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TRANSPORTATION AND MAP-21

trafficOn Jan. 28, 2015 the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held their first hearing on priorities for reauthorizing The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), which authorizes surface transportation programs. The current short-term extension of the act will expire on May 31. 

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REAL ID

licenseThe “Real ID Act of 2005” established prescriptive standards for state issued driver’s licenses in order for them to be accepted for federal purposes. See NCSL's Countown to REAL ID page, our Real ID State Legislation Database and the 2010 LegisBrief "Rough Road to Real ID." NCSL urges Congress and the administration to develop solutions that do not impede the sovereignty of state licenses.

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COMMITTEES AND POLICIES

The federal advocacy work of NCSL’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure (NRI) Committee on transportation issues is based on policies that have been approved at both the committee and NCSL-wide levels. Explore the current policy directives and resolutions, as updated at the 2013 NCSL Legislative Summit on Aug. 15, 2013.

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NEWS ALERTS

news 2/15/2015 | The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a “framework of regulations” regarding the use of certain unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as drones. See NCSL's Info Alert for more details.  

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NCSL AT WORK FOR YOU

capitol March 3, 2015 -  NCSL sent a letter to Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader Pelosi along with Chairman Shuster and Rep. DeFazio of the U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee urging Congress to pass the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act (PRRIA) which reauthorizes the national passenger rail system. 

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OVERVIEW | FEDERAL ISSUES

NCSL tracks and represents state legislatures’ interests to the federal government on transportation issues through the advocacy efforts of NCSL’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee. Key issues include federal laws, regulations and legislation on transportation funding and safety, the interstate highway system, rail, ports, aviation and more. To learn more about NCSL’s federal engagement on transportation issues, contact NCSL staff Ben Husch (202-624-7779) and Melanie Condon (202-624-3597).

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