Legislature(2017 - 2018)BUTROVICH 205
03/08/2018 01:30 PM TRANSPORTATION
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ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE SENATE TRANSPORTATION STANDING COMMITTEE March 8, 2018 1:33 p.m. MEMBERS PRESENT Senator Bert Stedman, Chair Senator Anna MacKinnon Senator Click Bishop Senator Dennis Egan MEMBERS ABSENT Senator David Wilson COMMITTEE CALENDAR COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 204(JUD) "An Act relating to overtaking and passing certain stationary vehicles." - MOVED SCS CSHB 204(TRA) OUT OF COMMITTEE PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION BILL: HB 204 SHORT TITLE: OVERTAKING/PASSING ROAD WORK VEHICLES SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) KAWASAKI 03/29/17 (H) READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS 03/29/17 (H) TRA, JUD 04/06/17 (H) TRA AT 1:00 PM BARNES 124 04/06/17 (H) Moved HB 204 Out of Committee 04/06/17 (H) MINUTE(TRA) 04/07/17 (H) TRA RPT 2DP 5AM 04/07/17 (H) DP: KOPP, DRUMMOND 04/07/17 (H) AM: CLAMAN, SULLIVAN-LEONARD, NEUMAN, WOOL, STUTES 04/13/17 (H) JUD AT 5:30 PM GRUENBERG 120 04/13/17 (H) Moved CSHB 204(JUD) Out of Committee 04/13/17 (H) MINUTE(JUD) 04/14/17 (H) JUD RPT CS(JUD) 4DP 3NR 04/14/17 (H) DP: KOPP, KREISS-TOMKINS, FANSLER, CLAMAN 04/14/17 (H) NR: EASTMAN, LEDOUX, REINBOLD 04/17/17 (H) TRANSMITTED TO (S) 04/17/17 (H) VERSION: CSHB 204(JUD) 05/01/17 (S) READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS 05/01/17 (S) TRA, JUD 03/01/18 (S) TRA AT 1:30 PM BUTROVICH 205 03/01/18 (S) Heard & Held 03/01/18 (S) MINUTE(TRA) 03/08/18 (S) TRA AT 1:30 PM BUTROVICH 205 WITNESS REGISTER WILLIAM JODWALIS, Staff Representative Kawasaki Alaska State Legislature Juneau, Alaska POSITION STATEMENT: Provided a summary of HB 204. MIKE LESSMAN, Legislative Liaison Office of the Commissioner Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Juneau, Alaska POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of Amendment 1 for HB 204. CAPTAIN DAN LOWDEN, Deputy Commander Division of Alaska State Troopers Alaska Department of Public Safety Anchorage, Alaska POSITION STATEMENT: Announced that the department is not opposed to HB 204. ACTION NARRATIVE 1:33:42 PM CHAIR BERT STEDMAN called the Senate Transportation Standing Committee meeting to order at 1:33 p.m. Present at the call to order were Senators Bishop, MacKinnon, Egan, and Chair Stedman. HB 204-OVERTAKING/PASSING ROAD WORK VEHICLES 1:34:02 PM CHAIR STEDMAN announced the consideration of HB 204. 1:34:34 PM WILLIAM JODWALIS, Staff, Representative Kawasaki, Alaska State Legislature, Juneau, Alaska, provided a summary of HB 204 as follows: House Bill 204 would add, "vehicle in the act of preforming maintenance road-service work," to the existing statute; it stipulates that drivers who are approaching certain kinds of stationary vehicles on a roadway must vacate the current lane into the next if applicable and if not, slow down to what is reasonable in consideration of weather and road conditions. 1:35:15 PM SENATOR MACKINNON moved Amendment 1. 30-LS0685\J.1 Martin 3/6/18 AMENDMENT 1 OFFERED IN THE SENATE BY SENATOR MACKINNON TO: CSHB 204(JUD) Page 1, lines 5 - 6: Delete "vehicle in the act of performing maintenance or road service work," Page 1, line 8, following "lights": Insert ", or that approaches a stationary vehicle in the act of performing maintenance or road service work," CHAIR STEDMAN objected for discussion purposes. SENATOR MACKINNON explained that on page 1, lines 5-6, "vehicle in the act of performing maintenance or road service work," is moved to the end of line 8; and on page 1, line 8, ", or that approaches a stationary vehicle in the act of performing maintenance or road service works," is inserted. She noted that her office met with the bill's sponsor as well as all committee members that are in attendance. She explained that the amendment is in support of the sponsor's work on protecting folks in the right-of-way. She said the legislation does not require flashing lights because an emergency vehicle is not involved where construction workers are in the roadway, but the intent is to protect the construction workers. SENATOR MACKINNON disclosed that her office spoke with Don Etheridge, [AFL-CIO lobbyist], who spoke in favor of HB 204; and with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF). She said to her knowledge the amendment is acceptable to all in accomplishing what the sponsor was trying to accomplish. CHAIR STEDMAN removed his objection to the adoption of the amendment. 1:36:44 PM CHAIR STEDMAN announced that Amendment 1 was adopted. 1:37:15 PM MIKE LESSMAN, Legislative Liaison, Office of the Commissioner, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Juneau, Alaska, said the department is supportive of Senator MacKinnon's amendment to HB 204. 1:37:54 PM CAPTAIN DAN LOWDEN, Deputy Commander, Division of Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Department of Public Safety, Anchorage, Alaska, disclosed that he has not discussed the bill with the commissioner but noted that discussions with the commissioner's office has indicated that the department is not opposed to HB 204. He asserted that the Alaska State Troopers are supportive of making the roadways safe. He opined that the committee's amendment does not change a lot of the department's position on the bill. 1:38:43 PM SENATOR MACKINNON moved to report SCS CSHB 204(TRA), version: 30-LS0685\J as amended, from committee with individual recommendations and attached fiscal note. 1:38:57 PM CHAIR STEDMAN announced that there being no objection, the motion carried. 1:39:38 PM There being no further business to come before the committee, Chair Stedman adjourned the Senate Transportation Committee at 1:39 p.m.