News and notes regarding BLE State Legislative Boards

Editor's Note: The following information was compiled, written and submitted by the BLE's National Legislative Office in Washington, D.C.

Alabama: Brother Tommy Hudson was re-elected unanimously as Chairman of the Board for another term. Our congratulations to Brother Hudson and the Officers and Delegates of the Alabama State Legislative Board.

The Alabama Legislature adopted a Resolution urging the U.S. Congress to enact the Railroad Retirement and Survivors' Improvement Act of 2001.

Arkansas: Brother Tim Young, SLBC-AR, reports that legislation that would have mandated a two-person crew on trains operating in Arkansas was defeated.

Colorado: Brother George Last, SLBC-CO, reports that the Colorado Legislature adopted a Resolution urging the U.S. Congress to enact the Railroad Retirement and Survivors' Improvement Act of 2001.

Georgia: Brother Raymond Taylor, SLBC-GA, reports that the George Legislature adopted a Resolution urging the U.S. Congress to enact the Railroad Retirement and Survivors' Improvement Act of 2001.

Illinois: Brother Ed Way, SLBC-IL, advises that the Governor will sign into law legislation to regulate contract carriers transporting railroad crews in the State of Illinois.

Louisiana: Brother Mike O'Brien, SLBC-LA, advises that the Louisiana State Legislature adopted a Resolution urging the U.S. Congress to enact the Railroad Retirement and Survivors' Improvement Act of 2001.

Michigan: Legislation that will increase the funding for maintenance of active traffic control devices at highway/railroad grade crossings, such as flashing lights and automatic gates, was signed into law by Governor Engler. The bill increases the contributions from road authorities to railroads for the devices from $760 to $1,630 per year per crossing. In addition, the act requires the Department of Transportation to complete a study to determine the cost of maintaining such devices by the beginning of 2010 and every ten years following.

Missouri: Brother Mickey Gage, SLBC-MO, advises that the Missouri General Assembly adopted a Resolution urging the U.S. Congress to enact the Railroad Retirement and Survivors' Improvement Act of 2001.

Montana: Brother Gilchrist, SLBC-MT, reports that legislation has been introduced in Montana that would bring back passenger rail travel to Southern Montana. The Montana AFL-CIO testified in support of the bill. And thanks to a grassroots campaign involving hundreds of union families and friends, the Paycheck Deception bill was defeated this session.

Oklahoma: Brother Renfro, SLBC-OK, reports the State Senate approved putting a so-called "right-to-work" measure on the November 2002 ballot.

Oregon: Brother Doug Horstman was unanimously re-elected as Chairman to the State Legislative Board. Congratulations!

The Oregon Legislature adopted a Resolution urging the U.S. Congress to enact the Railroad Retirement and Survivors' Improvement Act of 2001.

Utah: Brother Walt Webster, SLBC-UT, has won the UP's Dennis G. Beachler Grade Crossing Safety Award in recognition of his involvement in preventing grade-crossing collisions and pursuing the company's grade crossing safety goals. Congratulations!

West Virginia: Brother Blake, SLBC-WV, reports the West Virginia Legislature adopted a Resolution urging the U.S. Congress to enact the Railroad Retirement and Survivors' Improvement Act of 2001.

Wisconsin: By unanimous action, Keith Luebke, was elected to another term as Chairman of the Board. Congratulations, Brother Luebke.

 

2001 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers