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Executive Editor Louis Campion


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Managing Editor Selena Griffin


sgriffin@mmtanet.com Art Director


Douglas J. Benjamin doug@douglasbenjamin.com


Copy Editor/Proofer Harris Jimanski


Photographer David Sinclair david@davidsinclair.org


Contributing Writers Steve Brawner Mary Lou Jay Bethany May


I am honored to take on the responsibility of serving as MMTA’s chairman. I have to thank Barbara Windsor, Steve Parker, Mel Fair and Tom Huesman, who nominated me as 2nd vice chair in 2014 and got me in the queue to serve as the chairman one day. Now that the time has come, I look forward to the upcoming year with a great deal of excitement and anticipation.


The trucking industry encompasses so many diverse types of operations – from household goods movers to tank haulers to container operations at the Port of Baltimore. My specific segment is in the construction industry. Our industry has been fortunate not to have the same challenges facing many freight haulers, such as the driver shortage and the electronic logging device mandate. However, the chairman of MMTA must be cognizant of the interests of all members, balancing everyone’s needs regardless of a company’s individual goals. Currently at the federal level we are faced with two absolutely key issues:


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Louis Campion President & CEO


lcampion@mmtanet.com J. Craig Talbott


Vice President - Safety ctalbott@mmtanet.com


Dottie C. Duvall


Vice President - Administration dduvall@mmtanet.com


Selena L. Griffin Controller


sgriffin@mmtanet.com Margie Anne Bonnett


Marketing & Communications Director mbonnett@mmtanet.com


Kathy Norris


Administrative Assistant knorris@mmtanet.com


Maryland Motor Truck Association is an affiliate of the American Trucking Associations. MMTA is a Maryland corporation of trucking companies, private carrier fleets and businesses which serve or supply the trucking industry. MMTA serves these companies as a governmental affairs representative before legislative, regulatory and executive branches of government on issues that affect the trucking industry. The organization also provides public relations services, education services, operational services and serves as a forum for industry meetings and membership relations.


For more information, contact MMTA at: Maryland Motor Truck Association, Inc.


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A challenge to the hours of service rules that could result in truck drivers losing the ability to restart their weekly clocks after taking 34 consecutive hours off- duty.


Court decisions that ignore existing federal law (FAAAA) preempting states from imposing their own meal and rest break requirements on interstate motor carriers and attempting to invalidate industry-standard piece-rate pay practices.


Legislative clarification of these two issues is crucial this year in Congress. For that reason I joined MMTA staff and a group of members on a trip to Washington in July to discuss the importance of getting these matters resolved. We are optimistic that success will be achieved before the end of the calendar year.


At the state level there will be more than 2,500 bills introduced in the Maryland General Assembly crossing a multitude of different subjects. Many legislators act solely based on the issues brought to them by their constituents. Because they cannot be experts in every subject that arises, they may not have the knowledge or the “whole story” behind the issue being discussed. In 2017 we expect continued legislative pressure for employers to provide mandatory paid sick leave to their employees. General Assembly leaders have already proclaimed that some form of paid sick leave will pass in 2017.


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