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TRANSPORTATION AND MAP-21

trafficThe Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) is the current 27-month surface transportation law that authorizes and funds vital transportation projects. MAP-21 expires on Sept. 30, 2014. NCSL staff is underway creating a MAP-21 Working Group for interested legislators and legislative staff. For more info contact Ben Husch or Melanie Condon.

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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 Senate Committee Leaders Announce Agreement for Six-Year Surface Transportation Bill 

On April 10, the Senate transportation leaders announced that they have agreed on principles to reauthorize federal spending on surface transportation at current levels plus inflation for six years. However their agreement does not include a funding mechanism, which is under the jurisdiction of the Senate Finance committee. See NCSL's Info Alert for more details

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NCSL AT WORK FOR YOU

capitol On Feb. 27 NCSL sent a letter to the U.S. House and Senate Water Resources Development Act Conference Committee chairs regarding our water infrastructure financing policy resolution. In the letter NCSL urged the conference, that if they decide to include a water infrastructure innovation authority, as proposed in S. 601, in the final reauthorization to ensure that no funds are drawn from the state revolving funds and the authority is in addition to other state funding streams.

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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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