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What's in the White House's Infrastructure Plan?

While the plan itself is a set of principles and proposals, any new federal funding or changes to existing environmental laws would require congressional action and it remains unclear if Congress will enact this plan, propose their own, or do nothing.

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Addressing Cybersecurity in the Age of Autonomous Vehicles

Researchers are hopeful the auonomous operation will drastically reduce the 94 percent of serious automobile crashes attributable to driver error, but the question hanging over the technology is how the vehicles can be made secure from outside forces taking control. 

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States Must Signal Intent to Apply By Nov. 28 to FAA Drone Pilot Program

States have until Nov. 28 to file their intent to apply to participate in the FAA's drones pilot program.

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Autonomous Cars: The Future is Near but Unclear

Autonomous vehicles were in the driver's seat during the second day of NCSL's State Transportation Leaders Symposium last week in Denver. Lawmakers, researchers and administrators from both the public and private sectors engaged in what exactly an autonomous vehicle is, what regulatory structure is needed and what kind of infrastructure states need to fully utilize the benefits and cope with the challenges of the coming autonomous vehicle revolution.

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States Seek Creative Ways to Make Up For Sinking Gas Tax Revenue

Just a day after the White House said it was considering supporting a bump in the federal gasoline tax, a trio of state legislatyors at NCSL's State Transportation Leaders Symposium detailed some innovative approaches to raising transportation fund using the motor fuel tax.

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Strengthening Ignition Interlock Laws

Ignition interlock  laws can be powerful tools in the fight against alcohol-impaired driving, but in several states the interlock law itself can be a major obstacle to increasing its use, a leading traffic safety researcher told a session of NCSL's State Transportation Leaders Symposium on Thursday.

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Delaware Rolls to an Idaho  Stop

Delaware became the second state to enable bicyclists to yield, not stop, at stop signs, when Governor John Carney signed House Bill 185 into law.

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Too Fast Too Often

Speeding makes it more likely you will be involved in a crash and increases the severity of crash-related injuries according to a new safety study released in July by the National Tranportation Safety Board examining the causes and trends in speeding-related car crashes and countermeasures to prevent these crashes. 

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Navigating the Laws of Automated Driving

If the biggest question about autonomous vehicles is safety, Bryant Walker Smith offers this: "I am concerned about automated driving, but I am terrified by conventional driving."

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How to Fund (and Finance) the Fixes Our Infrastructure Needs

Wide agreement exists that America's infrastructure needs a lot of repair. Agreement on how to fund those fixes? Not so wide.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.