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Governor Signs Bill Changing Definitions of Comm. Vehicles

Keller’s HB 15 helps small Alaska businesses

Tuesday, April 9, 2013, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today signed a bill helping small businesses in the state by changing the definition of commercial motor vehicles so one-ton pickups and vans can be used by Alaska businesses without unnecessary and burdensome regulations.

“HB 15 is a bill that has been worked on for two sessions and has been thoroughly vetted through the legislative process,” Keller, R-Wasilla, said. “This has been a team effort between the Department of Transportation, the Legislature and the private sector involved in trucking and using trucks for business. It is a win-win for companies using standard heavy duty pick-ups and vans for their business. I feel it will save money for all businesses that use trucks to conduct intrastate commerce.”

HB 15 takes into account that today’s pickups are larger and safer than in the past. The original language was written in 1999. Not having to register a smaller truck as commercial saves businesses money for insurance and inspection fees. For the state, enforcement officers will be able to devote more time to true commercial designed vehicles.

“HB 15 is one of those bills that you feel good about sponsoring because it represents the good things that legislators can do to improve Alaska for everyone,” Keller said.

“This is a bill that reduces costs and burdensome regulations on small businesses,” John McConnochie, a Juneau small business owner, said. “Small businesses are an important driver in Alaska’s economy and making it easier for them to do business is one way to spur development.”

HB 15 will take effect immediately.

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