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Working Ranch - November/December 2017

woman in my life before this issue, and I found it quite easy to do. Their offi ces are staffed by young, energetic and always helpful LA’s (Legislative Assistants) who graciously take your message and pass it up the chain of command. It was quite a surprise to fi nd that the LA’s were not only cheery, but actually interested in what I had to say, and I found myself being reassured and almost calmed that our government offi ces were in such capable hands. It kind of reaffi rms my faith in the good of this country. There are still young people who care. And, when I called Nevada Senator Pete Goicoechea and left a message, he called me back from the road not half an hour later. Reach out, they are ready to take your call. toppin’ outBY TIM O’BYRNE Well, it appears I jumped the gun in the last issue. I reported that we had nailed a one-year delay for our bull haulers on the Electronic Logging Device regulations from the D.C. politicians. Wrongo…it appears as though my ignorance of how the political machine works is showing. I got the news this summer that the House had approved the delay in a vote, and everyone in the industry that worked to achieve it was really happy, so I ran with it. What I didn’t know is that it needed to get passed by the Senate, a vote which, as we go to press, still hasn’t taken place. As it stands, any tractor with an engine that is 2000 or newer has to be fi tted with an approved ELD before December 18 of this year. That’s a couple of months, folks, and that ain’t good. What can you do to help the industry get this badly needed delay put in place so we can fi gure out our next move? Call your Senator’s offi ce and let them know we need that ELD delay. If they don’t hear from you, they won’t pay us any mind. I never called a Senator or a Congressman/ VALERIE JOHNSON VALERIE JOHNSON 14 I WORKING RANCH I NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2017


Working Ranch - November/December 2017
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