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Midwinter Conference Professional Drivers & Driver of the Year Safety Professional of the Year: John Mallory Fleet Safety Awards Faces of a Million Miles

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DEPARTMENTS Editorials 7 From the Editor 7 From the Executive OTA Member News 54 Member Spotlight: McCorkle Truck Line Council News 26 OSMC’s Safety Zone

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Trucking Tidbits: Nationwide News 10 The Tax Effect 13

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Truckload Carriers Association Presents Its Highest Honor to Don H. Freymiller, Founder and Chairman of Freymiller Trucking

14 Oklahoma’s FTC Transportation Among Eighteen Companies Named Division Winners in TCA’s 2012 National Fleet Safety Awards State Matters 16 Patterson Named ODOT Director 18

Love’s to Purchase 50 New CNG Trucks for Fuel Delivery

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OTA Mourns Loss of Maxum Petroleum’s Terry Davis

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Workers Comp Administrative Proposal Clears Senate

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FROMTHE EDITOR Congratulations to all of the winners of the Fleet Safety Awards and this year’s Professional Drivers, and the 2012 Oklahoma Driver of the Year, Michael Gianneta! Thank you all for your continued mission to serve Oklahoma’s trucking industry and your strive for safety, efficiency and excellence. If you happen to see any of the winners featured in this issue, be sure to congratulate them. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication and I am so glad that the OTA and OSMC are able to reward all of their efforts. Unfortunately, this year we have lost two of those members that were great role models for our association. The first was Terry Davis, who I always enjoyed seeing at all of the events throughout the year. She was such a pleasure to be around and worked endlessly on ensuring her drivers were taken care of. She will be missed greatly. The second was former OTA Chairman, Dale Brown. Dale had been an active member of the OTA for well over forty years. His dedication to the industry and the OTA will be missed so much. I hope that we can all try to strive to be so dedicated to the industry as they were. This issue focuses on the achievements from the past year in safety, dedication and just plain hard work. I hope that you enjoy it and are inspired by the work of our peers to continue to push for a brighter future of Oklahoma’s trucking industry.

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FROMTHE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

One of the most important pieces of legislation for Oklahoma businesses in years is moving at the Capitol this session. The complete rewrite of the state’s workers’ compensation law, SB 1062 promises to replace our state’s broken and expensive state workers’ compensation system with a system that will allow our businesses to grow and prosper. The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) is a private organization respected by all sides in the workers’ comp debate for its gathering and analysis of workers’ comp insurance data. It studies the bill and issues a report estimating how much money each of the bill’s reforms will save employers over the cost of the current system. The NCCI has looked at the current bill and has given it a good score. The reforms in the bill should reduce cost by 14.2% or $138 million. This score means that $138 million can go to creating new jobs, increasing pay, or funding other employee benefits. It will also increase growth in Oklahoma businesses. Many business friendly lobbyists are working to see that this reform happens. Our industry needs a break on the cost of our comp insurance and with good business sense; our legislators will pass this very important bill.

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THE TAX EFFECT By Richard Bell

After a lot of debate, news coverage and confusion - new tax laws have been put in place for 2013 and beyond. In the past several weeks, our firm has received a lot of questions regarding these changes and how they will affect business owners and individuals. Tax changes are almost never simple to understand. A brief overview of some of the broader points should help you form an idea of the effect of the new changes. The current Federal tax system has four main elements: an income tax on individuals and corporations (consisting of both a regular income tax and alternative minimum tax); payroll taxes on wages or self-employment income to finance social insurance programs; estate, gift, and generation-skipping taxes; and excise taxes on selected goods and services. Let’s look at some of the most recent tax law changes for a broad overview of how it will affect you in the future tax years.

Individual Income Taxes Increased

To understand what tax rate and income levels you are subject to, you must first understand that not all income is taxed the same. Earned income — wages and salaries, earnings from self-employment, trade or business income, rental income with active participation (think of this as income generally derived from the work you do and not from investments you have made) — is subject to the highest level of tax at 39.6 percent beginning in tax year 2013 for individuals whose income exceeds $400,000 ($450,000 for married taxpayers filing a joint return). The other rates of 10, 15, 25, 28, 33 and 35 percent remain the same as in prior years, with the 35 percent bracket having only a few thousand dollars spread before jumping into the new 39.6 percent bracket. Your accountant can give you the specific income breakdown for each of the rates. So long as your taxable income does not exceed $400,000, you will continue to pay a similar amount of tax as in prior years. 10

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Affordable Heathcare Act (a.k.a. Obamacare)

Additionally, there is a new 0.9 percent Medicare tax on earned income above $200,000 ($250,000 for married couples filing jointly). If your paycheck or self employment income is over these thresholds, your employer is required to increase your Medicare withholdings by 0.9 percent. You employer is not required to take into account your spouse’s paycheck, but you may request additional federal withholding be taken out to cover the tax liability that will ultimately be reconciled on your 2013 personal tax return. Any over or under payments will be calculated on Form 1040 and show a balance due, or amount to be refunded, as necessary. Secondly, if you have income of $200,000 or over and are a single filer ($250,000 for a married couple filing jointly) you will be subject to an additional 3.8 percent tax on the lesser of passive investment income or modified adjusted gross income in excess of the threshold. Investment income includes net income from rentals reported on Schedule E, capital gains, as well as any other passive investments that are generating income for you. Depending on the amount and type of income you have, you could fall into the 39.6 percent bracket; have wages in excess of the threshold and owe the additional 0.9 percent surtax; have investment income that has additional tax of 3.8 percent on top of regular rates; and have your capital gains be taxed at 20 percent with an additional 3.8 percent investment income rate tacked onto the capital gains tax. These increases, along with the reinstated phase-outs of itemized deduction and exemptions for high income taxpayers with income over $250,000 for single taxpayers and $300,000 for married filing joint taxpayers, can increase your tax rate by several percentage points. If you are in the higher tax bracket, you should start planning now to avoid surprises when you file your tax return next year.

Payroll Taxes

The change to payroll taxes is probably the first change the majority of Americans will notice in 2013. The 2 percent payroll cut in the Employee Social Security tax withholding that was enjoyed by


most taxpayers during 2011 and 2012 has expired and was not renewed by Congress. Most people immediately noticed this change when their paycheck became smaller seemingly overnight.

Estate Taxes

The estate of a decedent who dies during 2013 will have a basic exclusion amount of $5,250,000 (which is adjusted for inflation) as opposed to the $5,120,000 exclusion for estates of decedents who died in 2012. Taxpayers who own closely held businesses may plan to pass those businesses off to family members without the burden or debt associated with the estate tax. The top rate for estate and gift taxes has been increased from 35 to 40 percent. During 2012, persons with an estate in excess of $5.12 million were making gifts in anticipation of the expected reduction of the exemption to $2 million for 2013. A new permanent estate exemption of $10 million per husband and wife, adjusted annually for inflation, has removed the uncertainty of planning for an estate tax exemption that was previously a moving target.

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 passed in January contains many provisions that affect taxpayers’ individual, corporate and estate tax planning - too many to fully cover here. From permanent AMT exemption rates, bonus depreciation, increased section 179 expensing limits, teacher expense deductions, to charitable contributions from your IRA instead of required minimum distribution, the bill touches on almost all areas of individual and corporate taxation in some manner. The newly enacted permanence of tax laws will allow individuals to work on three- to five-year budgets and tax planning for their businesses and allow owners to plan for cash flow requirements with a greater sense of certainty. The best advice is to consult with your attorney or accountant and plan early. You should be proactive and start planning for tax day April 2014 in April 2013. Richard Bell is an expert analyst on accounting strategies specific to the trucking industry. He is president of Bell & Company. Contact him at richard.bell@bellandcompany.net.

The concept of portability is another key provision in estate taxation that has been made permanent. Visit with your attorney directly or ask one of our experts at Bell & Company to explain this perk in estate planning. In essence, if your estate is below the $10 million exemption, it is time to update your estate documents because the traditional way of forming trusts based on exemption limits is obsolete. Take my advice — the old “I love you will and trust,” is back in style if you intend to leave your entire estate to your spouse.

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TRUCKINGTIDBITS

TRUCKLOAD CARRIERS ASSOCIATION PRESENTS ITS HIGHEST HONOR TO DON H. FREYMILLER, FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN OF FREYMILLER TRUCKING

Each year, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) presents its Past Chairmen’s Award to an industry leader who has made a significant contribution to the business community, the industry and the organization. The 2013 recipient is Don H. Freymiller, founder and chairman of the board for Freymiller Trucking, a family-owned and operated company based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Freymiller Trucking specializes in transporting temperature-controlled and time-sensitive products throughout the contiguous United States. The award was presented March 5th during the association’s Annual Convention, held at the Wynn Las Vegas. The Past Chairmen's award is the highest honor given by the organization. Contrary to the title of the award, the awardee does NOT have to be a past chairman of the association. In 1964, Freymiller began his career hauling cattle in Shullsburg, Wisconsin, to supplement his income as a dairy farmer. He bought a single cattle truck in 1968 and the following year sold all of his farm equipment to become a full-time truck driver. He eventually focused on hauling refrigerated products between California and Chicago. By 1980, Freymiller Trucking had grown to 56 trucks, and the company headquarters were relocated to Bakersfield, California. By 1994, the number of trucks had increased to 826, it employed more than 1,200 people, and operations were relocated to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where the company is headquartered today.

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Under the awardee’s leadership (and with the contributions of his family and employees), Freymiller Trucking has developed a long tradition of customer satisfaction, a commitment to safety, and a willingness to incorporate new technology into its business operations. The company has always emphasized safety; its recognitions include being named a TCA National Fleet Safety Award division winner 11 times in the last 30 years. Freymiller has also placed in the Oklahoma Trucking Association’s fleet safety awards several times. Freymiller is a past chairman of the Interstate Truckload Carriers Conference (1990-91) and a past chairman of the Interstate Carriers Conference Refrigerated Division (1986-87). He has also participated in TCA’s Highway Policy Committee, Carrier/Shipper Relations Committee, and the “Improving Efficiency on the Docks” Management Panel. He is a former member of the Executive Committee of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and a past board member for the ATA Foundation. He also belongs to Rotary International. “I have to say that Don Freymiller is a charismatic leader and strong driver advocate who built an excellent company from the ground up. Over the years, he’s readily stepped forward to share the lessons he has learned throughout his career with people or organizations that might benefit from his knowledge. He’s a true ‘trucker’,” said Robert Low, TCA’s 2011-12 chairman and the founder and president of Prime, Inc., Springfield, Missouri. “In fact, he’s the role model that every trucker aspires to be.”

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OKLAHOMA’S FTC TRANSPORTATION AMONG EIGHTEEN COMPANIES NAMED DIVISION WINNERS IN TCA’S 2012 NATIONAL FLEET SAFETY AWARDS Alexandria, Virginia (PRWEB)

The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has selected 18 companies as division winners in its 37th annual National Fleet Safety Awards. Sponsored by Great West Casualty Company, the awards recognize trucking companies that demonstrate a superior commitment to safety and accident reduction. “These division winners are examples of what to do right when it comes to operating safely,” said Harry Kimball, chairman of TCA’s Safety & Security Division and vice president of risk management for Western Flyer Express, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. “Being named the safest truckload carriers in the nation is not easy. They should be very proud of their achievement.” Fleets applying for the awards have completed the first of a twostep process. First, their accident frequency per million miles driven was calculated for each of six mileage-based divisions (listed below). The top three division winners were selected and have been audited by an independent expert to verify their accident frequency numbers. The division winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony to be held during TCA’s Annual Convention, March 3-6, 2013, at the Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada, as well as during TCA’s Safety & Security Division Annual Meeting, May 19-21, 2013, at the Westin Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana. All division winners are now eligible to compete for two grand prizes, one in the “less than 25 million annual miles” category and one in the “25 million or more annual miles” category. To win the grand prize, companies will be judged on their overall safety programs, both on- and off-highway, including employee driver/ independent contractor selection procedures, training, supervision, accident investigation, inspection and maintenance of equipment, and outside activities including general highway safety. As with the division winners, the two grand prize winning companies will be honored at an awards ceremony to be held during TCA’s Annual Convention and then again during TCA’s Safety & Security Division Annual Meeting. Below are the names of the 2012 top divisional winners based on low accident frequency ratios per million miles. Companies are listed according to the order that they placed within each category. Division I Winners (Less than 5 million miles) 1. FTC Transportation, Inc., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2. Weinrich Truck Line, Inc., Hinton, Iowa 3. AAT Carriers, Chattanooga, Tennessee Division II Winners (5-14.99 million miles) 1. Fortune Transportation, Windom, Minnesota 2. Southland Transportation Co., Boonville, North Carolina 3. Brian Kurtz Trucking, LTD, Breslau, Ontario

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Division III Winners (15-24.99 million miles) 1. A&A Express, Inc., Brandon, South Dakota 2. Convoy Systems LLC, Kansas City, Kansas 3. Fleetmaster Express Inc., Roanoke, Virginia Division IV Winners (25-49.99 million miles) 1. Halvor Lines, Inc., Superior, Wisconsin 2. N. Yanke Transfer Ltd., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 3. Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc., Fremont, Nebraska Division V Winners (50-99.99 million miles) 1. Groupe Robert, Inc., Rougemont, Québec 2. Hirschbach Motor Lines, Inc., East Dubuque, Illinois 3. Navajo Express, Inc., Denver, Colorado Division VI Winners (100 million or more miles) 1. Bison Transport, Inc., Winnipeg, Manitoba 2. Gordon Trucking, Inc., Pacific, Washington 3. FFE Transportation Services, Inc., Lancaster, Texas TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of more than 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $20 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.


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PATTERSON NAMED ODOT DIRECTOR ODOT

Thirty-three year Oklahoma Department of Transportation employee J. Michael “Mike” Patterson was appointed director by members of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission on Monday, March 4. Patterson, who has served as the agency’s Deputy Director and Chief Financial Officer since 2010, will officially begin in his new capacity as ODOT director on April 1. Patterson will succeed Gary Ridley, who is retiring as ODOT Director at the end of March. Ridley will remain on Gov. Mary Fallin’s Cabinet as Transportation Secretary. “I am delighted with the selection of Mike Patterson as director and thank the commission for their hard work,” Fallin said.” The department has great leadership and this will be a smooth transition.” Commission Chairman Greg Love said of the commission’s decision, “After much deliberation, the commissioners decided based on where the agency is at today that Mike Patterson was the right person for the job given his experience with the department and vision for the future.” Love continued, “The commission had a tough decision to make on replacing Director Ridley, largely because of a number of highly-qualified candidates. We felt that, by all appearances, ODOT is an extremely well-run agency and that promoting from within the ranks of ODOT would be the best way to go.” Ridley praised Patterson’s ability to work with state leaders and his commitment to moving the department forward.

“In his three decades with ODOT, Mike has been instrumental in working with the state legislature and governor to ensure that transportation is a top priority in Oklahoma,” Ridley said. “I am confident that under Mike’s leadership, ODOT will continue to make great strides in improving our state’s transportation system.” Mike M Pattersson was appo ointed Direcctor of the Okklahoma Deepartment off Transportattion Oklahoma Patterson holds a bachelor’s inDirecttor at Patterson first worked for ODOT as a summer employee in 1970. on o An Monday, March City 4. Hee native, will succee ed Gary Rid dley, who is rretiring degree as O ODOT and a master’s degree in Finance from the University He returned in 1980 as Deputy Comptroller and was promoted to the t Accounting end of March. M Comptroller in 1984. In 1999, he was named Assistant Director of Central Oklahoma. Along with his ODOT responsibilities, Patterson serves as vice chair of the Standing Committee on Finance of Finance and Administration and served in that capacity for 10 and Administration for the American Association of State Highyears. way and Transportation Officials. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Oklahoma Employees Credit Union.

“ODOT is known nationally as one of the best and we will continue to be so. We will continue to be laser-focused on providing a safe, effective and efficient transportation system for the people, commerce, and communities of Oklahoma.” “I welcome the opportunity to serve the department,” Patterson said. “ODOT is known nationally as one of the best and we will continue to be so. We will continue to be laser-focused on providing a safe, effective and efficient transportation system for the people, commerce, and communities of Oklahoma.” 16

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Patterson and his wife, Joy, live in Edmond and have two daughters and five granddaughters. He continues a tradition of family service to ODOT. His father, Joe, worked in the Planning Division from 1961 to 1987.


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LOVE’S TO PURCHASE 50 NEW CNG TRUCKS FOR FUEL DELIVERY PRWEB

Love’s Travel Stops has agreed to purchase 50 new Freightliner Cascadia trucks with the Cummins Westport 12-liter compressed natural gas (CNG) engine for its fleet of fuel haulers, operating under the Gemini Transport brand. Gemini, a sister company to Love’s, has been testing the 12-liter CNG engine in one of its Freightliner fuel trucks since September 2012. “We’ve had great success with the CNG engine in delivering fuel to Love’s locations in our home state of Oklahoma”, said Brent Bergevin, director of transportation for Gemini Transport. “The CNG engine has a 450-mile range, and we’ve seen a significant cost benefit in using CNG as a transportation fuel.” Gemini will purchase and take delivery of the 50 trucks in the fourth quarter of 2013 through ATC Freightliner in Oklahoma City. Keeping an all-Freightliner fleet was important to the company as it tests new technology. “As the natural gas truck market share leader, Freightliner's knowledge and expertise was very helpful in our selection process,” said Bergevin.

Company will power 12.5 % of its fuel tanker fleet with compressed natural gas

Love’s Travel Stops recently announced an expansion of its network of fast-fill CNG locations for Class 8 trucks to the Texas Triangle cities of Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. The new Gemini CNG trucks will be used to deliver fuel in these metro areas and Oklahoma City. Gemini Transport was founded in 2001 as a sister company to Love’s Travel Stops. Gemini currently has a fleet of 400 Freightliner Cascadia trucks and 600 drivers delivering fuel to 300 Love’s locations across the country.

Founded in 1964 by Tom Love, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and remains entirely familyowned and operated. With 300 locations and 160 Love’s Truck Tire Care centers in 39 states, Love’s will open 25 new travel stops this year. Love’s is currently ranked No. 9 on Forbes Magazine’s annual listing of America’s Largest Private Companies. To learn more, go to http://www.loves.com, Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/lovestravelstops), or follow @LovesTravelStop on Twitter.

OTA MOURNS LOSS OF MAXUM PETROLEUM’S TERRY DAVIS

Oklahoma’s trucking industry deeply felt the loss of one of its own this January with the untimely loss of Maxum Petroleum’s Terry Davis. Davis was an active member in the Oklahoma Trucking Association and her presence at events will be missed greatly. Her warmth and passionate personality will be sorely missed. Terry Lynn Davis, 54, of Newalla, Oklahoma, died January 19, 2013 in Newalla. She was born in Flint, Michigan to Louis Torok & Mildred Marshall. Terry will be missed as a wife, mother, grandmother, sister and Aunt. Terry was an active member in the Pecan Valley Baptist Church as well as a breath of life and love to all she came across. Terry joins her beloved father, Louis Torok; and her daughter, Rachel Ann Davis; and Uncle Robert Torok in Heaven. Terry is survived by her husband, Gregory Lynn Davis; her son, Chad Allen Davis; her daughter-in-law, Abbye Davis; granddaughters, Livia Davis and Emelyn Bernzott; daughter, Leigha Lynn Davis; and grandson, Easton McDonald. Funeral Services were held Saturday, January 26th at Pecan Valley Baptist Church.

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WORKERS COMP ADMINISTRATIVE PROPOSAL CLEARS SENATE by Patrick B. McGuigan, CapitolBeatOK.com

OKLAHOMA CITY – The state Senate gave overwhelming approval, 34-12, to the Administrative Workers’ Compensation Act (Senate Bill 1062) on Feb. 27. Consistently listed as top priority for Senate President Pro Temp Brian Bingman, a Sapulpa Republican, the measure would shift the Sooner State dramatically away from its litigious-oriented system. In a statement after the vote, Bingman said “We have to put the brakes on the runaway cost of Oklahoma’s workers’ compensation system if we are truly serious about growing our economy.” “Our adversarial system has been one of the most expensive in the country, and it hasn’t done a very good job of helping injured workers get quality medical care in a timely fashion. The result has been disastrous for business, for Oklahoma, and most importantly, for injured workers. Today, we have taken a major step to replace our adversarial court system and move Oklahoma forward.” Republican Senator Anthony Sykes of Moore, co-author of Bingman’s proposal, said the legislation, if enacted would replace litigation with a system “designed to help injured workers get healed and back to work. Today’s vote signals a new direction for Oklahoma. We will no longer settle for a system that helps trial lawyers get rich at the expense of Oklahoma’s businesses and injured workers.” Fred Morgan, a former legislator now serving as president of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce, commented that the proposed law, now headed to the House of Representatives, would replace a “broken, court-based system” with one that will allow “quality, timely medical care” for workers so they can get “back on the job as soon as possible.”

“We have to put the brakes on the runaway cost of Oklahoma’s workers’ compensation system if we are truly serious about growing our economy.”

Bob Burke, an Oklahoma City attorney and former state Commerce Secretary, has opposed the legislation consistently. In a “report card” provided to CapitolBeatOK, he said creating an administrative system patterned on the one in Arkansas “will add about $20 million to the annual state budget because of the necessity of maintaining dual systems.” Despite the shift away from litigation envisioned in the new bill, he contends, “A Workers Compensation Court would be needed for perhaps 30 years to administer the approximately 100,000 cases that remain open at this time.”

Burke’s analysis asserts as many as 200 new employees would be required to run the new system. He has stressed, repeatedly, his view that for legal reasons the state might have to run, for perhaps for decades, essentially three systems: the pre-2011 system, the 2011-13 reformed system, and the new administrative system, if that is ultimately enacted. Critics of S.B. 1062 have stressed that reforms enacted in 2011 and official disability guidelines (ODG) for workers comp doctors (only promulgated last year) should be given time to work before any further changes. Burke also says that analyses pointing to benefits from an administrative system in Oregon are outdated and wildly inaccurate. Cheering today’s vote was Commissioner of Labor Mark Costello, who said Bingman’s approach will get injured workers treatment, needed compensation for lost wages, and back in the workforce. In a statement sent to CapitolBeatOK, Costello said, In August 2012, I traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas to be briefed by Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission. I was privileged to receive a one-on-one briefing from the three commissioners, including Chairman A. Watson Bell and their CEO and Assistant CEO. I am particularly pleased the senate proposal is based on the Arkansas model, with its significant safety component that reduces repeated injuries to the employee. The best way to reduce worker compensation premiums is to keep the worker from injury in the first place.” Driving the push for Bingman’s administrative reform are Oklahoma’s workers’ comp insurance rates, 57 percent higher than in neighboring Arkansas and, further, sixth highest in the country. You may contact Patrick B. McGuigan at Patrick@capitolbeatok. com and follow on Twitter: @capitolbeatok.

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BINGMAN’S MODEST AGENDA GROWS MORE COMPLEX AS SESSION ADVANCES by Patrick B. McGuigan, CapitolBeatOK.com

Senate President Pro Temp Brian Bingman has a modest “short list” of priorities, described in a recent interview with CapitolBeatOK. As the legislative session goes on, of course, the discussion over particulars grows more complex. The Sapulpa Republican is pressing at least one measure that could provide contentious, and that is the upper chamber’s agenda to shift Oklahoma’s litigation-oriented workers compensation system toward an administrative structure. Bingman has said for months that workers’ comp reform is the number one priority for him and for members of his caucus. The Senate version will be unveiled Monday, Feb. 18. Democrats are expected to oppose the idea in both chambers, but with strong Republican majorities in both houses the result will likely be determined in the GOP ranks. On Feb. 14, in his weekly meeting with members of the Capitol press corps, Bingman said pay increases for state government employees were unlikely in the near term, but were possible “in the future.” Concerning education funding – identified as his second priority – this week he sounded cautious notes but indicated a boost is funding is likely. He observed that every year, agency wish lists “are hundreds of millions of dollars over what we have available.” The objective is “maximize the dollars we have and put them where we have the most need.” He specified an objective to put education dollars “in the classroom.” Now in his third year as the top Senate leader, Bingman said in the pre-session CapitolBeatOK interview that education funding -- “i.e. funding of the reforms passed over the last couple of years” – was his second top agenda item.

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He said, “I am hoping we can support the governor on her program to encourage more college graduates. We must structure our system to take advantage wisely of our state’s great natural resources; and to help improve our workforce. “The education system is asking for more, so we hope to get more accountability and make sure that we are teaching what needs to be taught. We’ll be taking another look at the testing process. “The third grade objective – that kids read at grade level by third grade – is important. You know there is a lot of remediation in our system. We need to make sure that dollars get into the classroom.” Asked if enactment of reforms necessarily dictates increased sending, Bingman said, “I’m not necessarily saying we need to spend more money, but to have the money targeted to some of the reforms.” Bingman listed his third priority as “tax reform, could be a tax cut. We’re a little more comfortable with tax reform that addresses some of the exemptions and credits, in order to free up resources.” Looking back at the 2012 session, when dramatic income tax reform was anticipated but never came to pass, Bingman told CapitolBeatOK, “On taxes, we might have been too aggressive. We want to be responsible and fund the state’s critical needs.” He continued, “As I look at the 2 percent increase that everyone experienced, when that tax went back on the federal payroll tax, it would be nice to give relief of some sort to Oklahoma’s taxpayers. Now, how far we can go on that depends on some of the exemptions and credits and whether those are addressed. Sen. [Mike] Mazzei would like to cut income taxes and also reform the entitlements and exemptions.” Just days after Bingman’s comments, a House committee killed state Rep. David Dank’s proposal to press for reforms of exemptions and credits, meaning Mazzei’s version of tax reform might be the best vehicle available to press for changes.

“Today’s vote is an undeniably strong signal of support for replacing Oklahoma’s broken workers’ compensation system.” Bingman touched briefly on the state budget process, and the Senate’s role in it. He reflected, “When it comes to the budget, everyone seems to talk about how ‘lean and mean’ we’ve been in spending lately. I want to do a better job in the budget reviews of the agencies. How much do we really need to finance government?

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Bingman listed a fourth priority in the interview, namely “to finance infrastructure, roads and bridges adequately. Also, I support the speaker’s initiative regarding the franchise tax, to give relief to our companies and keep them in the state.” Asked about the justice reinvestment initiative – which aims to redirect criminal justice resources to flatten, over time, increases in incarceration rates, Bingman commented, “I think it’s a good piece of legislation. The supervision that is required in the system is an issue. “I recognize we need to help our Corrections personnel. One of the things happening is that the private sector, the oil and gas industry, is hiring away a lot of our corrections officers. I want to retain good employees, in general, in state government, and that is part of that challenge.” You may contact Patrick B. McGuigan at Patrick@capitolbeatok. com and follow on Twitter: @capitolbeatok.

“Using performance audits to press for accountability and better performance may bring us some savings down the line. I do not want to grow our government. I think the pattern of having tax cuts every year or couple of years is a way to keep people here. We need more taxpayers, not higher taxes.”

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OTA PAST CHAIRMAN DALE BROWN PASSES AWAY AT 76 Lyndal Dale Brown, 76, passed from this life on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at his home in Oklahoma City.

Dale was part Cherokee Indian, born on January 16, 1937, the 11th of 13 children born to the late Joe Brown and the late Vera Cowden Brown. He was born into a trucking company family (Joe Brown Company), where he began working at a young age. He started working for Joe Brown Co., in 1948, where he first learned to drive a truck at age 11. Dale graduated from Woodland High School in 1955. While attending Woodland High, Dale found his love for basketball. He started for a state championship team during his time there. His passion for basketball remained strong, he regularly attended the Oklahoma High School Championships and local university basketball games. After attending Woodland High, Dale spent two years in college, at Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma. Dale then returned home to help in the family business, Joe Brown Co., where he served in various management roles until 1992. While at Joe Brown Co., Dale was involved with many associations related to the Construction industry. He was appointed President of the Oklahoma Motor Carriers Association in 1973. He also had positions within the Oklahoma Trucking Association and the Oklahoma Chapter of the Association of General Contractors. He remained active in these associations until his passing. In 1996, he started Dale Brown Inc., a freight and materials hauling company. He began as a small three man operation. DBI grew every year until his leaving the company in 2009. While owner/ president, DBI is one of two companies to win the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce's Metro 50 Award in seven consecutive years.

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Upon "retirement," Dale followed some of his other passions, including volunteering at the Lake Hefner Golf Course. Dale loved to spend time with his family, where he was always in attendance of his children and grandchildren's events. He was an active member of the Crossings Community Church, where he enjoyed participating for various events. He also was a lifelong member of the Freemason Society. Dale also volunteered with the Red Andrews Christmas Dinner for the past 17 years. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, walking, reading and spending time with friends and family. He is survived by his children, Misty Brown Cottrell and loved one, Kent Dakour, Marty Brown, Matt Brown and spouse, Sarah Brown, Meagan Brown, Mandy Hornung and spouse, Brad and Mitchell Brown and loved one, Brittany Compton. His grandchildren are Chace Cottrell and spouse, Ann, Chance Cottrell, Tyler Brown, Nicholas Brown and Emily Brown. His surviving siblings are Maxine Bumgarner, Dott Wells, Fern Primrose and Bernice "Bill" King and her husband, Jimmy. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, Joe Dewey Brown, James Warrior Brown, Gene Brown, Clifford Brown, Ted Brown, Rachel Brown Reese and spouse, Jack Reese, Bert Brown, and Robert "Sonny" Wells spouse of Dott Wells, Jimmy Primrose spouse of Fern Primrose; and grandchild, Bridgette Nicole Brown. Funeral services were held February 22 at Northwest Christian Center, in Oklahoma City. Burial was at Green Hill Cemetery in Davis, Oklahoma.

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As a proud veteran of the United States Air Force, Giannetta joined the “Run for the Wall”, a motorcycle ride, which honors members of the armed forces whether prisoners of war, missing in action, or killed in action. For his ride, he travelled 5,000 miles in honor of those that did not come home or could not ride. The 14-day journey took him across the United States to the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.

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JOHN CHRISTNER TRUCKING Mallory is known for his always cheerful attitude and willingness to go out of his way to help others. He is an asset to John Christner Trucking as well as the OSMC and OTA.


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The OTA and OSMC were pleased to honor this year’s million mile drivers. These drivers achieved a collective 106 million total accident-free miles. To put that distance into perspective, it is the equivalent to travelling from the Earth to the Sun!

Andre Robinson Freymiller 1 Million

Christopher Patterson Melton Truck Line 1 Million

Clifford Harper Freymiller 1 Million

James Mesker John Christner Trucking 1 Million

Jason R Jones Double L Transport 1 Million

Jeffrey Bresnahan Miller Truck Lines 1 Million

Jeffrey Noah Melton Truck Line 1 Million

Jennifer Roberts Miller Truck Line 1 Million

John Gunter Freymiller 1 Million

Larry Thomas John Christner Trucking 1 Million

Leland Whittenberg Conway 1 Million

Mark Smith Miller Truck Line 1 Million

Michael Ross Conway 1 Million

Patrick Diventi Melton Truck Line 1 Million

Robert L Weatherford McCorkle Truck Line 1 Million

Sergio Cassanova Freymiller 1 Million

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Ike Holt Conway 2 Million

Jesus M Duran Double L Transport 2 Million

Bandit Crane John Christner Trucking 3 Million

Cecil Young UPS 3 Million

Jerry Sadler UPS 3 Million

Johnny Still Hoffmeier 3 Million

Richard “Acchie� Pingleton Frontier Express 3 Million

Tommy Deshazer UPS 3 Million

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MEMBERSPOTLIGHT McCorkle Truck Lines Q. How was the company formed? A. David McCorkle bought his first truck in 1953.

McCorkle Truck Line was originally founded in 1960, and we celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2010.

Q. What do you think is different about McCorkle compared to other carriers? Owner: McCorkle Truck Line, Inc. is currently owned by six second generation children and spouses. Steve and Linda Nettleingham, Scott and Karen Manwell, Jason and Cindy Miller. David and LaVern McCorkle continue to be active in the business on a daily basis.

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Any motor carrier that is going to read this article strives to be the best of our industry. Our family strives for the reputation of being good at what we do and being good to those that work with us including every member of our staff and our customers. Part of what we hope sets us apart from standards in this industry is our family owned status and our involvement with OTA, OSMC and various national organiFounded: 1960 zations. By being part of industry groups, we have access to a great depth of knowledge. By drawing off Based: Oklahoma City of others’ experiences and knowledge, we have the ability to be safer, better prepared and more aware of changes before those who choose not be involved. Thankfully, we have also enjoyed long relationships with our insurance team. These have become tools our family uses to help us make strong business decisions that ultimately benefit our employees and customers.

Q. What issue is the most important to your company right now? A. The biggest hurdle we face today is the aging driver work force and the dwindling num-

ber of quality drivers available for jobs. Hours of service, oilfield training requirements, and the advancement of truck engines certainly are top topics, but that human element is first priority. When we find quality drivers we want to ensure long relationships.

Q. What do you think the greatest benefit from being an OTA member is? A. There are so many benefits from being an OTA member. It’s hard to narrow that down

for the purpose of a Q&A response. Our family truly lives and breathes trucking, so to have a strong Oklahoma organization that can provide good leadership at the State Capitol and at the national level in Washington DC is priceless. On the more personal side some of the best life-long friends of this family are members of OTA and OSMC. We look forward to more years of involvement and industry friendship.

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