Missouri bills die; focused on idling reduction, repeal of HHG mover regs

| 6/23/2008

Two bills that died in the Missouri General Assembly were of interest to household goods haulers and truckers who want to reduce the amount of time spent idling their rigs.

The first bill, which never made it out of committee, sought to offer an incentive to truck drivers to reduce idling. Sponsored by Rep. Jay Wasson, R-Nixa, the measure – HB1699 – would have allowed truckers to take advantage of an income tax credit made available by Congress in 2005.

The bill would have created a tax credit for installing idle reduction technology. The credit would have been equal to 50 percent of the amount of purchase and installation on Class 8 trucks – up to $3,500 per truck.

The tax credits would have been capped at $15 million per year and $30 million for the duration of the program. Individuals and businesses based in the state would have been eligible.

The provision would have ended Jan. 1, 2010.

Another bill that died in committee sought to repeal state law that is intended to aid household movers in the state.

Gov. Matt Blunt signed a bill into law last year that includes a provision allowing common carriers of household goods to file applications to the State Highways and Transportation Commission for approval of rates to reflect increases and decreases in the carrier’s costs. It took effect Aug. 28, 2007, after winning widespread support in the General Assembly.

Sen. John Griesheimer, R-Washington, sponsored a bill that would have reinstated the previous rules. The bill – SB903 – also called for restoring an exemption that was eliminated in the legislation signed by the governor.

The exemption allowed “household goods movers to operate wholly in municipalities, between contiguous municipalities, or commercial zones” without having to obtain operating authority from the Missouri Department of Transportation. Until last fall, household movers were exempt from the rules and regulations if their operations were restricted to those described areas.

Both proposed changes to state law can be brought back for consideration during the 2009 regular session.

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

– By Keith Goble, state legislative editor