to require all new applicants and persons renewing a CDL to
undergo a state and national criminal history background check
of state and federal wanted or "hot file" records
passed the Kentucky Senate Thursday.
Weaver (D-Elizabethtown), sponsor of HB189, said it would strengthen
control over who could drive a commercial truck. The bill also
would set more stringent guidelines for issuing commercial licenses
to non-Kentucky residents.
its third reading Thursday on the Senate floor. Amendments one,
three and four were withdrawn, floor amendment two was rejected
and the bill passed 33-3. It now heads to Gov. Paul Patton for
by the Senate is HB190, a companion bill that would set stricter
standards for the education and training required before an
applicant is tested for a CDL. Under that bill, trucking school
students would need 160 hours of training. HB190 now returns
to the House for agreement on two Senate amendments before heading
to the governor.