The inaugural meeting of the Legislative Issues Steering Committee (LISC) yesterday focused on establishing ground rules for the group, which plans to meet quarterly – or more frequently if legislative activities warrant discussion.
Led by Co-Chairs Dan Rozycki (The Transtec Group) and Robert Seghetti (ACME Concrete Paving), the LISC will focus on public policy issues; highway and airport authorization and appropriation bills; industry-specific regulatory matters; the ACPA Political Action Committee; and other related topics.
During the meeting, Leif Wathne (staff liaison) provided a brief overview of COVID legislation to date (including the CARES Act and HEROES Act). He also summarized highway-related legislation, including the Senate EPW-passed ATIA, House T&I-passed INVEST, the House minority-introduced STARTER act, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s large infrastructure package (Moving America Act) introduced last week. He added that details of these various legislative packages (CARES, HEROES, ATIA, INVEST) have been presented in our ACPA Today newsletter, where all our government affairs updates are currently shared.
Leif concluded his remarks by saying that “without decisive and bipartisan action by Congress in the next several weeks, it is unlikely that we will see highway legislation enacted before expiry of the FAST Act in September.” He added that a one or maybe two-year extension are possible alternatives and said the full highway bill would then have to be worked out in the 117th Congress. The meeting concluded with remarks from Co-Chairs Rozycki and Seghetti thanking the steering committee participants for committing their time and talent toward this effort.
Participants in the inaugural meeting included: Steve Ambrose, GCC; Sarah Bazey, SIMPLEX; Patrick Cleary, LafargeHolcim; Steve Jackson, Cedar Valley Corp. Inc., LLC; Toby Knott, Lehigh Hanson, Inc.; Bob Leonard, GOMACO Corp.; Mike Lipps, Duit Holdings; Ben Robuck, CEMEX; Dan Rozycki, The Transtec Group; Robert Seghetti, Acme Concrete Paving, Inc. and Leif Wathne, American Concrete Pavement Association.
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