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Two bills that could have had significant consequences for the supply chain died quietly as the 111th Congress adjourned in late December.
A bill that would have allowed local government to preempt federal laws governing motor carriers expired, as did one requiring 100-percent screening of all air cargo.
The Clean Ports Act of 2010, would have allowed local governments to preempt federal laws that govern routes, rates and service of trucks in interstate commerce.
The Air Cargo Security Act would have extended the 100-percent screening requirement for air cargo on passenger aircraft to all-cargo and package express airliners as well.
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