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S.F. No. 1749 - Various Transportation Policy Provisions (1st Engrossment)
Author: Senator Scott J. Newman
Prepared By: Alexis C. Stangl, Senate Counsel (651/296-4397)
Date: March 15, 2019


S.F. No. 1749 includes various transportation policy provisions.

Sections 1 modifies the frequency of the transit financial activity report performed by the Office of the Legislative Auditor so that the report is done twice per year instead of quarterly.

Sections 2, 4, 5, 8, and 9 modify definitions and provisions for operating a bicycle on roads.

Sections 3, 25, 28 to 29, and 36 remove references to the expired technology surcharge and creates the driver and vehicle services fund within the state treasury.

Sections 6 and 7 modify right-of-way provisions for semis and other large vehicles in roundabouts.

Sections 10 to 13 include provisions requiring drivers to treat on-track equipment in the same manner as trains.

Sections 14 to 16 and 18 to 24 modify provisions on school bus lighting, warning systems, and visibility.

Section 17 modifies requirements relating to school bus rub rails.

Section 26 provides that a report for the Transportation Economic Development program is not required if no project received funds in the previous two years.

Section 27 exempts drivers engaged in intrastate transportation of utility construction materials near the construction site from federal hours of service laws.

Section 30 requires MnDOT to charge users of agency-provided air transportation services for a portion of the costs for aircraft acquisition, replacement, or leasing. Establishes a new account for the revenue.

Section 31 requires the Metropolitan Council to submit quarterly reports to the legislature on variances from its adopted budget.

Sections 32 and 33 extend the end date and reporting deadline of the community destination sign pilot program in Two Harbors.

Sections 34 and 35 allow Minneapolis and Burnsville to prohibit engine braking on specified sections of roads.

Section 36 permits the Anoka County Regional Railroad Authority to expend reserve funds on Northstar Commuter Rail operations.

Section 37 repeals the section that created the technology surcharge.


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