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Communications between USTR and States

Although the GATS rules apply to all levels of government, there has been inadequate consultation with state and local governments regarding the implications of the services negotiations on state and local authority.

“The May 3 USTR memo highlights several problems with the process currently used to consult with states regarding trade negotiations. We reiterate that it is vital to maintain the principle that the federal government may request, but not require, states to alter their regulatory regimes in areas over which the states hold constitutional authority. We also stress the importance of having a broader and deeper range of contracts with a variety of state entities, and particularly with those bearing regulatory and legislative authority.” (29 State Attorneys General letter to USTR regarding the GATS, 5/31/05).

“IGPAC has also emphasized the critical need for safeguarding federalism through greater consultation between federal and state governments during the formulation of trade policies, negotiation of trade and investment agreements, resolution of trade disputes, and implementation of trade development programs." (IGPAC Recommendations for Improving Federal-State Policy Coordination, 8/5/04).

U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to State Points of Contact (SPOC):

Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee (IGPAC) to USTR:

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