SMART, Nevada State Legislative Board
About SMART's Transportation Division's, Legislative Department
SMART's Transportation Division has one of the most extensive legislative organizations in the labor movement, with a national director, assistant national legislative director and staff headquartered in Washington, D.C.
In the U.S., 49 of 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, have legislative boards made up of local legislative representatives and headed by a director. This efficient legislative organization allows SMART to mount effective, coordinated campaigns at the federal and state levels.
Among the important laws passed or amended because of SMART action are the Railway Labor Act, the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act, the Railroad Retirement Act, the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, the Federal Hours of Service Act, the Rail Safety Act, the Motor Carrier Safety Act and the Mass Transportation Act.
SMART's national legislative director in Washington acts as the union’s chief legislative and political officer and coordinates the activities of state legislative directors, acts as a liaison with national lawmakers, keeps voting records on legislators and furnishes recommendations and reports to the SMART's Transportation Division's president and the membership.