SB1048, the bill that required mandatory on-board recording devices in every
California truck, has been determined dead (permanently stuck in committee)
for the rest of California's first year of session. A spokesman for Sen. Jackie
Speier's office said he doubted the senator would ask for another hearing
on the bill "without drastically changing the language to meet the expectations
of the transportation committee."
The bill passed the Senate earlier this year, but the Assembly put the brakes
on the legislation after the bill stalled in recent hearings. In an important
hearing on July 9, OOIDA board members Woody Chambers and Tim Trotter lambasted
the bill's black box mandate on behalf of OOIDA members, calling it ridiculous
and poorly thought out. Chambers pointed out that since HOS regs require the
keeping of records up to seven days prior and also would have to be tracked
by onboard recording devices under the bill, California would be effectively
regulating conduct outside the state. Chambers told lawmakers that this is
a violation of the Commerce Clause under the U.S. Constitution.
The bill may not be totally buried, however. Because the bill was granted
reconsideration status, under California law, it does not need to be reintroduced
next session. As of Jan. 7, 2002, Speier simply can ask for another hearing.