The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama on July 6, 2012, authorizes funding for surface transportation programs throughout the nation. The first multi-year transportation authorization bill enacted since 2005, it funds programs such as road and bridge building and repair and transit system upgrades through 2014 at over $105 billion. The multi-year bill gave much needed certainty to states that there would be dedicated funding for transportation programs. MAP-21, however, will soon need to be reauthorized because it expires in 2014. NCSL has been following MAP-21 throughout its inception and enactment in Congress and has provided feedback both on the Hill and in the states on the requirements in the bill and funding issues.
On May 12, 2014 the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) unveiled its bipartisan MAP-21 Reauthorization Act (S. 2322). The bill would:
NCSL MAP-21 Working Group
Given the impact on states from MAP-21 and its successor, NCSL is planning to play a very active role in its reauthorization. While our main lobbying and advocacy work is guided by NCSL policies, including our Surface Transportation Federalism Policy Directive along with our Electronic Toll Collection Interoperability and Solving America's Long-Term Funding Crisis Policy Resolutions, we believe it is important to keep state legislators involved throughout the reauthorization process.
That is why NCSL is putting together an informal MAP-21 working group. The working group will aim to keep you, as state legislators and legislative staff who focus on transportation issues, updated on the status of negotiations as well as provide NCSL staff with a core group of focused legislators and legislative staff as issues come up throughout 2014.
If you are interested in participating in the MAP-21 Working Group please contact NCSL Staff Ben Husch (202-624-7779) or Melanie Condon (202-624-3597).
NCSL and Congress
NCSL, through its Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee, is a loud voice on the Hill representing states' interests as related to the requirements and funding levels laid out in MAP-21.
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