Leaders Meeting and the NCSL Transportation Committee Meeting Agenda (As of December 2, 2010) 

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December 9-10, 2010
Arizona Biltmore Hotel – Phoenix, Arizona

NCSL Transportation Committee 

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 |

Day 1, Wednesday, December 8

 6:00 am - 7:00 am

Foundation for State Legislatures Reception

Aztec Room (Open to all Foundation members and PPP Working Group members)

Day 2, Thursday, December 9

 7:30 am  –  8:00 am

Transportation Leaders Continental Breakfast

Frank Lloyd Wright, Salon I, Level 1


8:00 am  –  8:30 am

Transportation Leaders Meeting Convenes

Frank Lloyd Wright, Salon I, Level 1

As transportation reauthorization remains stalled at the federal level, NCSL convenes this special Transportation Leaders Meeting to gather state legislators from around the country to discuss the key issues in future transportation policy and funding in the United States.

Welcome, Introductions & Setting the Stage

  • Sen. Richard Moore, Massachusetts, President of NCSL
  • Rep. Linda Harper-Brown, Texas, NCSL Transportation Committee Chair

8:30 am  – 10:00 am

The Future of Traffic Safety

The 2010 elections ushered in a crop of new players at both the federal and state level. This session will provide attendees with a look back at the last decade of state legislative action on a variety of traffic safety initiatives including distracted driving, graduated drivers licensing and occupant protection. Panelists will also discuss what the future might hold for state construction funding and traffic safety initiatives.

Rep. Linda Harper-Brown, Texas, NCSL Transportation Committee Chair


  • David Manning, PhD, NHTSA Regional Administrator, Western Region
  • Lowell Porter, Director and Governor’s Representative, Washington Traffic Safety Commission and GHSA Vice Chairman, Olympia, Washington
  • Dr. Paul Halverson, Immediate Past President, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Director and State Health Officer, Arkansas
  • John Ulczycki, Group Vice President Research, Communications and Advocacy, National Safety Council

10:00 am  – 1 0:15 am


10:15 am – 11:45 am

The Health Benefits of Achieving and Maintaining a Safe Transportation System: Ignition Interlock Case Study

This session will provide a discussion on the benefits—economic, health, safety and injury prevention—that can be achieved through transportation safety policy interventions. Experts will provide the latest information on successes and challenges faced when implementing ignition interlock laws.

Rep. Linda Harper-Brown, Texas, NCSL Transportation Committee Chair


  • Ruth Shults, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia
  • Debra Coffey, Smart Start Inc., Texas
  • Judge Mark Atkinson, Judicial Resource Liaison, Texas Center for the Judiciary
  • Chuck Hurley, Former MADD Chief Executive Officer

11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Working Luncheon: Legislator Roundtable

This working lunch will provide an opportunity for legislators to discuss activity in their states, with particular attention to innovations in funding and procurement as well as what’s on the horizon for 2011 legislative sessions. Topics will also be suggested for the committee to consider at upcoming spring and summer meetings.

Rep. Linda Harper-Brown, Texas, NCSL Transportation Committee Chair

Justin McNaull, AAA, Washington, D.C.

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Transportation Funding:

The Post-Election Outlook and Alternative Transportation Funding Approaches

Following the 2010 elections, hear about what to expect in the new Congress and with the still-impending transportation reauthorization. Also, learn about some fresh strategic thinking regarding alternative federal transportation policy approaches assembled by the Miller Center of Public Affairs. 

Senator Scott Dibble, Minnesota

Ken Orski, Editor, Innovation Briefs, Maryland

2:15 pm – 3:45 pm  

Public Private Partnerships: What Makes for a Good (or Not-So-Good) Transportation PPP Project?

Frank Lloyd Wright, Salon I, Level 1At this session, the NCSL PPP Working Group will officially release its new report, Public-Private Partnerships for Transportation: A Toolkit for State Legislators.
Presenters will discuss what characteristics make a transportation project a good candidate for a PPP—and what can be learned from recent, high-profile failed PPP projects. This will be followed by a brief roundtable discussion of next steps for the PPP Working Group.

Rep Terri Austin, Indiana, PPP Working Group Co-Chair
Rep. Linda Harper-Brown, Texas, PPP Working Group Co-Chair


  • Kome Ajise, Program Manager, PPP Program, California Department of Transportation

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Transportation Leaders Meeting Wrap-up and Closing Remarks

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

NCSL Fall Forum Opening Plenary Session

McArthur 4

Christopher Thornberg of Beacon Economics, a leading economic forecaster, was one of the first economists to predict the housing market crisis and the recession that followed. Hear his insights into the prospects for economic recovery now.

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Reception at Biltmore Hotel

Aztec Room

Day 3, Friday, December 10

8:00 am – 9:00 am

NCSL Transportation Committee Breakfast

Frank Lloyd Wright, Salon I, Level 1

Come for a full breakfast and catch the latest in state developments regarding alternative modes of transportation like neighborhood electric vehicles (golf carts), Segways, scooters and bicycles.

Rep. Linda Harper-Brown, Texas, NCSL Transportation Committee Chair


  • Anne Teigen, Transportation Policy Specialist, NCSL

9:00 am – 10:15 am

NCSL Transportation Committee: Commercialization of Interstate Rest Stops: Exploring the Issues

Since 1956, federal law has prohibited most states from selling (non-vending machine) food and fuel at Interstate rest stops built after 1960. This session will examine the issues surrounding the commercialization of highway rest stops.


  • Justin McNaull, AAA, Washington, D.C.
  • Kevin Biesty, Arizona DOT
  • Eric Bugaile, Pennsylvania, House Transportation Committee
  • Holly Alfano, National Association of Truck Stop Owners, Virginia

10:15 am – 10:30 am


10:30 am – 11:30 am

Federal Update and Committee Business Meeting

Updates will be given on surface transportation reauthorization/extension, other infrastructure proposals, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization, high-speed rail issues, recent federal transportation grants to states and other pertinent activity.


  • Joanna Turner, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C.

11:45 am – 1:15 pm

Fall Forum Plenary Luncheon

McArthur 4

Lou Cannon, respected journalist and critically acclaimed author of President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime, is an astute observer of politics and elections. This former Washington Post writer will give his insights into the November election, what it means for Congress and the impact on the states.

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Concurrent Issue Briefings

  • Civility in Government
  • Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
  • State Immigration Laws

3:15 pm – 4:45 pm

Concurrent Issue Briefings

  • Security and Privacy in Cyberspace
  • Higher Education Funding
  • State Waivers and Affordable Care

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Reception at Biltmore Hotel

Gold Room