ASLA 2017 Advocacy Highlights

In 2017, ASLA’s government affairs team, chapters, and grassroots advocates were extremely busy advancing key legislation and regulations on behalf of the profession.

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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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Fees at 17 Popular National Parks May Soon Be Rising Sharply

On October 24, Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced a proposal to begin charging higher peak-season fees for five months per year at 17 national parks, including some of the country’s most beloved. Affected parks include Acadia; Arches; Bryce Canyon; Canyonlands; Denali; Glacier; Grand Canyon; Grand Teton; Joshua Tree; Mount Rainier; Olympic; Rocky Mountain; Sequoia & Kings Canyon; Shenandoah; Yellowstone; Yosemite; and Zion. Under the proposal, entrance fees could rise from $25 to $70 per private, non-commercial vehicle. Fees for individual motorcyclists would be $50, and per person on bike or foot, $30.

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Karen T. Grajales
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