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Oklahoma lawmakers near passage of truck rule changes

Oklahoma lawmakers near passage of truck rule changes
By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Multiple bills moving through the Oklahoma statehouse address truck size and weight rules.

The Senate voted 43-1 to advance one bill to shift responsibility for enforcing truck regulations in the state.

Sponsored by Sen. Mark Allen, R-Spiro, SB1380 would transfer truck enforcement oversight from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety. The change would affect commercial vehicles weighing at least 26,000 pounds.

The Corporation Commission writes an estimated $3.5 million to $4 million in overweight violations each year through its own administrative court system, according to a fiscal note on the bill.

Allen’s bill would provide funding for enforcement through the state Department of Transportation. As a result, citations would be handled in local district courts of the ports of entry.

The commission reports that the change would result in an estimated reduction of 170 employees... FULL ARTICLE

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