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OOIDA 2013 Legislative Guide
Take part in the process
Lawmakers must know your concerns to address them

It’s a new beginning in statehouses around the country and in Washington, DC. Many new faces are settling in at their new jobs, and they are out to prove that they are the right people for the task. Use this opportunity to your advantage.

On the following pages, Land Line provides tried-and-true methods for staying informed and effectively communicating with elected officials. These tools and tips should put you in the best position to express your views on the issues.

Strike while the iron is hot
Lawmakers, new and old alike, can’t address your concerns if they don’t know what they are. Fresh off an election is the time to let them know what’s important to you.

Most lawmakers throughout the country and in DC may already be weeks into this first legislative session following last year’s election. However, there are several easy ways you can make your concerns known as they start work shaping the state and federal laws to come.

Be heard
Here are some easy steps to make your concerns known to those who shape your state and federal laws.

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

It’s a good idea to monitor ooida.com, landlinemag.com and landlinenow.com, or tune in to “Land Line Now” on Sirius XM – for updates on legislative action in your state, and in Congress.

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.

If you become aware of a proposal 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

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