By Mark Wolf
Just as uncertainty grips the nation's capital over what the new administration will portend, state legislators found their federal counterparts grappling with what will happen on a host of issues crucial to the states.
Dozens of state lawmakers visited their U.S. senators and representatives during the annual Lobby Day, held in conjunction with NCSL's Capitol Forum.
“Our big issue now is states' rights, especially with the transition team going on with new President-elect Trump,” said South Dakota Senator Deb Peters (R), who is NCSL's president-elect.
“There is a lot of uncertainty for states and we are looking at a lot of issues that span everthing from health care (the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare), transportation funding and block grants,” she said. “We are spending a lot of time getting information from members of Congress so we know how to start our sessions in January.”
Minnesota House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin (R) and Representative Rick Hansen (DFL) spoke with Senator Al Franken (D) and Representatives Richard Nolan (DFL) and Erik Paulsen (R).
“I was encouraged that the senator and both congressmen were interested in investing in infrastructure,” said Peppin.
"Congressman Paulsen talked about tax reform and it was interesting hearing about the Affordable Care Act and what they are considering doing about it,” she said. “There was varying information about whether it was going to be replaced or repealed and replaced. It's clear there is a lot of uncertainty about that.”
Mark Wolf is editor of the NCSL Blog.