Why we need to get involved, and how to go about it.

This year’s legislative labors are certain to be especially critical to the way you conduct your trucking business. Efforts likely to receive attention in legislatures across the country include highway tolls, transportation bonds, fuel taxes and speed limits, to name a few.

You can have a powerful effect on the decisions lawmakers make.

Are you ready to be a player?

Here are four easy steps to making your concerns known to those who shape your state laws:

1. If you are an OOIDA member and you don’t know who your elected officials are or how to contact them, you can call the Association’s Membership Department at 816-229-5791 and they’ll look it up for you.

2. On a daily basis you can monitor the Web sites at landlinemag.com and ooida.com, and tune in to “Land Line Now” on The Road Dog on Sirius XM Channel 146 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 “State Update” in every issue of Land Line.

3. Don’t sit on the sidelines. Contact your elected officials and express your concerns.

4. If you become aware of a new law being proposed in your home state that would affect trucking, callĀ  Land Line at 816-229-5791 and ask State Legislative Editor Keith Goble to place it on the state legislative watch list.

Check out the “Guide to Contacting Lawmakers” page!