Local Progress Conference

31 October 2013 in For Political Participation,For Sustainable Living | Comments (0)

I attended a conference of locally elected officials in Washington, DC on 26 and 27 October, at my own expense.  Below are some examples of initiatives that were discussed at the conference that local government can take:

Expand Voting

-advertise and promote Election Day
-require landlords to provide voter registration forms to tenants at the time of leasing; and
-allow 16 year olds to vote in local elections

Promote Sustainability

-adopt building codes that encourage and require energy conservation

Support Families 

-require contractors with local government to pay a wage of at least $12 per hour;
-involve police department in activities that reduce juvenile delinquency; and
-coordinate township recreation programs with public school programs to enhance after school activities for children

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