USTR Initiates Section 301 Investigation

On August 14 President Donald Trump instructed the U.S. Trade Representative, through an executive order, to determine whether to initiate a Section 301 investigation against China for policies that harm American intellectual property rights, innovation or technology development. On Friday, August 18 USTR initiated the investigation. Section 301 investigations give the President the authority to investigate whether the policies of trade partners are unreasonable or discriminatory and, if they are, to impose restrictions on the import of Chinese goods and services. A Section 301 investigation must be completed within one year.

New NAEGA Directory

A new membership directory is now available for NAEGA members. The new directory can be found here, or on the NAEGA members only webpage. NAEGA Member Directories include a comprehensive list of NAEGA’s Board, leadership and membership and committee participation. Please review the directory and let us know if you have any changes.

CSG West Meeting

On Friday, August 22 NAEGA President and CEO Gary Martin presented remotely before the Council of State Government’s West (CSG West) Annual meeting. CSG West is a non-profit organization that facilitates regional cooperation, exchange of information and fosters the strengthening of legislative institutions among its 13 member states in the Western United States and Pacific Island territories. During his presentation before the Agriculture and Water Committee, Gary highlighted the latest from the NAFTA negotiations, previewed NAEGA policy positions on international trade and updated participants on U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade activities.

A copy of Gary’s presentation can be found here.