BILL NUMBER: SB 127	CHAPTERED
	BILL TEXT

	CHAPTER  188
	FILED WITH SECRETARY OF STATE  AUGUST 4, 2003
	APPROVED BY GOVERNOR  AUGUST 3, 2003
	PASSED THE ASSEMBLY  JULY 17, 2003
	PASSED THE SENATE  APRIL 10, 2003
	AMENDED IN SENATE  MARCH 25, 2003

INTRODUCED BY   Senator Chesbro
   (Coauthor:  Senator Aanestad)

                        FEBRUARY 5, 2003

   An act to amend Section 35401.7 of the Vehicle Code, relating to
vehicles.



	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   SB 127, Chesbro.  Vehicles:  limitations of access.
   Existing law exempts from established limitations of access,
licensed carriers of livestock when engaged in travel necessary and
incidental to the shipment of livestock on specified portions of
State Highway Route 101.  This exemption is repealed on January 1,
2004.
   This bill would delete certain obsolete language; would require
the Department of the California Highway Patrol to undertake a
specified study and to report its findings to the Legislature, on or
before January 1, 2006; and would extend the January 1, 2004, repeal
date to January 1, 2007.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:


  SECTION 1.  Section 35401.7 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:

   35401.7.  (a) The limitations of access specified in subdivision
(d) of Section 35401.5 do not apply to licensed carriers of livestock
when those carriers are directly enroute to or from a point of
loading or unloading of livestock on those portions of State Highway
Route 101 located in the Counties of Del Norte, Humboldt, and
Mendocino from its junction with State Highway Route 1 near Leggett
north to the Oregon border, if the travel is necessary and incidental
to the shipment of the livestock.
   (b) The exemption allowed under this section does not apply unless
all of the following conditions are met:
   (1) The length of the truck tractor, in combination with the
semitrailer used to transport the livestock, does not exceed a total
of 70 feet.
   (2) The distance from the kingpin to the rearmost axle of the
semitrailer does not exceed 40 feet.
   (c) The exemption allowed under this section does not apply to
travel conducted on the day prior to, or on the day of, any federally
recognized holiday.
   (d) The Department of the California Highway Patrol, in
consultation with the Department of Transportation and in accordance
with recommendations from the Department of the California Highways
Patrol's study issued on May 1, 2003, of the effects of the statutory
exemption, shall continue the comprehensive study on the effect that
the exemption provided under this section has on the public safety
during the extended effective period of the exemption.  The findings
of this additional study shall be reported to the Legislature on or
before January 1, 2006.
   (e) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1,
2007, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted
statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2007, deletes or extends
that date.