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Election 2012: Know your Missouri governor
By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor

In a little more than two months Missouri voters will head to the ballot box to cast votes on numerous offices and topics. Among the seats up for grabs is the state’s chief executive – the governor.

As the Nov. 6 election approaches, it is a good idea to revisit some noteworthy actions taken by Gov. Jay Nixon, who is vying for re-election against Republican businessman Dave Spence.

During Nixon’s four years in office he has signed into law various rules of significance to the trucking industry.

In 2009, he signed off on the year’s major transportation bill that included more than four dozen provisions. Among the issues covered was a provision intended to curtail those communities in the state that pad their budgets with speed trap revenue.

The rule change increased the amount of total annual revenue from fines for traffic violations that cities or towns must turn over to the state.

Among the other trucking provisions in the bill were rules on violating out-of-service orders and prohibiting the issuance of commercial driver’s licenses to haul hazmat to people who fail to pass background checks.

Earlier this year Nixon put his signature on multiple bills that cover truck issues.

One new law includes provisions to:

  • Expand state and local sales and use tax exemptions for trucks and trailers used by common carriers to include motor carriers and trucks weighing at least 24,000 pounds or trailers used for transporting person or property, respectively.
  • No longer require a common carrier to “hold itself out to the general public” to transport property or passengers.
  • Bring the state in line with the federal rules on medical certification.
  • Expand the Kansas City commercial zone. The affected areas include state Route 45 from its intersection with Interstate 29 to the village of Iatan, north of the metropolitan area. On the east side, the commercial zone is being expanded on state Route 10 from its intersection with state Route 210 to the city of Hardin.
  • Expand travel options for livestock hauls. Previously, the loads could not exceed 85,500 lbs. on U.S. 36 from ST. Joseph to U.S. 65 from the Iowa state line to U.S. 36. The rule change expands the gross weight limitation on U.S. 36 east from U.S. 65 to U.S. 63. The exception also applies to U.S. 63, from the Iowa line to U.S. 36, and from U.S. 36 to state Route 17. In addition, milk haulers weighing up to 85,500 lbs. on the way to processing facilities are authorized to use highways other than interstates.

A separate law includes provisions to:

  • Drop a requirement that contract carriers of HHG show that the service is needed when applying for a certificate of authority or permit.
  • Authorize rates in commercial zones to be different from rates collected in rural areas of the state.
  • Mandate that towns provide at least one street for large trucks “to access any roads in the state highway system.”

Another rule requires yellow light change intervals for traffic signals at intersections outfitted with ticket cameras to be set in accordance with nationally recognized engineering standards.

For more 2012 election coverage from Land Line, click here.

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