SB 4
Modifies provisions relating to transportation
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LR Number:
0870H.09C
Last Action:
5/7/2021 - Executive Session Scheduled H Rules - Administrative Oversight--(12:00 p.m. or upon adjournment - HR 3)
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Title:
HCS SS SCS SB 4
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Effective Date:
Emergency clause for certain sections
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Current Bill Summary

HCS/SS/SCS/SB 4 - This act modifies provisions relating to transportation.

INFRASTRUCTURE DESIGNATIONS FOR MISSOURI MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS (Sections 42.320, 143.1032, 227.299, 301.020, and 302.171)

This act creates the "Missouri Medal of Honor Recipients Fund" to consist of moneys donated as provided in the act. Money in the fund shall be transferred upon request, but not less than monthly, to the Department of Transportation to pay any renewal fee for memorial bridge or memorial highway signs for Missouri Medal of Honor recipients, and for the maintenance and repair of all such signs. (Section 42.320). The act provides for Missouri citizens to make donations to the fund with their tax returns (section 143.1032), vehicle registration application (section 301.020), or driver's license application (section 302.171).

The act also provides that Missouri recipients of the Medal of Honor shall not be eligible for the administrative process for limited-duration memorial highway and bridge designations, provides that the costs of signs designating the infrastructure for Medal of Honor Recipients shall be funded by the Department of Transportation, and requires the Department of Transportation to post a link on its website to biographical information of honorees. (Section 227.299).

These provisions are similar to provisions in HS/HB 152 (2021) and provisions in HCS/HB 829 (2021).

FEES PAID TO THE MISSOURI HIGHWAY PATROL (Section 43.253)

This act provides that a minimum fee of $5 may be charged by the Missouri State Highway Patrol for any request where there are allowable fees of less than $5. Such $5 fee shall be in place of any allowable fee of less than $5.

The Superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol may increase the minimum fee by not more than $1 every other year following August 28, 2021. The minimum fee shall not exceed $10.

Additionally, this act provides that a request for public records shall be considered withdrawn if the requester fails to remit all fees within 30 days of a request for payment of the fees by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

These provisions are identical to SB 429 (2021) and HB 904 (2021).

VOTER REGISTRATION THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE (Sections 115.151, 115.160, and 115.960)

This act requires the use of electronic voter registration application forms by the Director of Revenue. The Director must additionally provide for the secure electronic transfer of voter registration information to election authorities in the manner described in the act. Election authorities are required to accept and process such records. All voter registration information sent electronically to the election authorities shall be printed out by the election authorities and retained for a period of at least two years.

The act requires the Division of Motor Vehicle and Drivers Licensing to transmit voter registration application forms to the appropriate election authority not later than 3, rather than 5, business days after the form is completed by the applicant.

These provisions are subject to a severability clause. (Section D).

These provisions are identical to provisions in the perfected SS/SB 46 (2021) and to SB 587 (2021), and substantially similar to HB 372 (2021) and provisions in HS/HCS/HB 738 (2021).

ETHANOL BLEND MOTOR FUEL TAX CREDIT (Section 135.755)

For all tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2022, this act authorizes a tax credit for retail dealers selling higher ethanol blend at the retail dealer's service station, as such terms are defined in the act. The credit shall be equal to five cents per gallon of higher ethanol blend sold and dispensed through metered pumps at the service station during the tax year. The tax credit shall be nontransferable and nonrefundable. The total amount of tax credits authorized under the act in a given fiscal year shall not exceed $4 million.

These provisions shall sunset on December 31, 2027, unless reauthorized by the General Assembly.

These provisions are similar to SCS/SB 140 (2021) and HB 601 (2021).

SPC JUSTIN BLAKE CARTER MEMORIAL HIGHWAY (Section 227.450)

This act modifies the portion of U.S. Highway 60 designated for Spc. Justin Blake Carter, and removes the words "for life" from the designation.

This provision is identical to HB 1217 (2021) and a provision in HS/HB 152 (2021).

PURPLE HEART TRAIL (Section 227.463, 227.464, 227.465, 227.466, and 227.467)

This act designates the portion of Interstate 29 from its intersection with Interstate 70/U.S. State Highway 71/40 in Jackson County north to the bridge crossing over Nishnabotna River in Atchison County, except for previously designated portions, the "Purple Heart Trail." (Section 227.463)

This act designates the portion of Interstate 55 from State Highway O in Pemiscot County to U.S. Highway 40 in St. Louis City, except for previously designated portions, the "Purple Heart Trail". (Section 227.464).

This act designates the portion of Interstate 57 from the Missouri/Illinois state line in Mississippi County continuing south to U.S. State Highway 60/State Highway AA in Scott County the "Purple Heart Trail". (Section 227.465)

This act designates the portion of Interstate 64 from Interstate 70 from the city of Wentzville in St. Charles County continuing east to Interstate 55 at the Missouri/Illinois state line in St. Louis City, except for previously designated portions, the "Purple Heart Trail". (Section 227.466).

Under the act, a highway's classification as a "Purple Heart Trail" shall not prevent a segment of such highway from being additionally designated as a memorial highway. (Section 227.467).

These provisions are identical to provisions in HB 1289 (2021) and a provision in HS/HB 152 (2021).

DEPUTY SHERIFF CASEY L SHOEMATE MEMORIAL HIGHWAY (Section 227.474)

This act designates the portion of U.S. State Highway 54 from State Highway 87 continuing west to State Highway 52 in Miller County as "Deputy Sheriff Casey L Shoemate Memorial Highway".

This provision is identical to HB 1029 (2021) and provisions in HS/HB 152 (2021).

ARMY PFC CHRISTOPHER LEE MARION MEMORIAL HIGHWAY (Section 227.477)

This act designates the portion of U.S. Business 71 from State Highway 76 West to State Highway EE in McDonald County the "Army PFC Christopher Lee Marion Memorial Highway".

This provision is identical to HB 544 (2021) and HS/HB 152 (2021).

OTIS E MOORE MEMORIAL HIGHWAY (Section 227.478)

This act designates the portion of U.S. State Highway 160 from West BYP to County Road 115 in Greene County the "Otis E Moore Memorial Highway".

This provision is identical to HB 708 (2021) and a provision in HS/HB 152 (2021).

DUANE S MICHIE MEMORIAL HIGHWAY (Section 227.479)

This act designates the portion of State Highway D from the intersection with State Highway 84 continuing north to County Road 321 in Pemiscot County the "Duane S Michie Memorial Highway".

This provision is identical to a provision in HS/HB 152 (2021).

DEPUTY SHERIFF AARON P ROBERTS MEMORIAL HIGHWAY (Section 227.485)

This act designates the portion of State Highway H from Interstate 44 West continuing north to County Road 88 in Greene County as "Deputy Sheriff Aaron P Roberts Memorial Highway".

This provision is identical to a provision in HS/HB 152 (2021).

ARMY SGT TIMOTHY J SUTTON MEMORIAL HIGHWAY (Section 227.486)

This act designates the portion of U.S. State Highway 60 from CRD Mockingbird Road continuing east to State Highway PP in Webster County as the "Army SGT Timothy J Sutton Memorial Highway".

This provision is identical to HB 534 (2021) and a provision in HS/HB 152 (2021).

U.S. ARMY SGT BRANDON MAGGART MEMORIAL BRIDGE (Section 227.488)

This act designates the bridge on U.S. State Highway 63 crossing over Business 63 in Adair County the "U.S. Army SGT Brandon Maggart Memorial Bridge".

This provision is identical to HB 606 (2021) and a provision in HS/HB 152 (2021).

U.S. ARMY PFC ADAM L THOMAS MEMORIAL BRIDGE (Section 227.489)

This act designates the bridge on U.S. Highway 63 crossing over the "BSNF" Railroad/Marceline Sub in La Plata in Macon County as the "U.S. Army PFC Adam L Thomas Memorial Bridge".

This provision is identical to HB 605 (2021) and a provision in HS/HB 152 (2021).

U.S. ARMY SFC MATTHEW C LEWELLEN MEMORIAL BRIDGE (Section 227.490)

This act designates the bridge on U.S. State Highway 63 crossing over Patterson Street in Adair County the "U.S. Army SFC Matthew C Lewellen Memorial Bridge".

This provision is substantially similar to HB 662 (2021) and a provision in HS/HB 152 (2021).

REP. REBECCA ROEBER MEMORIAL HIGHWAY (Section 227.494)

This act designates the portion of U.S. Highway 50 from State Highway 5 continuing west to Wildlife Drive in Morgan County as the "Rep. Rebecca Roeber Memorial Highway".

This provision is identical to HB 950 (2021) and a provision in HS/HB 152 (2021).

U.S. ARMY SPECIALIST MICHAEL CAMPBELL MEMORIAL HIGHWAY (Section 227.495)

This act designates the portion of U.S. State Highway 54 from State Highway E to State Highway D in Cole County as the "U.S. Army Specialist Michael Campbell Memorial Highway".

This provision is identical to HB 626 (2021) and a provision in HS/HB 626 (2021).

MEDAL OF HONOR PVT GEORGE PHILLIPS MEMORIAL HIGHWAY (Section 227.496)

This act designates the portion of State Highway T from .05 miles west of Laretto Ridge Drive to Decker Road in the town of Labadie in Franklin County as "Medal of Honor PVT George Phillips Memorial Highway".

This provision is identical to a provision in HCS/HB 829 (2021) and a provision in HS/HB 152 (2021).

US ARMY SERGEANT HUGH C DUNN MEMORIAL HIGHWAY (Section 227.497)

This act designates the portion of U.S. State Highway 63 from Spruce Street to McKay Street within the city of Macon in Macon County as the "US Army Sergeant Hugh C Dunn Memorial Highway".

This provision is identical to HB 905 (2021) and a provision in HS/HB 152 (2021).

US NAVY SEAL SCOTTY WIRTZ MEMORIAL HIGHWAY (Section 227.498)

This act designates the portion of Interstate 64 from Winghaven Boulevard to Prospect Road within the city of Lake St. Louis in St. Charles County as "US Navy SEAL Scotty Wirtz Memorial Highway".

This provision is identical to HB 911 (2021), and a provision in HS/HB 152 (2021).

MSGT CARL COSPER JR MEMORIAL HIGHWAY (Section 227.499)

This act designates the portion of State Highway 37 from County Road 1062 continuing to County Road 1060 in Barry County as the "MSgt Carl Cosper Jr Memorial Highway".

This provision is substantially similar to HB 930 (2021) and a provision in HS/HB 152 (2021).

GEORGE WASHINGTON HIGHWAY (Section 227.774)

This act designates the portion of State Highway 94 from State Highway TT to State Highway F in St. Charles County as "George Washington Highway".

This provision is identical to a provision in HB 1111 (2021) and a provision in HS/HB 152 (2021).

DANIEL BOONE HIGHWAY (Section 227.775)

This act designates the portion of State Highway F from State Highway 94 continuing west to Femme Osage Creek Road in St. Charles County as "Daniel Boone Highway".

This provision is identical to a provision in HB 1111 (2021) and a provision in HS/HB 152 (2021).

RUSH LIMBAUGH MEMORIAL HIGHWAY (Section 227.776)

This act designates the portion of Interstate 55 from State Highway AB to Hopper Road within the city of Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau County as "Rush Limbaugh Memorial Highway".

This provision is identical to HB 1230 (2021) and a provision in HS/HB 152 (2021).

US NAVY FA PAUL AKERS JR MEMORIAL BRIDGE (Section 227.777)

This act designates the bridge on State Highway 17 crossing over the "BSNF" Railroad south of the city of Crocker in Pulaski County as "US Navy FA Paul Akers Jr Memorial Bridge".

This provision is identical to HB 1205 (2021) and a provision in HS/HB 152 (2021).

STARS AND STRIPES HIGHWAY (Section 227.778)

This act designates the portion of State Highway 25 from U.S. Highway 60 continuing north to Mary Street in Stoddard County as "Stars and Stripes Highway".

This provision is identical to HB 1278 (2021) and a provision in HS/HB 152 (2021).

POLICE OFFICER MICHAEL V LANGSDORF MEMORIAL BRIDGE (Section 227.779)

This act designates the bridge on Interstate 55 crossing over Butler Hill Road in St. Louis County as "Police Officer Michael V Langsdorf Memorial Bridge".

This provision is identical to HB 1306 (2021) and a provision in HS/HB 152 (2021).

PFC DALE RAYMOND JACKSON MEMORIAL HIGHWAY (Section 227.780)

This act designates the portion of State Highway 163 from Stadium Boulevard/State Highway 740 continuing south to Mick Deaver Drive in Boone County as "PFC Dale Raymond Jackson Memorial Highway".

This provision is identical to a provision in HB 1319 (2021) and a provision in HS/HB 152 (2021).

CORPORAL STEVEN LEE IRVIN MEMORIAL HIGHWAY (Section 227.781)

This act designates the portion of State Highway 163 from Mick Deaver Drive to Old Route K in Boone County as "Corporal Steven Lee Irvin Memorial Highway".

This provision is identical to a provision in HB 1319 (2021) and a provision in HS/HB 152 (2021).

CPL DANIEL JOSEPH HEIBEL MEMORIAL HIGHWAY (Section 227.782)

This act designates the portion of State Highway 163 from Mick Deaver Drive to Old Route K in Boone County as "Corporal Steven Lee Irvin Memorial Highway".

This provision is identical to a provision in HB 1319 (2021) and a provision in HS/HB 152 (2021).

LCPL LARRY HAROLD COLEMAN MEMORIAL HIGHWAY (Section 227.783)

This act designates the portion of State Highway 163 from Green Meadows Drive to Nifong in Boone County as "LCPL Larry Harold Coleman Memorial Highway".

This provision is identical to a provision in HB 1319 (2021) and a provision in HS/HB 152 (2021).

VFW POST 2025 MEMORIAL BRIDGE (Section 227.784)

This act designates the bridge on U.S. State Highway 63 crossing over Beaver Creek in Phelps County as "VFW Post 2025 Memorial Bridge".

This provision is identical to HB 1355 (2021) and a provision in HS/HB 152 (2021).

VETERANS MEMORIAL BRIDGE (Section 227.785)

This act designates the bridge on State Highway 21 crossing over the Current River in Ripley County as "Veterans Memorial Bridge".

This provision is identical to HB 1413 (2021) and a provision in HS/HB 152 (2021).

DAVID DORN MEMORIAL HIGHWAY (Section 227.787)

This act designates the portion of Interstate 70 from Shreve Road continuing to Kingshighway Boulevard as "David Dorn Memorial Highway".

This provision is identical to HB 1363 (2021), a provision in HCS/SCS/SB 520 (2021), and a provision in HS/HB 152 (2021).

POLICE SURGEON JAMES F COOPER MD MEMORIAL BRIDGE (Section 227.788)

This act designates the bridge on Interstate 64 crossing over Sarah Street in St. Louis City as the "Police Surgeon James F Cooper MD Memorial Bridge".

This provision is identical to HB 1367 (2021) and a provision in HS/HB 152 (2021).

BILLY RAY - COUSIN CARL - ANDERSON MEMORIAL HIGHWAY (Section 227.789)

This act designates the portion of State Highway 91 from U.S. State 61 to State Highway C and continuing east on State Highway C through the city of Morley to State Highway H in Scott County as "Billy Ray - Cousin Carl - Anderson Memorial Highway".

This act is identical to HB 1437 (2021) and a provision in HS/HB 152 (2021).

MAJOR GENERAL SAMUEL WELLS MEMORIAL HIGHWAY (Section 227.790)

This act designates the portion of State Highway K from Drennon Parkway to Technology Drive in St. Charles County as "Major General Samuel Wells Memorial Highway".

NATHANAEL GREENE HIGHWAY (Section 227.793)

This act designates the portion of Interstate 44 from State Highway 744/N. MulRoy Road continuing east to RA IS 44 Strafford/Greene County Line in Greene County the "Nathanael Greene Highway".

FIREFIGHTER TYLER H CASEY MEMORIAL HIGHWAY (Section 227.794)

This act designates the portion of State Highway 43 from State Highway U continuing to State Highway C in Newton County as "Firefighter Tyler H Casey Memorial Highway".

POLICE OFFICER CHRISTOPHER RYAN MORTON MEMORIAL HIGHWAY (Section 227.803)

This act modifies the portion of road designated for Police Officer Christopher Ryan Morton.

This provision is identical to HB 1238 (2021) and a provision in HS/HB 152 (2021).

AUTOCYCLES (Section 301.010(2))

This act modifies the definition of an autocycle by repealing the requirement that the vehicle is designed to be controlled with a steering wheel and pedals.

This provision is identical to HB 91 (2021) and a provision in HB 661 (2021).

FARM FLEET VEHICLES (Section 301.033)

This act requires the Director of the Department of Revenue to establish a system of registration on a calendar year basis, applicable to all farm vehicles owned or purchased by the owner of a farm vehicle fleet. Any owner of more than one farm vehicle required to be registered may register a fleet of farm vehicles on a calendar year or biennial basis in lieu of standard registration periods.

All farm fleet vehicles shall be registered in April or on a prorated basis as provided in the act, and fees for farm fleet vehicles registered on a calendar year or biennial basis shall be payable not later than the last day of April, with 2 years' fees due for biennial registration. The act requires a certificate of inspection and approval issued no more than 120 days prior to registration. Fees for vehicles subsequently added to an existing farm vehicle fleet shall be prorated as specified in the act.

Farm vehicles registered under this act shall be issued a multi-year special license plate bearing the words "Farm Fleet Vehicle" and not requiring issuance of registration renewal tabs. Upon payment of the registration fees, the Director of the Department of Revenue shall issue a registration certificate or other suitable evidence that annual or biennial fees have been paid, which shall be carried in the vehicle at all times.

These provisions are identical to HB 153 (2021) and provisions in HB 661 (2021).

ODOMETER READINGS (Sections 301.192, 301.280, 407.526, 407.536, and 407.556)

This act increases, from 10 years to 20 years, the maximum age of motor vehicle required to have its odometer readings recorded in certain circumstances. (Sections 301.192.1(6) and 301.280.1). A corresponding change is made with regard to odometer fraud offenses. (Sections 407.526 and 407.556.2(2)). The act also specifies that the Department of Revenue may allow electronic signatures on written powers of attorney authorizing mileage disclosures and transfers of ownership. (Section 407.536.8).

These provisions are subject to an emergency clause. (Section C).

These provisions are identical to provisions in SB 370 (2021) and similar to HB 2660 (2020).

ADMINISTRATIVE FEES CHARGED BY VEHICLE DEALERS IN CONNECTION WITH THE SALE OR LEASE OF A VEHICLE (Section 301.558)

This act creates the Motor Vehicle Administration Technology Fund, to which 10% of administrative fees charged by motor vehicle dealers shall be remitted for purposes of developing a modernized, integrated system for the titling of vehicles, the issuance and renewal of vehicle registrations, driver's licenses, and identification cards, and the perfection and release of liens and encumbrances on vehicles. Following establishment of the system, the percentage of the fees required to be remitted is reduced to 1%. These provisions shall expire on January 1, 2037. (Section 301.558.3).

Additionally, this act increases, from less than $200 to $500 or less, the maximum administrative fee a motor vehicle, boat, or powersport dealer licensed by the Department of Revenue may charge for document storage or other administrative or clerical services without being deemed to be engaged in the unauthorized practice of law. The maximum administrative fee specified under the act shall be increased annually by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, or by zero, whichever is greater. (Section 301.558.4).

The act provides that the same administrative fee need not be charged to all retail customers if the dealer's franchise agreement limits the fee to certain classes of customers. (Section 301.558.5).

These provisions are identical to provisions in the perfected SS/SB 46 (2021), and similar to SB 195 (2021) and SB 1046 (2020).

CDL BANS FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING CONVICTIONS (Section 302.755)

The act also enacts a lifetime ban from driving a commercial motor vehicle for any person convicted of using a commercial motor vehicle in the commission of a felony involving "severe forms of human trafficking in persons", as defined by federal law. (Section 302.755.19).

These provisions are subject to an emergency clause. (Section C).

These provisions are identical to provisions in SB 370 (2021).

MOTOR VEHICLE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS (Section 303.025)

This act provides that the Department of Revenue may verify motor vehicle financial responsibility as provided by law, but shall not otherwise take enforcement action unless the Director determines a violation has occurred as described in the act. (Section 303.025.1).

These provisions shall take effect on January 1, 2023. (Section B).

These provisions are similar to provisions in SB 1086 (2020) and HB 2733 (2020).

CRIMINAL PUNISHMENT FOR VIOLATION OF THE MOTOR VEHICLE RESPONSIBILITY LAW (Section 303.025)

Currently, a first violation of The Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law is punishable as a class D misdemeanor, meaning a fine may be imposed of up to $500; a second or subsequent offense is punishable by up to 15 days in jail and/or a fine not to exceed $500. Under the act, a second or subsequent offense may be punished by up to 15 days in jail and shall be punished by a fine not less than $200 but not to exceed $500. (Section 303.025.3). Fines owed to the state for violations of the Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law may be eligible for payment in installments. Rules for the application of payment plans shall take into account individuals' ability to pay. (Section 303.025.6).

These provisions shall take effect on January 1, 2023. (Section B).

These provisions are similar to provisions in SB 1086 (2020) and HB 2733 (2020).

MOTOR VEHICLE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY VERIFICATION AND ENFORCEMENT FUND (Section 303.422)

This act establishes the "Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Verification and Enforcement Fund" to be used by the Department of Revenue for the administration of the act. (Section 303.422).

These provisions are similar to provisions in SB 1086 (2020) and HB 2733 (2020).

MOTOR VEHICLE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY ENFORCEMENT AND COMPLIANCE INCENTIVE PROGRAM (Section 303.425)

This act creates, within the Department of Revenue, the Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Enforcement and Compliance Incentive Program ("the program") for the purpose of enforcing The Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law. The Department of Revenue shall have the authority to contract with third-party vendors to facilitate the program. The Department of Revenue or its third-party vendor shall utilize technology to compare vehicle registration information with the information accessible through the motor vehicle financial responsibility verification system established under the act ("the verification system"), and the Department shall use this information to identify motorists who are in violation of The Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law. All fees paid to the third-party vendors may come from violator diversion fees generated by the pretrial diversion option established under the act as an alternative to statutory fines and reinstatement fees prescribed under The Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law. (Section 303.425.1).

The Department of Revenue may authorize law enforcement agencies or third-party vendors to use technology to collect data for purposes of the program. (Section 303.425.2). The Department may authorize traffic enforcement officers or third-party vendors to administer the processing and issuance of notices of violation and the collection of fees under the program. (Section 303.425.3). Access to the verification system shall be restricted to authorized parties as provided in the act. (Section 303.425.4). For purposes of the program, certain data specified in the act may be used to identify vehicles as being in violation of The Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law, and shall constitute evidence of the violation. (Section 303.425.5).

Except as otherwise provided in the act, the Department of Revenue shall suspend, as provided by law (see section 303.041), the registration of any motor vehicle that is determined under the program to be in violation of The Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law. (Section 303.425.6).

The Department of Revenue shall send to an owner whose vehicle is identified under the program as being in violation of The Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law a notice that the vehicle's registration may be suspended unless the owner, within 30 days, provides proof of financial responsibility or proof of a pending criminal charge for a violation of The Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law. The notice shall include information on obtaining proof of financial responsibility, as provided in the act. If proof of financial responsibility or a pending criminal charge is not provided within the time allotted, the Department shall suspend the vehicle's registration in accordance with current law, or shall send a notice of vehicle registration suspension, clearly specifying the grounds for and effective date of the suspension, the right to and procedure for requesting a hearing, and the date by which the request for hearing must be made, as well as informing the owner that the matter will be referred for prosecution, informing the owner that the minimum penalty for the violation is $300 and 4 license points, and offering the owner participation in a pretrial diversion option to preclude referral for prosecution and registration suspension under the act. The notice of vehicle registration suspension shall give a period of 3 days from mailing for the vehicle owner to respond, and shall be deemed received 3 days after mailing.

If no request for hearing or agreement to participate in the diversion option is received prior to the date of suspension, the Director shall suspend the registration immediately and refer the case for prosecution.

If an agreement to participate in the diversion option is received prior to the date of suspension, then upon payment of a diversion participation fee not to exceed $200, and agreement to obtain and retain financial responsibility for a period of 2 years, then no points shall be assessed to the owner's driver's license, and the Department shall not take further action against the owner under the act, subject to compliance with the terms of the pretrial diversion option. The Department shall suspend the registration of, and refer cases for prosecution of, participating vehicle owners who violate the terms of the pretrial diversion option.

If a request for hearing is received prior to the date of suspension, then for all purposes other than eligibility for the diversion option, the effective date of suspension shall be stayed until a final order is entered following the hearing. The Department shall suspend the registration of vehicles determined under the final order to have been in violation of The Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law, and shall refer the case for prosecution.

The Department of Revenue or its third-party vendor shall issue receipts for the collection of diversion option participation fees, and the fees shall be paid into the Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Verification and Enforcement Fund, established in the act. A vehicle owner whose registration is suspended under the act may obtain reinstatement upon providing proof of financial responsibility and payment to the Department of a nonrefundable reinstatement fee. (Section 303.425.7).

Data collected or retained under the program shall not be used by any entity for purposes other than enforcement of The Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law. Data collected and stored by law enforcement under the program shall be considered evidence if a violation is confirmed. The evidence and a corresponding affidavit as provided in the act shall constitute probable cause for prosecution, and shall be forwarded to the appropriate prosecuting attorney as provided in the act. (Section 303.425.8).

Owners of vehicles identified as being in violation of The Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law shall be provided with options for disputing claims which do not require appearance at any court of law or administrative facility. Any person who provides timely proof that he or she was in compliance with The Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law at the time of the alleged violation shall be entitled to dismissal of the charge with no assessment of fees or fines. Any proof provided that a vehicle was in compliance at the time of the alleged offense shall be recorded in the system established by the Department of Revenue under the act. (Section 303.425.9).

The collection of data or use of technology shall be done in a manner that prohibits bias towards a specific community, race, gender, or socioeconomic status of vehicle owner. (Section 303.425.10). Law enforcement agencies, third-party vendors, or other entities authorized to operate under the program shall not sell data collected or retained under the program for any purpose or share it for any purpose not expressly authorized by law. All data shall be secured and any third-party vendor may be liable for any data security breach. (Section 303.425.11).

The Department of Revenue shall not take action under the act against fleet vehicles, or against vehicles known to the Department of Revenue to be insured under a policy of commercial auto insurance, as defined in the act. (Section 303.425.12).

Following one year after the implementation of the program, and annually thereafter, the Department of Revenue shall provide a report on the program's operations as provided in the act. The Department may, by rule, require the state, counties, and municipalities to provide information in order to complete the report. (Section 303.425.13).

These provisions are similar to provisions in SB 1086 (2020) and HB 2733 (2020).

MOTOR VEHICLE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY VERIFICATION SYSTEM (Sections 303.430 and 303.440)

This act requires the Department of Revenue to establish a web-based system for the verification of motor vehicle financial responsibility, and to provide access to insurance reporting data and vehicle registration and financial responsibility data. The Department shall require motor vehicle insurers to establish functionality for it as provided in the act, and the system shall be the sole system used in the state for online verification of financial responsibility. (Section 303.430.1).

The verification system shall transmit requests to insurers for verification of insurance coverage via web services established in accordance with Insurance Industry Committee on Motor Vehicle Administration ("IICMVA") specifications, and the insurance company system shall respond with a prescribed response upon evaluating the data provided in the request. The system shall include appropriate data security protections, and the Department of Revenue shall maintain a historical record of the system data for up to 12 months from the date of the requests and responses. The system shall be used to verify financial responsibility required by law, and shall be accessible by authorized employees of the Department, the courts, law enforcement, and other entities as authorized by law, and shall be interfaced, wherever appropriate, with existing state systems. The system shall include information enabling the Department to submit inquiries to insurers regarding motor vehicle insurance which are consistent with insurance industry and IICMVA standards by using the insurer's National Association of Insurance Commissioners company code, vehicle identification number, policy number, verification date, or as otherwise described in IICMVA standards. The Department shall promulgate rules to offer insurers of 1000 or fewer vehicles an alternative method for verifying coverage in lieu of web services, and to provide for the verification of financial responsibility when proof of financial responsibility is provided to the Department by means other than a policy of insurance. Insurers are not required to verify insurance coverage for vehicles registered in other jurisdictions. (Section 303.430.2(1)).

The verification system shall respond within a time period established by the Department of Revenue. An insurer's system shall respond within the time period prescribed by the IICMVA's specifications and standards. Insurer systems shall be permitted reasonable system downtime for maintenance and other work with advance notice to the Department. Insurers shall not be subject to enforcement fees or other sanctions under such circumstances, or when their systems are not available because of emergency, outside attack, or other unexpected outages not planned by the insurer and reasonably outside of its control. (Section 303.430.2(2)).

The verification system shall assist in the identification of motorists operating in violation of The Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law in the most effective way possible. System responses shall have no effect on the determination of coverage under a claim. Nothing in this act shall prohibit the Department of Revenue from contracting with a third-party vendor or vendors who have successfully implemented similar systems in other states. (Section 303.430.2(3)).

The Department of Revenue shall consult with insurance industry representatives and may consult with third-party vendors to determine the objectives, details, and deadlines related to the system by establishing an advisory council with membership as specified in the act. (Section 303.430.2(4)).

The Department of Revenue shall publish for comment, and then issue, a detailed implementation guide for its online verification system. (Section 303.430.2(5)).

The Department of Revenue and its third-party vendors, if any, shall each maintain a contact person for insurers during the establishment, implementation, and operation of the system. (Section 303.430.2(6)).

If the Department of Revenue has reason to believe a vehicle owner does not maintain financial responsibility as required by law, it may also request for the insurer to verify the existence of financial responsibility in a form approved by the Department of Revenue. Insurers shall cooperate with the Department of Revenue in establishing and maintaining the verification system, and shall provide motor vehicle insurance policy status information in accordance with rules promulgated by the Department of Revenue. (Section 303.430.2(7)).

Every property and casualty insurer licensed to issue motor vehicle insurance or authorized to do business in this state shall comply with this act for the verification of any vehicle for which the insurer issues a policy in this state. (Section 303.430.2(8)).

For purposes of historical verification inquiries, insurers shall maintain a historical record of insurance data for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of a policy's inception or modification. (Section 303.430.2(9)).

The act shall not apply with regard to "commercial auto coverage", as defined in the act. However, such insurers may participate on a voluntary basis, and vehicle owners may provide the Department with proof of commercial auto coverage to be recorded in the verification system. (Section 303.430.2(10)). Individuals covered by commercial or fleet automobile policies shall be provided with proof of coverage as described in the act. (Section 303.430.2(11)).

Insurers shall be immune from civil and administrative liability for good faith efforts to comply with this act. Nothing in this act shall prohibit an insurer from using the services of a third-party vendor for facilitating the verification system as required under the act. (Section 303.430.2(12)-(13)).

The verification system shall be in operation by January 1, 2023, following a testing period of not less than 9 months. No enforcement action shall be taken based on the system until successful completion of the testing period. (Section 303.440).

These provisions are similar to provisions in SB 1086 (2020) and HB 2733 (2020).

DISPLAY OF FIXED, FLASHING, OR ROTATING LIGHTS ON MOTOR VEHICLES (Sections 304.022 and 307.175)

This act allows coroners, medical examiners, and forensic investigators of the county medical examiner's office or a similar entity to display emergency lights on their vehicles or equipment when responding to a crime scene, motor vehicle accident, workplace accident, or any location where their services are requested by law enforcement (section 307.175), and accordingly modifies the definition of "emergency vehicle" for purposes of motorists' obligation to yield to emergency vehicles displaying emergency lighting (section 304.022).

These provisions are identical to provisions in HCS/HB 307 (2021), and similar to HB 380 (2021).

TOWING OF COMMERCIAL VEHICLES (Section 304.153)

This act creates within the Department of Transportation the "Commercial Vehicle Towing Advisory Committee", with membership as specified in the act. The committee shall hold its first meeting no later than June 1, 2022, and shall, at the discretion of the Department of Transportation, make recommendations regarding the towing of commercial vehicles.

No later than June 1, 2023, the Department of Transportation, in consultation with the Highway Patrol and the Commercial Vehicle Towing Advisory Committee, shall promulgate rules regarding the towing of commercial vehicles. The rules shall ensure towing companies charge fair, equitable, and reasonable rates for services rendered, and shall be made available on the Department of Transportation's website. The rules shall:

• Establish factors used in determining whether a rate is fair, equitable, and reasonable;

• Establish a process for complaints against towing companies;

• Establish a process for suspending or removing a towing company from any tow list; and

• Establish information required to be included on invoices or notices associated with commercial vehicle towing.

These provisions are similar to HCS/HB 389 (2021), SCS/SB 387 (2021), and HB 1101 (2019).

PERMANENT VESSEL REGISTRATION (Section 306.030)

This act provides that vessels may be issued a permanent certificate of number upon payment of 3 times the amount required for a 3-year certificate of number and 3 times any processing fee applicable to a 3-year certificate of number. Permanent certificates of number shall not be transferred to any other person or vessel, or displayed on any vessel other than the vessel for which it was issued, and shall continue in force and effect until terminated or discontinued as provided by law. (Section 306.030.6).

These provisions are identical to provisions in the perfected SS/SB 46 (2021), and similar to provisions in the perfected SCS/SB 49 (2021).

MOTORCYCLE LIGHTING (Section 307.128)

This act provides that motorcycles may be equipped with and use auxiliary lighting of any color, rather than only amber and white.

This provision is identical to HB 996 (2021) and a provision in HB 661 (2021).

NEW MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY INSPECTIONS (Section 307.380)

This act exempts new motor vehicles from the requirement that motor vehicles receive a safety inspection immediately prior to their sale regardless of any current certificate of inspection and approval.

This provision is identical to HB 687 (2021) and a provision in the perfected SS/SB 46 (2021).

RECORDS FOR THE SALE OF METAL (Section 407.300)

This act requires records of sales of certain metals to be maintained for 3 years rather than 2 years. A transaction that includes a detached catalytic converter shall occur at the fixed place of business of the purchaser. A detached catalytic converter shall be maintained for 5 business days before it is altered, modified, disassembled, or destroyed.

Anyone licensed for selling motor vehicle parts as set forth in statute who is knowingly purchases a stolen detached catalytic converter shall be subject to penalties as set forth in the act.

Currently, every purchaser or collector of, or dealer in, junk, scrap metal, or any second hand property is required to maintain written or electronic records for each purchase or trade in which certain types of material are obtained for value, with exceptions. This act repeals the exception to the records requirement for any transaction for which the total amount paid for all regulated material purchased or sold does not exceed $50, unless the material is a catalytic converter.

The records requirement of the act does not apply to transactions for which the seller has an existing business relationship with the purchaser and for which the seller is paid by check or by electronic funds transfer, or the seller produces an acceptable identification, which shall be a copy of the driver's license or photo identification issued by the state or by the U.S. government or agency thereof, and a copy is retained by the purchaser.

These provisions are similar to provisions in HCS/HB 1153 (2021) and provisions in SCS/HCS#2/HB 69 (2021).

OFFENSE OF STEALING - CATALYTIC CONVERTERS (Section 570.030)

The offense of stealing shall be a Class E felony if the property is a catalytic converter.

This provision is identical to a provision in HCS/HB 1153 (2021) and a provision in SCS/HCS#2/HB 69 (2021).

VACCINATION PASSPORTS (Section 1)

This act prohibits entities in this state from requiring documentation of an individual having received a vaccination against any disease in order to access transportation systems or services, or any public transportation facility. (Section 1).

This provision is identical to a provision in the perfected SS/SB 46 (2021).

ERIC VANDER WEERD