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NACo Community and Economic Development Steering Committee Report - 2013 Legislative Conference

Posted Date: 
March 29, 2013
Contact: 
Joe Briggs, Cascade County Commissioner

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.

NACo Telecommunications & Technology Steering Committee Report - 2013 Legislative Conference

Posted Date: 
March 28, 2013
Contact: 
Joe Briggs, Cascade County Commissioner

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.

NACo Human Services & Education Steering Committee Report - 2013 Legislative Conference

Posted Date: 
March 13, 2013
Contact: 
Carl Seilstad, Fergus County Commissioner

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. 

NACo Public Lands Steering Committee - 2013 Legislative Conference

Posted Date: 
March 12, 2013
Contact: 
Lesley Robinson, Phillips County & Mike Murray, Lewis & Clark County

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.

NACo Environment, Energy & Land Use Committee Report - 2013 Legisltive Conference

Posted Date: 
March 11, 2013
Contact: 
John Prinkki, Carbon County Commissioner

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.

NACo Western Interstate Region Report - 2012 Legislative Conference

Posted Date: 
April 11, 2012
Contact: 
Lesley Robinson, Phillips County & Mike Murray, Lewis & Clark County

"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."

NACo Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee Report - 2012 Legislative Conference

Posted Date: 
April 10, 2012
Contact: 
Kathy Bessette, Hill County Commissioner

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.

NACo Public Lands Steering Committee, Subcommittees & WIR Report - 2012 Legislative Conference

Posted Date: 
April 10, 2012
Contact: 
Greg Chilcott, Ravalli County Commissioner

Tyler Hamman, staff to the House Natural Resources Committee reminded us all that Secure Rural Schools authorization ends September 30 of this year.  He told us that there are (different) bills in the House and the Senate.  The House (Representatives Bishop and Hastings) proposal seems intent on generating resource recovery revenues for the Treasury and counties.  The House bill would also authorize full funding of PILT for 5 years.  It provides a formula that averages harvest levels from 1980-1999, multiplies that average by 60% and sends 65% of that to counties. One concern raised was the loss of infrastructure to produce products.  The Senate (Senators Murkowski and Bingaman) is proposing another 5 year extension.

NACo Telecommunications & Technology Steering Committee Report - 2012 Legislative Conference

Posted Date: 
March 16, 2012
Contact: 
Joe Briggs, Cascade County Commissioner

Recently I attended my first NACo conference on your behalf and I would like to thank you for opportunity to serve you in this role.  I am a member of the NACo Telecommunications and Technology Committee Steering Committee and also attended the IT standing Committee, the Essential Technologies Sub Committee and a day long Technology Symposium.

NACo Environment, Energy & Land Use Committee Report - 2012 Legislative Conference

Posted Date: 
March 15, 2012
Contact: 
John Prinkki, Carbon County Commissioner

The Environment, Energy, and Land Use (EELU) Committee began its work Saturday March 3rd at 10:00 AM with presentations by the sponsors of 6 new resolutions dealing with varied issues from limited liability for environmental cleanup to energy storage, support for the Keystone Pipeline, Gulf Coast cleanup, opposing UN Agenda 21, and land use around military bases. These resolutions were discussed and recommendations for amendments were proposed. The resolutions would be voted on Sunday afternoon before the full EELU Committee.