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Minutes for SB95 - Committee on Transportation

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Exempting motor vehicle odometer reading recording requirements when such recording requirements are exempted by federal law.

Minutes Content for Thu, Feb 11, 2021

Chairperson Petersen called the meeting to order and invited members to approve Committee minutes.  By motion of Senator Dietrich, second by Senator Hawk, and unanimous vote of Committee members, the Committee minutes for February 2, February 3, and February 4 were approved.

Chairman Petersen opened the hearing on SB95.

Assistant Revisor Adam Siebers reviewed the focus of the bill (Attachment 1).  He stated that the bill removes the exemption for vehicles not having to complete the odometer certification on vehicles ten years of age or older with a vehicle weight of more than 16,000 pounds.  The bill now makes all vehicles exempt from the odometer certification if they are exempt from the requirements under federal law.  Responding to a question, he replied that the bill would also apply to electric vehicles.

LeeAnn Phelps, Vehicle Services Manager, Kansas Department of Revenue, testified in support of the bill (Attachment 2).  She explained that the bill is being requested by the Division of Vehicles in order to conform with the changes in the 2019 federal odometer disclosure law.  Previous federal regulations required disclosure on any change of vehicle ownership for any vehicle newer than 10 years old.  The new federal law requires disclosure for 20 years beginning with any vehicle model year 2011 and newer.

Ms. Phelps, responding to a question, replied that federal law exempts commercial-size trucks (those over 16,000 pounds) from the odometer reading provisions.

A member requested information to ascertain how many violators have been prosecuted under the present law.

The Chair closed the hearing on SB95.