Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 20, Number 05, February 10, 2017 →
ACHP Announces New Joint Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation
This week the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) along with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a new joint award to honor exemplary historic preservation efforts. The “ACHP/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation” will honor historic preservation efforts that contributed to community revitalization and increased affordable housing. The ACHP/HUD are currently seeking nominations for the annual award. Agencies, developers and organizations are encouraged to nominate projects that promote the goals of historic preservation while also paying particular attention to how the project expanded economic opportunity and increased affordable housing.
Nominations for the 2017 award are being accepted through March 27, 2017. Learn more about the award and how to submit a nomination here.
New Coalition Launches in Support of the Nation’s Historic Preservation Program
This week the Coalition for American Heritage officially launched. The coalition was formed on the idea that historic preservation organizations and their like-minded allies need to work together to defend and advance our nation’s historic preservation program. The Coalition’s leaders include Preservation Action partners like the American Cultural Resources Association, the Society for Historical Archaeology, the American Anthropological Association, and the Society for American Archaeology.
Preservation Action already joined with the Coalition for American Heritage and other organizations to send a joint letter to Senators encouraging them to oppose 2 House passed bills, the Reins Act and the Regulatory Accountability Act. Both bills would constrain federal agencies ability to take action, including actions that balance the need of development with key historic preservation protections, effectively slowing down the infrastructure permitting process. Read the letter here.
Legislation in Missouri Threatens the State’s Historic Tax Credit Program
A bill introduced in Missouri’s state Senate threatens to drastically reduce the annual cap on the state’s historic tax credit program. S.B 285 reduces a number of tax credit programs, including the historic tax credit, in order to lower the corporate tax rate. If passed, the bill would lower the annual cap on the historic preservation tax credit from $140 million to $50 million. This would drastically reduce the number of properties that receive the tax credit and puts more historic properties from across the state at risk of demolition.
S.B 285 was introduced by Senate Republican Andrew Koenig and has the support of Americans for Prosperity, a conservative think tank. The proposal was just passed the Senate Ways and Means Committee and can now be placed on the Senate calendar for consideration. Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, often criticizes tax credit programs, including the historic tax credit, and recently called for a committee to review tax credit programs.
Early Bird Advocacy Week Registration Ends on Monday!
Join us for Advocacy Week 2017 at the Liaison Hotel on Capitol Hill from March 14-16. Registration includes in-depth training and policy briefings from an array of preservation and policy professionals. Ticketed events offer additional meetings with elected officials, their staff, and a national network of preservation advocates. Advocacy Week is our annual opportunity to have a mass impact on policy makers in support of preservation-positive legislation. With the Historic Tax Credit severely threatened by tax reform efforts, we need your voice! Register today!
Group Room Rates Expire Today!
Also be sure to reserve your room at the Liaison Hotel today and lock in a special group rate of $279/night by calling 1-888-513-7445 or reserving online and using group ID “NC0313”. The special room rate ends today!
Preservation Action and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Offices (NCSHPO) organize our industry’s Advocacy Week each year, bringing over 250 preservationists to Washington, DC to promote sound federal preservation policy and programs.
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Stories From Around the States
Maryland: “Recap: Maryland History Advocacy Day“