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NAA’s Mid-Year State and Local Policy Outlook Hones in on Top Priorities

Top Priorities

NAA Government Affairs’ newly released 2014 Mid-Year State and Local Policy Outlook gives readers a bird’s eye view of affiliated association executives and government affairs staff members’ top state and local priorities. Results and high-priority policy concerns in this report include:

  •  A look at state and local legislation on source of income, rental registration and inspections programs, energy benchmarking and more.

  • State and local governments’ concerns over the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed rulemaking to expand the definition of “waters of the United States.”  Also known as WOTUS, the proposed changes would create significant financial burdens for state and local governments as well as small businesses without necessarily any improved water quality.  Due to concerns expressed by NAA affiliated associations and other groups, representative bodies are beginning to weigh in:

    • The U.S. Conference of Mayors unanimously approved a resolution requesting that federal agencies engage local governments and other stakeholders and fully address their concerns prior to finalizing their rule. 
    • The National Association of Counties, the Council of State Governments and the National Conference of State Legislatures have also been addressing this issue. 
  • An update on NAA’s involvement with the Uniform Law Commission’s revision of the Uniform Residential Landlord-Tenant Act.