Alaska House and Senate have worked out their differences and passed
a bill to tighten restrictions on commercial drivers and those who
would make it illegal for an employer of a commercial driver to
encourage their drivers to violate federal, state or local laws
regarding railroad crossings. The law also makes it a penalty for
the driver to violate the rules. It calls for the suspension of
those drivers’ licenses.
conference committee worked out a conflict between the two chambers
that centered on one word. The original text listed “operating a
commercial motor vehicle in violation ofa federal or state statute
or regulation, or a local law or ordinance, relating to railroad-highway
grade crossings.” The Senate added the word “knowingly” to the beginning
of that sentence. The final version, as listed on the Legislature’s
Web site, the word “knowingly” was retained.
bill passed the Alaska House by a vote of 34-1 on March 12, and
then the amended version passed the Senate 19-0 on April 29. It
was signed by the governor, and became law June 3.