House Small Business Committee Hearings Scheduled

July 9, 2012

This week, the House Small Business Committee and the House Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations plan to hold hearings on how certain regulations are affecting small businesses in the commercial trucking and hauling industry and the maritime industry.

On Wednesday, July 11 at 1:00 p.m., the House Small Business Committee will hold a hearing titled: “Is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability Program Driving Small Businesses Off the Road?” According to the Committee’s Hearing Memo, the hearing will focus, among other things, the “FMCSA’s adoption of a new data analysis methodology, the Safety Measurement System (SMS), which many inaccurately and unfairly identify motor carriers as unsafe,” which if true would have a significant affect on small businesses in the industry. Slated to testify on behalf of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is Deputy Administrator Mr. Bill Bronrott. Other witnesses include: Mr. Daniel A. Miranda CEO of Hit Em Hard Transportation (on behalf of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association), Mr. Jeff Tucker CEO of Tucker Company Worldwide, Dr. Michael Belzer, Ph. D., Associate Professor, Department of Economics at Wayne State University, and Mr. Anthony Gallo, Senior Analyst at Wells Fargo Securities, LLC.

On Thursday, July 12th at 10:00AM, the House Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations will hold a hearing titled: “Sinking the Marine Industry: How Regulations are Affecting Today’s Maritime Businesses.” Thursday’s hearing will focus on a number of issues facing small businesses in the maritime industry, including regulating certain State taxation of interstate commerce (the Business Activity Simplification Act of 2011; H.R. 1439), regulations implementing the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA), and the challenges facing the maintenance of navigable waterways and the inland waterways transportation system. For more information on this year, please see the Subcommittee’s Hearing Memo. Scheduled to testify include Ms. Kristina Hebert, CEO of Ward’s Marine Electric, Inc. (on behalf of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida), Mr. Mark Ducharme, VP and CFO of Monterey Boats (on behalf of the National Marine Manufacturers Association), Captain Steve Engemann, President of Herman Sand and Gravel, and Dr. Rashid Sumaila, UBC Fisheries Center, Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory (AERL), the University of British Columbia.