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OK House Transportation Committee Report

OK House Transportation Committee Report

Oklahoma House Transportation Committee Report

Thursday, February 11, 2010, 10:30 a.m., Room 412C, State Capitol

Members Present: Rep. Shannon, Chair; Rep. Banz; Rep. Fields; Rep. Luttrell; Rep ., McAffrey; Rep. Ortega; Rep. Proctor; Rep. Russ; Rep. Wright, John.

Members Absent: Rep. Christian; Rep. Joyner.

Others: Rep. Faught; Rep. Roan; Rep. Jett., Gary Ridley, Director, Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

By Kelsey A. Kemp, The Journal Record Legislative Report

The Chair convened the meeting at 11:01 a.m.

Shannon said House Bills 2608, 2646, and 2844 would be laid over.

 HB 2608   By Liebmann. Excludes state-owned parking lots from the purview of the Department of Transportation and excludes said parking lots from being incorporated as a part of the State Highway System.

The bill was laid over.

 HB 2646 (1) By Jordan. The Dept. of Trans. or a county board of commissioners, with agreement from the gov. of a municipality of less than 5,000 people, can maintain and build streets in the county. This no longer applies to municipalities less than 15,000; EMERGENCY.

The bill was laid over.

 HB 2844   By Joyner. Names act "The Oklahoma Highway Remediation and Cleanup Services Act". Strikes language about licensing requirements of business being located in OK and tow trucks must be registered and licensed in OK. Clarifies minor language.

The bill was laid over.

HB 3232   By Jackson. The bill has minor language changes that changes the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission Act to the Oklahoma Aviation Commission Act, as well as replaces the partnership of the Oklahoma Aerospace Institute with the Stafford Center.

The bill was laid over.

 HB 2621   By Glenn. State Highway 25 at the junction of State Highway 25 and 59 extending west from to the Ottawa County line shall be designated as the "Fern Holland Memorial Highway".

Glenn introduced the bill and said it would designate State Highway 25 at the junction of State Highway 25 and 59 as the "Fern Holland Memorial Highway."

The bill passed 9-0.

HB 2533   By Faught. Allows all emergency vehicles free use of turnpike systems.

Faught said the bill would exempt emergency vehicles from tolls on turnpikes and said he authored the bill at the request of his hometown EMS.

Wright said there was an effort made previously to make modifications on toll collections and said bonded indebtedness agreements prohibit changes from being made.

Faught said the intent was not to fully exempt all tolls, but said the EMS between the Tulsa and Oklahoma City areas pay about $8,500 in tolls.

"Services are being strapped in rural areas," Faught said.

The bill passed 6-3.

 HB 2696   By Roan. Designates multiple portions of state highways, a bridge, and a portion of Interstate Highway 44 as the various named memorial highways; EMERGENCY.

After adopting the committee substitute as the working draft, Roan said the bill would name three sections of Highway 7 would be named the "Master Sergeant Houston K. Blackburn Memorial Highway."

Roan said the second section of the bill would name the portion of State Highway 48 from the junction of State Highway 48 and State Highway 7 would be designated as the "PFC Lonnie D. Loyd, Jr. Memorial Highway."

"He grew up in a small town in Johnson County, was drafted to the military, and killed during the Tet Offensive in 1969," Roan said.

Roan said the bill would also designate the bridge crossing Bull Creek on East State Highway 60 and State Highway 2 as the "Fallen Heroes Memorial Bridge."

The bill passed 9-0.

 HB 2882   By Luttrell. Designates a portion of State Highway 177 as "Tribal Elder Parrish Williams Memorial Highway". Designates a portion of US Highway 77 as "Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Highway".

Luttrell said the bill would name the highway south of Ponca City as the "Tribal Elder Parrish Williams Memorial Highway."

The bill passed 9-0.

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