JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Rep. J. Eggleston personally met with more than 100 members of the House after his vehicle inspection bill faced opposition in the chamber. He had the measure recommitted to committee and the current version reflected the concerns brought up during those conversations.
Late Wednesday night, HB 451 was brought up for perfect for the second time.
The original version of the bill completely repealed the inspection requirement for vehicles. That version was perfected on February 20, 2019. During that debate, lawmakers expressed trepidation on eliminating inspection requirements and the potential implication it had on school buses.
On March 4, 2019, Eggleston had the bill recommitted to the Committee on Rules – Legislative Oversight.
“I spoke with over 100 members of this body and it was both sides of the aisle,” said Eggleston. The version of the bill brought up for perfection for the second time was the result of those conversations.
The new version of the bill only requires inspection of vehicles older than 10 years or with more than 150,000 miles.
Some still expressed concern on the bill, noting that without an inspection, odometer mileage would be on the honor system for vehicles less than 10-years-old and it could increase the risk for motorist on the road.
“I am responsible,” said Rep. Donna Baringer. “Last year we had 16,000 people driving on our roads that didn’t care.”
Alisha Shurr was a reporter for The Missouri Times and The Missouri Times Magazine. She joined The Missouri Times in January 2018 after working as a copy editor for her hometown newspaper in Southern Oregon. Alisha is a graduate of Kansas State University.