MAY 2010
Dateline Becomes Advocacy Insider

NRPA's online advocacy newsletter "Dateline" was launched eight years ago to provide members and advocates  information and news on federal legislation and national policy developments affecting parks and recreation.

To better reflect the high quality advocacy information, incisive analysis of new legislation, and the insider's knowledge of Capitol Hill that NRPA's Public Policy team provides our members and advocates, with this issue, Dateline becomes the Advocacy Insider.

Look for Advocacy Insider in your inbox and online to keep you informed about federal legislation, national policy developments, and breaking news of importance to parks and recreation. 


Budget Cuts to Parks and Recreation Increase to Levels not Seen in a Generation; NY State Closes 41 Parks

As the FY 2011 fiscal year approaches, state and local governments continue to make unprecedented budget cuts to park and recreation systems.  The latest cuts have occurred in New York State. The New York Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation announced this week that it would close or significantly curtail services at 41 state parks from a list of 55 state parks the Governor targeted for closure in his proposed budget back in February. 
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Urban Revitalization and Livable Communities Act Advocacy Bears Fruit

Congressional support for the URLC Act is increasing on a weekly basis. There are now 123 co-sponsors signed on to the bill in the House of Representatives, and more significantly, Senator Whitehouse (D-RI) has agreed to draft a Senate version of the bill.  The Senate bill would expand eligibility for grants to include special park districts.
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No Child Left Inside Advocacy Continues

The No Child Left Inside Act (S.866 and H.R. 2054) continues to gain co-sponsors and support on Capitol Hill, as it heads for likely incorporation into the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.  The No Child Left Inside (NCLI) legislation lays a strong foundation for expanding environmental education into present curricula   It is not a new federal mandate for additional subjects, but rather, it allows the states to gain access to new federal funding to develop statewide environmental literacy plans and to promote inclusion of environmental education in all subjects with the goal of developing environmentally literate students by the time they reach high school graduation.
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New Healthy Choices Act Would Provide Robust Opportunities for Parks and Recreation

On May 5, 2010, Representatives Kind (D-WI), Blumenaur (D-OR), Bono-Mack (D-CA) and Fudge (D-OH) introduced the Healthy Choices Act (H.R. 5290).  The intent of the legislation is to address the national obesity and chronic disease epidemics through a comprehensive measure.
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NRPA Recognized in House Resolution Supporting Designation of Childhood Obesity Month

In recognition of the national health crisis created by the burgeoning obesity epidemic in children, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a Resolution in support of the designation of September as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (H. Res 996).  Submitted by Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) and Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), this resolution recognizes the fourfold increase in the rate of childhood obesity. 
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White House Interagency Task Force Report on Reducing Childhood Obesity within a Generation

The President issued an Executive Order in November 2009 to direct the federal government to lead a national effort to "reduce childhood obesity within a generation."  One of the primary deliverables of the Executive Order was a report to the President on how to achieve this goal. 
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President's "America's Great Outdoors" Initiative Heads Out on the Road

President Obama convened a historic White House Conference on conservation and recreation on April 16th, 2010, the first Presidential conference on conservation since Teddy Roosevelt convened such a conference in 1908. 
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