Bills Of Interest

Senate

– Imposes an additional vehicle registration fee to be deposited into the Public Safety Trust Fund, established by the bill. The additional registration fee would be $1.25 per year beginning July 1, 2020, and would be increased over a period of 10 years to $12.50 per year. The revenues in the Public Safety Trust Fund would be used to address staffing, retention, and pay suppression issues at the Department of State Police.

Bill Number: SB 972

Introduced by John S. Edwards

VCOM’s Position on this Bill: Opposing at this time

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– Adopts several initiatives related to transportation and safety, including: (i) making it illegal to possess an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, (ii) requiring all passengers in a vehicle to wear safety belts, (iii) prohibiting the use of handheld personal communication devices, (iv) establishing a speed monitoring program in highway safety corridors that uses a vehicle sensor to take a picture of a vehicle traveling more than 10 miles over the speed limit, subjecting the driver to a monetary fine, and (v) allowing localities to lower the speed limit below 25 miles per hour in business and residential districts. The Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles will establish an advisory committee to oversee education and enforcement of policies such as the seatbelt and hands-free provisions. The bill also changes the vehicle inspection safety program to only require inspections of salvage vehicles that have been rebuilt for highway use, converted electric vehicles, and off-road motorcycles that have been converted to on-road use.

Bill Number: SB 907

Introduced by L. Louise Lucas

VCOM’s Position on this Bill: Watching

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House of Delegates

Authorizes the operator of a two-wheeled motorcycle to pass another vehicle that is stopped or traveling at no more than 10 miles per hour in the same lane, provided that there are at least two lanes of travel in each direction, such motorcycle does not exceed a speed of 20 miles per hour, and the operator executes such passing safely.

Bill Number: HB 1236

Introduced by Tony O. Wilt at the request of VCOM

VCOM’s Position on this Bill: Supporting

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