DECEMBER 2010
Appropriations

Gridlock still surrounds the FY11 appropriation as the two chambers have yet to agree on the best way to provide funding for programs.  As you may recall, in July, the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee approved $55 million to the LWCF State Assistance Program.  Unfortunately, the House voted on Dec. 8, to implement a Continuing Resolution (CR), under which programs are funded at the same level as FY10, leaving LWCF State Assistance at $40 million.
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Public Lands Bill

Majority Leader Reid has said he will move forward with an effort to pass an omnibus public land bill in the lame duck session, even if he has to bring lawmakers back after the holiday.  Senate staff has stated the bill will only include measures that have been passed out of committee, and that there is no intent to include full and dedicated funding for LWCF or a 40 percent set-aside for the State Assistance program.


LWCF Stateside Funding and a Minimum Guaranteed Percentage for State and Local Purposes

As we prepare for the 112th Congress, advocating for a 40 percent allocation to the LWCF State Assistance Program is more important than ever before. Congressional offices continue to tell us that the success of our advocacy efforts is dependent on a ground swell of voices from the local level.
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Moving Outdoors in Nature Act (H.R. 6426)

We are excited to announce that Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) recently introduced the Moving Outdoors in Nature Act (MONA) in the United States House of Representatives! As a part of the Outdoor Alliance for Kids (OAK), NRPA worked with Representative Kind’s office on the crafting of the legislation.
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Livable Communities Act (S. 1619 and H.R. 4690)

The potential still exists that this bill may move during the lame duck since there is sentiment to give its sponsor, Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), a legacy bill as he retires after serving 35 years in Congress.  Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) has introduced a companion bill in the House.  Parks and recreation agencies would be eligible for funding under two new federal grant programs created by this legislation.  We have also engaged Congressional staff on adding some of the language from the urban parks bill to the Livable Communities Act. 
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Reach Out to Your New Member of Congress

The 112th Congress begins in January with one of the largest freshman classes in years.  Over 100 new Members of Congress will come to Washington, D.C. and change the landscape of federal policy.  We must educate these new members on the value of parks and recreation to local communities and our nation, and encourage them to become champions for our issues. 
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Transportation Reauthorization Lurches Forward

The reauthorization of the nation’s Surface Transportation Act has been stalled since the House Transit and Highways subcommittee passed a comprehensive bill in June 2010, and progress on a new multi-year reauthorization bill has ground to a halt for a variety of reasons.  However, Congress did act in the lame duck session to pass yet another short-term extension of SAFETEA-LU for nine months, until Sept. 30, 2011, contained in H.R. 3082. 
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Department of Justice Seeking Input for Regulatory Changes to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Regarding Golf Carts and Exercise Equipment

The Public Policy Committee of the Board of Directors has formed a task force to respond to questions posed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) regarding changes to regulations for accessible golf carts and exercise equipment covering Title II (public) and Title III (business and non-profit) entities. 
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