Positive signs could spell relief

By Sandi Soendker, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Ask OOIDA Chief Operating Officer Rod Nofziger about what’s happening behind the scenes in D.C. and you’ll always get an earful.

Prior to his job at OOIDA headquarters, he served as director of government affairs for OOIDA at the D.C. office for seven years.

Before that, he was employed by the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. He’s kicked around the Beltway for so many years, he has developed an astute sense of direction.

Currently, he sees positive developments that could be beneficial to small trucking businesses, including a list that’s getting plenty of attention on Capitol Hill.

As always, the Association is actively pursuing congressional relief on several fronts. A large group of conservative Republican members of the House has given President Trump a list of 232 regs it recommends for repeal. Among the regulations on the Freedom Caucus list are the electronic logging mandate and the proposed speed limiter regulation. Repealing the ELD mandate is not only on the list, it is high on the list of Freedom Caucus members.

Already this session, Rod sees plenty of notable activity in the 115th Congress that directs attention to the regulatory process, specifically in the U.S. House of Representatives. Several bills have been introduced that could spell relief for small businesses burdened with heavy-handed regulatory mandates, such as the electronic logging devices for truckers that the Association has fought long and hard.

Two bills have already been passed by the House. HR26, the REINS Act, has to do with pieces of regulations that have a price tag of a $100 million a year. The REINS Act would require that Congress check off on those very expensive regs.

REINS stands for Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2017. Certainly, the $1 billion price tag associated with the ELD mandate qualifies it for further scrutiny.

Another is HR5, the Regulatory Accountability Act – actually a compilation of previously introduced regulatory reform bills. HR5 has six reform bills that make up the overall Act, which was passed by the House recently in various pieces.

Rod is not alone in believing the legislative environment seems right for regulatory reform. Add to his forecast a person at the top like President Trump, who is someone who has been consistent with wanting to reduce the regulatory burden on U.S. businesses. Put those things together and it seems for these bills that have brought forth in previous congresses now may be the time for them to have a chance to go forward.

All this could have a very significant impact on certain mandates and other regulatory actions. LL