Legislation of Interest
Following is a list of legislation that LMTA is following on behalf of our members. If you have any questions, please contact the LMTA office at 225-928-5682.
Haz-Mat Fines – New Task Force. HB 469 (Landry – New Iberia) Prohibits the imposition of a civil penalty for careless handling of hazardous material when a person self-reports a release of less than the reportable quantity as defined by the Code of Federal Regulations.
Haz-Mat Route Restrictions. HB 661 (Moreno-New Orleans) Prohibits the transport of hazardous materials by carriers on LA 46 and LA 39 in the Orleans-St. Bernard parish area.
Fuel Tax Increase. HB 777 (St. Germain – Plaquemine) The bill was amended in the Ways & Means Committee to levy a flat 10¢ per gallon tax on gasoline, diesel fuel, and special fuels for 10 years with no indexing.
Sales Tax on Fuel. HB 778 (St. Germain – Plaquemine) Imposes an additional one cent state sales tax for 10 years dedicated to the construction of highways and bridges on major economic development corridors and capitalization of the Louisiana State Transportation Infrastructure Bank.
Historic Tax Day in the Legislature. As reported by the Louisiana Association of Business & Industry (LABI), last week the House passed 11 bills that raise nearly $665 million in taxes, according to the Legislative Fiscal Office’s final tally. The vast majority of these tax increases will fall on every type of business across the state.
State Bridge Project: I-10/I-12/I-59 Ramp & Lane Closures. There will be daily alternating inside (left) and outside (right) lane closures of the I-10/I-12/I-59 interstates throughout May while crews perform shoulder reconstruction.
HOS Letter to Congress – Keep 364 Hour Restart! In a special letter to Congress, LMTA joined the American Trucking Associations (ATA), the 50 state trucking associations and other organizations asking them to keep the 34-Hour restart provision in the fiscal year 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill.
Proposed Rule for Insulin-Treated Diabetes. Recently the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requested comments on a proposal to modify FMCSA’s minimum medical qualifications to allow insulin-treated diabetics to operate commercial motor vehicles.
CVSA Inspection Bulletin: Proof of Medical Qualification. Recently the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) issued an updated inspection bulletin to roadside enforcement personnel extending the time period for acceptance of drivers’ medical cards as evidence of medical qualification in certain cases.
No User Fee to Fund Transportation. “There’s not going to be a user fee,” said Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Environment and Public Works panel.
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2015 LMTA Calendar of Events
75th Annual LMTA Convention
Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort
July 23-25, 2015
National Truck Driving Championships
August 11-15, 2015
St. Louis, Missouri
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week
September 13-19, 2015
LMTA Call on Washington
September 28-30, 2015
Fall Transportation Conference
Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
November 18-19, 2015
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