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H.R. 3040 (113th): Safe Freight Act

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The Safe Freight Act would mandate that all freight trains be operated by two certified individuals.

Congressman Mike Michaud (D-ME 2) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree [D-ME1] introduced the bill after Canada enacted similar emergency safety enhancements after a train, which originated from North Dakota, derailed in in a town in the province of Quebec, resulting in 42 deaths and the destruction of 30 buildings.

The bill requires that all trains and light engines that are used to move freight must be operated by a crew of at least two individuals who are certified by the Federal Railroad Administration, one as a locomotive engineer and the other as a conductor.

Sponsor and status

Michael Michaud

Sponsor. Representative for Maine's 2nd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Aug 2, 2013
Length: 2 pages
Aug 2, 2013
113th Congress (2013–2015)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on August 2, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


82 Cosponsors (77 Democrats, 5 Republicans)



Aug 2, 2013

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H.R. 3040 (113th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 3040. This is the one from the 113th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2013 to Jan 2, 2015. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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