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This year’s legislative labors are certain to be especially critical to the way you conduct your trucking business. You can have a powerful effect on the decisions lawmakers make. Are you ready to be a player?

Most state lawmakers will be back to work by the time this issue of LL is published. Here’s four easy steps to making your concerns known to those who shape your state laws.

  1. If you don’t know who your elected representatives are, members can call OOIDA’s membership department at 1-800-444-5791 and they’ll look it up for you.
  2. Watch Land Line and OOIDA’s web sites (www.landlinemag.com and www.ooida.com) and read LL’s “Legislative Update.”
  3. Contact your elected representative and state your concerns. Don’t sit on the sidelines.
  4. If you become aware of a new law being proposed in your home state that will affect trucking, call Land Line and request that it be placed on our state legislative watch list.

Many of you have asked for LL to provide a list of state legislature phone numbers. Here it is, with session dates and bill status phones. USE IT!

Alabama’s 2002 yearly legislative session began on Jan. 8 and ends April 22.
Internet:
www.legislature.state.al.us
Senate general information:
(334) 242-7800
Senate bill status:
(334) 242-7826
House general information:
(334) 242-7600
House bill status:
(334) 242-7627
Alaska began its second session Jan. 14 and ends May 14.
Internet:
www.legis.state.ak.us
General information:
(907) 465-4648
Senate general information:
(907) 465-3701
House general information:
(907) 465-3725
Arizona's 100-day legislative session convened Jan. 14.
The session is limited to 30 days.
Internet:
www.azleg.state.az.us
General information:
(602) 542-4900
Senate general information:
(602) 542-3559
House general information:
(602) 542-4221
Arkansas General Assembly’s session begins the second Monday in January every two years and runs about 90 days. 
The next session is January 2003.
Internet:
www.arkleg.state.ar.us
Senate general information:
(501) 682-2902
Senate bill status:
(501) 682-5951
California’s Legislature is in session from Jan. 1 through June 28 with summer recess July 5-Aug. 4. Session reconvenes Aug. 5 through Aug. 31. Sept. 30 is the last day for the governor to sign or veto bills.
Internet:
www.leginfo.ca.gov
Senate bill status:
(916) 445-4251
Assembly bill status:
(916) 445-2323
Colorado’s second session of the 63rd General Assembly meets Jan. 9 through May 8.
Internet:
www.state.co.us/gov_dir/stateleg.html
General information:
(303) 866-3521
Bill status information:
(303) 866-3055
Connecticut’s General Assembly meets yearly Feb. 6 to May 8.
Internet:
www.cga.state.ct.us
General information:
(860) 240-0100
Bill status:
(860) 240-0555
Senate clerk:
(860) 240-0400
House clerk:
(860) 240-0500
Delaware’s General Assembly convened on Jan. 8 and ends June 30.
Internet:
www.delaware.gov/yahoo/Government
Senate general information:
(302) 739-4114
House general information:
(302) 739-4087
Florida’s Legislature began Jan. 22 and ends March 22.
Internet:
www.leg.state.fl.us
General information number:
(850) 488-1157
Bill status number:
(850) 488-4371
Senate general information:
(850) 487-5270
Georgia’s General Assembly convened Jan. 14. Session lasts 40 days.
Internet:
www.state.ga.us/legis/
General information:
(404) 656-5000
Senate general information:
(404) 656-5040
House general information:
(404) 656-5082
House bill status:
(404) 656-5015
Hawaii’s Legislature convened Jan. 16. No ending date has been set on the calendar as of Jan. 16.
Internet:
www.capitol.hawaii.gov/
General information:
(808) 587-0666
Bill status:
(808) 587-0478
Legislative library:
(808) 587-0690
Idaho’s Legislature met Jan. 7. The yearly session has no set ending date.
Internet:
www.state.id.us/legislat/legislat.html
General information:
(208) 332-1000
Senate general information:
(202) 332-1300
Illinois’ General Assembly convened for the spring session Jan. 9.
Internet:
www.state.il.us/state/legis/
General information:
(217) 782-2000
Senate general information:
(217) 782-4517
House general information:
(217) 782-8223
Indiana’s General Assembly convened Jan. 8 and ends April 15.
Internet:
www.state.in.us/legislative/
Bill status:
(317) 232-9856
Senate general information:
(317) 232-9400
House general information:
(317) 232-9600
Iowa’s General Assembly yearly session convened Jan. 14 for 90 days.
Internet:
www.legis.state.ia.us/
General information:
(515) 281-5129
Senate general information:
(515) 281-3371
House general information:
(515) 281-3221
Kansas’ Legislature convened Jan. 14. Session lasts 90 days with a possible veto session beginning May 1.
Internet:
www.state.ks.us/public/legislative
Bill status:
(785) 296-2149
Senate general information:
(785) 296-2456
House general information:
(785) 296-7633
Kentucky’s General Assembly is now on yearly sessions. It convened on Jan. 8 and ends April 15.
Internet:
www.Irc.state.kyus/home.htm
Bill status:
1-877-765-0447
General information:
(502) 564-8100
Senate general information:
(502) 564-3120
House general information:
(502) 564-8100
Louisiana’s Legislature convenes on April 29 and ends June 12.
Internet:
www.legis.state.la.us
Bill status:
1-800-256-3793 or (225) 342-2456
Senate general information:
(225) 342-2040
Maine’s Legislature convened Jan. 2 and ends June 2.
Internet:
janus.state.me.us/legis/
Bill status:
1-800-301-3178 or (207) 287-1692
Senate general information:
(207) 287-1540
Maryland’s General Assembly convened Jan. 9 and ends April 8.
Internet:
www.mlis.state.md.us/
Bill status:
(410) 946-5400
General information:
1-800-492-7122 or (410) 841-3000
Massachusetts’ General Court convened Jan. 2 and ends July 31.
Internet:
www.state.ma.us/legis/legis.htm
General information:
(617) 722-1276
Legislative services:
(617) 722-2520
Senate general information:
(617) 722-1455
House general information:
(617) 722-2000
House bill status:
(617) 722-2356
Michigan’s Legislature convened on Jan. 9. The ending date will be announced later.
Internet:
www.michiganlegislature.org
General information:
(517) 373-0170
Senate general information:
(517) 373-2400
House general information:
(517) 373-0135
Minnesota’s Legislature convened Jan. 29 and ends no later than May 20.
Internet:
www.leg.state.mn.us/
Legislative services:
(651) 296-8338
General information:
(651) 296-0504
Senate bill status:
(651) 296-2887
Senate committees:
(651) 296-8088
House general information:
(651) 296-2146
House bill status:
(651) 296-6646
Mississippi’s Legislature convened Jan. 8 and ends April 7.
Internet:
www.ls.state.ms.us/
Senate general information:
(601) 359-3770
Senate bill status:
(601) 359-3719
House general information:
(601) 359-3358
Missouri’s General Assembly convened Jan. 9 and ends May 17.
Internet:
www.moga.state.mo.us
General information:
(573) 751-3824
Bill status:
(573) 751-4633
House general information:
(573) 751-3659
Montana’s legislative sessions take place every odd-numbered year and last for a maximum of 90 legislative days. The next session convenes Jan. 7, 2003.
Internet:
www.leg.state.mt.us
General information:
(406) 444-4800
Bill status:
(406) 444-3064
Nebraska’s Unicameral Legislature convened Jan. 9 and ends about April 18.
Internet:
www.unicam.state.ne.us
General information:
(402) 471-2271
Bill status:
(402) 371-2709
Nevada’s Legislature meets in odd-numbered years. The next session convenes Feb. 3, 2003, and lasts for 120 days.
Internet:
www.leg.state.nv.us
General information:
(775) 684-6800
Senate general information:
(775) 684-1400
Assembly general information:
(775) 684-8555
New Hampshire’s Legislature convened Jan. 2 and ends in June.
Internet:
www.state.nh.us/gencourt/gencourt.htm
General information:
(603) 271-1110
Bill status:
(603) 271-2239
Senate general information:
(603) 271-2111
House general information:
(603) 271-2548
New Jersey’s Legislature convened Jan. 2 and ends in December 2003.
Internet:
www.njleg.state.nj.us
General information:
(609) 292-4840
New Mexico’s Legislature convened Jan. 15 and ends Feb. 14.
Internet:
www.legis.state.nm.us
General information:
(505) 986-4600
Senate general information:
(505) 986-4714
House general information:
(505) 986-4751
New York’s Legislature convened Jan. 9 and ends in the spring.
Internet:
www.assembly.state.ny.us
Bill status:
(518) 455-7545
Legislative library:
(518) 455-2087
Senate general information:
(518) 455-2800
Assembly general information:
(518) 455-4100
Assembly public information:
(518) 455-4218
North Carolina’s General Assembly convenes May 28 and ends Dec. 7.
Internet:
www.ncleg.net
General information:
(919) 733-7928
Bill status:
(919) 733-7779
North Dakota’s Legislative Assembly’s next session convenes Dec. 6, 2002, and ends April 30, 2003.
Internet:
www.state.nd.us/lr/
General information:
(701) 328-2916
Senate general information:
(701) 328-3373
Ohio’s General Assembly session began Jan. 2 and ends on Dec. 31.
Internet:
www.ohio.gov/ohio/legislat.htm
Bill status:
(614) 466-8842
Senate general information:
(614) 466-4900
House general information:
(614) 466-3357
Oklahoma’s Legislature convened Dec. 1 and adjourns May 31.
Internet:
www.lsb.state.ok.us/
Senate general information:
(405) 524-0126
House general information and bill status:
(405) 521-2711
Oregon’s Legislative Assembly has no regular session for 2002. The next session convenes Jan. 13, 2003.
Bill status:
(503) 986-1180
Pennsylvania’s General Assembly opened Jan. 1 and ends Nov. 30.
Internet:
www.legis.state.pa.us/
Bill status:
(717) 787-2342
Senate general information:
(717) 787-5920
House general information:
(717) 787-2372
Rhode Island’s General Assembly started Jan. 1 and adjourns in June.
Internet:
www.rilin.state.ri.us/
General information:
(401) 222-2466
Bill status:
(401) 222-3580
South Carolina’s Legislature opened Jan. 8 and closes June 6.
Internet:
www.lpitr.state.sc.us/
Senate general information:
(803) 212-6200
Senate bill status:
(803) 212-6720
House general information:
(803) 734-2010
South Dakota’s Legislature convened Jan. 8 and ends Feb. 23.
Internet:
www.legis.state.sd.us/index.cfm
Senate general information:
(605) 773-3821
House general information:
(605) 773-3851
Tennessee’s General Assembly started Jan. 8 and closes in April.
Internet:
www.legislature.state.tn.us/
Senate general information:
(615) 741-2730
House general information:
(615) 741-2901
Texas’ Legislature has no regular session for 2002. The next session convenes Jan. 14, 2003.
General information:
(512) 463-4630
Utah’s Legislature opened Jan. 21 and closes March 6.
Internet:
www.le.state.ut.us/
Senate general information:
(801) 538-1035
House general information:
(801) 538-1029
Vermont’s General Assembly convened Jan. 8 and adjourns in April.
Internet:
www.leg.state.vt.us/
General information:
(802) 828-2228
Bill status:
(802) 828-2231
Virginia’s General Assembly started Jan. 9 and closes March 9.
Internet:
www.legis.state.va.us/
Senate general information:
(804) 698-7410
House general information:
(804) 698-1500
Washington’s Legislature opened Jan. 14 and ends March 14.
Internet:
www.leg.wa.gov/wsladm/default.htm
Bill status:
(360) 786-7573
Senate general information:
(360) 786-7550
House general information:
(360) 786-7573
West Virginia’s Legislature convened Jan. 9 and adjourns on March 9.
Internet:
www.legis.state.wv.us/
Senate general information:
(304) 357-7800
House general information:
(304) 340-3200
Wisconsin’s Legislature started Jan. 22 and closes Feb. 7.
Internet:
www.legis.state.wi.us/
Senate general information:
(608) 266-2517
Senate bill status:
(608) 266-1803
Assembly general information:
(608) 266-1501
Wyoming’s Legislature convenes Feb. 11 and adjourns March 8.
Internet:
www.legisweb.state.wy.us/
General information:
(307) 777-7881
Bill status:
1-800-342-9570

While many issues important to you will be debated by lawmakers in your own home state, what happens in Washington, DC, during 2002 is certain to be critical to your business and your life. On Jan. 23, the Second Session of the U.S. Congress convened.

According to Capitol Hill’s special mail services office, all mail is requiring at least a 72-hour quarantine as a result of the anthrax contamination. Some is being delivered, but the office reports much of the mail continues to be held for an undetermined period. Until the mail is fully operational again, e-mails and phone calls are the most immediate means of passing your concerns along to your elected representative. When the mail services begin delivering all mail, contacting your lawmaker by letter is the most effective method of contact.

There are only two addresses and one phone number you need to write or to call your lawmakers in Washington, DC.

Your lawmakers in Washington: how to contact them

Telephone number for Congress 
(202) 224-4121 
The only phone number you need to know!
(This is the Capitol switchboard operator who can transfer your call to any representative or senator's office.)

Addresses
You only need to know one of two addresses to send a letter to your representative or senator no matter who they are!

For Every Senator
The Honrable (Senator's full name here)
U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator (Senator's last name here):

For House of Representative member
The Honorable (Representative's full name here)
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Representative (Representative's last name here):

That's it! You do not need to know what building their office is in or what their room number is. You just need the right zip code and it will get there.

Letters to your lawmakers do not need to be long, complicated or in Shakespearean English to be effective. Simply state the issue you are wriing about, what your position is, and how the issue affects you personally. Use your own words, and clearly print or type your name and address.

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