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Economic Development & Commerce Committee Letters

December 12, 2017

Tax Reform (State and Local Tax Deduction, Private Activity Bonds, and Advance Refunding)

Letter from NGA Chair Governor Sandoval and Vice Chair Governor Bullock to House and Senate leadership and tax conferees urging the committee to adopt a final conference report that minimizes unintended consequences for states.


November 08, 2017

AV START Act

Letter (from the National Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislatures, National Association of Counties, United States Conference of Mayors, National League of Cities, American Association of State Highways and Transportation Officials, American Administration of Motor Vehicle Administrators, Governors Highway Safety Association, and National Association of City Transportation Officials) to Chairman John Thune, Ranking Member Bill Nelson and Senator Gary Peters expressing appreciation for clarifying and affirming the successful, longstanding federal-state regulatory paradigm in the Senate autonomous vehicle legislation, S. 1885, the AV START Act.


September 22, 2017

Tax Reform (State and Local Tax Deduction and Municipal Bonds)

Letter from NGA Chair Governor Sandoval and Vice Chair Governor Bullock to Senate and House leadership, Senate Finance Committee Chairman and Ranking Member, and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman and Ranking Member, urging Congress to maintain both the income exclusion for municipal bond interest and the deductibility of state and local taxes in any comprehensive federal tax reform package.


September 05, 2017

SELF DRIVE Act

Letter (from the National Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislatures, American Association of State Highways and Transportation Officials, American Administration of Motor Vehicle Administrators and Governors Highway Safety Association) to Speaker Paul Ryan, Leader Nancy Pelosi, Chairman Greg Walden, and Ranking Member Frank Pallone expressing concerns with federal preemption and state and federal government cooperation provisions in the House autonomous vehicle legislation, H.R. 3388, the SELF DRIVE Act.


September 01, 2017

Highway Trust Fund Rescission

Letter (from the National Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislatures and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials) to Representative Woodall expressing support for Amendment 43 to Division H of the House Rules Committee Print 115-31, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, 2018.


July 27, 2017

SELF DRIVE Act

Letter (from the National Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislatures, American Association of State Highways and Transportation Officials, American Administration of Motor Vehicle Administrators and Governors Highway Safety Association) to Chairman Greg Walden, Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Chairman Bob Latta and Ranking Member Janice Schakowsky requesting that the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee include key stakeholders in developing the appropriate federal framework for the use of autonomous vehicle (AV) technologies on our nation’s roadways.


July 18, 2017

NGA Comments on Federal Tax Reform

Comments to Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) encouraging intergovernmental cooperation on tax reform and submitting the governors’ policy positions regarding tax and public finance matters.


June 22, 2017

Drone Innovation Act

Letter (from the National Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislatures and National Association of State Aviation Officials) to Representatives Lewis, Brownley, Rokita, and Garamendi, commending them for introducing the Drone Innovation Act, which would affirm state regulatory authority regarding the operation of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones.


May 25, 2017

Drone Federalism Act

Letter (from the National Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislatures and National Association of State Aviation Officials) to Senators Feinstein, Lee, Cotton, and Blumenthal, commending them for introducing the Drone Federalism Act, which would affirm state regulatory authority regarding the operation of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones.


April 14, 2017

Classifying Municipal Securities as High Quality Liquid Assets

Letter (from members of the National Governors Association, U.S. Conference of Mayors, National Association of Counties, National League of Cities, National Conference of State Legislatures, National Association of State Treasurers, National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers, and Treasurers, International City/County Management Association, National Association of Health and Higher Education Facilities Authorities, Airports Council International – North America, The National Association of Towns and Townships, National Council of State Housing Agencies, Large Public Power Council, Government Finance Officers Association) to the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, urging Congress to support S. 828, which would classify all qualifying investment-grade, liquid and readily marketable securities as High Quality Liquid Assets, Level 2B.