Transportation Committee – Week 6, 2020


SF 2205 – Electric bikes

SF 2205 classifies low-speed electric bikes as bicycles and gives them the same rules of the road as bicycles. Current law classified a bicycle as a device with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts and a maximum speed of 20 miles per hour. The bill establishes three defined classes and allows for the low-speed electric bike to reach a top speed of 28 miles per hour. 
[2/19: short form]

SSB 3015 – Vehicle registration

SSB 3015 deals with the surrender or transfer of registration plates and the documentary fees charged by motor vehicle dealers. It allows a person to surrender their registration plates to any county treasurer rather than the county where the vehicle is registered. The county treasurer who receives the registration card or plates from a vehicle not registered in their county must notify the county treasurer where the vehicle is registered. The bill also allows for a motor dealer to charge a documentary fee for preparation of title and vehicle registration. The fee must not exceed $180 for each vehicle, but after January 1, 2021, the maximum permitted is subject to an annual rate adjustment equal to the percentage change in the consumer price index published by the Department of Labor.
[2/18: short form]

SSB 3108 – Peace officers driving instructions

SSB 3108 allows certain peace officers and retired peace officers to provide street and highway driving instructions and to be exempt from Department of Transportation (DOT) and Board of Educational Examiners certification. It does require peace officers to have a clean driving record and to take an annual behind-the-wheel refresher course offered by the DOT.
[2/18: short form]

SSB 3143 – Corn State special license plate

SSB 3143 authorizes the DOT to issue the corn state special license plate. The plate is to have a white background, the words “The Corn State” along the top and an image of an ear of corn behind the plate’s letters and numbers. The fee for the specialized plate is $35 and an additional $25 for personalized plates. The monies collected for the specialized plates will be deposited in the Road Use Tax Fund.
[2/18: short form]

SSB 3144 – Independent contractors operating vehicles

SSB 3144 seeks to define the term “owns” as it relates to an owner-operator who owns a vehicle and qualifies as an independent contractor. Under Iowa’s worker compensation, wage and unemployment laws, a worker or an employee is entitled to certain benefits. However, the terms “worker” and “employee” do not apply to independent contractors.
[2/18: short form (No: Giddens, T. Taylor, Lykam, J. Smith)]