NCSL Transportation Committee Agenda and Presentations

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August 8-11, 2011

NCSL Legislative Summit
San Antonio, Texas

NCSL Transportation Committee page

Monday, August 8

How Livability Policies and Practices Help Older Adults Age in Place

The majority of older adults desire to live in their own homes and communities. Community design, unaffordable and inaccessible housing, and a lack of access to needed services can thwart this desire, however. NCSL and AARP staff highlighted their upcoming report that examines how livability principles can help older adults age in place.

Moderator: Representative Joseph Souki, Hawaii


  • Jana Lynott, AARP, Washington, D.C.
  • Nicholas Farber, NCSL, Colorado and Douglas Shinkle, NCSL, Colorado Download Presentation 

Non-Emergency Medical Transportation and Medicaid Cost Savings for States

States must ensure necessary transportation of Medicaid beneficiaries to and from their medical providers, under current Medicaid rules. This session explored recent updates in non-emergency medical transportation and what states are doing to save on transportation costs while complying with Medicaid requirements.

Moderator: Sarah Freeman, Legislative Services Agency, Indiana


  • Dan Dirks, Community Transportation Association of America, Washington, D.C.
  • Marlene Slusser, American Medical Response, Missouri Download Presentation

Tuesday, August 9

Transportation Committee Business Meeting

Presiding: Representative Linda Harper-Brown, Texas

The committee considered policies on aviation; rail regulation, expanding railroad capacity, and high-speed rail; Pass ID / REAL ID; surface transportation federalism; and transportation safety and security.

Safety First: Keeping Child Passengers Safe on the Roads

Motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of death among children in the United States. Many of these deaths can be prevented by placing children in age and size appropriate car seats and booster seats. This session highlighted new 2011 guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics for rear- and forward-facing child restraints that can help inform state policy, and also provided demonstrations of proper seat fittings. Support for this session was generously provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Moderator: Sarah Freeman, Legislative Services Agency, Indiana

Speaker: Benjamin Hoffman, American Academy of Pediatrics Council On Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention, New Mexico Download Presentation

Transportation Committee Business Meeting and Federal Updates

The committee’s business meeting convened. Federal officials and NCSL staff provided updates about key federal transportation developments.

Presiding: Representative Linda Harper-Brown, Texas


Governing and Paying for Transportation Infrastructure: Discussion Roundtables

Tight budgets in tandem with deteriorating infrastructure are challenging states to develop innovative approaches to providing transportation systems. In June, NCSL and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) published an unprecedented and authoritative analysis of how states govern and finance transportation. In this workshop, attendees had the opportunity to actively engage with the report’s findings in small groups, sharing experiences and lessons learned in light of the bigger picture.

Moderator: Jennifer Jones, Sunset Advisory Commission, Texas

Speaker: Jaime Rall, NCSL, Colorado Download Presentation

Recent Developments in Public-Private Partnerships for Transportation


  • Representative Terri Austin, Indiana
  • Representative Linda Harper-Brown, Texas

As state governments struggle to meet growing transportation infrastructure needs while revenues dwindle, leveraging existing resources through public-private partnerships is an option many states are considering. In this meeting, attendees heard from experts on transportation public-private partnerships, learned about state legislative PPP developments in 2011 sessions, and reviewed progress on the NCSL PPP Partners Project’s Phase II.


Legislative Roundtable:

  • Senator D. Scott Dibble, Minnesota
  • Representative Terri Austin, Indiana
  • Representative Linda Harper-Brown, Texas

Wednesday, August 10

Issue Forum: Pain at the Pump

Volatile oil prices can threaten energy security and stifle the economy, so what can states and the federal government do to encourage diversification of transportation fuels with electric vehicles and bio fuels, and what are the impacts of diminishing gas tax revenues and alternatives on state economies and infrastructure?

Presiding: Senator Bruce Starr, Oregon


Thursday, August 11

Texas Transportation Showcase

The state of Texas manages an immense transportation network, with more highway miles, railroad tracks and airports than any other state. Attendees learned about recent transportation activity in our host state from Texas legislators and other experts in the know. The first part of the session focused on notable 2011 transportation bills, the second on rail developments.

Moderator: Jennifer Jones, Sunset Advisory Commission, Texas

  • Senator Kirk Watson, Texas
  • Representative Linda Harper-Brown, Texas
  • Representative Ruth Jones McClendon, Texas
  • William Glavin, Rail Division, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas
  • Keith T. Parker, VIA Metropolitan Transit, Texas