Resolutions Adopted by the Members of the United States Conference of Mayors
1997 Annual Meeting: Adopted Policy Resolutions Summaries
ARTS, CULTURE AND RECREATION
- American Heritage Rivers Initiative supports the President's new program to protect and preserve America's rivers.
- Land and Water Conservation Fund follows the discussion on urban parks held at our Sunday session and calls upon Congress to fund the state-side program which funds local parks and recreation programs.
- Youth Recreation urges cities and the private sector to work closely together to provide recreation programs for young people.
- Americans for the Arts supports this new organization's efforts to more meaningfully link Americans and communities to the arts.
- National Arts and Humanities Month urges mayors and cities to celebrate the arts during the month of October.
- Federal Funding for the Arts, Humanities and Museums reaffirms the mayors' support for these national cultural agencies.
- Encouraging the Promotion of Cultural Tourism urges mayors to promote the arts in their tourism initiatives.
- Creative America which supports the recommendations of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities which encourages state and local governments' support for the arts and the development of state and local Millennium initiatives.
Staff Contact: Tom McClimon
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING
- Community Development Block Grant Set-Aside supports funding separately deserving CDBG set-asides, and calls on the Administration and Congress to fund CDBG at $4.6 billion in formula funding and $1.5 billion for HOME in FY98, and to end the on-going proliferation of set-asides
- The Community Development Block Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program urges HUD to work with the Office of Management and Budget and Congress to retain the ability of the Section 108 program to provide loans to projects that would have difficulty obtaining loans from most conventional lending institutions.
- Section 8 Portfolio Restructuring urges the Administration and Congress to adopt a Portfolio Restructuring program that preserves and improves the existing project-based system in accordance with the principles and recommendations developed by the Conference's Standing Committee on Community Development and Housing.
- Section 8 Funding Requirements urges the Administration and Congress to provide the necessary increases in budget authority to renew all expiring tenant based and project based contracts at levels sufficient to allow sound operation of these properties without excessive return to owners.
- Preserving The Low Income Housing Tax Credit urges Congress to maintain, and the Administration to support, the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit as a permanent authorization.
- Empowerment Zones/Enterprise Communities urges both the President and the U.S. Congress to enact bi-partisan legislation to authorize an expansion of the Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Communities program.
Staff Contact: Eugene T. Lowe
CRIMINAL AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
- The COPS Program reiterates Conference support for the COPS program, calls on Congress to reinstate flexibility in the program and to expand the portion of the funds that can be used in a flexible manner, and calls for additional funding to continue officers hired through the program beyond the initial three years where local fiscal conditions would not otherwise permit it.
- The Local Law Enforcement Block Grant registers strong support for the program and calls on Congress and the Administration to continue funding it at least at the FY97 level.
- Judicial Pay calls for the speedy adoption of legislation that would adjust, and provide a procedure for the future adjustment of, the salaries of federal judges.
- An Independent Judiciary affirms support for a strong and independent federal judiciary and calls upon the Senate to handle judicial confirmation proceedings in an objective and expeditious manner.
- A National Action Plan to Control Drugs adopts the comprehensive plan ratified by mayors, police chiefs and prosecutors participating in the National Forum on Drug Control and presented to the President and the Congress as official conference policy and urges the President, Congress, state and local government officials, those in the private sector and the American public to examine and act upon its recommendations.
- Certification of Mexico as an Ally in the War on Drugs affirms support for the President's decision to certify Mexico as an ally in the war against drugs.
- Opposition to the Unfair Treatment of Immigrants adopts as Conference policy the Statement of Principles adopted at the New York City Conference on Immigration which sets forth a common set of beliefs about the positive economic, cultural and social contributions immigrants have made to our cities and our nation and calls on the President and the Congress to revise those sections of the new welfare and immigration laws that are discriminatory and impose punitive benefit restrictions on immigrants.
Staff Contact: Kay Scrimger
ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT
- Comprehensive Superfund Reform recommends changes in the Superfund law that expedite clean-up of co-disposal landfill sites, provide liability protections for generators, transporters, and arrangers of municipal solid waste, cap liability for local government owners and operators of such landfills, create a fair-share cost allocation system for clean-ups of NPL sites, provide a range of tools and authorities, such as liability reforms and funding, to address brownfield sites, including setting aside ten percent of Superfund trust fund dollars for investments in brownfield clean-ups, allow local governments to manage Superfund clean-ups, encourage owners of non-NPL sites to enter into state or local voluntary clean-up programs and calls upon EPA to develop further administrative reforms to provide liability relief for generators, transporters and arrangers of municipal solid waste at co-disposal landfill sites.
- Local Superfund Solutions urges U.S. EPA when making decisions at radioactive contaminated sites and is attempting to correct results of past decisions, to give weight to the desires of its local government partners and the communities, to be consistent in its decision-making, to not leave local governments with the burden of future costs and to follow its own procedures, which require it to use state and local laws as guidelines.
- In Support of Recycling at Work directs the Conference to support the National Office Paper Recycling Project's "Recycling at Work" campaign and the Buy Recycled Training Institute, encourages cities to mirror the requirements of Executive Order 12873 requiring purchase of 20 percent post-consumer content paper and other recycled products and endorses America Recycles Day on November 15, 1997.
- Proposed Ozone and Fine Particulate Standards calls upon U.S. EPA to adopt the alternate ozone standard calling for eight hour averaging and retain the current particulate matter (PM) standard recognizing the need for continued evaluation of the impact of PM on human health and the environment and address the issues of ozone, particulate matter and air transport together.
- Financing Clean Water and Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs emphasizes the Conference's continued support for public/private partnerships as an option in managing public water and wastewater infrastructure and systems, calls for changes to federal policies that now limit local government efforts to attract private capital in support of water and wastewater infrastructure investment and urges the states to remove barriers to the use of public/private partnerships that benefit clean water and drinking water systems.
- Reauthorization of the Clean Water Act sets forth several principles to guide federal policy-makers in developing legislation to reauthorize the Clean Water Act, including emphasizing a watershed approach and state, regional and local flexibility, making urban stormwater rules consistent with other non-point regulatory regimes, and coordinating existing programs to avoid duplication and for resolving inter-jurisdictional issues.
- Comprehensive Brownfields Strategy sets forth the elements of the Conference's agenda for comprehensive brownfields legislation, calling principally for liability relief, new commitments of federal resources to support public and private investments in cleanups, and empowerment of state and local governments to make decisions affecting cleanup and reuse of these sites.
- Strengthening the Clean Air Partnership urges Congress to evaluate existing federal partnership efforts related to Clean Air Act standards, take actions to expand and strengthen such efforts in support of local compliance efforts aimed at achieving attainment of national air quality standards.
Kevin McCarty or
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
- Welfare Reform Implementation adopts the recommendations of the Conference's Welfare Reform Implementation
Task Force as policy, specifically to educate and support mayors on welfare reform implementation, identify how existing
programs and revenue streams can be rationalized to allow communities to help build economic opportunities for all
residents, monitor welfare reform implementation in cities, and shape federal legislation to restore cuts in immigrant
assistance and the food stamp program and establish a welfare-to-work initiative.
- A National Action Plan to Control Drugs adopts the comprehensive plan ratified by mayors, police chiefs and
prosecutors participating in the National Forum on Drug Control and presented to the President and the Congress as
official conference policy and urges the President, Congress, state and local government officials, those in the private
sector and the American public to examine and act upon its recommendations.
- Endorsing the Hatch-Kennedy Child Bill urges Congress to pass and the President to sign the Children's Health
Insurance and Lower Deficit Act of 1997, which would extend health insurance coverage to millions of American children.
- Breast Cancer Screening, Detection and Treatment calls for continued support of Public Law 101-508 concerning
women under age 65, reimbursement for annual mammography screening for women 65 and older under Medicare, greater
coordination of federal cancer prevention programs, the provision of federal funds directly to local governments for
community-based breast cancer prevention/education efforts, and funding to link treatment with screening efforts.
- Local Flexibility in HIV/AIDS Prevention supports local flexibility in the expenditure of local, state and federal funds
for HIV/AIDS prevention and opposes uniform federal requirements for mandatory HIV testing, mandatory reporting of
persons testing positive, or a national partner notification program.
- Rationale for Needle Exchange Programs calls on the Secretary of Health and Human Services to exercise the
waiver authority to fund needle exchange programs; states that needle exchange is only one, vital component of a
comprehensive HIV prevention program; and says that state and local officials should utilize appropriate federal resources
for needle exchange programs as part of comprehensive HIV prevention plans.
- CDC Funding for Training and Technology Needed by Local Public Health Departments supports federal funds
to assist local health departments in meeting training and technology needs to respond to public health emergencies.
- Reducing Tobacco Use by Young People supports the Administration's initiatives to reduce access to tobacco products by
young people, educate them on the health risks of using tobacco and to enforce laws prohibiting the sale and distribution
of tobacco products to people under 18.
- Prostate Cancer Awareness urges the federal government to increase public awareness of prostate cancer and make funding available for early detection and treatment of the disease, HHS to continue its research into the causes and most successful treatments of the disease, and mayors to undertake efforts in their cities to promote prostate cancer awareness and identify treatment resources for those who contract the disease.
- Welfare-to-Work registers its support for the welfare-to-work program reported out of the House Ways and Means Committee and urges the full House to pass it and the Senate to pass similar legislation, and opposes any efforts to deny recipients engaged in public service workfare programs employee status and worker protections, exempt them from the minimum wage or count non-cash benefits in calculating benefit levels.
Staff Contact: Crystal Swann
- Growth and Opportunity in Africa, which emerges from an Africa initiative proposed at the recent Denver Summit of the Eightthe Growth and Opportunity in Africa Actwhich would authorize establishment of a $100 million equity fund and a $100 million infrastructure fund to assist African nations in moving toward market-based economic reform, beginning in 1998; and would establish a U.S.-African Economic Forum to facilitate annual high-level discussion of bilateral and multilateral trade and investment policies and initiatives.
- Support for Democracy in Nigeria, which deals with the denial of basic human and democratic rights of citizens of Nigeria by the military dictatorship in that country, and urges the Administration and Congress to take all practical steps, including economic measures, to achieve the early restoration of democracy and human rights in Nigeria.
- Fast Track Trade Expansion Authority, which calls for giving the President the negotiating authority necessary to conclude increasingly complex trade agreements to guarantee access for U.S. products in foreign markets; and calls upon the U.S. Congress to enact the appropriate legislation to grant the President fast-track negotiating authority.
- NATO Enlargement, in which the Conference of Mayors advocates and supports NATO enlargement, consistent with U.S. policy objectives and as a component of purposeful and responsible engagement in global affairs.
- Support for Democracy in Serbia, which supports the democratization of Serbia and calls for democratic elections in the national elections in Serbia in November 1997.
- Cooperation and Continued Friendship Between Mayors from Argentina and the United States: In addition to the resolutions above, the committee was pleased to have in attendance a special delegation of Mayors from Argentina. The Argentine mayors noted the impetus given to their Federation of Municipalities in Argentina provided by The United States Conference of Mayors in the late 1980's and early 1990's. The Argentineans and the members of the committee expressed the strong hope for continued and closer cooperation among the mayors of the United States and Argentina, in particular, the hope that more study exchanges between the mayors of both nations could occur in the future.
Staff Contact: Kay Scrimger
JOBS, EDUCATION AND THE WORKFORCE
- Mayor Involvement in Educational Partnerships incorporates the report from the Public Schools Task Force. It states that within collaborative partnerships the following should be considered: tough academic standards; adequate basic skills training; opportunities for youth to develop adult relationships; school-to-career efforts with goals for number of placements; mobilizing business community to assist in providing technology to schools; working with police chiefs and superintendents to increase safety. It states that mayors and superintendents should collaborate. It supports continued expansion of Title I and school-to-career programs. It supports increased funding at Department of Education to spur partnerships, a Mayor's Educational Initiatives Grant and a "Labor-Management Partnerships" program. It supports the President's School Construction program and funding for after-school programs. It urges study of impact of welfare reform on schools and research on early learning programs.
- Corporation for National Service recognizes work of Corporation including Presidents' Summit activities and supports reauthorization of national service programs.
- Support for America's Promise: The Alliance for Youth acknowledges the President's Summit which was held in Philadelphia in April 1997, supports the principles and goals of America's Promise: the Alliance for Youth, and encourages mayors to create "communities of promise" in their cities by increasing by an additional 10 percent the number of young people served by the five resources.
- State and Local Workforce Development Coalition supports the principles in the coalition agreement developed by the National Governors Association, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Association of Counties, and The United States Conference of Mayors into the new workforce development legislation. The agreement would develop an employment, training and education system that would:
- use the strengths of all levels of government;
- grant states and localities flexibility to develop innovative programs;
- consolidate more than 75 different employment and training and education programs into a single funding stream;
- enhance responsibilities for the chief local elected official;
- grant governors and states authority to develop and implement strong workforce developmnet policies and programs;
- establish a network of workforce development areas to deliver services;
- ensure leadership from governors, county and city officials to work together to ensure customer access to services leading to gainful employment;
- utilize workforce boards in local system;
- create a user-friendly, no wrong door or one stop approach;
- establish national, state and local benchmarks based on return on investment strategy.
Staff Contact: Joan Crigger
TRANSPORTATION AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Highway Beautification Act endorses pending legislation, S. 401, H.R. 1448 and H.R. 1449, that places a moratorium on new billboard construction on the federal interstate and primary systems, until the current law protects rural areas, restores local rights to remove billboards, billboard operators pay a fair share for using the roads and protects public trees from destruction for billboard visibility and it also calls for a study of the applicability of the Act to Indian lands.
- Affirming the Authority of Local Governments to Determine the Placement, Construction and Modification of Personal Wireless Service Facilities, Including But Not Limited to Monopoles and Towers Within Their Jurisdiction affirms the legislative history of the Telecommunications Reform Act of 1996 regarding the preservation of local authority to make zoning and other decisions regarding the placement, construction and modifications of facilities for wireless communications systems and opposes any actions by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to limit, remove and in any way alter this local authority, with the exception of FCC authority to regulate the environmental effects of radio frequency emissions.
- Post-Conrail Era calls upon the Surface Transportation Board to undertake extensive outreach activities to ensure that communities with Conrail facilities and employees are consulted on the proposed division of Conrail, urges CSX and Norfolk Southern to work with affected communities on these issues, requests the Surface Transportation Board to require conditions or agreements to ensure that acquired Conrail facilities are maintained and to reject any proposals that do not adequately provide for the continuity of railroad activities in communities now served by the Conrail system.
- Calling for Meaningful Cable Television Rate Regulation finds that FCC's cable rate regulation rules have been a failure in protecting consumers where no cable competition exists, affirms the Conference's support for competition in cable television services and calls upon the FCC to take steps to protect consumers until such time as meaningful competition develops.
- Preservation of City Authority to Require Modern Cable Television Service for Citizens opposes efforts by FCC to override the franchising authority of local governments through preemptive social contracts and calls upon FCC to cease and desist attempts to erode the clear and repeated intent of Congress to respect and protect this authority.
- FCC and Local Government Interests commends retiring Commission members for their support of processes to improve local government input to the FCC, urges the Commission to build on efforts such as the local and state advisory committee and calls upon the Senate to consider the views of Commission candidates on local government matters before recommending confirmation and urges the President to consider the views of candidates on local government matters before making nominations to the Senate.
- Amtrak places the Conference in support of efforts to provide a dedicated source of capital funding for Amtrak and urges that such funding be equivalent to at least one-half cent of the federal fuel tax revenue.
- Dedication of Public Spectrum urges the Congress to adopt the FCC's plan calling for dedication of 24 megahertz of spectrum between channels 60 and 69 for use by public safety and to provide funding for equipment to be used for public safety as proposed by Senator John McCain and to implement these steps as soon as possible but no later than December 31, 1999.
Staff Contact: Kevin McCarty
URBAN ECONOMIC POLICY
- Opposing Restrictions on Tax Exempt Bonds for Professional Sports Facilities urges Congress to oppose legislation that would impose further limitations on state and local governments' use of tax exempt bond financing.
- Protecting the Use of Sampling in the 2000 Census urges all members of Congress to support efforts to ensure the use of sampling since it has been found that sampling will improve the accuracy of the census count.
- Urging Local Representation on Federal Boards urges Congress and the President to ensure that mayors and other local elected officials are appointed to Congressional and Executive Branch boards where issues bear upon city and county interests.
- Opposing Federal Preemption of State and Local Revenue Authority expresses The U.S. Conference of Mayors opposition to any federal legislation or regulation that would preempt state and local governments authority to collect revenues on transactions, privileges or activities within their boundaries.
- Resolution Opposing Proposed Congressional Moratorium on State and Local Internet Taxation Authority expresses opposition to pendnig legislation that would preempt state and local taxation authority, expresses opposition to the unlimited moratorium that the legislation would impose on state and local taxation of electronic transactions, and urges that action on the legislation be delayed until an impartial study can be completed to determine the impact of electronic commerce on state and local tax systems and on private sector competition.
- The United States Conference of Mayors/National Association of Counties Joint Center for Sustainable Communities calls upon the Conference to establish an advisory committee to the Joint Center for Sustainable Communities, advise the President's Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD) on projects whereby federal, state and local governments may negotiate new relationships or metropolitan strategies, use the Joint Center to develop sustainable development goals, and challenge mayors to adopt at least one recommendation from the PCSD's report and join other mayors for the first annual event of the Joint Center.
- Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS) places the Conference in support of efforts to provide federal funding for the remediation of environmental hazards at formerly used defense sites regardless of whether such sites have already been conveyed to new owners.
Staff Contact: Larry Jones