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HB 682 Lane Restrictions

HB 682 Restricts Trucks/School Buses on 5 Interstates

Rescheduled – House Floor Wednesday, May 24th

Last week, Rep. Steve Carter (R-Baton Rouge) returned HB 682 to the House Calendar without debate and rescheduled it for Wednesday, May 24th on the House floor.

Four (4) graduates of our Leadership LMTA program came to the Capitol to help lobby against the lane restriction legislation. Special thanks to Nataly Bryce (PMI Delivers, Sibley), Lauren Guillot and Mitch Guillot (Triple G Express, Jefferson) and Jake Minner (Bengal Transportation Services, Prairieville) for their efforts at the Capitol.

HB 682 has been rescheduled for debate on the House floor on Wednesday, May 24th.  Please continue to remind the House of Representatives that lane restrictions can actually create more of an unsafe situation…and that broad traffic control strategies should never be used as a punitive measure.

How to Contact Legislators at the Capitol

House: PH   (225) 342-6945         Senate: PH    (225) 342-2040

FAX   (225) 342-8336                      FAX   (225) 342-0617

Official Legislative Website: www.legis.state.la.us

HB 682 Carter – Interstate Highways Impacted.  The lane restrictions provided for in HB 682 by Rep. Steve Carter (R-Baton Rouge) will impact the following Interstate highways:

  • I-10 over Atchafalaya in St. Martin and Iberville Parishes (16.17 continuous miles)
  • I-10 over Bonnet Carre Spillway in St. John and St. Charles Parishes (11.85 continuous miles)
  • I-10 Lake Pontchartrain Twin Spans in Orleans Parish (5.53 continuous miles)
  • I-55 in St. John Parish (14.53 continuous miles)
  • I-55 in Tangipahoa Parish (7.98 continuous miles)

OPPOSE HB 632 – 17 Cent Fuel Tax Increase + Indexing.  HB 632 by Rep. Steve Carter (R-Baton Rouge) could be heard on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 on the House floor. The legislation raises the fuel tax by 17 cents, provides for an index equal to the Consumer Price Index every four years.

We would hope that the Legislature would resolve the current state budget before attempting to pursue additional highway funding – possibly in a separate special session.

NOTE: Contrary to rumors floating around the Capitol, LMTA has not endorsed any legislation nor agreed to any specific fuel tax increase amount.

QUESTION:  How much would a 17 cent-per-gallon INCREASE in the fuel tax cost your company? Please send a simple email response to lmta@louisianatrucking.com no later than Monday, May 22nd at noon!

LMTA OPEN ROAD Magazine Advertising – 2nd Quarter!  The second quarterly issue of the LMTA OPEN ROAD magazine is in the works and will be mailed in early June!  This will be the “people” issue that includes many, many photos of recent events:  Truck Driving Championships, Northwest Louisiana membership meeting and the 2017 Seafood Gala!  Now is the time to reserve space in the magazine to reach out to the trucking industry.  Call Dana Weidman in the LMTA office for ad specs and pricing.

LMTA Seafood Gala * April 22 * Sugar Mill * New Orleans.

Click here for photos from the 2017 LMTA Seafood Gala: 


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LMTA Annual Sponsors!

Calling all Annual Sponsors to sign  

up for 2017 events!

Annual Sponsorship Form  

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Read this week’s LMTA Truck Talk

for more information on these stories…

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Motor Carrier Emergency Relief Information.  Motor carriers and drivers providing direct emergency relief to, from or within the areas covered by the declarations are temporarily relieved from Parts 390-399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, including hours of service, regardless of commodity carried. Drivers are still required to have the proper operating license and must drive in a safe and prudent manner. More information on waivers can be found on FMCSA’s Web site by going to https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency.

State Declaration: http://gov.louisiana.gov/assets/EmergencyProclamations/111-JBE-2016-State-of-Emergency-Heavy-Flooding.pdf

Federal Declaration: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4277

Go to the LMTA Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TruckinginLA/ for more immediate updates on road closures and other information.  Call the LMTA office if you need assistance of any kind.

Tax Extensions Available for Flood Victims.  State tax extensions are available to Louisiana taxpayers whose homes, principal places of business and critical tax records are located in areas of the state declared federal disaster areas following recent storms and flooding.

At this time, there are 20 parishes designated as federal disaster areas.  If additional parishes are added to the federal disaster declaration, they will receive the same relief.

For more information, including the complete list of taxes eligible for filing and payment extensions, read this week’s LMTA Truck Talk newsletter.

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2017 LMTA Calendar of Events

Annual Convention

August 3-5

Sandestin Beach Hilton

Fall Transportation Conference

November 7-8

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center

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2016 LMTA Annual Convention

Visit this website for photos from the 2016 Annual Convention:  http://www.johnballance.net/f525353412

2016 LMTA Seafood Gala

Visit this website for Photos from the 2016 Gala:  http://www.johnballance.net/p278451560#h70174103

75th Annual Convention

Visit this website for photos from the 2015 Annual Convention


Louisiana Press Association


The Louisiana Press Association’s Louisiana Statewide Classified Advertising Network allows advertisers to run a 25 word classified ad in over 100 newspapers statewide for only $265 per week.  The Network is made up of three regions (North, Southwest and Southeast).  Ads can also be placed on a regional basis for $175 for one region and $200 for any two regions, or statewide for $265.  We are offering a 20% discount to any LMTA member that places an ad in the network.  That would make the prices for LMTA members – one region for $140/week, any two regions for $160/week and statewide for $212/week.  Additionally, if an advertiser pre-pays for a four week run they will receive a fifth week for free.

For more information or to place an ad, please contact Mike at the Louisiana Press Association at 225-344-9309, ext. 106 or at mike@lapress.com.  Be sure to identify yourself as an LMTA member when calling or emailing.



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