Overtime Rule Delayed Indefinitely

Oliver Spurgeon III | November 29, 2016
Last week while many Americans were heading home for the holidays and thawing out turkeys, a federal judge in Texas issued a temporary injunction against the Obama administration’s looming overtime rule. In short, this means that employers across the country, including park and recreation agencies, will no longer be responsible for complying with the overtime rule. Read more

What the 2016 Election Means for Conservation and Green Infrastructure in the 115th Congress

NRPA Public Policy Team | November 15, 2016
President-elect Donald J. Trump has outlined an ambitious agenda for his first 100 days covering issues focused primarily on immigration, national defense, job creation and security, and infrastructure. Read more

What the 2016 Election Means for Workplaces in the 115th Congress

NRPA Public Policy Team | November 14, 2016
Now that the November elections are behind us, we can dive further into President-elect Trump’s ideas to update the tax code, overturn certain workplace regulations, and empower families. Below you’ll find a quick overview of President-elect Trump’s plans to increase wages, lower taxes, and cut through red tape. Read more

What the 2016 Election Means for Healthcare in the 115th Congress

NRPA Public Policy Team | November 14, 2016
Now that the November elections are behind us, we can look a little further into President-elect Trump’s healthcare plans and dive into his ideas about keeping Americans healthy. Below, you’ll find a quick overview of President-elect Trump’s plans for the ACA and healthcare integration during the next administration. This note only scratches the surface of what issues may arise during the upcoming Congress, but it’s clear that park and recreation agencies’ preventative health efforts will continue to play a critical role as the next administration works to provide better care at a lower cost for all Americans. Read more

A Park Superintendent, NRPA Board Member and Immigrant’s Take on the Election Results

Jesús Aguirre | November 14, 2016
Many of us awoke on Wednesday with some sense of bewilderment about the national election results. As an immigrant to this country from Mexico, as the father of two teen-aged boys and of a daughter with significant special needs, I continue to struggle with understanding how to reconcile the results of a campaign that very overtly brought hateful, racist, misogynist, nationalist, and xenophobic language into our daily existence. On a personal level, I continue to struggle with that. Read more

What You Need to Know about the Election and Park and Rec

NRPA Public Policy Team | November 4, 2016
After nearly two years of speeches, interviews, town halls, primaries and caucuses, Americans of all stripes will soon participate in our grand democratic tradition and cast their votes for President, Congress, and various local candidates and referenda. For many Americans, the days remaining before we head to the polls must seem like an eternity and can’t come soon enough. But, for the NRPA Public Policy Team, this is our Super Bowl which – in the case of electing a President – only occurs once every four years. Read more

EPA Environmental Justice Action Agenda: Major Steps Forward, and Opportunities for More

Robert García and Marianne Engelman Lado | November 4, 2016
Robert García, NRPA Board Member, Founding Director and Counsel of The City Project, and guest writer Marianne Engelman Lado, Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Senior Staff Attorney at Earthjustice, share their insight and expertise on the impact of the EPA’s EJ 2020 Action Agenda on civil rights and environmental justice. Read more

Make the Case for Environmental Education

Oliver Spurgeon | October 26, 2016
Today, NRPA members are joining education advocates and families around the country and asking Congress to provide the highest level of funding possible for better schools, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming, and hands-on, environmental education at park and recreation agencies. Read more

Congress Is in Recess Until the Election: Now What?

Dave Tyahla | September 30, 2016
With just two days left before a potential government shutdown, both the House and Senate approved a short-term spending package on September 28, known as a Continuing Resolution (CR), that will keep the federal government running on autopilot through December 9, 2016. Read more

Back in Session: Where does Congress Stand on Park and Recreation Issues

Dave Tyahla | September 9, 2016
Congress returned from August recess this week and got to work on several important bills--an effort to fund a response to the Zika crisis, an energy reform package which includes permanent LWCF reauthorization, and legislation to keep the federal government funded, and operating, beyond September 30. Read more

Outlook Unclear for Policy Priorities as Congress Adjourns Until September

David Tyahla | August 2, 2016
We’re in the heart of another hot and humid summer in Washington, DC. These conditions are sure to produce one thing — Congress leaving for its summer break. Read more

Tell Congress to #MoveOnZika So Parks and Rec Can Do Their Part

Oliver Spurgeon | July 5, 2016
Park and recreation agencies will be critical in the effort to contain and prevent mosquito populations in many communities. We need you to tell Congress to #MoveOnZika. Read more

Park Champions: Uniting Communities and Increasing Diversity

Oliver Spurgeon | June 23, 2016
The city of Gaithersburg, MD took an innovative approach to participating in NRPA’s Park Champion initiative. A naturalization ceremony was incorporated into the Celebrate! Gaithersburg Festival. Read more

Update on the Final Federal Regulations for Overtime Pay and Exempt Employee Status

Dave Tyahla | May 24, 2016
The Obama administration recently released its highly anticipated final regulations and guidelines for the updated Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA). Read more

Congress Gets the Ball Rolling on Zika Funding

Oliver Spurgeon | May 20, 2016

NRPA continues to work with members of Congress on both sides of the isle to advocate for the highest level of funding possible for the Zika response. 


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