Minnesota Left Lane Slowpoke Bill A Step Closer to Becoming Law
The best-proposed law EVER in Minnesota is one step closer to becoming reality!
That's right, you've probably heard about the proposed 'Left Lane Slowpoke' bill, right? It would make it illegal to camp out and drive slowly in the left-hand lane of a divided highway here in Minnesota.
It was first proposed last spring but didn't get anywhere, and ultimately, wasn't passed into law. (I first wrote about it HERE.) Well, it was back again earlier this year, too-- as another bill was brought up for discussion in a few Legislative committees up in St. Paul. (My fellow compatriot, James Rabe, wrote about this year's bill HERE.)
But that was over a month ago. Since then, what's happened? Well, I have good news! KARE-11 reports in THIS story that this year's bill, proposed by Sen. John Jasinski of Faribault, has been revived up in St. Paul!
Here's how it would work. The story said the bill would, "Raise the fine for driving too slowly in the left lane to $100 from the current level of $50. Once you tack on the $75 standard surcharge for all moving violations, a slowpoke violation would total $175," the story said.
So, will it pass from those committee hearings into full-blown floor hearings with an eventual vote in the House and Senate? Hopefully so, though the story said Jacinski noted his bill probably isn't a "top priority at the Capitol" again this year.
Sigh. We'll keep you posted, though!