Will Require Two Crewmembers in the Locomotive Cab
The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET), part of the Teamsters Rail Conference, announced that the state of Wyoming’s House of Representatives passed a bill today requiring a minimum rail crew size. House Bill No. HB0079 would require two crewmembers in the cab of locomotives throughout the state, and would establish financial penalties of up to $10,000 for railroads that willfully violate the proposed law. The bill now moves on to the State Senate.
The bill was introduced in late January by Rep. Stan Blake (D-39), who is also a Union Pacific employee. Initial co-sponsors of the bill included a strong bipartisan group of Representatives and Senators, including: Representatives Jim Blackburn (R-42), Scott Clem (R-31), Shelly Duncan (R-05), Jamie Flitner (R-26), Tim Hallinan (R-32), Hans Hunt (R-02), Sandy Newsome (R-24) and Clarence Styvar (R-12); and Senators Stephan Pappas (R-07), Chris Rothfuss (D-09), Wendy Schuler (R-15) and Michael Von Flatern (R-24). Sen. Rothfuss serves as Senate Minority Floor Leader.
Fines for violating the proposed law would range between $250-$1,000 for a first offense and up to $10,000 for a third offense within a three year period.
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