Meet the TRAW Lobbyist Team
Mark Gjurasic & Chet Baldwin
Mark worked with our predecessor organization as the lobbyist for the Washington Tow Truck Association. Mark has been working tirelessly in Olympia for over 35 years. His work covers a broad range of matters including work on transportation and tax legislation. Mark brings his knowledge and expertise of the lobbyist that helped write and pass RCW 46.52 (now RCW 46.55) and helped prevent our industry from being saddled with a “low bid contract” when responding to WSP impound calls.
Chet is an attorney. He has not only worked for many years as a lobbyist but has also represented tow truck companies in district and municipal courts at impound hearings and successfully defended RTTO operators against charges of violating state hulk hauling laws. Using his skills as an attorney, Chet is able to draft legislation, analyze proposed legislation and research legislative intent concerning both pending and current legislation. Chet enjoys fostering the “grass roots” lobbying effort and working with Associations, like the TRAW, to identify positive opportunities for his clients.
Together Mark and Chet form a very dynamic duo. Both of these men have committed themselves to aggressively advancing our issues and looking for efficient and effective legislative solutions that will benefit the TRAW for years to come.
Have a good legislative idea or a question?
Call the TRAW office at 206.492.5032 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
TRAW ANNOUNCES 2018 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
The TRAW Lobbyists will be leading our grassroots effort to pass the legislative priorities of the TRAW.
Those priorities which were approved on September 19th include:
1. Developing a statewide plan to deconstruct and dispose of RV's, campers and trailers impounded at the request of law enforcement; and
2. Require third party coverage of towing and storage fees in liability only automobile insurance policies;and
3. Remove the $500 lien cap amount that can be sought by RTTO's on private property impounds; and
4. Remove some criminal convictions from the list of those that disqualify current and future employees from employment in the towing industry: and
5. Reinstate exemption for use of a cell phone by tow truck drivers without a hands free device; and
6. Develop a "RTTO License Plate" that will reduce the number of plates required on a truck.
Mark Gjurasic Chester Baldwin