Monday, March 21, 2011

Legislative Update - Week 7

What's new?

Things seems to be slowing down some, so not much to report: A couple of hearings and a "do-pass" recommendation.

The Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee meets next Monday - but that's not really related to the Legislative session.

Bills Specifically about Bicycling

Senate Bill 130 for bicycle traffic lights. No change.

Senate Bill 604 will be a gut-n-stuff. No change.

Senate Bill 660 would decrease the fines for stop sign violations on bike. No change.

Senate Bill 846 would regulate standards for bicycle trailers. Public hearing and possible worksession scheduled for Thursday, March 31st.

House Bill 2331 to study bicycle licensing. Referred to Ways and Means. No change.

House Bill 2332 would create a weight-based schedule of traffic fines. No change.

House Bill 2824, creating the crime of altering or removing a stolen bike's serial number. No change.

Relevant to Transportation Generally

Senate Bill 160, the prohibition on lap dogs while driving, would "create offense of driver operation with obstructing animal." Held hearing.

Senate Bill 266 on electronic tolling. No change.

Senate Bill 344 (unchanged) and House Bill 3150 (engrossed with amendments) would permit local jurisdictions to enact a 20mph speed limit on neighborhood streets. No change.

House Bill 2166 would authorize lottery funds "for transportation projects funded from Multimodal Transportation Fund." Amended and in Ways and Means.

House Bill 2333 prohibiting studded tires. No change.

House Bill 2437 on school busing. Public Hearing on the 18th.

House Bill 3149 on personal car-sharing. Amended with do-pass recommendation.

House Bill 3178 looks like it would encourage transit-oriented development to be funded by tax-increment financing. No change.

House Bill 3186, co-sponsored by Representative Berger, would eliminate the jobs loophole on the texting and cel phone ban. No change.

Proposed Oregon Constitutional Amendment to permit gas taxes to be used for pollution control and congestion reduction. No change.

Dead or Moribund Bills

House Bill 2228 prohibits bike transportation of child under 6 years old.

House Bill 2602, the headphone ban.


Doug's Transportation Ramblings said...

You may also want to track SB 415 which would increase the penalties for a suspended driver who killed or seriously injured a vulnerable roadway user--a pedestrian or bicyclist in particular.

Salem Breakfast on Bikes said...

Thanks! SB 415 has a hearing and possible work session scheduled for the 29th.