Missouri Lawmakers Mull Transportation Legislation

4 years 7 months 1 week ago Saturday, May 04 2013 May 4, 2013 Saturday, May 04, 2013 11:40:50 AM CDT May 04, 2013 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY - Amid the risk of losing millions of dollars in federal transportation funding, Missouri lawmakers are considering changes to rules for commercial driver's licenses.

State House members this week gave initial approval to legislation that seeks to comply with federal regulations dealing with learning permits for commercial driver's licenses and with restrictions on texting and using hand-held cellphones while driving a commercial vehicle.

The Missouri Transportation Department says the state could lose $30 million for one year and $60 million annually after that if it doesn't act quickly enough.

The legislation needs another round of approval in the House before it can move to the Senate. Lawmakers have until their mandatory adjournment on May 17 to approve new legislation.

 

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