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Letter from 24 Attorneys General to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk
Letter describing states' concerns that GATS discussions at WTO and plurilateral negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership may undermine the regulation of banking, insurance, health care, telecommunications, utilities, professional services, and the distribution of goods at the state level.

USTR documents
USTR letter to IGPAC
USTR responds to IGPAC's concerns on Services (GATS) negotiations.
US Trade Representative Letter to Iowa on GATS
Response to Gov. Vilsack's request that Iowa be carved out of the GATS.

Letters to USTR
Vermont Commission on International Trade and State Sovereignty Letter to USTR
The commission writes USTR Ron Kirk regarding negotiations of the Working Party on Domestic Regulation.
Letter from Three Governors on GATS
Governors of New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania convey their concerns about the GATS 'domestic regulation' negotiations.
Iowa's Governor Requests Exclusion from GATT
A 2006 letter from Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack asking that Iowa be excluded from GATS.
Letter from Gov. Kulongoski to the US Trade Representative
Oregon Governor Theodore Kulongoski's letter USTR about GATS and federal-state consultations.
Attorneys General on GATS
A bipartisan group of twenty-nine State Attorneys General express their concerns about GATS negotiations in this 2005 letter.
State Senate Committee on GATS
Idaho's Committee on Energy asks about the impact of WTO-GATS rules on in-state utilities.
NCSL Letter to USTR
National Conference of State Legislatures letter to USTR on GATS (2003).

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