This was my first meeting on the Community and Economic Development Steering Committee and to be frank, I felt like I was running to catch a fast moving train once the resolutions were brought forward. I had obtained a complete set of the resolutions in advance of the meeting and was prepared to engage in a discussion of them, but none occurred. It was clear that the vetting had already occurred at the subcommittee level and the rest of the committee was not in a mood to rehash prior discussions. The Chairman skillfully moved the resolutions at a speed that would make any conductor proud and the package was approved with no discussion in very short order.
At this year’s Legislative Conference, the T&T Steering Committee received updates on a number of subjects including cyber-security, activities of the FCC, NextGen 9-1-1 and FirstNet.
The NACo Human Services Committee passed two resolutions at our Legislative Conference in March, 2013. We passed a proposed Resolution on Comprehensive Immigration Reform. We have been proposing this resolution for the last two years, as we have yet to see any clear legislation dealing with our current immigration system.
Commissioner Mike Murray serves as Chairman, and Commissioner Lesley Robinson serves as Vice Chair of the NACO Public Lands Committee, which had several speakers from the USDA Forest Service and the Department of Interior BLM.
The NACo Environment, Energy & Land Use (EELU) Committee meetings were once again very interesting and controversial. Our first meeting on Saturday morning was to discuss which resolutions introduced in other committees would be considered for discussion by the EELU Committee. Only one resolution was submitted to the Committee in advance of the meeting, but there were 5 other resolutions that were considered cross-jurisdictional and placed for consideration and voting on the March 3rd agenda at 1:00PM.
"The conference focuses on the public lands and other issues critical to the western region of the United States (15 western states) by providing county officials with the opportunity to hear speakers, discuss legislation, network with other officials and share ideas and information."
Agriculture and Rural Affairs committee meetings were held on Sunday, March 4, 2012, beginning with the Agriculture Subcommittee. This committee held a joint meeting with two subcommittees of the Health Steering Committee – the Health Disparities Subcommittee and the Public Health and Healthy Communities Subcommittee. The discussion of both committees centered on two resolutions that support local and regional farm and food systems. Following discussion of the resolutions, both committees offered support for them.