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Overdrive Staff | August 05, 2011

Tennessee’s new law, SB 932, excludes unemployment compensation for leased operators and owner-operators contracted to common carriers while engaged in interstate commerce.

Pennsylvania’s independent contractor definition under workers’ compensation will broaden Aug. 29 when HB 440 becomes effective. It will allow sole proprietors, partners of partnerships and limited liability company officers to purchase workers’ compensation insurance.

The Maine Motor Truck Association had requested legislation to determine if someone is an independent contractor for purpose of workers’ compensation.

In September, LD 1099 takes effect, which will define Maine contractors through several factors, including if compensation is based on factors directly related to the work performed, such as mileage-based rates. The contractor also substantially must control the means and manner of performing services and be responsible for a significant amount of operating expenses and maintenance.

The sponsor of a California bill to bar owner-operators from working ports ordered the bill, AB 950, to the inactive file on June 2.

— Staff reports



HIGHWAY HAPPENINGS

CONNECTICUT. Construction is under way on the I-95/I-91/Route 34 Interchange to accommodate the new 10-lane Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge, or Q Bridge, under construction. The interchange, to be completed in 2016, extends one mile on I-95 from Interchange 46 to about East Street.

KANSAS. Speed limits on divided four-lane highways in the state have been increased to 75 mph from 70. The more than 800 miles covered under the new law include most of the Kansas Turnpike from the Kansas-Oklahoma border to Kansas City, Kan., and rural sections of interstates 70 and 35. Neighboring states Colorado, Nebraska and Oklahoma are among states that have 75 mph speed limits on rural Interstates.

KENTUCKY. Drivers can take a new parkway to avoid a clogged 9-mile section of U.S. 41-Alternate near Hopkinsville. If traveling westbound on Interstate 24, continue to the new exit 82 to the Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway and head north. If southbound on the parkway, do not take exit 7 because the parkway now continues south.

LOUISIANA. Funding has been arranged to extend I-49 north of Shreveport to the Arkansas state line. Construction is scheduled to begin next summer and work on the final segment is scheduled to start by summer 2013. Construction could be complete by 2016.

MAINE. The speed limit has been raised from 65 mph to 75 mph along 90 miles of I-95 from Houlton to Old Town.

OKLAHOMA. Traffic on Interstate 44 and the Will Rogers Turnpike will be disrupted into next summer for construction projects. The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority plans to repair 4.5 miles of pavement and replace the Five Mile Creek Bridges. Traffic on I-44 will be limited to a single lane in each direction from near the Missouri state line to Mile Marker 325 in Oklahoma. During the first phase through November, lane reductions will begin just west of Exit 1 in Missouri.

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