measure that will give owner-operators more control over
their trucks' registration has become law in Kansas.
supported by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association,
was signed into law by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius March 26 after
it was approved by the House. The lower chamber voted 114-9
for the bill March 19; the bill passed the Senate earlier
by a vote of 40-0.
law previously required owner-operators leased to a carrier
for 30 days or more to register their vehicles in the carrier's
name. SB130 changes the language of that law to allow trucks
to be registered by “the lessee or the lessor.”
Les Donovan, R-Wichita, chairman of the Transportation Committee
and assistant majority leader, added an amendment to the
bill that could move its effective date. Normally, new laws
take effect in Kansas July 1, when they are published in
the state's statute book; however, the amendment will move
that up to the date the bill is published in the Kansas register,
which could be months earlier.
suggested the amendment, Gary Green of OOIDA's Business Services
division said. It was targeted at Kansas truckers who were
registered in Oklahoma. Those truckers recently received
a reprieve when Oklahoma extended its registrations, which
had expired March 1, to April 1.