Update from the Hill, Wednesday Version

Hey there, Campers.

Well, we have a new Governor, multiple bills in draft form, and my feet are telling me that I should put some inserts in the black dress shoes.

When you get to campus on Thursday, in spite of me adding lots of miles to the shoes, there will be no bills that have been actually introduced, therefore, no bill numbers.  Yesterday I did give you the language for the bill inserting motorcycles into the Commute Trip Reduction Act, and promised the language for the Malfunctioning Traffic Signal Bill if neither bill made the intro sheet.

So, without further ago, here it is.

“AN ACT Relating to allowing motorcycles to stop and proceed through traffic control signals under certain conditions; and adding a new section to chapter 46.61 RCW.


NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. A new section is added to chapter 46.61 RCW to read as follows:

Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the operator of a street legal motorcycle approaching an intersection, including a left turn intersection, that is controlled by a triggered traffic control signal using a vehicle detection device that is inoperative due to the size of the street legal motorcycle shall come to a full and complete stop at the intersection. If the traffic control signal, including the left turn signal, as appropriate, fails to operate after one cycle of the traffic signal, the operator may, after exercising due care, proceed directly through the intersection or proceed to turn left, as appropriate. It is not a defense to a violation of RCW 46.61.050 that the driver of a motorcycle proceeded under the belief that a traffic control signal used a vehicle detection device or was inoperative due to the size of the motorcycle when the signal did not use a vehicle detection device or that any such device was not in fact inoperative due to the size of the motorcycle.”

It looks like the chances are good for getting an early hearing in the House, and I am briefing Senator Eide tomorrow (Thursday), so hopefully we should get a hearing in the Senate soon as well.

Until next time,

Ride safely and legislate well,

“Texas” Larry

Government Relations and Junior Blogger


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