2000 Regular Session
By: Representative Holland
House Bill 593
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 75-27-113, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REQUIRE THAT PERSONS PURCHASING TIMBER SHALL RETAIN CERTAIN INFORMATION FOR THE INSPECTION OF THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES; TO PROVIDE THAT TRUCKS CARRYING LOADS OF PULPWOOD OR TIMBER SHALL BE PAINTED ON BOTH SIDES WITH CERTAIN IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION; TO AMEND SECTION 77-7-16, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REMOVE THE EXEMPTION TO THE INSPECTION AUTHORITY OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION FOR MOTOR VEHICLES ENGAGED IN THE TRANSPORTATION OF LOGS AND PULPWOOD; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 75-27-113, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
75-27-113. (1) Timber purchased by weight or measured volume shall be purchased by weight on the basis of tonnage or pounds with one (1) ton equaling two thousand (2,000) pounds avoirdupois weight, or by measured volume so long as the measured volume is not calculated by weight but is derived from any of the standards provided in subsection (2).
(2) When timber is purchased by measured volume, the timber shall be measured by either cubic feet, Doyle Log Rule, International 1/4 Inch Rule or Scribner Decimal C Rule.
(3) No person, firm or corporation, shall use any scales or measuring device in the purchase of timber unless the same is true and accurate. All devices used for buying or selling timber shall comply with specifications and tolerances and other requirements of Chapter 27 of Title 75, Mississippi Code of 1972, and regulations adopted pursuant thereto.
(4) Purchaser specifications shall be made available to the haulers and timber owners and shall be posted in a place easily accessible to the haulers or timber owners at the location where the timber is weighed or measured. Scale tickets shall be made available to the haulers and timber owners for each load before the close of the following business day and shall include the measured volume or weight, the standard of weight or measurement used, and the basis and amount of any deductions.
(5) Any person, firm or corporation purchasing timber that has been cut eight (8) feet in length or longer shall retain information described herein for subsequent inspection by the Deputy Director of Weights and Measures, or his designee, for a period of three (3) years. This information shall include either the contract or the name, address and county origin of both cutter-hauler and the payee for the timber. The information may be maintained in paper or electronic format.
(6) All trucks carrying loads of pulpwood or timber within the state, for the purposes of identification, shall be painted on both sides with letters and numbers containing information as described herein that contrast sharply in color with the background on which the letters and numbers are placed and that are readily legible during daylight hours while the motor vehicle is stationary. The information shall include the name of the owner. Beneath this shall be written the city and state of the owner, as well as the Department of Transportation number, if applicable. All markings shall conform to United States Department of Transportation regulations.
(7) (a) The State Director of Weights and Measures, the
Deputy Director of Weights and Measures and any state inspector of weights and measures are hereby vested with police powers, such as given to sheriff and constables, for the sole purpose of issuing citations, without warrant, to any person who the Director, Deputy Director or inspector has probable cause to believe is violating this section, or who shall impede, hinder or otherwise prevent or attempt to prevent the testing of scales or measuring devices or enforcement of this chapter. The citation shall be returnable to the Deputy Director of Weights and Measures. No citation for a violation of this section shall be issued after one (1) year from the date of the violation.
(b) The Deputy Director of Weights and Measures, or his designee, shall within thirty (30) days of the issuance of the citation, dismiss the citation, issue a written warning or levy a fine of not more than Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00) for the first offense; not more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) for the second offense if the second offense occurs within six (6) months of the first offense; or not more than Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00) for the third and subsequent offenses, if the third or subsequent offenses occur within six (6) months of the first offense. If the Deputy Director of Weights and Measures, or his designee, determines the violation was unintentional and due to an act of God or was beyond the reasonable control of the person, firm or corporation committing the violation, no fine shall be levied. A person, firm or corporation operating any scales or measuring devices in the purchase of timber at more than one (1) location in the state shall not be subject to fines for second or subsequent offenses unless the offenses occur at the same location on separate days. A citation shall record each and every violation of this section but for the purposes of determining second and subsequent offenses under this section, all violations of this section committed by one (1) person, firm or corporation at one (1) location during one (1) day shall constitute one (1) offense.
(c) Any person, firm or corporation may appeal a fine to the State Director of Weights and Measures or his designee. The appeal must be filed within thirty (30) days after the levy of the fine. Any party aggrieved by the final order of the State Director of Weights and Measures, or his designee, may appeal to the Chancery Court of the First Judicial District of Hinds County, Mississippi, by filing an appeal within thirty (30) days of a final order of the Director of Weights and Measures. If no appeal is taken and the fine is not paid within sixty (60) days of the order or if the fine is upheld on appeal and no further appeal is taken and the fine is not paid within sixty (60) days of the ruling on the appeal, the Director of Weights and Measures may forward an abstract of the order or judgment to the circuit clerk of any county in the State of Mississippi for enrolling as any other judgment. After enrolling the judgment, the Director of Weights and Measures may institute an action to recover the fines assessed under this section in the name of the State of Mississippi in any court of competent jurisdiction or otherwise proceed as a judgment creditor pursuant to the laws of the State of Mississippi.
(8) This section does not apply to pulpwood as defined in Section 75-79-5 of the Mississippi Uniform Pulpwood Scaling and Practices Act.
SECTION 2. Section 77-7-16, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
77-7-16. (1) Supervision and inspection of the safe operation and the safe use of equipment of motor vehicles operating in the state shall be a specified duty of the commission. In accordance therewith, the commission shall promulgate as its own and enforce the rules, regulations, requirements and classifications of the United States Department of Transportation or any successor federal agency thereof charged with the regulation of motor vehicle safety. The commission shall establish a system of reciprocity with other states to facilitate the inspection of motor vehicles provided for in this subsection.
(2) The commission shall have the authority to inspect for safe operation and safe use of equipment the following motor vehicles:
(a) Each holder of a certificate of convenience and necessity, a permit to operate as a contract carrier or interstate permit;
(b) Any individual, corporation or partnership engaged in a commercial enterprise operating a single motor vehicle or those in combination with a manufacturer's gross vehicle rating of more than ten thousand (10,000) pounds; and
(c) Any individual, corporation or partnership operating a motor vehicle of any gross weight transporting hazardous material that requires placarding under the Federal Hazardous Material Regulations.
(3) This section shall not apply to the following:
(a) Motor vehicles employed to transport school children and teachers;
(b) Motor vehicles owned and operated by the United States, District of Columbia or any state or any municipality or any other political subdivision of this state;
(c) Motor vehicles engaged in the occasional transportation of personal property without compensation by individuals which is not in the furtherance of a commercial enterprise;
(d) Motor vehicles engaged in the transportation of human corpses or sick or injured persons;
(e) Motor vehicles engaged in emergency or related operations;
(f) Motor vehicles engaged in the private transportation of passengers;
(g) Motor vehicles owned and operated by any farmer who:
(i) Is using the vehicle to transport agricultural products from a farm owned by the farmer, or to transport farm machinery or farm supplies to or from a farm owned by the farmer;
(ii) Is not using the vehicle to transport hazardous materials of a type or quantity that requires the vehicle to be placarded in accordance with the Federal Hazardous Material Regulations in CFR 49 part 177.823; and
(iii) Is using the vehicle within one hundred fifty (150) air miles of the farmer's farm, and the vehicle is a private motor carrier of property.
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(h) Motor vehicles engaged exclusively in hauling gravel or other unmanufactured road building materials.
(4) Anyone who violates or fails to comply with this section shall be subject to the penalties as provided for in Section 77-7-311, Mississippi Code of 1972.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2000.