There are three critical issues that will be the primary focus of this year’s Capitol Hill visits. These are urgent issues that demand immediate action from Congress. This is also the time to let Members of Congress know about the impact of moving-related jobs and businesses in their districts and states. Fight for your business and your industry by joining AMSA for Moving Day on Capitol Hill.
What to Expect at Moving Day on Capitol Hill
In the first episode of the new ProMover Podcast, we sit down with Paul Milotte and Katie McMichael of the Government Affairs team to discuss why it’s so important to attend Moving Day on Capitol Hill, the issues that will be discussed with congressional representatives, senators and their staff, and how AMSA members can support these efforts, even if they’re not able to attend in person.
Van Operator/Independent Contractor Classification Model Language
Background: The California Supreme Court ruling in Dynamex threatens to further expose our companies to litigation and impede our industry’s ability to operate effectively. AMSA developed model legislation, in conjunction with its members, for use as a template for any future legislative action in the states. In addition, AMSA will explore a federal strategy to preserve the independent contractor model for our industry.
Goal: The first crucial step towards a federal legislative solution is to educate federal officials as to how independent contractors are appropriately utilized in our industry. We must also educate Members of Congress on how the current patchwork system, and Dynamex ruling, will/have hurt their constituents.
Household Goods Consumer Protection Working Group
Background: The HHG Consumer Protection Working Group was formed following passage of AMSA-backed language in the FAST Act of 2015. The group’s purpose was to produce recommendations that reduce the paperwork burden on consumers going through an interstate move and enhance consumer safety resources provided by the FMCSA. In September 2017, the group completed its consultations and now await a final report from the secretary of transportation. Examples of some suggestions are included below. Please note, this list of topics is not exhaustive nor final.
- Making the Ready to Move brochure available earlier and on a company’s website
- Eliminating the 50-mile exception for surveys by allowing for virtual surveys
- Eliminating the separate Order for Service requirement
- Presenting the Bill of Lading to a customer before the move (when the OFS used to be given)
- Not amending a new estimate when items are added
- Allowing electronic documents without a waiver
Goal: Convince Members of Congress to pressure the FMCSA to expedite the report’s release and subsequent required report to Congress on how the streamlining recommendations will be implemented.
Protecting Consumers’ Personally Identifiable Information
Background: The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requires manifest documents for international shipments. The CBP is required to sell this information to third-party data brokers. Some of this information includes citizens’ personally identifiable information (PII). This data often falls into the wrong hands and is used to perpetrate identity theft and credit fraud. Many of these consumers, most of whom are U.S. servicemembers and their families, believe our moving and storage company members are the ones selling their information to the data brokers. AMSA has worked with Members of Congress to introduce companion legislation in the House (HR 4403) and Senate (S. 998) to end this practice. The bill passed the House in May; the Senate still needs to act.
Goal: Convince senators to support this legislation being “discharged” from the Senate Finance Committee, fast tracked to the Senate floor for a vote, and passed before the year ends.