There will be a few Iowa Senate subcommittee hearings today as business begins to pick up at the Capitol. Here is a quick rundown of the bills in subcommittee:

11 a.m. – Senate File 389  

Senate File 389 was introduced by Sen. Jake Chapman. It is an act relating to the operation of motor vehicles in the left-most lane of certain roadways.

This bill would prohibit a person operating a motor vehicle in the left-most lane of a roadway who knows or reasonably should know that another vehicle is overtaking the person’s vehicle from the rear from continuing to operate the vehicle in the left-most lane and requires the person to make a lane change into the lane to the immediate right of the left-most lane.

11:30 a.m. – Senate Study Bill 3001

Senate Study Bill 3001 was proposed by the Transportation Committee. It’s an act relating to persons operating a farm tractor or implement of husbandry who are exempt from driver’s licensing requirements.
Current law exempts from driver’s licensing requirements a person operating a farm tractor or implement of husbandry to or from home farm buildings to any adjacent or nearby farmland for the exclusive purpose of conducting farm operations.
This bill strikes “adjacent or nearby” from the exemption, thereby exempting a person operating a farm tractor or implement of husbandry to or from home farm buildings to any farmland from driver’s licensing requirements.

12:30 p.m. – Senate File 2009

Senate File 2009 was introduced by Sen. Roby Smith. It’s an act regarding driving privileges of persons issued a special minor’s driver’s license who attend a public school.

Under current law, a person issued a special minor’s driver’s license who attends a public school is allowed to operate a motor vehicle between the hours of 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. to, among other locations, a site, facility, or school that is not the licensee’s school of enrollment for certain extracurricular activities if the site, facility or school is within the licensee’s school district of enrollment or is within a school district contiguous to the licensee’s school district of enrollment.

This bill would instead allow the licensee to operate a motor vehicle during such hours to a site, facility or school that is not the licensee’s school of enrollment for certain extracurricular activities provided that the driving distance between the point of origin and the destination is no more than 50 miles. Licensees who attend a nonpublic school currently operate under a similar 50-mile restriction.

1 p.m. – Senate File 2012

Senate File 2012 was introduced by Sen. Zach Whiting. It’s an act requiring the use of safety belts or safety harnesses by passengers of motor vehicles.

Current law requires drivers and front-seat occupants who are 18 or older to wear properly adjusted and fastened safety belt or safety harness any time the vehicle is in forward motion on a street or highway.

This bill applies the requirement to all passengers of the vehicle who are 18 years of age or older. This bill also strikes a provision in Code that exempts children occupying the back seat of a motor vehicle from having to be secured during transit by a child restraint system, safety belt or safety harness if no safety belt is available because all safety belts are being used by other occupants or cannot be used due to the use of a child restraint system in the seating position for which a belt is provided.

Jacob Hall

Author: Jacob Hall