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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.

2013-2014 MACo Members Serving on the NACo Board & Committees

Montana representatives on the NACo Board and Committees for 2013-2014.

NACo Community & Economic Development Committee Report - 2012 Annual Conference

Posted Date: 
July 23, 2012
Contact: 
Cynthia Johnson, Pondera County Commissioner

The Housing Subcommittee began their day at 9:00 on Saturday, July 14, 2012 with a presentation from the National Association of Home Builders Vice President of Government Affairs, Steve Gallagher.

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

Posted Date: 
July 20, 2012
Contact: 
John Prinkki, Carbon County Commissioner

The Environment, Energy and Land Use Committee met first on July 13th at 10:00 AM to allow each of the proposed resolutions to be addressed by the sponsors. There was little discussion about most resolutions. Several of the resolutions were withdrawn as they were accepted into policy. Two of the issues did not affect Montana directly and were related to maritime issues. The Resolution on Conservation Easements Tax Incentives was also rolled into policy. The policy is to maintain the federal income tax incentive now in place for landowners wishing to place their land into a conservation easement.

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.

2012-2013 MACo Members Serving on the NACo Board & Committees

Montana representatives on the NACo Board and Committees for 2012-2013.

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.