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HTMLOregon Test Drives Gas Tax Alternative
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
June 2, 2015, previously published on May 22, 2015
The debate over a long-term transportation bill inevitably breaks down over the question of how to pay for it. The trust fund is currently funded by a federal gas tax. But, over the last few years more and more have begun to question whether or not there is a better and smarter way to raise the...

 

HTMLShort-Term Transportation Fix
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
June 2, 2015, previously published on May 22, 2015
Before leaving town for the Memorial Day recess, the House passed a short-term transportation patch - and the Senate is expected to do the same before they leave as well. The bill, which passed 387-35 in the House, will extend the program for two months. Without the patch, the highway trust fund...

 

HTMLGeorgia: Legislation Expected to Raise $900 Million for Transportation Infrastructure Spending
David H. Godenswager, David M. Kall, Susan Millradt McGlone; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
May 29, 2015, previously published on May 14, 2015
Georgia Gov. Deal signed HB 179, the Transportation Funding Act of 2015 (the Act) into law in April. According to a summary prepared by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce (Chamber), the Act is expected to raise $900 million from new and existing transportation sources and create a dedicated,...

 

HTMLShuster Touts Amtrak Plan
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
May 29, 2015, previously published on May 15, 2015
Usually, a tragedy like Tuesday's fatal Amtrak crash near Philadelphia would have spurred Congress to action. For once, however, it didn't take a tragedy for Congress to start its search for a solution. House Republicans and Democrats had already agreed on a plan that they say will help fix...

 

HTMLMichigan: Voters Reject Ballot Measure to Fix “The Sorry State of the Roads”
David H. Godenswager, David M. Kall, Susan Millradt McGlone; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
May 29, 2015, previously published on May 14, 2015
Michigan lawmakers voted to utilize a different mechanism to address the state’s desperately needed infrastructure funding: A ballot proposal. However, Michigan voters last week rejected Proposal 1 (Prop 1), which would have increased fuel taxes while removing the sales and use tax from fuel...

 

HTMLPhiladelphia Amtrak Train
James R. Brauchle, Mary F. Schiavo; Motley Rice;
Legal Alert/Article
May 25, 2015, previously published on May 13, 2015
Motley Rice transportation attorneys are reviewing the circumstances surrounding the fatal derailment of an Amtrak train on May 12, 2015, that killed eight passengers and seriously injured 140 more.

 

HTMLBill Passes U.S. House which Promotes Use of U.S. Flag Vessels for LNG Transport
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 21, 2015, previously published on May 20, 2015
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1987), which, according to the bill’s co-author Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA), among other things, “direct[s] the Secretary of Transportation to develop guidelines to promote the use of U.S. flag...

 

Adobe PDFU.S. Supreme Court Affirms Amtrak’s Regulatory Authority
Christopher G. Foster; Morris Polich & Purdy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 20, 2015, previously published on April 29, 2015
In 1970, Congress passed the Rail Passenger Service Act (RPSA), which was designed to aid in maintaining a national passenger railway system. The RPSA established the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, better known as Amtrak, which was intended to meet the national intercity railway needs. In...

 

HTMLTime Running Out for Highway Fix
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
May 15, 2015, previously published on May 8, 2015
Somehow, Congress has found itself staring at yet another highway funding deadline without a long-term deal in place. They have until just the end of this month to act, before the Highway Trust Fund runs out of money. But despite the deadline, lawmakers in both chambers and in both parties remain...

 

HTMLPHMSA Adjusts LNG Facility Operator User Fees
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 11, 2015, previously published on May 8, 2015
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has revised its fee program paid by LNG facility operators to fund PHMSA’s LNG facility safety program. The fees will now be based on 1.6% of gas costs, implemented on a 10-tier...

 


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