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The TRPM General Membership Meeting was called to order by Acting President Wayne Sullivan at 7:08 pm. Dale Grimm said grace and Rick Hindle led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Violet Houston, First National Bank Columbia office, gave a short presentation explaining how their bank can help with financing/refinancing equipment, owner occupied buildings, as well as a no doc $50,0000 line of credit. She introduced Lucinda, who is from the Ellicott City office.

Legislative – Jeff Hurley gave a quick rundown regarding HB1628 – Sales and Use Tax – Rate Reduction and Services. Over 29,000 people signed up to testify against this at the hearing in Annapolis. A copy of the proposed bill was available as a handout. Contact your representatives and let them know how you feel. SB0650 - There’s a push to stop companies from running out of state tags (Maine) on trailers. Maryland Motor Truck is against it because it’s written incorrectly. They’re trying to get in touch with the person who wrote it to get it pulled out and work with them to get it straightened out. Charlie Parrish reported that the first reading passed both chambers. SB2125 is related to insurance claims. It’s gone through 3 readings already. One side is for it, there’s been no movement from the other side. SB392 – PG County Private Property Trespass Towing - PG County Towers that aren’t TRPM members want to reduce the hours they have to be open to release vehicles. It’s a municipality issue and TRPM is not helping. HB1384 basically same as SB392 – nothing has been done yet. HB0162 – no movement

Since February 6, 2020. Anne Arundel County Bill 8319 – went into effect March 1, 2020. Part I stated that trespass towing had to be within 10 miles of the property being towed from. Changed to reflect having to stay in county. This knocked 5 TRPM members out of towing in Anne Arundel. Part II states that no matter if it’s a municipality or trespass tow, if a vehicle owner requests your company’s insurance information, you must give it to them. Baltimore City – Brian Dorsey has a bill that’s going to be heard on March 17, 2020 where he is trying to combine all facets of towing under one umbrella. They are re-writing it for the convenience of the city, not the towers. Montgomery County – Dan Mullens, Big Tow, reported that the Montgomery County Municipality sent an email to the towers on their list requesting fees charged for private/contract towing. They are considering adjusting the schedule of fees for police tows. Wayne stressed that towers need to keep an eye on what’s going on in their county. Board members don’t always hear what’s happening in counties that they don’t tow in.

Old Business – There hasn’t been a newsletter printed in a year. Every week Maryland Motor Truck sends out general information and it gets forwarded to every member via email. Any information that we find out about is being posted on the website. Bull Roast – April 4, 2020 at Michael’s 8th Avenue. If you plan on attending, please contact Betty. She has to provide a head count one week prior.

New Business – Jeff notified the members that Fred Scheler, 1st Vice President, has resigned. He still wishes to stay involved in the legislative area. The nominations meeting is in April at Perry’s in Odenton.

The 50/50 raffle was won with ticket #3075496 for $285 by Wayne Sullivan. Wayne donated the winnings back to the association.

Big Money – January - ticket #128, Leilani Hallowell

February - ticket #282, 5 Boys

March - ticket #296, Green’s Grandbabies

Betty purchased 400 new identical bottles to use for the Big Money Ticket draw.

Meeting was adjourned at 9:07 pm.

Updated: Dec 11, 2020

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Spring 2020

TRPM’S general meeting, held on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at The Olde Philadelphia Inn, in Rosedale, MD, was called to order by President Wayne Sullivan at 7:46 pm. The blessing was given by Betty Cornwell, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance being led by Jeff Hurley. After a break for dinner, introductions were made around the room.

Jeff Hurley gave a rundown on the legislative committee. TRPM has been making progress with scheduling a meeting with the MSP on the regulations. Also, same with State Highway and the Chart Program and scheduling a meeting with Maryland Motor Truck to get things passed for the Chart program. Looking into following what VA is doing with the move over law, increasing the fine to $2,500. We must be licensed to go into Virginia so we’re also looking

into Maryland having a similar kind of licensing for tow operators. Charlie Parrish questioned on whether any progress had been made on the ADR licenses memorandum lifted. Jeff stated not yet. In Baltimore City there’s legislation that will do more harm than good, stating that municipalities have the right to license and control who comes in their city. Looking for any help that the association can give. Betty Cornwell and Larry Green went to a meeting in Carroll County regarding a private ambulance company that felt they were overcharged. The Commissioner wants to institute regulations. The lobbyist said he had done some research, stating that other counties have them. Betty corrected him on what counties do and don’t. Carroll County might be looking at how Charles County does it.

Violet Houston, Vice President, First National Bank, gave a short presentation on what First National Bank can

do when it comes to leasing new equipment. She introduced Jessica Taylor, Assistant Vice President. Lenders look for collateral, cash flow, and profit. Credit scores should be 670 or higher. Check your business credit score at Experian Business.

Baltimore County Police Tow Administrator, Phil Winkler, was in attendance and available for questions.

Slow Down/Move Over Fun Day on October 19, 2019 – at State Highway from 11:00 – 4:00. Bring your family, drivers can go to mini seminars. Craig Talbot is doing pre-trip inspection, Lt. Griffin, Maryland State Police will do something regarding scale inspection failures, State Highway Motor Carrier will have something for weights and permits.

There won’t be any TRPM General Meeting in December due to the American Towman Expo in Atlantic City, NJ the first week of December. The next General Meeting will be held in March 2020.

The September Big Money Ticket for $500 was won by ticket #089, Jim and Barb Beatty. October’s Big Money Ticket for $500 was won by ticket #301, Mark Kline. The November and December Big Money tickets will be drawn at the November Board Meeting. January, February and March will be drawn at the March 2020 General Meeting. The 50/50 drawing was won with ticket #9671 by Maria for $211. The door prize, a winch cable donated by Capital Truck Equipment, was won by ticket #9841, Wayne Sullivan.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:36 pm.

Respectfully submitted by Barbara Beatty, TRPM Secretary