The proposed rules of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) relating to the training and certification of over-dimensional load escort drivers (Minnesota Rules Chapter 7455) have been assigned to Judge Neilson. Judge Neilson will issue a report with respect to the proposed rules in mid-March. This website is intended to provide useful and timely information in connection with the rulemaking proceeding.
As part of the rulemaking process, a hearing was held on November 29, 2011, at the State Office Building in St. Paul. An additional day of hearing will be held on January 17, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. in Room 200 of the State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul (just west of the State Capitol building). During the hearing, a twenty-calendar-day period was set for the receipt of written comments regarding the proposed rules. Thus, the initial deadline for the submission of written comments in this rulemaking proceeding is 4:30 p.m. on February 6, 2012.
After the period for submission of written comments ends, state law provides the DPS and all interested persons an additional period of five working days for filing a written response to any comments which were submitted during the initial comment period. New matters may not be introduced or raised during this five-day rebuttal period. The five-day rebuttal period will expire at 4:30 p.m. on February 13, 2012.
Interested members of the public can e-mail, mail, fax, or deliver comments to Judge Neilson concerning the proposed rules. Her address is as follows:
Hon. Barbara L. Neilson
Administrative Law Judge
600 North Robert Street
P.O. Box 64620
St. Paul , MN 55164-0620
Copies of the initial Notice of Hearing issued by the DPS, the Proposed Rules, and the Statement of Need and Reasonableness prepared by the DPS may be found below. Public exhibits that were received during the November 29, 2011, hearing, are also posted below. Additional public and agency comments that are received by Judge Neilson during this rulemaking proceeding will be posted on an on-going basis.
Pursuant to an extension granted by the Chief Administrative Law Judge, Judge Neilson's report will be issued by March 29, 2012.
On April 3, 2012, the Report of Chief Administrative Law Judge Krause was issued; and on March 29, 2012, the Report of Administrative Law Judge Neilson was issued.
Initial Notice of Hearing, Proposed Rules, and Statement of Need and Reasonableness:
Public Exhibits 1-9 (received into the record during the Nov. 29, 2011, hearing):
Public Exhibits 10 - 12 (received into the record during the January 17, 2012, hearing):