Auto & Truck of Williamsburg/// Danbury Towing LLC shared Towing and Recovery Association of Ohio / TRAO's post.
I have been lobbying at the statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, for 39 years and I've pretty much seen it all. I know how the legislature works and I also know how a bill becomes law. I know how a lobbyist will take all the credit for a bill becoming law that benefits their client. Taking credit for working a bill is as old as the State of Ohio. That is a lobbyist's bread and butter. I don't have a problem with a lobbyist trying to take all the credit but at this point in my career I don't need to do that. For 7 years I lobbied for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and for another 28 years the Ohio Petroleum Council. For the past 4 years I have lobbied for the Towing and Recovery Association of Ohio. The recent passage of HB 341, the towing bill, is a great example of people taking credit without mentioning any other organizations or associations that also worked hard to pass this bill. DON’T BE FOOLED BY THIS. This bill had a lot of people working hard for past two years. In fact, there has been hard work over the past 6 years to enact a bill that would be good for the towing industry of Ohio. The members of TRAO can take great pride in the work of their Association. TRAO members made numerous trips to the statehouse to meet with State Representatives and State Senators. TRAO met with the Governor's Office as well as the Lt. Governor's Office. TRAO met with the Public Utilities Commission folks on five separate occasions. TRAO was at every hearing on HB 341 and their attorney, Bob Mecklenborg, was instrumental in reviewing the language and in drafting acceptable language for the passage of the bill. The sponsor of the bill, State Representative Ron Young, did so at the request of TRAO. Ron Young and the Chairman of the Senate Committee that heard and passed the bill, kept TRAO advised on every step of the process. The co-chair of the bill, Representative Martin Sweeney, singled out TRAO lobbyist Terry Fleming, on the floor of the House. Is TRAO totally responsible for bill’s passage? No, it was a group effort and many folks over the past 6 years have been involved. I don't have a shiny trinket to show how hard TRAO worked on this bill but I can attest that TRAO was extremely instrumental, along with others. Another association assisted and showed great support after the bill was introduced and they changed their mind about the bill. Thank you to everyone that showed support in the success of HB 341. TRAO definitely has the best interest of the towing industry in mind and I’m sure will continue to fight for the betterment of the industry. Happy New Year TRAO and members! Give yourselves a hand for all of your diligent work.