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How to be a player
New legislation in your state

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 early February. Here are four easy steps to making your concerns known to those who shape your state laws.

1. If you don’t know who your elected officials 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 “Legislative Watch.”

3. Contact your elected officials 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 at 1-800-444-5791 and request that it be placed on our state legislative watch list.

Your lawmakers in Washington

How to contact them

While many issues important to you will be debated by lawmakers in your home state, what happens in Washington, DC, during 2004 is certain to be critical to your business and your life. On Jan. 20, the Second Session of the current U.S. Congress convened.

Writing your lawmaker - a 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.

Telephone number for Congress

(202) 224-3121

This is the only phone number you need to know. This is the Capitol switchboard operator, who can transfer your call to any representative’s or senator’s office.

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

For every Senator

The Honorable (senator’s full name here)
U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator (senator’s last name here)

For a House of Representatives 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 writing 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.

STATE LEGISLATIVE DIRECTORY

Alabama
Alabama’s 2004 legislative session begins Feb. 3 and ends May 17.
Internet: www.legislature.state.al.us
Senate general information (334) 242-7800
House general information (334) 242-7600
Senate bill status (334) 242-7826
Senate bill status (in Alabama) 1-800-499-3051
House bill status (334) 242-7627
House bill status (in Alabama) 1-800-499-3052

Alaska
Alaska’s Legislature convened Jan. 12 and adjourns 
May 11.
Internet www.legis.state.ak.us
Senate general information (907) 465-3701
House general information (907) 465-3725
Bill status (907) 465-4648

Arizona
Arizona’s legislative session started Jan. 12 and runs to April 30.
Internet www.azleg.state.az.us
Senate general information (602) 542-3559
House general information (602) 926-4221

Arkansas
Arkansas’ General Assembly has no regular session for 2004. The next session begins in January 2005.

California
California’s Legislature is in session from Jan. 5 to 
Nov. 30.
Internet www.assembly.ca.gov
Senate bill status (916) 445-4251
Assembly bill status (916) 445-2323

Colorado
Colorado’s General Assembly meets Jan. 7 through 
May 5.
Internet www.leg.state.co.us
Senate general information (303) 866-2316
House general information (303) 866-2904
Bill status (303) 866-3055
Senate bill status (in Colorado) 1-888-473-8136
House bill status (in Colorado) 1-800-811-7647

Connecticut
Connecticut’s General Assembly meets from Feb. 4 to May 5.
Internet www.cga.state.ct.us
General information (860) 240-0100
Bill status (860) 240-0555

Delaware
Delaware’s General Assembly convened Jan. 13 and ends June 30.
Internet www.legis.state.de.us
Senate general information (302) 739-4129
House general information (302) 739-4171
Bill status (302) 739-4114
Bill status (in Delaware) 1-800-282-8545

Florida
Florida’s Legislature starts March 2 and ends April 30.
Internet www.leg.state.fl.us
Senate general information: (850) 487-5270
House general information: (850) 488-1157
Bill status: (850) 488-4371
Bill status (in Florida): 1-800-342-1827

Georgia
Georgia’s General Assembly opened Jan. 12 and 
continues to late March.
Internet: www.state.ga.us/legis
Senate general information: (404) 656-0028
House general information: (404) 656-5082
Senate bill status: (404) 656-5040
House bill status: (404) 656-5015

Hawaii
Hawaii’s Legislature convened Jan. 21 and adjourns in May.
Internet: www.capitol.hawaii.gov
Senate general information: (808) 586-6720
House general information: (808) 586-6400
Bill status: (808) 587-0478

Idaho
Idaho’s Legislature started Jan. 12 and ends March 12.
Internet: www.state.id.us/legislat
General information: (208) 332-1000
Bill status: (208) 334-3175
Bill status (in Idaho): 1-800-626-0471

Illinois
Illinois’ General Assembly session began Jan. 14 and adjourns May 21.
Internet: www.legis.state.il.us
Senate bill status: (217) 782-4517
House bill status: (217) 782-5799

Indiana
Indiana’s General Assembly convened Jan. 6 and ends March 14.
Internet: www.in.gov/legislative
Senate general information: (317) 232-9400
House general information: (317) 232-9600
Bill status: (317) 232-9856

Iowa
Iowa’s General Assembly started Jan. 12 and adjourns April 20.
Internet: www.legis.state.ia.us
Senate general information: (515) 281-3371
House general information: (515) 281-8817
Bill status: (515) 281-5129

Kansas
Kansas’ Legislature convened Jan. 12 and ends in May.
Internet: www.kslegislature.org
Senate general information: (785) 296-2456
House general information: (785) 296-7633
Bill status: (785) 296-2149
Bill status (in Kansas): 1-800-432-3924

Kentucky
Kentucky’s General Assembly convened Jan. 6 and ends April 13.
Internet: www.lrc.state.ky.us
Bill status: (502) 564-8100
Bill status (in Kentucky): 1-866-301-9004

Louisiana
Louisiana’s Legislature convenes March 29 and wraps up June 21.
Internet: www.legis.state.la.us
Senate general information: (225) 342-2040
House general information: (225) 342-6945
Bill status: (225) 342-2456
Bill status (in Louisiana): 1-800-256-3793

Maine
Maine’s legislative session runs from Jan. 7 to April 21.
Internet: http://janus.state.me.us/legis
Senate general information: (207) 287-1540
House general information: (207) 287-1400
Bill status: (207) 287-1692
Senate bill status (in Maine): 1-800-423-6900
House bill status (in Maine): 1-800-423-2900

Maryland
Maryland’s General Assembly convened Jan. 14 and ends April 12.
Internet: www.mlis.state.md.us
General information: (410) 841-3000
General information (in Maryland): 1-800-492-7122
Bill status: (410) 946-5400

Massachusetts
Massachusetts’ General Court started Jan. 7 and ends Dec. 31.
Internet: www.state.ma.us/legis
Senate bill status: (617) 722-1276
House bill status: (617) 722-2356

Michigan
Michigan’s Legislature convened Jan. 14 and wraps up Dec. 31.
Internet: www.michiganlegislature.org
Senate general information: (517) 373-2400
House general information: (517) 373-0135
Bill status: (517) 373-0630

Minnesota
Minnesota’s Legislature convenes Feb. 2 and ends May 17.
Internet: www.leg.state.mn.us
Senate general information: (651) 296-0504
House general information: (651) 296-2146
Senate bill status: (651) 296-2887
House bill status: (651) 296-6646

Mississippi
Mississippi’s Legislature started Jan. 6 and ends May 9.
Internet: www.ls.state.ms.us
Senate general information: (601) 359-3229
House general information: (601) 359-3358
Bill status: (601) 359-3719

Missouri
Missouri’s General Assembly convened Jan. 7 and closes May 30.
Internet: www.moga.state.mo.us
Senate general information: (573) 751-3824
House general information: (573) 751-3829
House bill status: (573) 751-4043

Montana
Montana’s Legislature has no regular session for 2004. The next session will begin in January 2005.

Nebraska
Nebraska’s Unicameral Legislature began Jan. 7 and ends March 31.
Internet: www.unicam.state.ne.us
General information: (402) 471-2271
Bill status: (402) 471-2709
Bill status (in Nebraska): 1-800-742-7456

Nevada
Nevada’s Legislature has no regular session for 2004. The next session will begin Feb. 7, 2005.

New Hampshire
New Hampshire’s Legislature convened Jan. 7 and ends June 30.
Internet: http://gencourt.state.nh.us/ie/
Senate general information: (603) 271-2111
House general information: (603) 271-2548
Bill status: (603) 271-2239

New Jersey
New Jersey’s Legislature convened Jan. 13 and closes Jan. 11, 2005.
Internet: www.njleg.state.nj.us
Bill status: (609) 292-4840
Bill status (in New Jersey): 1-800-792-8630

New Mexico
New Mexico’s Legislature started Jan. 20 and ends Feb. 19.
Internet: www.legis.state.nm.us
General information: (505) 986-4300
Bill status: (505) 986-4600

New York
New York’s Legislature convened Jan. 7 and adjourns Jan. 5, 2005.
Internet: www.assembly.state.ny.us
Senate general information: (518) 455-2800
House general information: (518) 455-4100
Bill status: (518) 455-7545
Bill status (in New York): 1-800-342-9860

North Carolina
North Carolina’s General Assembly runs from May 10 to Aug. 3.
Internet: www.ncleg.net
Senate general information: (919) 733-7761
House general information: (919) 733-7928
Bill status: (919) 733-7779

North Dakota
North Dakota’s Assembly has no regular session for 2004. The next session begins Jan. 4, 2005.

Ohio
Ohio’s session began Jan. 6 and ends Dec. 31.
Internet: www.legislature.state.oh.us
Senate general information: (614) 466-4900
House general information: (614) 466-3357
Bill status: (614) 466-8842
Bill status (in Ohio): 1-800-282-0253

Oklahoma
Oklahoma’s Legislature convenes Feb. 2 and adjourns May 28.
Internet: www.lsb.state.ok.us
Senate general information: (405) 524-0126
House general information: (405) 521-2711
Senate bill status: (405) 521-5659
House bill status: (405) 521-2733

Oregon
Oregon’s Assembly has no regular session for 2004. The next session convenes January 2005.

Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania’s General Assembly opened Jan. 6 and ends Nov. 30.
Internet: www.legis.state.pa.us
Senate general information: (717) 787-5920
House general information: (717) 787-2372
Bill status: (717) 787-2342

Rhode Island
Rhode Island’s General Assembly started Jan. 6 and ends June 11.
Internet: www.rilin.state.ri.us
Senate general information: (401) 222-6655
House general information: (401) 222-2466
Bill status: (401) 222-3580
Bill status (in Rhode Island): 1-800-547-8880

South Carolina
South Carolina’s Legislature opened Jan. 13 and closes June 3.
Internet: www.scstatehouse.net
Senate general information: (803) 212-6700
House general information: (803) 734-2010
Senate bill status: (803) 734-1517
House bill status: (803) 734-2060
House bill status (in SC): 1-800-922-1539

South Dakota
South Dakota’s Legislature convened Jan. 13 and ends in March.
Internet: http://legis.state.sd.us
Senate general information: (605) 773-3821
House general information: (605) 773-3851
Bill status: (605) 773-4498

Tennessee
Tennessee’s General Assembly started Jan. 13 and runs about four months.
Internet: www.legislature.state.tn.us
Senate general information: (615) 741-2730
House general information: (615) 741-2901
Bill status: (615) 741-3511

Texas
Texas’ Legislature has no regular session in 2004. The next session begins Jan. 11, 2005.

Utah
Utah’s Legislature opened Jan. 19 and closes March 3.
Internet: www.le.state.ut.us
Senate bill status: (801) 538-1035
House bill status: (801) 538-1029

Vermont
Vermont’s General Assembly convened Jan. 6 and ends in April.
Internet: www.leg.state.vt.us
General information: (802) 828-2228
General information (in Vermont): 1-800-322-5616
Bill status: (802) 828-2231

Virginia
Virginia’s General Assembly started Jan. 14 and closes March 13.
Internet: http://legis.state.va.us
Senate bill status: (804) 698-7410
House bill status: (804) 698-1500
Bill status (in Virginia): 1-888-892-6948

Washington
Washington’s Legislature opened Jan. 12 and ends March 11.
Internet: www.leg.wa.gov
Senate general information: (360) 786-7550
House general information: (360) 786-7750
Bill status: (360) 786-7573
Bill status (in Washington): 1-800-562-6000

West Virginia
West Virginia’s Legislature convened Jan. 14 and runs to March 13.
Internet: www.legis.state.wv.us
Senate general information: (304) 357-7800
House general information: (304) 340-3200
Senate bill status: (304) 357-7947
House bill status: (304) 340-3209

Wisconsin
Wisconsin’s session began Jan. 20 and ends May 12.
Internet: www.legis.state.wi.us
Senate general information: (608) 266-2517
Assembly general information: (608) 266-1501
Bill status: (608) 266-1803
Bill status or general information (In Wisconsin):
1-800-362-9472

Wyoming
Wyoming’s Legislature convened Feb. 9 and adjourns in March.
Internet: http://legisweb.state.wy.us
Senate general information: (307) 777-7711
House general information: (307) 777-7852
Bill status: (307) 777-6185
Bill status (in Wyoming): 1-800-342-9570

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