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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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H.158

Introduced by Representatives Masland of Thetford, Cheney of Norwich, Fisher of Lincoln and McCullough of Williston

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Motor vehicles; town roads; weight limits; study

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to establish a legislative study committee to study motor vehicle weight limits on town highways.

AN ACT RELATING TO ESTABLISHING A COMMITTEE TO STUDY MOTOR VEHICLE WEIGHT LIMITS ON TOWN HIGHWAYS

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  FINDINGS

The general assembly finds that the weight of motor vehicles permitted to travel on town highways is resulting in excessive damage to some highways and may force the towns and the state to spend additional local and state funds to maintain these critical thoroughfares.  Different municipalities have different policies and enforcement priorities regarding overweight vehicles, causing confusion among truck operators who travel on town highways to deliver goods and services.  In order to assess these problems on a statewide basis and to develop new statutory proposals to regulate the weight of motor vehicles on town highways, the general assembly finds the need to establish a joint legislative-executive study committee.

Sec. 2.  TOWN HIGHWAYS; MOTOR VEHICLE WEIGHT STUDY COMMITTEE

(a)  There is established a joint legislative-executive study committee to examine the problems resulting from the weight of motor vehicles permitted to travel on town highways.  The committee shall:

(1)  Consist of three members of the house, including two from the

committee on transportation, that the speaker shall appoint; three members of the senate, including two from the committee on transportation, that the senate committee on committees, shall appoint; and one each that the commissioner of housing and community affairs, the secretary of transportation, and the Vermont League of Cities and Towns shall appoint.

(2)  Review the current contradictory statutes and problems associated

with the weight limits of motor vehicles that are permitted on town highways.

(3)  Prepare recommendations to address these problems in the form of

legislation that the house and senate committees on transportation shall introduce on or before January 15, 2008.

(4)  Have use of the professional and administrative support services of

the legislative council and the joint fiscal office.


(5)  Be authorized to meet no more than six times during the 2007

legislative interim.

(b)  The legislative members of the committee shall be entitled to per diem

compensation in accordance with section 1052 of Title 32, and any member of the committee not an employee of the state of Vermont shall be entitled to per diem compensation in accordance with the provisions of section 1010 of

Title 32.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
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