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Congress Is (Finally) Ready to Talk Driver-less Cars

In late September, the U.S. House of Representatives took a first step towards legislating self-driving vehicles. The House passed H.R. 3388, the Safely Ensuring Lives, Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution (SELF DRIVE ) Act, which lays out a basic federal framework for regulating autonomous vehicle. Many experts say this legislation is a signal that federal lawmakers are finally ready to think seriously about self-driving cars and what they mean for the future of the country.

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Green Infrastructure Legislation Passes Senate

Recently, the U.S. Senate passed bipartisan legislation to promote the use of green infrastructure projects in addressing stormwater, wastewater, and other water quality issues. The Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act (S. 692), introduced in the Senate by Senator Deb Fischer (NE), would allow local communities and municipalities to incorporate green infrastructure projects into integrated planning permits to meet Clean Water Act compliance.

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Leaked Memo on Limiting National Monuments

Recently, a leaked memo from Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to President Trump recommended that the boundaries of four national monuments be trimmed, including Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante in Utah, Cascade Siskiyou in Oregon and Gold Butte in Nevada. Zinke also recommended extensive changes to the way at least six monuments are managed by allowing logging, mining, drilling on monument sites, and opening up vast swaths of ocean to commercial fishing. 

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ASLA Statement on Clean Power Plan Repeal

In response to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s recent announcement to repeal the Clean Power Plan, Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), released the following statement:

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Advocacy Summit Scores a Touchdown in Milwaukee

ASLA National and ASLA Wisconsin hosted the 17th Annual Advocacy Summit in Milwaukee September 8-10. The football-themed event brought together 30 chapters to examine the current political and legislative environment and to discuss new and innovative opportunities to advocate for licensure and improve chapter advocacy efforts.

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ktgrajales@asla.org
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