Legislature(2017 - 2018)BUTROVICH 205

03/08/2018 01:30 PM Senate TRANSPORTATION

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01:33:42 PM Start
01:34:02 PM HB204
01:39:38 PM Adjourn
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Moved SCS CSHB 204(TRA) Out of Committee
                    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                                                                   
     - 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,                                                               
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
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                                                               
     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.                                                                                            
                          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                                                               
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.                                                                                                                       

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