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Commercial Activity Tax (CAT)

 The Governor’s proposed new $900 million or Commercial Activity Tax (CAT) in HB 628 is the only bill on the agenda in the House Ways & Means Committee on Monday and again on Tuesday with various other corporate tax bills.

Oppose HB 522 – Railroads in HTF.  HB 522  Landry, Terry (D-New Iberia) will be heard in the House Transportation Committee on Monday, April 24 at 9:30 am.  This legislation authorizes the use of monies from the state Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) for the Railroad Priority Grant Program.

HB 128 – Household Goods Carriers “Place of Business”.  HB 128 Carmody (R-Shreveport) Requires Intrastate household goods carriers to have a physical location or place of business to be open for business and to be staffed during regular business hours by one or more persons employed by the carrier on a permanent basis for the purpose of general management of the household goods moving business.

FMCSA Metal Coil Exemption Renewal.  FMCSA published an exemption renewal that allows motor carriers to secure metal coils “eyes crosswise, grouped in rows, in which the coils are loaded to contact each other in the longitudinal direction.” Without the exemption, motor carriers securing steel coils with the eye facing the side of the truck would only be allowed to transport individual coils, not groups of coils.

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

ATRI Online Driver Issues Survey.  The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) recently launched an online data collection to solicit commercial driver perspectives on a number of top industry issues. The driver feedback will be utilized in several ATRI studies focused on transportation infrastructure funding, the driver shortage, and improving highway safety.

ATRI initially collected driver input on these topics through a survey at last week’s Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) where ATRI staff collected over 500 driver surveys. The online version of the same survey conducted at MATS will allow larger numbers of professional drivers to weigh in on these important topics.

“Driver involvement is so critical to ATRI’s research and we were extremely pleased with the number of surveys completed at MATS,” said Rebecca Brewster, ATRI President and COO.  “We encourage drivers to spend a few minutes completing the online survey so that driver opinions are included in the research on these timely issues.” Go to www.atri-online.org to complete the survey.

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

Click here for photos from the 2017 LMTA Seafood Gala: 

http://www.johnballance.net/seafoodgala#h88e6e87a

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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

http://www.johnballance.net/f230754927

Louisiana Press Association

SPECIAL OFFER to LMTA Members!

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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