January 30, 2012

Firefighter hiring and retention grants available through FEMA

The Federal Emergency and Management Association (FEMA), is accepting grant applications for the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Program (SAFER). The SAFER program provides funding to assist communities in hiring new firefighters, retaining existing ones, or rehiring those…
January 30, 2012

Cell tower siting – local control rebuked by court

A Federal Appeals Court has upheld a 2009 FCC ruling that limits the time state and local governments have to consider cell tower siting applications. Ruling on a challenge brought by Arlington and San Antonio, Texas, in which the National…
January 26, 2012

Contracting Building Departments Bill Passes Senate Committee

The Senate Regulatory Reform committee passed HB 5011, which amends the State Construction Code Act to allow a governmental subdivision to contract with a private organization to operate its building department. Currently, some communities use outside companies to operate building…
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