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State Legislative Guide for 2010
Get in the Mix
You can't change things if you don't participate

By Keith Goble
state legislative editor

 

It’s a big election year in most statehouses across the country and in Washington, DC. It is likely to create some increased urgency among elected officials to reach out to their constituents as they work to secure votes for the fall.

This year’s legislative efforts are certain to be especially critical to the way you conduct your trucking business – an opportunity to use to your advantage. Issues likely to receive attention in state legislatures across the country include highway tolls, privatization, transportation funding, fees and fuel taxes.

How can you influence lawmakers? Show them how much you matter.

Here’s how
Most state lawmakers will be full-bore into their legislative work by the time you are reading this. Here are some easy steps for making your concerns known to those who shape your state laws.

If you don’t know who your elected officials are or how to contact them, OOIDA members can call the Association’s Membership Department at 800-444-5791, Ext. 4906, and they’ll look it up for you.

You can monitor the Web sites at ooida.com, landlinemag.com and landlinenow.com – or tune in to Land Line Now on Sirius XM Satellite Radio – for updates on legislative action in your state. For in-depth coverage and a state-by-state accounting of action that relates to your business, read “OOIDA’s State Watch” in every issue of Land Line Magazine.

Don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Contact your elected officials and express your concerns.

If you become aware of a new law proposed in your home state that would affect trucking, call Land Line at 800-444-5791 and ask State Legislative Editor Keith Goble to place it on the Association’s watch list. LL

Alabama
Session began Jan. 12 and runs to late April.
www.legislature.state.al.us
Senate general info and bill status 334-242-7800
Senate bill status (in AL).......... 800-499-3051
House general info and bill status 334-242-7600
House bill status (in AL).......... 800-499-3052

Alaska
Legislature began Jan. 19 and runs to April 18.
www.legis.state.ak.us
General info........................... 907-465-4648
Bill status .............................. 907-465-4648

Arizona
Session began Jan. 11 and runs to late May.
www.azleg.gov
Senate general info and bill status 602-926-3559
House general info and bill status 602-926-4221
General info and bill status (in AZ) 800-352-8404

Arkansas
Session begins Feb. 8 and runs to March 9.
www.arkleg.state.ar.us
Senate general info in session ..... 501-682-2902
Senate general info out of session . 501-682-6107
Senate bill status .................... 501-682-5951
House general info/bill status in session 501-682-6211
House general info/bill status out of session 501-682-7771

California
Legislature began Jan. 4 and runs to Aug. 31.
www.legislature.ca.gov
Senate general info and bill status 916-651-4171
House general info and bill status 916-319-2856

Colorado
General Assembly began Jan. 13 and runs to May 12.
www.leg.state.co.us
Senate general info.................. 303-866-2316
House general info................... 303-866-2904
Bill status............................... 303-866-3055
Senate bill status (in CO).......... 888-473-8136
House bill status (in CO).......... 800-811-7647

Connecticut
General Assembly begins Feb. 3 and runs to May 5.
www.cga.ct.gov
Senate general info ................. 860-240-0500
House general info.................. 860-240-0400
Bill status .............................. 860-240-0555

Delaware
General Assembly began Jan. 12 and runs to June 30.
http://legis.delaware.gov
Senate Democrats general info/bill status 302-577-8744
Senate Republicans general info/bill status 302-577-8714
House Democrats general info/bill status 302-577-8476
House Republicans general info/bill status 302-577-8723

Florida
Legislature begins March 2 and runs to April 30.
www.leg.state.fl.us
General info and bill status....... 850-488-4371
General info and bill status (in FL) 800-342-1827

Georgia
General Assembly began Jan. 12 and runs to April.
www.legis.ga.gov
Senate general info and bill status 404-656-5040
House general info and bill status 404-656-5015

Hawaii
Legislature began Jan. 20 and runs to early May.
www.capitol.hawaii.gov
Senate general info................. 808-586-6720
House general info.................. 808-587-0478
Bill status.............................. 808-587-0700

Idaho
Legislature began Jan. 11 and runs to early April.
www.legislature.idaho.gov
General info and bill status ....... 208-332-1000
General info and bill status (in ID) 800-626-0471

Illinois
Session began Jan. 12 and runs to January 2011.
www.ilga.gov
General info ........................... 217-782-3944
Senate bill status.................... 217-782-9778
House bill status..................... 217-782-5799

Indiana
General Assembly began Jan. 5 and runs to March 14.
www.in.gov/legislative
Senate general info and bill status 317-232-9400
Senate general info and bill status (in IN) 800-382-9467
House general info and bill status 317-232-9600
House general info and bill status (in IN) 800-382-9842

Iowa
General Assembly began Jan. 11 and runs to April 20.
www.legis.state.ia.us
Senate general info................. 515-281-3371
House general info.................. 515-281-3221
Bill status .............................. 515-281-5129

Kansas
Legislature began Jan. 11 and runs to late April.
www.kslegislature.org
General info and bill status....... 785-296-2149
General info and bill status (in KS) 800-432-3924

Kentucky
Session began Jan. 5 and runs to April.
www.lrc.ky.gov
General info and bill status ....... 866-840-2835

Louisiana
Legislature begins March 29 and runs to June 21.
www.legis.state.la.us
Senate general info and bill status 225-342-2040
House general info and bill status 225-342-6945
Bill status (in LA) .................... 800-256-3793

Maine
Legislature began Jan. 3 and runs to June 17.
www.maine.gov/legis
Senate general info................. 207-287-1540
House general info .................. 207-287-1400
Bill status .............................. 207-287-1692
Senate bill status (in ME)......... 800-301-3178
 
Maryland
General Assembly began Jan. 13 and runs to April 13.
www.mlis.state.md.us
General info and bill status ....... 410-946-5400
General info and bill status (in MD) 800-492-7122

Massachusetts
General Court began Jan. 7 and ends in January 2011.
www.mass.gov/legis
Senate general info and bill status 617-722-1500
House general info and bill status 617-722-2500
Bill status .............................. 617-722-2860

Michigan
Legislature began Jan. 13 and ends in December.
www.legislature.mi.gov
Senate general info and bill status 517-373-2400
House general info.................. 517-373-0135
House bill status..................... 517-373-0169

Minnesota
Legislature begins Feb. 4 and ends May 17.
www.leg.state.mn.us
Senate general info and bill status 651-296-0504
Senate general info (in MN)...... 888-234-1112
House general info.................. 651-296-2146
House general info (in MN) ...... 800-657-3550
House bill status..................... 651-296-6646

Mississippi
Legislature began Jan. 5 and ends April 3.
www.ls.state.ms.us
General info in session ............ 601-359-3770
Bill status in session ............... 601-359-3719

Missouri
General Assembly began Jan. 6 and ends May 14.
www.moga.mo.gov
Senate general info.................. 573-751-3824
Senate bill status (in or out of MO) 800-877-5982
House general info................... 573-751-3829
House bill status .................... 573-751-4503

Montana
There is no regular session for 2010. The next session
begins in January 2011.
www.leg.mt.gov
General info and bill status ....... 406-444-2957

Nebraska
Unicameral began Jan. 6 and ends April 14.
www.nebraskalegislature.gov
General info ........................... 402-471-2271
Bill status .............................. 402-471-2709

Nevada
There is no regular session for 2010. The next session
begins in February 2011.
www.leg.state.nv.us
General info and bill status ....... 775-684-6827

New Hampshire
Legislature began Jan. 6 and ends in June.
www.gencourt.state.nh.us
Senate general info ................. 603-271-2111
Senate bill status..................... 603-271-3420
House general info................... 603-271-3661
House bill status..................... 603-271-2548

New Jersey
Legislature began Jan. 12 and ends in January 2011.
www.njleg.state.nj.us
General info and bill status........ 609-292-4840
General info and bill status (in NJ) 800-792-8630

New Mexico
Legislature began Jan. 19 and ends Feb. 18.
www.nmlegis.gov
General info and bill status........ 505-986-4300

New York
Legislature began Jan. 6 and ends in January 2011.
www.assembly.state.ny.us
Senate general info.................. 518-455-2800
House general info................... 518-455-4100
Bill status .............................. 518-455-7545
Bill status (in NY).................... 800-342-9860

North Carolina
General Assembly begins May 12 and ends in July.
www.ncleg.net
General info............................ 919-733-7928
Bill status .............................. 919-733-9390

North Dakota
There is no regular session for 2010. The next session
begins in January 2011.
www.legis.nd.gov
General info and bill status........ 701-328-3373

Ohio
Session began Jan. 12 and ends in December.
www.legislature.state.oh.us
General info and bill status........ 800-282-0253

Oklahoma
Legislature begins Feb. 1 and ends May 28.
www.lsb.state.ok.us
Senate general info and bill status 405-524-0126
House general info and bill status 405-521-2711

Oregon
There is no regular session for 2010. The next session begins
in January 2011.
www.leg.state.or.us
General info and bill status........ 503-986-1000

Pennsylvania
Session began Jan. 5 and ends in November.
www.legis.state.pa.us
Senate general info.................. 717-787-7163
Senate bill status..................... 717-787-6732
House general info .................. 717-787-2372
House bill status .................... 717-787-5320

Rhode Island
General Assembly began Jan. 5 and ends in late June.
www.rilin.state.ri.us
Senate general info.................. 401-222-6655
House general info................... 401-222-2466
Bill status .............................. 401-222-3580

South Carolina
Legislature began Jan. 12 and ends June 3.
www.scstatehouse.gov
Senate general info and bill status 803-212-6200
House general info and bill status 803-734-2010

South Dakota
Legislature began Jan. 12 and ends March 29.
http://legis.state.sd.us
General info and bill status........ 605-773-3251

Tennessee
General Assembly began Jan. 12 and ends in May.
www.legislature.state.tn.us
Senate general info and bill status 615-741-2730
House general info and bill status 615-741-2901

Texas
There is no regular session for 2010. The next session
begins in January 2011.
www.capitol.state.tx.us
General info ........................... 512-463-4630
Bill status .............................. 512-463-2182
Bill status (in TX)..................... 877-824-7038

Utah
Legislature began Jan. 25 and ends in March 11.
www.le.state.ut.us
Senate general info and bill status 801-538-1035
House general info and bill status 801-538-1029

Vermont
General Assembly began Jan. 5 and ends in late May.
www.leg.state.vt.us
General info and bill status ....... 802-828-2231

Virginia
Session began Jan. 13 and ends in March.
http://legis.state.va.us
General info/ bill status

Washington
Legislature began Jan. 11 and ends in March.
www.leg.wa.gov
Senate general info................. 360-786-7550
House general info.................. 360-786-7750
Bill status .............................. 360-786-7573
Bill status (in WA)................... 800-562-6000

West Virginia
Legislature began Jan. 13 and ends March 13.
www.legis.state.wv.us
General information................. 304-347-4836
Senate general info and bill status 304-357-7800
House general info and bill status 304-340-3200
General info/bill status (In WV). 877-565-3447

Wisconsin
Session began Jan. 19 and ends in May.
www.legis.state.wi.us
Senate general info................. 608-266-2517
Assembly general info ............. 608-266-1501
Bill status .............................. 608-266-0341
Bill status (In WI) ................... 800-362-9472

Wyoming
Legislature begins Feb. 8 and ends March 5.
http://legisweb.state.wy.us
Senate general info ................. 307-777-7711
House general info.................. 307-777-7852
Bill status.............................. 307-777-6185
Bill status (in WY)     800-342-9570

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