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Help Set Alliance Policy Priorities, Majority of Both Parties

Advocates Alert: October 1, 2009

What Policies Most Support Your Work? We Need to Hear from You!

Each year, the Land Trust Alliance's Policy Advisory Council has an open meeting at Rally to consider feedback from the community and discuss which public policy issues we should prioritize for next year.  That meeting is Workshop B-22 "Land Trust Alliance 2010 Public Policy Review" on Tuesday, October 13, 1:15 pm - 3:15 pm in Room E143.  If you are at Rally, I hope you will join us, and give us your input.

Even if you can't attend the Tuesday session, we hope you will read the policy options memo and send us your feedback by Wednesday, October 7th, so that we can share it with the Council and the session participants.  The purpose of the Alliance is to help you conserve land -- and you are the best judge of what public policy work will help most.

Click here for an options memo that includes:

  • How we rank policy issues
  • Brief reviews of ten issues we could be working on
  • Members of the Land Trust Alliance Policy Advisory Council
  • Next, click here for a chart to rank issues. Please fill it out and email it to policy@lta.org or fax it to 202-638-4730.

We also welcome your narrative comments, both about which issues we should prioritize and how we can best engage your organization and its members on these priorities. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

H.R. 1831 Supported by Majority of Democrats and Republicans

The 232 co-sponsors of the Conservation Easement Incentive Act now include majorities of both parties in the House! This degree of bipartisanship on a conservation bill is truly unusual and newsworthy.  We hope you'll consider adapting our press release as a release from your land trust that highlights your Congressional delegation.   This milestone will mean a lot more if your Members of Congress hear about it!

Every additional co-sponsor counts, so please call your Rep. today!  Click here for the complete co-sponsor list or see the new additions below. Whether your Rep. has co-sponsored or not, there are things you can do to help.

Many of you have asked about the status of the Senate's Rural Heritage Conservation Act, S. 812.  Its sponsors, Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) are the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, so gaining rank-and-file co-sponsors has been a lower priority than in the House.  That said, Senate co-sponsors do help, and we're making great progress; our 30 co-sponsors already exceed our total from the previous Congress!  Your Senator can co-sponsor S. 812 by contacting Tiffany Smith at the Senate Finance Committee.

 

Co-sponsors Added Since Last Week

  • Rep. John Alder (D-NJ/3rd)
  • Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-OH/1st)
  • Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA/17th)
  • Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-VA/4th)
  • Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. (D-IL/2nd)
  • Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH/9th)
  • Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA/4th)
  • Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX/19th)
  • Rep. David Scott (D-GA/13th)
  • Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID)*

*Member of the Senate Finance Committee

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