President Donald J. Trump
Inauguration Ceremony January 20
at Noon at the U.S. Capitol
On Friday, January 20, 2017 the 58th Presidential Inauguration will be held on the front lawn of the Capitol, where Donald Trump and Michael Pence will be sworn in as President and Vice President of the United States of America.
Last week, the Senate completed consideration of a budget resolution that is expected to be the legislative vehicle for the House and Senate, working with the Trump Administration, to repeal and replace “Obamacare.” The Senate also held several confirmation hearings for Trump Administration Cabinet nominees – including Elaine Chao for the Secretary of Transportation.
In the House, Leadership continued to sort through committee assignments for the 115th Congress, and the House considered and passed several regulatory reform bills on the House floor. Additionally, the House considered and passed the Senate-passed budget resolution by a vote of 227 to 198, teeing up action on Obamacare at the onset of the Trump Administration.
2017 Membership Directory. The Louisiana Motor Transport Association is excited to announce its continued partnership with E&M Consulting to produce this year’s Membership Directory.
E&M will be contacting all of the members in the coming weeks about advertising opportunities in the Membership Directory. This gives you the chance to promote your business or practice while supporting Louisiana Motor Transport Association. E&M will be managing the ad sales, creative design, and formatting. They are extremely professional and produce a high quality publication, and we ask that you give E&M a moment of your time. (Click here for advertising rate sheet.)
If you have any questions or would like to advertise, please contact Brian with E&M Consulting at 225-612-8256, 800-572-0011, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Permits, Waste Tires – Fee Increases? There were two meetings in Baton Rouge last week that included discussions of potential legislation that could result in fee increases for truck operations.
DOTD Special Permit Task Force. LMTA participates on the DOTD Special Permit Task Force that is charged with revamping the special permit regulations and raising additional revenue for the highways. There are two meetings scheduled for the DOTD Special Permit Task Force before the beginning of the 2017 Legislative Session. LMTA continues to meet and discuss the proposals and alternatives with our members.
LA Waste Tire Task Force. LMTA also participates on the Louisiana Waste Tire Program Task Force that is charged with the responsibilities to study, report, and make recommendations on the waste tire program to the Legislature. In the past, the Task Force has supported an increase in the waste tire fees paid by any consumer or business upon the purchase of a new tire.
2017 Annual Judicial Hellholes. The American Tort Reform Foundation released its 2016-2017 Annual Judicial Hellholes list in December. In describing ATR’s work, President, Tiger Joyce is quoted saying, “With both this annual report and a year-round website, our Judicial Hellholes program since 2002 has been documenting troubling developments in jurisdictions where civil court judges systematically apply laws and court procedures in an unfair and unbalanced manner, generally to the disadvantage of defendants.”
The 2016-2017 Judicial Hellholes report shines its brightest spotlight on nine courts or areas of the country that have developed reputations as Judicial Hellholes. Unfortunately, Louisiana is # 7 on the list of Judicial Hellholes.
Read this week’s LMTA Legislative Bulletin
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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
General Membership Meeting
Truck Driving Championships
Sandestin Beach Hilton
Fall Transportation Conference
Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
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2016 LMTA Annual Convention
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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
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 email@example.com. Be sure to identify yourself as an LMTA member when calling or emailing.