Legislature(2005 - 2006)

04/19/2005 02:59 PM TRA

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HB 259 - TRUCK LOAD REQUIREMENTS                                                                                              
3:03:41 PM                                                                                                                    
CO-CHAIR GATTO announced  that the final order  of business would                                                               
be HOUSE  BILL NO. 259  "An Act  relating to covered  or enclosed                                                               
loads."   [Although  no  formal motion  was  made, the  committee                                                               
appeared to be referring to  a proposed committee substitute (CS)                                                               
for  HB 259  (TRA), Version  24-LS0833\Y, which  was included  in                                                               
members' packets.]                                                                                                              
CO-CHAIR GATTO, speaking as co-chair  of the House Transportation                                                               
Standing Committee, sponsor  of HB 259, said much of  the bill is                                                               
housekeeping.  He  noted that there is  intense building activity                                                               
in  Anchorage, and  there are  numerous uncovered  gravel trucks.                                                               
The loads cannot  extend higher than six inches, he  said, but it                                                               
always does.  At high speeds  the gravel flies off the truck, and                                                               
he said, "It  is almost impossible to get through  a year without                                                               
a cracked  windshield."  Existing  language requires loads  to be                                                               
contained or  confined, but legally  that may just  mean confined                                                               
but not covered.   The bill changes the  language from "contained                                                               
or  confined"  to  "covered  or enclosed".    He  clarified  that                                                               
pickups that weigh  9200 pounds or less are exempted.   There are                                                               
exemptions  for sanders,  he noted,  and asked  if trucks  filled                                                               
with snow would also be exempted.                                                                                               
3:07:46 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE THOMAS  suggested the  committee clarify  the bill                                                               
by adding the words, "excluding snow".                                                                                          
3:08:04 PM                                                                                                                    
CO-CHAIR  GATTO  suggested  that  such  an  amendment  would  add                                                               
"excluding snow" after "rock," on page 1, line 5.                                                                               
3:08:27 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE THOMAS  made a  motion to  adopt the  foregoing as                                                               
Amendment 1.                                                                                                                    
3:08:50 PM                                                                                                                    
NONA WILSON, Legislative Liaison,  Department of Transportation &                                                               
Public Facilities (DOT&PF), said  DOT&PF's eight-yard dump trucks                                                               
are convertible,  able to haul gravel  in the summer and  snow in                                                               
the winter.  So there wouldn't  be a reduction in the fiscal note                                                               
by excluding snow.                                                                                                              
3:11:37 PM                                                                                                                    
CO-CHAIR GATTO  asked whether there were  objections to Amendment                                                               
1.  There being none, Amendment 1 was adopted.                                                                                  
REPRESENTATIVE  THOMAS made  a  motion to  adopt  Amendment 2  as                                                               
     Page 1, line 13, after "highway."                                                                                          
     Insert "The  requirements of this section  do not apply                                                                    
     to communities  which are  not connected  by continuous                                                                    
     state or  federal highways to Anchorage  or communities                                                                    
     of  less  than  5,000  population  unless  specifically                                                                    
     adopted by local or state traffic control plans."                                                                          
3:12:29 PM                                                                                                                    
CO-CHAIR GATTO,  characterizing Amendment 2 as  perfectly drafted                                                               
totally understandable,  asked whether there were  any objections                                                               
to  Amendment 2.    There  being no  objection,  Amendment 2  was                                                               
3:12:48 PM                                                                                                                    
MS.  WILSON said  covered loads  are usually  only needed  when a                                                               
vehicle  is  overloaded.   She  noted  that  trash flies  out  of                                                               
smaller vehicles.                                                                                                               
3:14:44 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. WILSON said the DOT&PF  owns and operates 228 eight-yard dump                                                               
trucks, and  a fully automatic cover  is $2,300.  There  would be                                                               
an expenditure of $525,000 initially, she stated.                                                                               
REPRESENTATIVE THOMAS asked about the rural exclusion.                                                                          
MS. WILSON said those trucks will be subtracted.                                                                                
3:15:31 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE THOMAS  said truckers in smaller  communities tend                                                               
to clean the debris up.                                                                                                         
3:15:47 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE SALMON asked if there  have to be covers over dump                                                               
CO-CHAIR GATTO said yes.                                                                                                        
REPRESENTATIVE SALMON asked if a dump truck would need a cover.                                                                 
CO-CHAIR GATTO described automatic covers.                                                                                      
MS. WILSON said there are also manual tarps that cost $1,600.                                                                   
3:17:06 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE THOMAS  noted that  there are local  ordinances to                                                               
cover litter in a truck.                                                                                                        
CO-CHAIR GATTO said dump fees are higher for uncovered trash.                                                                   
3:18:28 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE THOMAS  moved to  report [the  proposed CS  for HB
259,  Version 24-LS0833\Y,  as amended,]  out  of committee  with                                                               
individual  recommendations and  the  accompanying fiscal  notes.                                                               
There being  no objection,  CSHB 259(TRA)  was reported  from the                                                               
House Transportation Standing Committee.                                                                                        

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