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Rule Changes in Response to Terrorist Attacks May Affect Your Business

You know from my LegalBriefs, my former LegalCoach newsletters and my law practice that I am an advocate for small business. What you may not be aware of, however, is that my efforts do not end with legal advocacy. I have been actively involved in local and state issues affecting small business and I am starting my sixth year on the Board of Directors for Associated Oregon Industries, the largest statewide business association in the United States.

Just recently, I was selected as the representative from the State of Oregon to the Board of Directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The U.S. Chamber represents the interests of business large and small in Washington, D.C.

Sadly, my first act as a member of the U.S. Chamber Board of Directors was to participate in an emergency board meeting by telephone conference call two days after the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C.

As I am sure you can imagine, the terrorist attacks on our country will result in wide sweeping changes in our lives. The Bush Administration has appointed 24 emergency task forces to recommend potential changes in Federal rules, regulations and procedures to enhance national security. These recommendations will affect your life and your business.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is working with the Bush Administration to give you a voice in these changes. A hotline has been set up for you to comment on the affect the changes will have on your business.

Some of the proposals will undoubtedly have unintended consequences on industries and businesses, possibly your own. The U.S. Chamber has a team of people staffing this hotline and they will take your concerns to the White House.

The U.S. Chamber hotline number is 202-463-5908. If you have constructive suggestions on how our country can achieve the necessary level of national security and help keep our economy growing at the same time, please let us know.

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