SB17-180 - Public Utilities Commission Streamlined Enforcement Of Motor Carriers

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning a streamlined approach for the enforcement of regulations governing motor carriers in matters before the public utilities commission.

The public utilities commission (commission) in the department of regulatory agencies (department) regulates motor carriers through the issuance of permits. The bill streamlines the commission's enforcement of motor carrier permits as follows:


  • Section 2 of the bill clarifies language concerning the imposition of civil penalties for violations of motor carrier regulations, including the civil penalties applicable for subsequent violations. Section 2 also relieves the commission of the obligation to prove that a violation was intentional.
  • Section 3 creates a legal services offset fund (fund) to supplement the money appropriated to the department for legal representation of commission staff by the department of law in commission matters concerning the enforcement of motor carrier regulations. Section 3 requires that the state treasurer transfer any money in excess of $250,000 in the fund to the general fund and sets an alternative maximum reserve for the fund, distinct from the maximum reserve generally applicable to cash funds, of $250,000.
  • Section 1 requires the commission to transfer all penalties collected for violations of motor carrier regulations to the fund.
  • Sections 4, 5, and 6 clarify that a permittee's motor carrier permit is immediately revoked for failure to pay a civil penalty. These sections apply to permittees that are motor carriers of passengers, motor carriers of towed motor vehicles, and motor carriers of household goods, respectively.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


Latest update: June 1, 2017
06/01/2017 - Governor Signed
05/19/2017 - Sent to the Governor
05/19/2017 - Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/18/2017 - Signed by the President of the Senate
05/08/2017 - House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/05/2017 - House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
05/05/2017 - House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
04/19/2017 - House Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Unamended to Appropriations
04/11/2017 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Energy + Appropriations
04/11/2017 - Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/10/2017 - Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
04/06/2017 - Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
02/28/2017 - Senate Committee on Transportation Refer Amended to Appropriations
02/14/2017 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation