Legislation was passed in today’s Assembly Session that would exempt emergency personnel from requiring a CDL license in performing official duties, such as hydrant maintenance, training and building inspections. This bill expands on an amendment made in this year’s budget, which exempts first responders from having to obtain a CDL license to drive away from the scene of an emergency. Additionally, this legislation conforms to federal regulations and, thereby, helps preserve $31 million in federal highway aid.
“Forcing respondents who have dedicated their lives to protecting our communities to pay for special licenses is an unnecessary and unfair financial burden. As we approach Memorial Day weekend, it is only fitting that we amend this burdensome legislation in honor of those who fight to keep our families safe.
“Thanks to the legislation that was passed today in the Assembly, we are one step closer to eliminating an unnecessary burden on our emergency responders. I am proud to stand beside those who serve and protect our communities each and every day as a multi-sponsor on this bill.”