COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "do pass" by the Committee on Motor Vehicle and Traffic Regulation by a vote of 10 to 0.

Under current law, it is a class C misdemeanor to operate a motor vehicle with certain vision-reducing material on the windows to the left or right of the driver unless a person obtains a permit from the Department of Public Safety. This bill deletes the permit requirement and allows any person to use vision-reducing material on such windows with a light transmission of 35% or less, plus or minus 3%, and a luminous reflectance of 35% or more, plus or minus 3%.

FISCAL NOTE: Cost to Road Fund of $75,600 in FY 2001, $0 in FY 2002, and $0 in FY 2003.

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that this legislation is very helpful to those who have sensitive eyes. The tinting standard will be what is already allowed by permit.

Testifying for the bill was Senator Caskey.

OPPONENTS: There was no opposition voiced to the committee.

Robert Triplett, Legislative Analyst