Associations in the logistics industry associations in opposing a bill that would close ports to owner-operators. Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced The Clean Ports Act of 2011 (S. 2011). The bill would reverse a 9th Circuit's decision and grant local governments the ability to regulate interstate and foreign commerce by trucks within the port jurisdiction. The 9th Circuit ruled only the federal government has the power to regulate truck interstate and foreign commerce.
The Clean Ports Act would give ports the authority to regulate truck prices, routes and service in order to improve pollution, congestion and safety.
This is the companion legislation to a measure introduced in the House last February by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. That bill was referred to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which is not likely to get through the House.