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34-hour restart fix left out of FAA extension bill

Hopes that Congress would undo a provision passed in December that could kill the 34-hour restart entirely came up empty when the House's Transportation Committee unveiled the aviation-focused legislation Thursday.

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Senate FAA bill skips language on state regulation of truckers’ hours, pay reform

The Senate’s Commerce Committee late Wednesday unveiled its version of a Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that, unlike its counterpart in the House, does not include trucking-specific language on state regulation of truck drivers’ hours of service and pay.

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The 34-hour restart’s complicated limbo

Here's the latest. Nothing about the 34-hour restart will change until FMCSA issues its certified report on its mandated comparative restart study. If the report says what many truckers have hoped, however, the restart could disappear entirely.

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Oops: Appropriations bill may have done away with 34-hour restart entirely

Turns out the 34-hour restart-related item in the late-2015 Congressional appropriations bill may have done a little more than was intended, eliminating the restart entirely. Before you start (or continue, as it were) recapping hours, however ...

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Soft-target terrorism: Readers favor enforcement of existing gun laws

In wake of the San Bernardino terrorist attack, 56 percent of readers urged no change in gun laws. Meanwhile, efforts around "Mike's Law" for a national commercial carry permit continue.

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Highway bill: So much, yet too little

The new highway bill did nothing to create stable user-based funding to make our infrastructure program self-sustaining.

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FMCSA removes CSA scores in wake of highway bill signing

As required by the FAST Act highway bill, signed into law by President Obama the afternoon of Dec. 4, FMCSA has pulled the CSA Safety Measurement System from public view.

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Congress to attempt to hammer out unified highway bill, owner-op ‘poison pill,’ size/weight already see action

Of key trucking interests on the table heading into the conference committee are potential inclusions of size and weight changes and, perhaps more pressing for owner-operators, fixing language in the bill that could potentially create havoc for about 450,000 carriers, many of them small fleets and owner-operators.

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The ‘poison pill’ that remains in the recently passed highway bill, by the numbers

Unless fixed or removed in the House-Senate highway bill conference committee, the House's carrier "hiring standard" would unduly disadvantage well more than 1.5 million drivers for 440,000 carriers in the competition to secure business.

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Podcast: Highway bill effort to resolve federal/state legal conflict over carrier services, driver wages

New court interpretations of the FAAAA introduce contradictions between federal and state law (particularly in California) that challenge percentage- and mileage-based compensation. In this podcast, legislation currently under consideration to resolve the issue.

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