DOT EXEMPTION BILLS INTRODUCED IN HOUSE, SENATE
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Bills that would provide exemptions from intrastate Department of Transportation (DOT) registration for all agricultural and other vehicles up to 26,001 pounds from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations were introduced in the House and Senate this week.
SB 258 was sponsored by Sen. Parker Griffith, D-Huntsville, and HB 432 was sponsored by Rep. Richard Lindsey, D-Centre. In the Senate, 19 senators are listed as co-sponsors, and in the House 53 representatives are co-sponsoring the bill.
"This legislation is a priority for our organization and for all farmers in the state," said Alabama Farmers Federation President Jerry A. Newby. "The number of co-sponsors for the bills indicates legislators are responding to our grassroots. It's important that we continue to encourage legislators to support the bills now that they are in committee."
SB 258 is assigned to the Senate Commerce, Transportation and Utilities Committee chaired by Sen. Quinton Ross, D-Montgomery, and is expected to be considered March 29. Other committee members include Sens. Lowell Barron, D-Fyffe; Roger Bedford, D-Russellville; Charles Bishop, R-Jasper; Linda Coleman, D-Birmingham; Rusty Glover, R-Semmes; Pat Lindsey, D-Butler; Hinton Mitchem, D-Union Grove; Jim Preuitt, D-Talladega; Hank Sanders, D-Selma; Harri Anne Smith, R-Slocomb; Wendell Mitchell, D-Luverne; Zeb Little, D-Cullman; and Jabo Waggoner, R-Birmingham. To contact your state senator, call 334-242-7800.
HB 432 is assigned to the House Public Safety Committee chaired by Rep. Thad McClammy, D-Montgomery, and is expected to be considered March 28. Other committee members include Reps.Elwyn Thomas, R-Oneonta; Alan Baker, R-Brewton; Mike Ball, R-Huntsville; Mike Curtis, D-Florence; Owen Drake, R-Leeds; Craig Ford, D-Gadsden; Steve Hurst, D-Munford; John Knight, D-Montgomery; Benjamin Lewis, R-Dothan; A.J. McCampbell, D-Linden; Mac McCutcheon, R-Capshaw; Demetrius Newton, D-Birmingham; Henry White, D-Athens; and Randy Wood, R-Anniston.
To contact your state representative, call 334-242-7600.