January 2012
Legislative Status and Outlook for NRPA Legislative Priorities in the Second Session of the 112th Congress

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Few sessions of Congress have been so defined by gridlock and ideological strife as the first half of the 112th. If you’re thinking it can’t possibly be any worse, welcome to the election year edition.  With the same members of Congress in place, an ensuing fight for the White House, combined with a fight for control of both chambers of Congress, legislative victories in the second session of the 112th will require focused advocacy efforts and robust participation by park and recreation advocates. 

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Congress to Debate Surface Transportation Reauthorization by April

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Dedicated Funding for Recreational Trails Put At Risk

Both the House and Senate have shared their intentions to take up full reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Act in the coming days.  The current law, commonly referred to as SAFETEA-LU, is next scheduled to expire on March 31, 2012.

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Funding Public Parks Saves Lives
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Parks not only contribute to a higher quality of life for Americans, they actually SAVE LIVES as well.  A recent online Time magazine article, which can be found here, reveals that “research suggests that parks aren’t just good for our well-being, they may even be a matter of life and death.”

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