Thursday, October 25, 2012

OOIDA State Watch is your go-to place for state activity

Issues addressed at the state level of government can have far-reaching effects on the trucking industry. As a result, it is important for professional drivers to keep an eye on legislative happenings at statehouses around the country.


Because truck drivers already have a full plate each and every day, OOIDA is committed to providing truckers with information about what is taking place at state legislatures from the northeast to the southwest.

Noteworthy items collected by the Association on statehouse happenings are available in the State Watch section of Land Line Magazine. Valuable information is also discussed on “Land Line Now” on Sirius XM Channel 106.

However, the only place available to truckers for complete state-by-state coverage is State Watch online.

The State Watch page includes a U.S. map that allows visitors to select any state of interest. From there, visitors can access information on state issues of relevance to the trucking industry.

Information is available, and frequently updated, on bills introduced during the legislative year, as well as other issues considered for introduction. Also available for each state are any Calls to Action sent by OOIDA to members and other truckers.

Additional information is available for the projected regular session dates; a link to the state legislature’s website; and phone numbers to inquire about the status of a bill, or to contact lawmakers.

Also included on the state pages are links for where to access social media accounts, such as Facebook and Twitter, for governors and state political parties and more.

Questioning whether a particular state has addressed an issue in recent years? Wondering what year a state passed a notable new law? Visitors can likely find answers via archives of legislative actions in each state for the past decade.