Not much of importance this week. The Transportation Bill, HB 2001, is not yet signed, and analyses are still coming in.
But the nub is this: It is substantially a highways bill that encourages driving, not a balanced transportation bill that moves towards a multi-modal approach to moving people, goods, and services in the most efficient way.
In other news:
House Bill 2377 - The cel phone ban moved out of Senate Consumer Protection and Public Affairs committee and shuttled to Senate Rules committee. Existing provisions carve out exceptions for using a phone while driving when your employment requires it, when you are an emergency responder, and when you have an amateur radio license.
House Bill 2554 - no change