2014 End of Session Wrap Up: Transportation and Public Works

This post summarizes the status of transportation and public works legislation that MACo either considered or took a position on.

Highway User Revenue Reporting Requirement:   HB 1059 requires each local government that receives local highway user revenues to submit a report by January 1 of each year detailing: 1) the actual local highway user expenditures incurred in the previous fiscal year; 2) the projected expenditures for the current fiscal year; and 3) for both the prior and current fiscal year, the local highway user revenues spent on specified projects. MACo did not take a position on this bill, but plans to work with the counties during the year to collect additional information on local transportation funding needs to further advocate for a restoration of Highway User Revenues.

Final Status: HB 1059 passed the General Assembly and is now awaiting the Governor’s signature.

Size and Weight Exemption for Snow Removal Vehicles: SB 86 exempts State and local vehicles used for emergency operations and snow/ice removal from size, weight, and axle load restrictions. Under current law, a special vehicle permit would need to be requested and issued for these vehicles to operate. This process is redundant and time-consuming for the State Highway Administration and local governments. MACo supported SB 86 as it creates operational efficiencies by eliminating this requirement .

Final Status:  SB 86 passed the General Assembly and is now awaiting the Governor’s signature.