

It would amend many statutes, including ORS 807.040 related to requirements for issuance of a driver license so that if a person applies for a commercial driver license (CDL) the person’s “relevant experience obtained in the military” could be counted toward meeting the minimum requirement to have at least one year’s driving experience.

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HB4167 - Fines

February 7 - Referred to Ways and Means Committee.
February 10 - Assigned to Subcommittee On Public Safety.
February 13 - Public hearing and work session held and bill as amended passes to the full Ways and Means Committee with a "Do Pass" recommendation. 

February 17 - Work session held and bill passes the Ways and Means Committee.
February 24 - Bill passes the House of Representatives, 57-Aye, 3-Nay.
February 25 - Referred to Ways and Means Committee.
February 28 - Bill passes the Ways and Mean Committee.
February 29 - Bill passes the Senate, 22-Aye, 8-Nay. 

March 27 - Governor Kitzhaber signs into law, effective immediately.  
Makes technical corrections to House Bill 2712, which took effect in January 2012 and changed Oregon laws governing fines in criminal proceedings.

House Bill 4167 includes an amendment of ORS 818.430 and the Schedule III penalties for weight violations exceeding more than 10,000 pounds of the posted limits of a bridge or overhead structure to make it a fine of $500 plus 30 cents per pound of excess weight. House Bill 2712 had made this particular violation a Class C misdemeanor with a $1,250 fine and required appearance in court.

NOTE: ODOT Motor Carrier Transportation Division enforcement officers issue citations for specific motor carrier-related violations, including truck size and weight violations, but ODOT receives no part of the fines collected. Revenue from citations is split between circuit courts, justice courts, or municipal courts, various law enforcement agencies, county treasuries, and the Oregon Department of Revenue.


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