NLC Membership Approves 2008 National Municipal Policy

By Rosenfeld, Ken | Nation's Cities Weekly, November 26, 2007 | Go to article overview

NLC Membership Approves 2008 National Municipal Policy


Rosenfeld, Ken, Nation's Cities Weekly


During the Congress of Cities in New Orleans, NLC's seven policy and advocacy committees met to discuss and take action on a wide variety of critical issues to the nation's cities, ranging from public safety to bridge safety, from tax reform to education reform. Culminating a year's work by committee members, all proposed policy amendments and resolutions were approved at the Annual Business Meeting by vote of the NLC membership. Several substantive discussions were held on the floor of the business meeting, resulting in some additions to the committee recommendations.

The resulting National Municipal Policy (NMP) is used to guide NLC's federal advocacy efforts. Policy amendments update standing policy positions, while resolutions on specific, timely matters remain in effect for one year. The complete, updated 2008 National Municipal Policy will be available on the NLC website in December.

A brief summary follows, highlighting some of the new positions in each chapter of the NMP. For further details on the approved changes or the policy process in general, contact the policy analyst listed for each issue area, or call the policy office at 202-626-3027.

Public Safety and Crime Prevention (PSCP)

The PSCP committee focused its attention on addressing how the federal government can assist municipalities in addressing local challenges related to violent crime and disaster preparedness and response.

Two policy amendments relate to prisoner reentry and domestic violence. Nine existing resolutions were recommended for renewal and two new resolutions were passed.

One new resolution addresses the federal government's role in assisting municipalities to prevent and combat violent crime; the additional resolution urges Congress to revise the Robert T. Stafford Act to enable municipalities to seek a declaration of disaster when a county is ineligible. (Staff contact: Melinda Glazer, glazer@nlc.org)

Transportation Infrastructure and Services (TIS)

The TIS committee was heavily engaged in surface transportation funding this year; a subcommittee focused specifically on reauthorization and policy recommendations will be developed next year.

Several policy amendments were passed, covering innovative transportation technologies, regional strategies for a seamless transportation system, dedicated funding for transportation enhancements and the potential use of customs duties to finance waterway and port operations and improvements.

In addition to renewing four resolutions set to expire this year, two new resolutions address road and bridge safety and increased federal funding for Amtrak. (Staff contact: Julia Pulidindi, pulidindi@nlc.org)

Energy, Environment and Natural Resources (EENR)

The EENR committee focused this year on developing and implementing an NLC Action Plan on Sustainability, but also produced a range of policy and resolutions.

A revised definition of sustainability will better frame the chapter's focus on the issue. Additional policy amendments encourage research into alternative options for managing nuclear waste and update the section on wetlands. Another amendment incorporates into permanent policy a current resolution opposing federal preemption related to the siting and permitting of energy infrastructure.

A new resolution concerns the threat of sea-level rise to the nation's cities, urging the federal government to begin researching the effects of this serious potential problem. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

NLC Membership Approves 2008 National Municipal Policy
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.