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Legislation #: 120048 Introduction Date: 1/12/2012
Type: Resolution Effective Date: 1/22/2012
Title: Establishing the City’s positions on matters that may come before the 112th United States Congress during its 2nd Session in 2012.

Legislation History
1/12/2012 Filed by the Clerk's office
1/12/2012 Councilmember Sharp Move to Advance
1/12/2012 Adopted

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Establishing the City’s positions on matters that may come before the 112th United States Congress during its 2nd Session in 2012.


WHEREAS, the City desires to publish general statements of its positions on matters that may become the subject of or be affected by proposed federal legislation during the 2nd Session of the 112th United States Congress in 2012; NOW, THEREFORE,




That the City Council of Kansas City hereby adopts the priorities and positions below on matters that may come before the 112th United States Congress during its 2nd Session in 2012.


A. Infrastructure


U. S. Army Corps of Engineers – support continued funding for flood risk management, for water resources planning efforts for the following projects:


Swope Park Industrial Area - $7,000,000 for Construction;

Turkey Creek Basin - $7,000,000 for Construction;

Blue River Basin (Dodson) $18,000,000 for Construction;

Blue River Channel - $1,000,000 for Construction;

Missouri River Degradation - $300,000 for General Investigations;

Kansas City’s (7) Levees - $6,000,000 for Phase 1 and $50,000 for Phase 2 for Design and Construction;

Brush Creek Basin - $300,000 for General Investigations;

Line Creek Basin - $100,000 for General Investigations;


Water Resources Development Act – Support authorization of a WRDA bill that includes the following projects:


Blue River Basin (Dodson) – Increase authorization to $45,500,000.

Swope Park Industrial Area – Authorization for the Corps to construct the RR flyover bridge as part of the project with the City receiving credit for the cost of the bridge towards the City’s cost share obligation, but this shall not be included in the total project cost, not to exceed $5,000,000.

Blue River Channel – Authorization to produce a General Reevaluation Report using Construction General funding consistent and in conjunction with the Project at a 50% Federal and 50% local sponsor cost share consistent with Corps feasibility studies.

Missouri River Degradation – Revise cost share to full Federal expense as the conditions on the River are governed by federally operated and maintained projects as part of an interstate waterway system.


Water and Wastewater Infrastructure - Support for a $10 million appropriation through the State and Tribal Assistance Grants Account for combined sewer and wet weather overflow projects.


Long Term Infrastructure - Support the “American Jobs Act” which includes the creation of an Infrastructure Bank for Water/Wastewater funding including wastewater treatment facilities; storm water management systems, drinking water treatment facilities and levees.


Homeland Security – Support funding programs for Homeland Security for Water/Wastewater facilities.


National Flood Insurance Program – Support continuation of the National Flood Insurance Program, that would place an additional burden on those areas protected by levees through either significant changes in insurance requirements or the expansion of flood hazard areas (SFHA’s) to include areas behind levees, or other substantial changes that may lead to unintended negative consequences for communities.


Reauthorization of Federal Transportation Law – SAFETEA-LU – Support the multiyear reauthorization of the federal transportation law, continuation of current funding and identification of new funding to meet the nation’s needs to maintain and improve its transportation infrastructure.


Renewable Energy – Support continuation of federal tax credits to support utility-scale and residential/commercial-scale development of renewable energy generation systems.


New GSA Building – Support selection of a site for the proposed new General Services Administration building in the general area of the East Village Redevelopment Area and funding for the construction of the facility.


Richards-Gebaur Redevelopment – Support expedited funding for environmental remediation at the former Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base to foster continued economic development opportunities.


B. Healthy Communities


Access to Personal Health Care Services and Public Health Interventions – Continue support for full funding and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, including: (1) opposition to its repeal; and (2) support for the Prevention and Public Health Fund and the Community Transformation grants which support implementation of community wellness and prevention efforts and expansion of public health infrastructure to prevent, detect, and respond to public health threats.


Emergency Preparedness and Response – Support enabling legislation and additional funding for Public Health Emergency Preparedness that includes provisions for:


Annual influenza vaccines for staff of health care providers.

Ongoing emergency response workforce and community training.

Comprehensive communication systems.

Additional public health staffing.

Provision of liability protection for qualified volunteers who provide medical services during a public health emergency (e.g., Medical Reserve Corps).


Federal Block Grants for Prevention, MCH – Continue support for: (1) Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant to address and help prevent disparities in infant mortality and increase the funding for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (such as the Nurse Family Partnership Program which is being implemented in KCMO); and (2) Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grants to respond to specific public health needs and challenges locally and across the Nation. Both are awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Clean Air Act – Support the development of regulartory controls by EPA for GHG emissions pursuant to its authority under the Clean Air Act.


Housing – Maintain funding of the Community Development Block Grant and HOME programs awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


C. Public Safety


Violence as a Public Health Issue -- Support enactment of federal legislation for a relief program for cities addressing high rates of crime and violence through public health based community prevention efforts; a categorical grant similar to the funding allocation structure of Title grants (“Ryan White Bill”) or Community Policing (COPS) grants.


Violence Prevention Funding – Encourage allocation by the Federal Government of $500,000 to expand evidence based behavior change models such as the Aim4Peace program to provide additional coverage in high crime areas of Kansas City.


Immigration Reform – Support comprehensive reform of the nation’s immigration laws.


D. Neighborhood Livability


Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) – Support legislation that clearly reaffirms the right of state and local governments to exercise liens or assess special taxes or other property obligations to improve housing stock, including energy efficiency improvements, by directing federal regulators to enforce underwriting standards consistent with guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Energy for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs.


Predatory Lending – Support predatory lending reform and oppose any attempt to preempt states from passing stronger laws.