Missouri bills about radioactive waste shipments, truck enforcement die

| 6/18/2008

Several bills noteworthy to the trucking industry that were offered for consideration in the Missouri statehouse didn’t make it very far in the legislative process. Among them were bills addressing commercial motor vehicle enforcement officers’ training and shipments of radioactive waste.

Sponsored by Rep. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, one of the bills sought to require CMV enforcement officers to meet the mandatory standards for basic training and licensure of peace officers.

Officers already on the job would have had until July 1, 2015, to comply with the mandate. The bill – HB1589 – stalled in the House Transportation Committee.

Another bill would have required all shipments of radioactive waste traveling in and through the state to be assessed fees. Shippers who failed to pay fees or notify the Department of Natural Resources about shipments would have faced penalties up to 10 times the amount of the original assessed fee.

Revenues from the fees would have been deposited into the state’s Environmental Radiation Monitoring Fund.

Sponsored by Rep. Ed Robb, R-Columbia, the measure called for exempting from the fees and notification requirements radioactive waste being shipped by or for the federal government for military or national defense purposes.

The provisions in the bill – HB1597 – would have sunset after six years. It died in the House Special Committee on Energy and Environment.

Both efforts to alter state law must wait until the next regular session opens in January 2009 for further consideration.

To view other legislative activities of interest for Missouri in 2008, click here.

– By Keith Goble, state legislative editor