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.