Colorado bill would shift responsibility for ports of entry

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 3/29/2012

A bill nearing completion at the Colorado statehouse would put state troopers in charge of Ports of Entry throughout the state.

The Senate Transportation Committee voted unanimously to advance a bill that would shift responsibility for ports of entry staff and facilities from the Colorado Department of Revenue to the state patrol. As a result, the department’s motor carrier services division would be eliminated.

The motor carrier services division’s responsibility for commercial driver’s licensing and the International Registration Plan would be shifted to the revenue department.

The bill – HB1019 – is a follow-up to a 2010 law that handed over all truck safety activities to the state patrol. At the time, advocates said the change would help ensure greater uniformity and consistency in truck inspections, interpretations of laws and enforcement procedures.

This year’s bill would take another step toward increasing efficiencies. Roxy Huber of the Colorado State Patrol told lawmakers during recent discussion on the bill that savings will be realized through more efficient communications, timely training, and better equipment.

HB1019 is awaiting clearance for a Senate floor vote. If approved there, the bill would move to the governor’s desk. House lawmakers already approved it.

If approved, the switch would take effect July 1, 2012.

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