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Senate Appropriations Committee Passes Bill with Truck Initiatives 

Last week the Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously passed its Fiscal Year 2017 funding bill for USDOT. Included in the comprehensive legislation is a technical correction to the suspension of the July 2013 restrictions on the use of the 34-hour restart. The bill will next go to the Senate floor for consideration.

     Other trucking-related initiatives in the bill include a deadline for USDOT to finish work on a rule to mandate the use of speed limiters on heavy trucks and assign more federal funds for the deployment of autonomous vehicles.  

Oppose Waste Tire Fee in House Natural Resources Committee.  HB 1027 by Rep. Jack Montoucet will be heard on Wednesday, April 27th in the House Natural Resources Committee. The bill increases the waste tire fee currently assessed on the purchase of new tires:  

                                       Auto         Truck         Off-Road       Retread  

Current Fee:               $2.00          $5.00         $10.00          $1.25     

Proposed Fee:           $3.00          $7.50          $20.00          $1.50      

The legislation also provides for increasing the fee annually by indexing the fee to the CPI or 4%, whichever is greater. And, it includes an increase in the payout from $.0754 per pound to $.11 per pound to the processor.

     Call the members of the House Natural Resources Committee and ask them to oppose the waste tire fee increases on April 27th but to support changes to the program that will make it a credible, viable environmental incentive program. (See Committee Roster below.)

HB 625 – Prohibits Fines for Non-Reportable Haz-Mat Releases.  HB 625 (Rep. Terry Landry) will be heard in the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday, April 26th at 9:00 am. This bill prohibits the State Police from issuing a violation or a fine for careless handling of hazardous materials if reporting the release was not required by law. LMTA requested the legislation after several motor carriers received thousands of dollars in fines for reporting minimal releases of hazardous materials, i.e., 8 ounces of household paint spilled on a dock at a truck terminal.  

     Last year, Rep. Terry Landry passed legislation creating the Hazardous Materials Task Force which met over the past year and suggested changes to the haz-mat regulations. HB 625 provides one of the recommended changes, which is to specifically prohibit the issuance of a violation or a fine when a person/company reports an incident involving a hazardous material that does not meet the reporting criteria as set forth in present law (R.S. 32:1510).  


     House Transportation Committee:  Havard, Kenneth (Chairman), Landry, Terry (Vice Chair), Adams, Bryan, Brown, Terry R., Carpenter, Barbara, Carter, Stephen F., Franklin, A B,  Gisclair, Jerry,Guinn, John E., Hall, Jeffrey “Jeff”, Hill, Dorothy Sue, Howard, Frank A., LeBas, H. Bernard,  Marcelle, Denise, Montoucet, Jack, Norton, Barbara M., Pierre, Vincent J., Pope, J. Rogers, and White, Malinda. 

HB 1027 – Increases Waste Tire Fees – OPPOSE!  Contact the members of the House Natural Resources Committee and ask them to opposeHB 1027 (Rep. Jack Montoucet) that will be heard at 9:30 am on Wednesday, April 27th.  (Click on each representative’s name for their email link.)

Bishop, Stuart (Chair)              Lafayette               (337) 981-7409

Leopold, Chris (V. Chair)         Belle Chasse          (504) 393-5649    

Armes, James K.                      Leesville                 (337) 238-7004

Billiot, Robert E.                      Westwego             (504) 436-8929                       

Brown, Terry R.                       Colfax                     (855) 261-6566             

Chaney, Charles R.                  Rayville                   (318) 728-5875            

Coussan, Jean-Paul                 Lafayette                (337) 262-2400  

DeVillier, Phillip                       Eunice                    (337) 457-0194  

Gisclair, Jerry                            Larose                    (985) 798-7707 

Guinn, John E.                          Jennings                (337) 824-0376                         

Lyons, Rodney                          Harvey                   (504) 510-5417            

McFarland, Jack                       Jonesboro              (318) 259-4275            

Miguez, Blake                           Erath                       (337) 937-8827             

Montoucet, Jack                      Crowley                 (337) 783-2999             

Morris, James “Jim“                Oil City                  (318) 995-6852  

White, Malinda                        Bogalusa               (985) 730-2147    

Zeringue, Jerome                     Houma                  (985) 876-8823 

Other legislation on the committee’s agenda related to the DEQ Waste Tire Program include the following: HB 631 (Miguez) Provides for types of tires and penalties for failure to comply with the Waste Tire Program and HB 1096 (Hilferty) Provides for payments to processors for recycling of tires.

Truck Safety Data Improves – Fatalities Down.  The number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes decreased in 2014 by 5%, to 3,744 from 3,921 in 2013, according to a report released April 15 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.  

LMTA SMC Safety Meeting Recap.  The LMTA SMC held a courtesy vehicle inspection at the Baptist Scales on Thursday, April 21, 2016.  Prior to the inspections the members met for a breakfast safety meeting.  Representative from the Louisiana State Police, M/T Tim Grigsby and M/T Ronald Furca along with Jonathan Weiner with FMCSA provided updates from their agencies. 

FMCSA “Beyond Compliance” Program.  FMCSA recently issued a notice and request for comments on a future “Beyond Compliance” program, as mandated by the FAST Act. Under the program, the agency would create an 8th CSA BASIC to recognize fleets that voluntarily adopt safety tools, technologies and programs – when CSA public display is restored in the future.  

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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 

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2016 LMTA Seafood Gala

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

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2016 LMTA Calendar of Events

76th Annual LMTA Convention

Perdido Beach Resort


July 21-23, 2016

Orange Beach, FL

National Truck Driving Championships

August 9-13, 2016

Indianapolis, Indiana

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

September 11-17, 2016

LMTA Call on Washington

September 20-22, 2016

Washington, D.C.

Fall Transportation Conference

November 16-17

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center


Baton Rouge

 Read this week’s LMTA Legislative Bulletin

for more information on these stories…

75th Annual Convention Memories. If you could not attend, you can now peruse pictures of all of the events at http://www.johnballance.net/f230754927.  You can purchase copies of the photos, download or share them!

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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