Senate Derails Bill Allowing OK Cities To Fine Train Companies

Friday, April 26th 2019, 5:52 am
By: News On 6

A bill to impose huge fines on train companies for blocking Oklahoma's railroad crossings has been derailed.

 House Passes Bill Punishing Railroads For Trains Stopped On Tracks 

The bill would have allowed cities and towns to fine the companies up to $10,000 for blocking roads for more than 30-minutes. Officials say that can make it impossible for emergency vehicles to get through.

On Thursday the state senate passed a watered-down version that will only allow the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to impose fines up to a $1,000.

Cities and towns would have to file complaints with the OCC. The bill's now heading back to the house.