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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.

NACo Board Approves Dues Freeze for 2013

Posted Date: 
June 19, 2012
Contact: 
Andrew S. Goldschmidt, Membership Marketing Director, NACo

The NACo Board of Directors has approved a dues freeze for the sixth year in a row for 2013 and also okayed a Census adjustment for dues for 2014. Member counties should budget the same amount for dues for 2013 as they paid in 2012.

Secretary Salazar Announces Record $393 Million in ‘PILT’ for Police, Fire, and Schools in Rural Communities

Posted Date: 
June 14, 2012
Contact: 
Blake Androff, U.S. Department of Interior

WASHINGTON, DC – As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to rural communities, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that more than 1,850 local governments around the Nation are receiving a record total of $393 million under the 2012 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. Being distributed today, the payments are the largest amount ever allocated under the PILT program to compensate counties and local governments for non-taxable Federal land in their jurisdictions.

EPA Schedules NACo Conference Call on Stormwater Run-off from Logging Roads

Posted Date: 
June 14, 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced recently that is considering changes to current stormwater regulations so state National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits are not required for stormwater discharges from forest roads. At the same time, the EPA is requesting information on voluntary best management practices for addressing stormwater runoff from logging/forest roads. The EPA is accepting comments on their proposal until June 22.

Farm Bill Heads to Senate; Action Needed

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Contact: 
Erik Johnston, Associate Legislative Director

The full Senate is likely to take up the farm bill this week after members returned from their in-state work week. The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 passed the Senate Agriculture Committee April 26.

Selby Heads WIR; Public Lands Energy Policy Gets Centerstage

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Contact: 
Beverly Schlotterbeck, Executive Director, NACo County News

Americans look to the West for its heritage, majestic scenery, recreational opportunities and abundant natural resources. These competing views, which have defined the West for decades, inevitably collide in America’s public lands counties, heirs to millions of acres of federally owned land.