Local COVID Transit Funds

  • January 15, 2021

The Federal Transit Administration is adding $14 Billion for public transportation systems under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSAA)

How will the funding breakdown?

  •  $13.27 billion to large and small urban areas
  • $678.2 million allocated to rural areas and tribes
  • $50 million allocated for the enhanced mobility of seniors and individuals with disabilities

Railway Age | FTA to Allocate $14B in COVID Relief for Public Transportation

Black Lives Matters. +1 City Creating Special Committee.

  • January 15, 2021

Add St. Paul, MN to the list of cities to address racial and systemic inequities.

The ordinance would create the St. Paul Recovery Act Community Reparations Commission.

The goals of the Commission will include closing gaps in homeownership, education, employment and health care.

KSTP | St. Paul City Council to consider forming Black reparations commission

COVID. How did the Kentucky Legislature Limit the Governor’s Pandemic Powers?

  • January 14, 2021

  • SB 1 (2021 | KY) would limit Executive Orders to 30 days and require legislative approval to extend
  • SB 2 (2021 | KY) would require a public hearing before new regulations could be imposed

What’s next for these bills? An anticipated veto + an anticipated veto override

WDRB | Bills restricting Kentucky governor’s emergency power pass legislature, head to Beshear’s desk

Sports Betting Legislation Back in Kentucky

  • January 14, 2021

HB 241 (2021 | KY) combines fantasy sports regulation, online poker and online sports betting.

Didn’t Kentucky try this last session too? Yes, but they’re back and adding online poker to the mix

What entity would regulate sports betting? The Racing Commission (horse racing)

How would online sports betting work?

  • online wagering
  • mobile wagering
  • wagering at approved sports venues in the state (hello! racetracks)
  • can wager on professional and collegiate contests

IGB | Kentucky to reconsider online sports betting in new bill

Legislation: State Preemption of Local Mask Ordinances

  • January 14, 2021

Where: Oklahoma

What: SB 224 (2021 | OK) would establish that state law concerning masks would preempt local ordinances both on public and private property

From the bill’s author: “government forcing private property owners to comply under threat of penalty is beyond their delegated powers.”

KOCO 5 | Proposed bill would prevent cities, counties in Oklahoma from mandating masks

New Houston Incentives for Eco Friendly Development

  • January 8, 2021

Which tax incentives did Houston upgrade for 2021?

  • new property tax abatement program for developers who incorporate green stormwater infrastructure
    • Up to 10 percent against their property tax increases
  • opened LEED incentives that have not been open for the last 10 years
    • 15 percent for platinum certification

Houston Chronicle | More plants, less concrete: Houston now will offer tax incentives for eco-friendly development

California Committee Recommends Cannabis Rule Revisions

  • January 7, 2021

Cannabis Advisory Committee recommends that California roll back these rules:

  • eliminate the $5,000 limit on the amount of pot that can be carried by delivery vans
  • make it easier for small businesses to sell different products
  • permit food and beverages to be served in cannabis lounges

All 17 of their recommendations are here: 2020 Annual Report of the Cannabis Advisory Committee

COVID Legislature: Vote from your Car

  • January 7, 2021

Kentucky is adapting to COVID positive legislators by permitting legislators to quarantine in their vehicles and vote from their vehicle parked on Capitol grounds.

It’s like a drive in but instead of a fun 80s movie, it is the Legislature.

Route Fifty | Kentucky Lawmakers Who Catch Covid Can Vote From Their Cars

State Budget Savings: Stop Printing Forms

  • January 7, 2021

The state: Missouri

The forms that the state won’t print: tax forms

Why? Cost savings and the majority of tax filers file electronically

What if you want to file a printed return? The taxpayer downloads and prints the form themself

Route Fifty | Seeking To Boost Savings and Safety, One State Eliminates Paper Tax Forms

How cities can benefit from AI (Artificial Intelligence)?

  • January 7, 2021

  • AI friendly cities support AI jobs in telecommunications, information technology, software and transportation with starting salaries over $100,ooo
  • more jobs, more economic growth

What types of AI jobs are in San Diego, a city that has embraced AI?

  • 82% of total AI workforce works with machine or deep learning that is fundamental to predictive analytics
  • AI tools in image, speech or video recognition (46% focus of AI jobs)
  • Natural language processing (46%)
  • Robotics (24%)
  • Autonomous vehicles (21%)

San Diego Union Tribune via Governing | San Diego Would Benefit from City Expansion of AI: Study