California Operators Ready To Get Results At State Capitol

Martin Romjue
Posted on January 16, 2019
GCLA members suit up for legislative visits at the State Capitol, Feb. 21, 2018 (LCT photo)

GCLA members suit up for legislative visits at the State Capitol, Feb. 21, 2018 (LCT photo)

LOS ANGELES — If California operators ever questioned why their colleagues meet with politicians, they should look no further than the recent suspension of PUCTRA fees.

As of Jan. 31, operators will no longer have to pay PUCTRA — which stands for Public Utilities Commission Transportation Reimbursement Account, so just make it rhyme with puke — fees each quarter.

“This decision can be directly tied to our lobbying efforts and our efforts at Day on the Hill,” GCLA executive director Tom Garrett said. “Legislative wins take time to develop.”

With that tailwind, the Greater California Livery Association is inviting operators statewide to participate in its annual Day On The Hill in Sacramento on Feb. 12 and 13. Throughout the day on Feb. 13, association leaders, members, and operators will break up into teams for three to five and visit a pre-set schedule of State Senators and Assembly members or their staff representatives.

The event is being coordinated by the GCLA’s lobbyist, Gregg Cook of Government Affairs Consulting in Sacramento, board director and Sacramento operator David Kinney, who handles legislative affairs, and consultant and Orange County operator Mark Stewart.

Before the visits, the GCLA will hold a lobbying training session Thursday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. at The Proud Bird restaurant in Los Angeles.

“Big wins like the PUCTRA fee decision really highlight how powerful our lobbying can be,” Garrett said. “That is why it is so important to stay engaged with the regulators consistently.”

Interested participants should RSVP Garrett at [email protected]

GCLA Itinerary

Thursday, Feb. 7
10 a.m.: In-person training day (Proud Bird, Los Angeles)

Tuesday, Feb. 12
3 p.m. Check-in, Embassy Suites Riverfront Promenade (Sacramento)
5 p.m. Group dinner for all participants

Wednesday, Feb. 13
8:30 a.m.: Meeting in room #113 at the State Capitol (Sacramento)
9 a.m.: Group briefing from our lobbyist
9:30 a.m. to Noon: Presentations and networking with key lawmakers
Noon to 1 p.m.: Lunch at La Bou cafe and bakery
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Direct meetings with local legislators
5 p.m.: Recap / discussions

Related LCT article: GCLA Day On Hill 2018

Related Topics: California operators, California Public Utilities Commission, David Kinney, Greater California Livery Association, Gregg Cook, legislation, limo associations, lobbying, Mark Stewart, regulatory enforcement, state regulations

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