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Government Affairs ASLA Attempts to Influence Public Policy WASHINGTON, D.C. The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) government affairs activities expanded in 1998. From federal issue advocacy to state licensing, ASLA reached out to lawmakers and influenced public policy. The highlight of the year was the passage of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) which holds great promise for Landscape Architects across the nation. In addition to transportation issues, ASLA Government Affairs Manager Stan Bowman has been tracking other issues, including: Digital Signature legislation; small-business legislation; Clean Water Act revisions and the President's Clean Water Action Plan; a bill to designate a coast-to-coast trail; and wetlands legislation. ASLA's licensure program this year focused more on the regulatory arena than the legislative arena. Although "Licensure" is rated 10th out of 14 in priority in the ASLA Fiscal Year 1998 budget, the organization was active in 21 states this year. The big success story of the year is the new practice act in Alaska, which will be further implemented and regulated in 1999. However, tough battles loom ahead in the states of New Jersey and Florida, which both face encroachment from engineers and landscape designers, respectively.

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