MIAMI — The NLA is preparing for its annual Day On The Hill lobbying event on June 9 which draws association members from around the country who advocate on behalf of industry interests, NLA President Ron Sorci said.
In addition to meeting with the staffs of Senators and Congressional representatives who can influence the legislative process, the NLA will this year hold several “think tank” style sessions with officials from key federal agencies that regulate chauffeured transportation, such as the Department of Transportation.
“Rather than just push an agenda forward, we’re having some sessions set up with the DOT about different things going on, and matters affecting our industry,” Sorci said. “We’re looking to set up appointments with them and other agencies that affect ground transportation.”
RIDE Act Amendment: The measure will have to be reintroduced in Congress. NLA lobbyists are working with key legislators to bring that about.
Gas Guzzler Tax: NLA lobbyist Louie Perry, NLA first vice president Richard Kane, and Sorci held a conference call with IRS officials on April 6 during which they learned that the IRS cannot make any administrative changes to the tax, which now applies to livery vehicles below 6,000 pounds. “We had a good conversation with the IRS and it is clear we’ll have to go back to Congress to fight this battle,” said Sorci, who will be discussing strategy with Perry.
Association meetings: NLA board members plan to attend more local association meetings around the country and improve communication with local members. NLA board members will schedule visits to all local associations, so that each association gets to interact with an NLA board member during 2009, Sorci said.
“By having a strong presence, we can help them get through major issues,” Sorci said. “Every member of the board will schedule convenient times to attend; at bare minimum one board member or more will attend a meeting of each association.”
“If associations are taking the time and effort to be part of the NLA, then we should make time and effort to be available to them for at least one of their meetings.”
Source: Martin Romjue, LCT Magazine