Labor and Public Employees Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-6907

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE INTERSTATE PASSENGER CARRIER LAW.

Vote Date:

3/9/2017

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

2/14/2017

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Labor and Public Employees Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

Interstate Passenger carrier laws have not been updated since 2013 and need clarification.

**Substitute Language (LCO #5083): Specifies that the required passenger count applies to the vehicle's capacity and includes the driver. The language includes additional provisions from the original bill's language regarding the requirements for exemptions for certain professional drivers.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Scott Jackson, Commissioner, CT Department of Labor

It is unclear as to what workers are included in the bill to exempt a category of individuals from the safety net of the Unemployment Compensation Act. By excluding workers from coverage, a necessary financial safety net would be removed for individuals who lose work through no fault of their own. This has a negative impact on business as these unemployment insurance benefits are typically returned back to the local economy in the form of purchases of goods and services. Loss of UI benefits will also lead to greater use of government services.

Representative Jeffrey Berger

The legislation is necessary and intended to codify the long standing existing business practices in this industry which are parallel to the property carrier statute clarified in 2013 in CGS 31-22 (P). This is a very specific and narrow provision that secures the right of ownership and control of these businesses that do not fit into a one size fits all solution. These vehicles are a lower gross weight than the existing provision and meet the requirements under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA), which treats weight and passenger requirements separately rather than a combination of both as Connecticut does.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

None Submitted.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None Submitted.

Reported by: Marie Knudsen

Date: March 22, 2017