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1996-06-03 Senate Journal

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SB 1010                                                                      
SENATE BILL NO. 1010 BY THE SENATE RULES COMMITTEE                             
BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR, entitled:                                          
An Act relating to motor vehicle records and hearings of the                   
Department of Public Safety; increasing the period under which a               
person may drive a motor vehicle under a temporary permit; relating            
to ownership of certain abandoned motor vehicles; relating to                  
suspension or revocation of a motor vehicle registration or special            
permit; relating to renewal of a driver's license by mail; relating to         
procedures applicable to administrative revocation of a driver's               
license; relating to commercial driver training schools; increasing the        
property damage amounts for proof of financial responsibility and              
proof of motor vehicle eligibility in order to lawfully operate a motor        
vehicle in the state; amending the definition of `commercial motor             
vehicle'; relating to prohibited operation of a commercial motor               
vehicle and to disqualification from driving a commercial motor                
vehicle; relating to certain notifications in accidents involving              
property damage; relating to motor vehicle registration procedures;            
and providing for an effective date.                                           
was read the first time and referred to the Labor and Commerce                 
Zero fiscal notes published today from Department of Public Safety,            
Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.                            
Governor's transmittal letter dated June 3:                                    
Dear President Pearce:                                                         
Under the authority of art. III, sec. 18, of the Alaska Constitution,          
I am transmitting an omnibus motor vehicle bill, which makes                   
several amendments to our motor vehicle statutes, including statutes           
relating to commercial motor vehicles.                                         
The bill will make our highways safer by increasing the Department             
of Public Safety's authority to enforce laws relating to commercial            
motor vehicles.  This bill is important to consider during this special        

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SB 1010                                                                      
session because, in addition to being good public policy, failure to           
pass the bill will result in a serious loss of federal funding.  The           
Department of Transportation and Public Facilities will lose                   
$8,000,000 in federal highway money in fiscal year 1997 for failure            
to comply with the federal Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act.                
Additionally, the Department of Public Safety will lose $200,000 in            
federal funding for commercial motor vehicle inspection, which                 
represents half the budget for that program.                                   
Under the changes made by the bill, the Department of Public Safety            
will be better able to the enforce safety requirements for commercial          
motor vehicles.  It will be able to revoke the registration of a               
commercial motor vehicle if the vehicle is put back on the road                
without making repairs ordered by the department or without being              
inspected as required.  Furthermore, commercial motor vehicles must            
meet the department's safety requirements even when driven on a                
highway that is not connected with other highways and on low                   
traffic volume roads.		                                                        
In addition, other amendments made by the bill will save the                   
Department of Public Safety (department) and the public time and               
resources by streamlining many of the duties of the department.                
Most Alaskans need a driver's license in order to carry on their daily         
lives - earning an income and taking care of their families.                   
Obtaining license renewals and conducting other business with the              
division of motor vehicles can be time consuming.  Most of us have             
stood in line waiting to take care of such business, wishing the line          
were shorter.  This bill will make it easier and less expensive for the        
department to serve the public.  For example, it 1) simplifies                 
procedures for obtaining a driver's license; 2)allows for                      
administrative hearings to be held by telephone to avoid costly                
travel; and 3) allows the department to keep its records electronically        
and provides that certified copies of electronically stored records are        
admissible in court and administrative hearings.                               

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SB 1010                                                                      
I urge your prompt consideration and passage of this bill.                     
						Tony Knowles