HB 226, the bill from Rep. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, to attempt to make Idaho a truck trailer logo license-plate Mecca, passed the House unanimously on March 20, but has languished ever since. Now it’s being heard in the Senate Transportation Committee, as one small piece of a possible session-ending transportation funding deal. “This is not a tool that will guarantee us funding,” Hagedorn told the Senate committee. But it could raise lots of money with sufficient work and marketing, he said. Senators had a series of questions about the bill and how it would work. Sen. Tim Corder, R-Mountain Home, who owns a trucking company, said he’d support the bill but he saw plenty of flaws. The proposed truck plate program, he said, would cost a company “a significant amount of money that makes no fiscal sense at all.” Added Corder, “I can’t imagine a trucking company doing that.” The bill cleared the committee on a 6-3 vote.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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