Senator Dibble Ushers Passage of Bipartisan Transportation Omnibus Policy Bill

[SAINT PAUL, MN] — The Minnesota Senate passed a bipartisan Transportation Omnibus Policy bill Thursday in a unanimous 67-0 vote. The bill, HF 3436, reflects a commitment to making Minnesota’s roads safer, access to jobs and other opportunities more inclusive, and build on last year’s historic investments in our transportation network said chief author, Senate Transportation and Public Safety Committee Chair Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis).

“Our transportation policy bill reflects the good bipartisan work of the Transportation and Public Safety Committee members to make our roads safer, ensure everyone can get where they need to go, and improve the work being done by the Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Safety,” said Sen. Dibble. “Good ideas aren’t exclusive to one side of the aisle, and this bill shows that we can make real progress by working together.”

Highlights of the omnibus budget include but are not limited to:

  • Requires the state to use the latest compensation and benefit data available when negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement for law enforcement officers employed by the state.
  • Updates rail safety guidelines so that the appropriate local emergency response professionals, are alerted in the event of an incident.
  • Increases an optional MnDOT contracting preference for veteran-owned small businesses and small targeted group businesses: those owned by women, people with a substantial disability, or members of the POCI community.
  • Expands the list of accepted documents that may be used to demonstrate an applicant’s identity and date of birth in an application for a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or identification card.
  • Codifies in law the rules ensuring the smooth delivery of transit services throughout Minnesota.
  • Allows individuals under the care of others to list every care giver with the data kept for their driver’s license or ID.
  • Provides regulations for a potential new type of vehicle known as “roadable aircraft” – an airplane that that can be driven to and from the airport.
  • Restricts subsequent access to limited driver’s licenses in certain circumstances of criminal vehicular operation.
  • Allows motorcycles to be equipped with ground lights.
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Scott Dibble represents District 61, which includes portions of the city of Minneapolis in Hennepin County.

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