and the governor passed a pair of bills requiring a set of fingerprints
by all hazmat license applicants and increasing the penalty
for those who transport hazardous material without the proper
endorsements or the proper placards. In addition to the current
$500 fine, penalties could include up to one year imprisoment.
The new laws are in response to the September 11 attacks and
the federal government's USA PATRIOT Act (which stands
for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate
Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism).
lawmakers are moving quickly on a bill that could change requirements
for obtaining and maintaining driver's licenses and CDLs.
SB1232, introduced and referred to committee April 17, has already
passed the Senate and House, and has been returned with amendments
to the Senate, where it's well on its way to final passage.
which would take effect Oct. 1, 2002, would require the Secretary
of State to check with a national register before issuing an
original, renewal or upgrade of a CDL to an out-of-state applicant.
It also would require new procedures for the application and
renewal of all driver's licenses, and require the Secretary
of State to immediately revoke or suspend all vehicle group
designations of the any driver's license if they are notified
of the driver's failure to follow railroad safety precautions.
For bill status, call (517) 373-0135.