SB 929 Creates a regulatory scheme for transportation sensors
Sponsor: Schatz
LR Number: 6022S.01I Fiscal Notes
Committee: Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety
Last Action: 1/25/2018 - Second Read and Referred S Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee Journal Page: S202
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Effective Date: August 28, 2018

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Current Bill Summary

SB 929 - This act specifies that the Department of Transportation shall control the installation process for transportation sensor systems, within certain parameters, and may operate or allow the Missouri State Highway Patrol to operate the sensor systems.

The Department shall minimize the number of sensors installed, and shall develop a cost-sharing model for existing sensors. If an existing network of sensors and the data provided by them can be utilized by a contracted service provider without cost to the state or disruption of other services, the sensors and data shall be made available to other entities in accordance with the cost-sharing model developed by the Department.

The act specifies that the Department shall avoid unnecessary duplication of roadside infrastructure and associated construction by allowing transportation sensor system service provider to utilize existing roadside structures and power connectors, provided that the service provider ensures no costs or liability are incurred by the state.

The act requires transportation sensor system service providers to provide the state with unrestricted real-time data access to their sensor systems and associated equipment. This real-time data shall be considered an open record, but if release of the data could present a danger to public safety, the Department of Transportation may seek a court order to restrict access to the data.

The act authorizes the Department of Transportation to purchase existing sensors, subject to price limitations. The transferring entity shall retain access to the data, free of charge, for as long as it is utilizing the data to provide services within the state.

If a contracted service provider provides data to the state at no cost, a state agency may grant permissions to the service provider's subscribers or clients at reduced or no cost, including but not limited to commercial vehicle bypass services and associated weigh station pull-in rates.

The act specifies that application to establish or operate a transportation sensor system shall be made in the form of a signed request for a memorandum of understanding. The Department shall approve or deny the application within 90 days, and such decision shall be appealable to the Administrative Hearing Commission.

This act is substantially similar to HB 2207 (2018), and similar to SB 198 (2017) and HB 306 (2017).