House T&I leadership unveils proposed highway bill

By Land Line staff | 10/16/2015

The Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 was released on Friday, Oct. 16, by the leadership of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

The legislation is designed to be a three-year bill, with three more years of policy legislation depending on funding availability.

As with any highway bill, in addition to funding roads and bridges, the bill contains legislative language that will direct agencies such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on various issues and regulations.

The 500-plus page bill contains legislation on CSA reform, insurance requirement research, electronic logging, detention time and much, much more.

The bill is set up for markup on Thursday, Oct. 22.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association government affairs team is currently combing through the bill, assessing its various implications on the lives of truck drivers.

“As we start going through the proposed bill, we are seeing many things that will certainly be well received by our membership,” OOIDA Director of Government Affairs Laura O’Neill-Kaumo said. “Of course, we’re also seeing things we would like to change.”

O’Neill-Kaumo said the government affairs team is dissecting the bill in preparation for the markup next week and will be alerting OOIDA membership on key issues needing support or opposition.

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