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Tolling, Commercialization, Swipe Fees: NATSO Responds to Challenges in 2012

December 24, 2012

Tolling, Commercialization, Swipe Fees: NATSO Responds to Challenges in 2012

If there was ever a year when NATSO was challenged on all of its major issues, it was 2012. NATSO's top issues--rest area commercialization, tolling and credit card swipe fees--were all in play throughout the year, with a big test early in the year on the rest area commercialization issue. And though we passed the test, there is always more to be done. But NATSO moves into 2013 with optimism and momentum in a positive direction, committed to continue protecting the interests of Interstate-based businesses.

ODOT To Sell Advertising and Sponsorships at Interstate Rest Areas

September 24, 2012

ODOT To Sell Advertising and Sponsorships at Interstate Rest Areas

ODOT signs contract with Travelers Marketing to run an advertising, sponsorship and naming rights program for the state's rest areas.

Virginia Awards Rest Area Sponsorship Contract

September 10, 2012

Virginia Awards Rest Area Sponsorship Contract

VDOT recently awarded a corporate sponsorship contract for the state's 42 rest areas and welcome centers to CRH Catering of Connellsville, Pa.

ODOT Meetings on Commercial Rest Areas Generate Opposition

July 2, 2012

ODOT Meetings on Commercial Rest Areas Generate Opposition

On June 28 ODOT held a sparsely attended meeting in Columbus for potential bidders on the rest area projects.

IOWA Seeks Rest Area Sponsorships

June 18, 2012

IOWA Seeks Rest Area Sponsorships

Iowa DOT said it is seeking funds to help defray nearly $3.7 million in annual operation costs.

Highway Bill Negotiations Stall

June 11, 2012

Highway Bill Negotiations Stall

It appears that negotiations on the transportation reauthorization legislation are stalling.

ODOT to Issue RFP to Commercialize Non-Interstate Rest Areas

May 21, 2012

ODOT to Issue RFP to Commercialize Non-Interstate Rest Areas

Last week ODOT issued a request for information seeking input on an upcoming proposal to commercialize non-interstate rest areas across the state.

CWPMA Kills Commercialization Bill in Senate

May 7, 2012

CWPMA Kills Commercialization Bill in Senate

The Colorado Wyoming Petroleum Marketers Association (CWPMA) last week withdrew its bill HB-1136 "Prohibition on the Use of Public Land for Retail Sales" after Senate State Affairs Committee Chairman Rollie Heath said he would allow taxpayer dollars to be spent by government entities to compete against private companies.

Rest Area Commercialization Bill Defeated

May 1, 2012

Rest Area Commercialization Bill Defeated

Marking a major victory for NATSO members, truckstops and travel plazas beat back the biggest threat interstate businesses have ever faced under a highway bill in March, when the Senate resoundingly rejected an amendment seeking to commercialize rest areas.

California Rest Area Commercialization Bill Defeated

April 30, 2012

California Rest Area Commercialization Bill Defeated

California Assemblyman Ben Hueso’s bill to commercialize the state's rest areas and pursue a waiver to the federal prohibition on the sale of commercial services on the interstate right-of-way failed last week in committee, marking a major victory for California’s fuel retailers.

Colorado House Passes Bill to Prohibit Fuel Sales on Public Land

April 30, 2012

Colorado House Passes Bill to Prohibit Fuel Sales on Public Land

The Colorado General Assembly last week passed legislation that prohibits fuel sales on public land.

NATSO, CIOMA Voice Opposition to California Bill Seeking Commercial Rest Areas

April 2, 2012

NATSO, CIOMA Voice Opposition to California Bill Seeking Commercial Rest Areas

NATSO sharply criticizes California Assemblyman Ben Hueso's measure.

Minnesota Bill Seeks to Make Wireless Internet Available at Rest Areas

March 5, 2012

Minnesota Bill Seeks to Make Wireless Internet Available at Rest Areas

If enacted, SF2054 would authorize the state commissioner of transportation to utilize private funding from public private partnerships and sponsorships to pay for the service.

HMSHost Files Lawsuit to Block Rest Area Redevelopment Contract

February 27, 2012

HMSHost Files Lawsuit to Block Rest Area Redevelopment Contract

Circuit judge blocks the award of a $56 million contract to Miami-based Areas USA to redevelop travel plazas on Interstate 95 in Maryland.

Ohio DOT Announces Plans to Modernize Rest Areas

February 27, 2012

Ohio DOT Announces Plans to Modernize Rest Areas

ODOT last week announced plans to modernize East and Westbound rest areas along U.S. 33 in Meigs County.

HMSHost Challenges Maryland Rest Area Contract

February 6, 2012

HMSHost Challenges Maryland Rest Area Contract

HMSHost files a protest with the Maryland Transportation Authority.

Colorado Lawmakers Seek to Ban Fuel Retailing by State Government

January 30, 2012

Colorado Lawmakers Seek to Ban Fuel Retailing by State Government

Colorado Republican State Rep. Robert Ramirez and State Senator Ellen Roberts (R) have co-sponsored a bill in the Colorado General Assembly that would prohibit the state or any state agency from operating a truck stop, fueling station or convenience store on or near public land, including state highways, toll roads or any other infrastructure supported by state revenues.

States Pursue Rest Area Commercialization

January 16, 2012

States Pursue Rest Area Commercialization

Three states could consider rest area commercialization

Urgent Call to Action: Tell Your Senator to Vote NO on Sen. Portman's Amendment 1742

January 6, 2012

Urgent Call to Action: Tell Your Senator to Vote NO on Sen. Portman's Amendment 1742

It is imperative that you act now and call or email your senators to request that they oppose Amendment 1742 to S. 1813.

 Action Report, NATSO Scorecard

January 1, 2012

Action Report, NATSO Scorecard

This scorecard is designed to illustrate key public policies facing legislative action. Each of these issues represents a public policy priority for NATSO and its members. Government affairs and advocacy coverage in Stop Watch is brought to you by NATSO Inc.

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