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Public Land Renewable Energy Act Introduced

Posted Date: 
July 2, 2012
Contact: 
Ryan Yates, Associate Legislative Director, NACo

Reps. Joe Heck (R-Nev.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) have introduced legislation that would extend royalties and lease income to states and counties from solar and wind projects developed on federal lands. The Public Land Renewable Energy Act, H.R. 5991, would also continue the 25 percent county revenue-sharing agreement for geothermal development on federal lands, provided by the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

Counties Under More Scrutiny Seek Guidance on Ethics Policies

Posted Date: 
July 2, 2012
Contact: 
Jacqueline Byers, Director, Research & Outreach, NACo

In recent months, the NACo Research Division has received numerous requests for information on model county ethics codes.

FHFA Proposes Rule for PACE Programs

Posted Date: 
July 2, 2012
Contact: 
Julie Ufner, Associate Legislative Director, NACo

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) June 15 released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) concerning Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs. Written comments are due by July 30.

EPA Releases Stormwater, Wastewater Framework

Posted Date: 
July 2, 2012
Contact: 
Julie Ufner, Associate Legislative Director, NACo

In June, the Environmental Protection Agency released its Integrated Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework Plan to help local governments meet water quality goals. Although the plan will not preempt current requirements under existing regulatory or permitting standards, it will allow local governments to prioritize and merge competing requirements for stormwater and wastewater projects. This includes capital investments maintenance and operation requirements.

National Forest Counties & Schools Coalition News Bulletin

Posted Date: 
July 2, 2012
Contact: 
Bob Douglas, Executive Director, National Forest Counties & Schools Coalition

June 29th, a one year extension of the Secure Rural Schools and Communities Act was included in the Transportation Bill passed by both branches of Congress.  Press releases and comments from both the House and the Senate indicated that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner were personally involved in the final stages of negotiating an agreement among conferees.  The bill now moves to the President for signature hopefully next week.  The bill includes $346 Million for a one year extension of SRSCA Titles I,II, and III.  This is 95% of the 2011 funding level.

Important Survey Regarding Recent Cuts in the Federal Justice Assistance Grant Programs

Posted Date: 
June 28, 2012
Contact: 
Dalen A. Harris, Associate Legislative Director, Justice & Public Safety/Large Urban County Caucus, NACo

Please join agencies and organizations across the criminal justice system in completing a survey intended to gather information about the impact of recent cuts in the federal justice assistance grant programs, which include funding for juvenile justice programs.  The short survey will ask you to provide basic information about the programs you administer and the services you provide and then, importantly, to describe how these cuts in federal funding have impacted the functioning of the criminal justice system in your community.

Rural Assistance Available from USDA

Posted Date: 
June 25, 2012
Contact: 
Maeghan Gilmore, Program Director for Health, Human Services & Justice, NACo

Free Web-based information to aid in decision making affecting rural health and human services is available via the Rural Assistance Center, a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Rural Initiative. NACo members can view innovative efforts and submit their own programs, policies and initiatives through this rural health and human services information portal. To view the extensive library and available resources, click the link below.

Access Library & Resources Here

Farm Bill Passes U.S. Senate--NACo Successfully Reinstates Rural Development Funding

Posted Date: 
June 25, 2012
Contact: 
Erik Johnston, Associate Legislative Director, Agriculture and Rural Affairs and Rural Action Caucus, NACo

On Thursday, June 21, the U. S. Senate passed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, S. 3240, by a vote of 64-35 after voting on 73 amendments. NACo’s priority amendment, SA 2445, sponsored by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), passed by a vote of 55-44.

Cooperating Agency & Coordination: Key Tools for Managing Public Lands

Posted Date: 
June 19, 2012
Contact: 
Cynthia Moses-Nedd, Department of the Interior Liason

Strong intergovernmental partnerships yield positive outcomes.Building bridges across the local, state, tribal and federal government divide benefits all.

"Waters of the U.S." Passes House Committee

Posted Date: 
June 19, 2012
Contact: 
Julie Ufner, Associate Legislative Director

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed H.R. 4965, a bill that would prevent the Obama administration from moving forward with its “waters of the U.S.” guidance. The bill passed by a vote of 33-18 June 7.