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09LR01 – MRF Leaders Report – March 2009

March 11, 2009 by  

Beverly Hills Does It Again

A Beverly Hills, California state senator has introduced legislation that would require motorcycles to participate in the state’s vehicle “smog check” program. The program was designed to service cars and because of that motorcycles were exempt “until the Department of Consumer Affairs implements test procedures applicable to motorcycles” according to standing state California state law. Senator Fran Pavely (D) is the main sponsor of the bill which would require all motorcycles beginning with model year 2000 to be tested starting in 2012.

This bill is problematic for a number of reasons. First off, it provides for no funding for the development of testing procedures. Secondly, no funding for the accommodation of the new 1.2 million motorcycles at the check stations. This will result in a financial burden for the California government at a time when every penny is already spoken for.

In the MRF’s view, the California state legislature should reconsider this motion. When the funding is available, it would then seem more feasible to invest in proper investigatory programs to best determine how to test motorcycles or if it is even necessary.

Read the bill here:
http://info.sen.ca.gov/pub/09-10/bill/sen/sb_0401-0450/sb_435_bill_20090226_introduced.html

President Obama Announces DOT Official.

Barack Obama has announced that he plans to nominate Roy Kienitz for Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy, Department of Transportation

BIO
Roy Kienitz is currently the Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Rendell. Roy has been a leader on Gov. Rendell’s staff for Transportation, Alternative Energy, and Environment initiatives since 2003. Prior to his time in Pennsylvania, Kienitz served as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Planning. Kienitz has also served as the Executive Director to the Surface Transportation Policy Project where he was a strong advocate for innovation in transportation policy.

Kienitz’s prior experience also includes working for Former Senator Moynihan as Chief of Staff and the U.S. Senate Environment & Public Works Committee.

Originally from California, Kienitz earned his bachelor’s degree in Aquatic Biology from the University of California in 1983.

Upon close examination of Kienitz some conflicting ideologies emerge. Kienitz worked for Senator Daniel Monyihan in the late eighties and early nineties as the chief of staff for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. That committee, at that time, was responsible for writing the surface transportation authorization bill (ISTEA) that included the penalties on states that did not have mandatory helmet laws. Kienitz was instrumental at the senior staff level in putting those penalties in
place.

However, Kienitz’s most recent post with Governor Rendell puts him in place at the same time ABATE of PA was modifying the state helmet law. ABATE of PA has never heard from him or anything that he did to stop the new law from going into effect.

Which Kienitz will end up in DC to report to DOT Secretary LaHood? That remains to be seen.

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