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NACo Adopts Policy Resolutions for 2019-2020 Term

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On July 15, the National Association of Counties (NACo) adopted 125 policy resolutions at NACo’s 2019 Annual Conference in Clark County, Nev. These policy resolutions will supplement exiting NACo policy and guide the organization’s advocacy during the 2019-2020 term.

The NACo resolutions process provides members with the ability to participate in national policy decisions affecting county governments. During the Annual Conference, NACo’s ten policy steering committees, Board of Directors and the general membership considered policy resolutions and changes to American County Platform. The policy resolutions adopted at the 2019 Annual Conference are valid for one year until NACo’s 2020 Annual Conference, at which point all policy resolutions expire and must be renewed. NACo’s 2020 Annual Conference will be held July 17-20,2020 in Orange County/Orlando, Fla.

The American County Platform and the association's policy resolutions are carefully considered statements of the needs and interests of county governments throughout the nation. These federal policy statements serve as a guide for NACo members and staff to advance the association’s policy agenda before Congress, the White House and federal agencies.

NACo members are encouraged to get involved by joining one of NACo’s policy steering committees. For more information about getting involved, please click here or contact Brett Mattson at bmattson@naco.org. For a comprehensive overview of NACo’s policy process, click here.

Below are the policy resolutions adopted at the 2019 Annual Conference (* denotes new resolutions):

AGRICULTURE AND RURAL AFFAIRS

Resolution on H-2A Administrative Rules Reform

COMMUNITY, ECONOMIC AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Resolution on FY 2020 Appropriations for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Resolution on Housing Infrastructure

Resolution on the New Markets Tax Credit

Resolution on Opportunity Zones

Resolution on Protecting the Health and Safety of Sober Home Residents

Resolution on Preservation and Expansion of Affordable Housing Stock

Resolution on Economic Development Administration Reauthorization

Resolution to Support Legal Migration to Strengthen Local Economies and Workforce

Resolution on FY 2020 Appropriations for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

Resolution on Streamlining State Licensing Procedures for Military Spouses

Resolution on Federal Support to Address Unsheltered Homelessness*

Resolution on Federal Policy Changes Related to Immigrant Eligibility for Federal Housing Benefits*

Resolution Supporting a Federal Study to Examine Lost Recording Fee Revenues Due to the Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems (MERS) *

Resolution on Leveraging the Combination of the Investing in Opportunity Act and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act for Local Prosperity*

ENVIRONMENT, ENERGY AND LAND USE

Resolution on the Impact of Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) on Human Health and the Environment 

Resolution on Compensatory Mitigation In-Lieu Fee Programs 

Resolution Urging Congress to Provide Funding for Local Efforts to Address Coastal Water Level Changes*  

Resolution in Support of Affordable Beach Renourishment Projects

Resolution on EPA’s Imposition of Numeric Water Quality-Based Effluent Limitations on County Governments 

Resolution Urging the Federal Government to Invest in Transboundary Water and Sewage Infrastructure Along United States/International Borders 

Resolution to Revise the Process to Assess Benefits of Federally Funded Water Infrastructure Projects 

Resolution on Federal Government Related Water Control Infrastructure Drawdowns Before Flooding Events 

Resolution in Support of Research into Harmful Algal Bloom Prevention and Mitigation*  

Resolution Supporting the Reauthorization of the Coral Reef Conservation Act 

Resolution Requesting the U.S. Department of Energy Rescind or Revise Order 140.1 to Remove Restrictions on the Department of Energy’s Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board*  

Resolution on any Administration Budget Request to Eliminate Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) Revenue Sharing Funds 

Resolution in Support of Liquid Natural Gas Export Facilities Nationally 

FINANCE, PENSIONS AND INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS

Resolution Supporting a Complete and Accurate Census 2020 Count 

Resolution to Oppose the ACA’s 40 Percent Excise Tax on High-Cost and Employer-Provided Health Benefits 

Resolution Supporting the Municipal Advisor Rule  

Resolution to Preserve Municipal Investment Options and Access to Capital for Public Infrastructure and Economic Development 

Resolution in Support of Restoring Tax Incentives for Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems 

Resolution in Support for Reauthorization of the Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act 

Resolution on Federal Tax Intercept of Unpaid Court Fees 

Resolution on Volunteer Driver Reimbursement Rates* 

Resolution Urging Congressional and Administration Commitment to Timely Enactment of Federal Budget Appropriations and No More Shutdowns  *

HEALTH

Resolution Urging the Federal Government to Suspend, Instead of Terminate, Medicaid Coverage for Incarcerated Individuals 

Resolution to Extend Federal Medical Payments to Detainees in County Jails Who Are Pre-Adjudicated  

Resolution to Prohibit Insurers from Denying Health Benefits to Pre-Adjudicated Persons 

Resolution on Integration of Mental Health and Addiction Care in Treatment Centers 

Resolution on the Importance of the ACA and Medicaid Expansion  

Resolution Regarding the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program   

Resolution to Support Funding for Alzheimer’s Disease/Other Related Dementias Research, Community Education and Outreach and Caregiver Support 

Resolution on Federal Policy Changes Related to Immigrant Eligibility for Federal Benefits 

Resolution Supporting Local Efforts for Mobile Support Teams 

Resolution on Reducing Disparities in African American Child Deaths 

Resolution in Support for Funding the Supporting and Improving Rural EMS Needs Grants 

Resolution Supporting Improved Compliance through Better Regulation in Nursing Homes*  

Resolution Supporting Better Staffing in Nursing Homes*  

Resolution to Support Federal Action to Obtain Better Research on Kratom and to Promote Dissemination of Best Public Health Practices Related to Kratom*  

Resolution to Support Amending 42 CFR Part 2 SUD Privacy Rules to Improve Care Coordination  

HUMAN SERVICES AND EDUCATION

Resolution to Support Linking 2-1-1 Lines with Substance Use Disorder Crisis Lines*  

Resolution Urging Congress and the Administration to Maintain County Child Welfare Flexibility and Funding 

Resolution to Fully Fund and Update the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program   

Resolution to Minimize the Negative Impacts of Immigration Enforcement on Families and Children  

Resolution to Maintain Current Levels of Legal Migration  

Resolution on Early Childhood Development 

Resolution Supporting Two-Generation Efforts to Reduce Poverty 

Resolution to Enact the American Dream and Promise Act or Similar Legislation*  

Resolution to Address Sexual Abuse in Families 

Resolution to Support the Development of Pilot Programs for Innovative Delivery of Federal Social Services Programs that Are Offered through Local Governments* 

JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY

Resolution on State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) 

Resolution Urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to Conduct an Assessment and Develop an Improvement Plan on FEMA Individual Assistance Programs 

Resolution Urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to Clarify FEMA Debris Removal Guidelines for Private Roadways and Gated Communities

Resolution Urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to Coordinate with Local Government Stakeholders on FEMA After-Action Reports 

Resolution in Support for Deflection Initiatives 

Resolution on Fair Restructuring of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Grants 

Resolution Urging Congress and FEMA to Ensure County Involvement in the Implementation of Emergency Management Strategic Goals 

Resolution Supporting Inflationary Increase to the Emergency Management Performance Grant 

Resolution Supporting the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program   

Resolution Urging Congress and FEMA to Ensure County Involvement in the Implementation of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA)*  

Resolution Urging Congress and FEMA to Reduce Unnecessary Burdens on Public Assistance to Counties Following Presidential Declarations*  

Resolution to Support National Standards for Emergency Management Programs and the Emergency Management Accreditation Program   

Resolution in Support of Amending U.S. Code Title 16. CONSERVATION Chapter 12. FEDERAL REGULATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF POWER, Subchapter I. REGULATION OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF WATER POWER AND RESOURCES Section 803. Conditions of License Generally*

Resolution on National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization and Program Improvements 

Resolution to Maintain Local Control and Public Safety Priorities Under Federal Immigration Laws*  

PUBLIC LANDS

Resolution to Repair and Maintain the Public Land Survey System             

Resolution on Amending the Recreation and Public Purposes Act              

Resolution on the Removal of Salt Cedar               

Resolution on Amendments to Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Side B Funding - Establishing a Minimum*             

Resolution Supporting Presidential Executive Order 13855 of December 21, 2018 Ordering the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture to Achieve Specific Goals in 2019 to Improve Conditions and Reduce Wildfire Risk in America’s Forests, Rangelands and Other Public Lands*     

Resolution to Require Federal Land Management Agencies to Offset Acquisition of New Land to Mitigate Financial Impact on Impacted Counties* 

Resolution Supporting Increased Federal Public Lands Agency Funding    

Resolution Supporting Robust Remediation of Abandoned Uranium Mines as a Critical Priority for the United States               

Resolution Supporting the Use of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Funding to Engage in Forest Thinning and Restoration Activities on Public and Private Lands         

Resolution Supporting Federal Funding to Promote and Expedite Building Private Forest Industry in Regions with Low to No-Value Trees          

Resolution Urging Congress to Support the Return of 40 Percent of Federal Mineral Lease Revenue to the County in Which It Was Generated             

Resolution Urging That U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Policies Include Counts of Utah Prairie Dogs and Other Threatened and Endangered Species on Private and State Trust Lands as Well as Federal Lands for the Purpose of Measuring the Success of Species Recovery Efforts        

Resolution Urging the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to Allow Permitless Gathering of Wood Products from Areas Where Those Products are Already Planned for Controlled Burn, Slashing, Chipping and Other Treatments           

Resolution Calling on the U.S. Forest Service to Timely Increase Active Animal Unit Months (AUMs) on Grazing Allotments That Have Undergone Vegetative Treatments or Undergone Conversions Between Cattle and Sheep*

Resolution Urging the U.S. Forest Service to Address its Backlog of Needed Restorations and Replacements of Aging and Deteriorating Grazing Infrastructure*           

Resolution Urging the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to Follow Federal Land Policy Management Act (FLPMA) and Place Maximum Feasible Reliance on the Local County Sheriff for all the BLM’s Law Enforcement Needs, Before Deploying BLM Law Enforcement Officers, or in the Alternative Urging Congress to Abolish the BLM’s Law Enforcement Program If the BLM Will Not Follow FLPMA’s Direction

Resolution Urging Congress to Prevent the Establishment of a National Monument without the Affected State and County’s Approval.         

Resolution Supporting Presidential Proclamation 9682 Dated December 4, 2017 That Modified and Reduced the Boundary and Size of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Under the Authority of the Antiquities Act               

Resolution on the Council of Environmental Quality’s Revisions to the National Environmental Policy Act Implementing Regulations       

Resolution Supporting a Coordinated Effort Between Federal, State and County Officials to Eradicate the Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula), an Invasive Species Plaguing the Mid-Atlantic States        

Resolution Urging Congress to Amend and Update the Endangered Species Act of 1973   

Resolution on Amendments to PILT Population Caps       

Resolution to Allow the Public and Public Entities to Comment on Wilderness Characteristics Cataloging and Inventory by Federal Land Management Agencies

Resolution to Cease Wilderness Characteristic Inventory in Alaska             

Resolution Supporting the Utilization of Domestic Livestock Grazing as a Cost-Effective and Viable Method for Hazardous Fuels Reduction Goals in Executive Order 13855, Promoting Active Management of America's Forests, Rangelands and Other Federal Lands to Improve Conditions and Reduce Wildfire Risk      

Resolution Regarding Wildland Fire Regulations and Policies        

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY

Resolution Calling on Congress to Actively Engage Counties Prior to Developing 5G Wireless Infrastructure            

Resolution in Support of Empowering Counties to Be Active in the Deployment and Operations of High-Speed Internet               

Resolution Encouraging Congress to Undertake a Systemic Rewrite of the Telecommunications Act of 1996            

Resolution Encouraging Congress to Pass Legislation that Would Ensure Local 911 Service Fees Are Only Used for Emergency Communications      

Resolution Encouraging Congress to Pass Legislation to Formalize the Process Through Which Data Gathered by the TestIT App is Used to Modify the Broadband Coverage Maps*    

Resolution in Support for Federal Legislation to Implement Next Generation 911

Resolution in Support Preserving Public Safety’s Access to the T-Band (470-512 MHz)*

Resolution in Support of the Creation of a Nationwide 2-1-1 System*

Resolution on Preserving Local Franchise Obligations*

Resolution Calling for the Federal Communications Commission to Address the Lack of Cellular Phone Coverage for Unserved and Underserved Areas of the United States  

TRANSPORTATION

Resolution on Regulating Air Ambulances Under the Airline Deregulation Act (ADA)          

Resolution Supporting Funding for the Assistance to Local Emergency Response Training (ALERT) Grant   

Resolution Supporting a National Voluntary Registry of Persons with Invisible Disabilities When Applying for a Government Issued Identification Document      

Resolution Urging Federal Policy Makers to Include Support for Transit Options in Any Upcoming Infrastructure Package and/or List of Expanded Legislative Principles    

Resolution in Support of Direct Funding to Local Governments for the Improvement and Maintenance of Local Roads in America within any Proposed Infrastructure Spending Bill        

Resolution in Support of Eliminating Regulatory Impediments for Effective Delivery of Federal Aid Projects            

Resolution Supporting Increased Consideration of Alternative Congestion Mitigation Measures  

Resolution Urging Congress to Amend the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) and Hours of Service (HOS) Final Rule to Provide an Agricultural Exemption          

Resolution to Establish NACo’s Legislative Position for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Budget Appropriation for FY 2020         

Resolution Directing Federal Policymakers to Improve Indian School Bus Routes*              

Resolution Directing Congress and the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) to Assist Economically Disadvantaged Counties by Waiving the Local Match Requirement           

Resolution to Amend Federal Law Regarding the Use of Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Emergency Relief (ER) Funds*

About Zach George (Full Bio)

Legislative Assistant

Zach George joined NACo in March 2016 and serves as a Legislative Assistant. He is responsible for writing and editing blog articles, conducting legislative research and providing legislative support for Environment, Energy and Land Use; Transportation; Telecommunications and Technology; and the Gulf Coast Counties and Parishes Coalition.

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