state Sen. Philip Erdman, R-Bayard, has introduced a resolution
in the state’s Legislature in support of OOIDA’s June Safety Month.
resolution, LR190, was introduced May 27 and is likely to be voted
on May 30, officials at the Legislature said. It was suggested by
OOIDA board member Gordon Betts, a resident of Ogallala, NE.
Dicken, who works in Erdman’s office, said the resolution was likely
to pass. That will probably happen this week, according to a spokeswoman
at the Legislature, since the regular session will end soon.
resolution, which was cosponsored by Sen. Tom Baker, R-Trenton,
and Sen. Jim Jones, R-Eddyville, says:
Congress has established the need for a National Truck Safety Month;
truck drivers around the nation have committed themselves to make
June a model month for compliance with the truck safety rules; and
truck drivers experience more workplace fatalities than any other
single occupation, are aware of their responsibility to contribute
to highway safety; and
truckers play a vital role in the nation's economy.
therefore, be it resolved by the members of the Ninety-Eighth Legislature
of Nebraska, First Session:
That the Legislature recognize the extra efforts of the truckers
to comply with the truck safety guidelines to make the nation's
highways a safer place to travel and to work.
That a copy of this resolution be sent to the Owner-Operator Independent
Drivers Association Inc. in best wishes for continuing safety.”
24, who was elected to the Legislature in 2000, represents Nebraska's
47th legislative district, which includes the southern
part of the state's Panhandle and Betts’ hometown of Ogallala. Erdman
is the body’s youngest member, and serves on the Health and Human
Services, General Affairs and Agriculture committees, and serves
as vice-chair of the Retirement Committee.
Mark H. Reddig, associate editor
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