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House Subcommittee Holds First Hearing on Highway Trust Fund Reauthorization

The House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit on March 13 held its first hearing focused on reauthorization of the Highway Trust Fund. The FAST Act, which provided $281 billion for federal surface transportation programs, expires on September 30, 2020. More

NATSO Discusses Combating Human Trafficking with Midnight Trucking Radio

NATSO Vice President of Public Affairs Tiffany Wlazlowski Neuman recently highlighted the truckstop and travel plaza industry's fight to combat human trafficking during a recent interview on Midnight Trucking Radio. More

EPA Releases RIN Market Proposal

EPA has released a proposed rule that would allow E-15 to be sold year-round (subject to certain restrictions) and also impose significant reforms in how RIN markets function. Although NATSO considers the RIN market reform component of the rulemaking unnecessary, EPA appears to have responsibly distinguished between ethanol RINS and RINS associated with advanced biofuels such as biodiesel. NATSO is continuing to analyze the proposal and will provide a more fulsome analysis in the coming days. More

Department of Labor Proposes New Overtime Rules

On March 7, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a proposed rule to update the standard for overtime pay eligibility under the Fair Labor Standards Act. NATSO is currently analyzing the proposal and will produce a more detailed memorandum for members in the coming days. At a high level, however, the rule includes many of the recommendations that NATSO offered during a 2017 DOL Request for Information and the 2014 Obama Administration rulemaking. More

Congress Holds Multiple Infrastructure Hearings

Congress held multiple infrastructure hearings in recent days during which lawmakers and witnesses reiterated long-standing calls to fix the nation’s infrastructure funding gaps and began laying the groundwork for House Leadership to bring an infrastructure bill to the floor by spring. More

NATSO Supports DRIVE-Safe ACT

Following the introduction of companion, bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House and Senate designed to alleviate a nationwide shortage of truck drivers, NATSO joined nearly 70 organizations in supporting the DRIVE-Safe Act, which would allow commercial drivers aged between 18 and 21 to engage in interstate trucking. More

FDA Aggressively Targets, Threatens Convenience Stores over E-Cigarette Sales

In the last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken several aggressive steps that target convenience stores and other smaller format retail establishments that sell tobacco and e-cigarette and vaping products. It is part of a growing history of FDA Administrator Scott Gottlieb targeting the convenience store industry. Last year, in a televised interview on CNBC, Administrator Gottlieb specifically mentioned "truckstops" when citing stores that do not sufficiently comply with underage tobacco sales restrictions. NATSO is very troubled by such remarks and any effort to specifically target travel centers or convenience stores. More

NATSO Joins Letter on Data Security Policy Ahead of Privacy Hearings

NATSO recently joined a number of other consumer-facing retail trade associations in sending a letter to lawmakers articulating retailers' top principles for any legislation affecting the protection of consumer data privacy. The letter urges Congress to establish a single, uniform, nationwide data privacy law. "Our members have no higher priority than relationships with their customers," the letter states. "To comprehensively protect Americans, any federal data privacy legislation should apply to all industry sectors . . . .All of the companies involved in handling that chain of data should have legal obligations to properly guard it under privacy law, and the law should not solely rely on private contracts to create those legal obligations." More

House Leaders Reserve Floor Time for Infrastructure

As the House Ways and Means Committee prepares to hold its March 6 hearing examining the nation’s infrastructure, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) said that House leadership has reserved floor time for an infrastructure bill with a target of late spring. More

Appeal to Your Truckstop Customers From Abroad

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As ethnic populations continue to grow, demand for cultural foods at truckstops will continue to increase. More