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HJR198 191525-2 By Representatives Morrow, Beech, McCampbell, Shedd, Ford, Crawford, Sells, McMillan, Ingram, Shiver, Baker, Beckman, Hill, Standridge, Drake and Williams (JW) RFD: Rules First Read: 15-FEB-18 191525-2:n:02/13/2018:JKS/cr LSA2018-751 URGING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO CREATE MORE FLEXIBILITY IN RECENT FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER ADMINISTRATION REGULATIONS RELATING TO AGRICULTURE AND SMALL BUSINESS INDUSTRIES. WHEREAS, millions of hard working American farmers and small businesses would benefit from Congress taking immediate action to protect them from massive government regulations; and WHEREAS, in December of 2017, the Department of Transportation (DOT) began implementation and enforcement of the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate as part of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act; and WHEREAS, the ELD mandate requires all commercial driver license (CDL) drivers to replace paper log books for recording driver hours of service with ELDs; and WHEREAS, a coalition consisting of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and more than ther transportation and agriculture related associations successfully advocated for a delay in implementing the ELD mandate stating the new regulation "is written so broadly that it has far-reaching implications well beyond the traditional trucking industry"; and WHEREAS, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has provided for very limited exemptions under the mandate and granted a mere 90-day waiver to livestock haulers that will expire soon; and WHEREAS, information published by the American Horse Council, the National Cattleman's Beef Association, the American Quarter Horse Association, and others, states that compliance with the new rule on ELDs and Hours of Service (HOS) creates a danger to the welfare and safety of livestock and an unnecessary burden on agribusiness; and WHEREAS, ELD and HOS mandates are federal rules taking a one-size-fits-all approach that results in undesirable implications such as cost burdens and confusion; and WHEREAS, Ohio U.S. Representative and small business committee chairperson, Steve Chabot, stated that complying with these federal mandates is one of the biggest challenges facing America's small businesses today; and WHEREAS, Texas U.S. Representative and sponsor of the ELD Extension Act of 2017, Brian Babin, detailed to President Trump the ELD mandate has an estimated $2 billion a year compliance cost, with a disproportionate impact on small businesses, that ELD safety studies are "dubious at best", and ELDs create a widespread cybersecurity fear; and WHEREAS, the ELD mandate unfairly burdens small businesses, jeopardizes the welfare of livestock, and will not improve safety; and WHEREAS, we are at a tipping point in American history; the time for Congress to review overly restrictive federal regulations on the American people and American industries is past due; now therefore, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That we strongly urge Congress to review the ELD and HOS mandates, and take steps to create more flexibility in Federal Motor Carrier Administration regulations relating to agriculture and small business industries. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution shall be provided to all members of the Alabama Congressional Delegation and to the President of the United States so that the strong sentiments of this body may be known.