Monthly Archives: %sAugust 2011

HO, HO, HOLD THE PRESSES!

By Constance Campanella, President and CEO

Labor Day, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Veterans Day, Halloween and Valentine’s Day are holidays to most, but for elected officials they are something more–an opportunity to issue press releases, website posts, tweets and other announcements.

With headlines such as “Attorney General Settles with Florist (February 14),” “Avoid […]

By |August 30th, 2011|Issue Management|Comments Off

Family Ties and Term Limits

By Stateside Associates

The Kennedys, the Bushes, the Daleys–all families that come to mind when I think of political dynasties.  Lesser known families include the Goodmans of Las Vegas, the Runners of California or the Chu/Engs also of California. In each of these examples, a spouse chose to run for the other’s […]

By |August 25th, 2011|State Politics|Comments Off

Observations from the 2011 NCSL Legislative Summit

By Michael Behm, Senior Vice President

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Annual Legislative Summit in San Antonio, Texas ended last Thursday on a high note for the organization.  The Summit was NCSL’s largest meeting since 2007, in terms of attendance and featured over 150 policy and working sessions.  And the organization announced […]

By |August 16th, 2011|Groups|2 Comments

Will State Officials Moving to New Federal Agencies Affect Policy?

State officials have always found career paths that led to service in the federal government.  In areas where state law has historically been developed within a federal statutory framework, many aspects of environmental protection being an example, state officials moving into federal positions is nothing new.  Two recent major pieces of federal legislation, the […]

By |August 11th, 2011|State Politics|Comments Off

State Answers to Federal Debt Questions

By Steve Arthur, Vice President

With an agreement finally having been reached over the debt limit, what are the next steps for Congress and the President?  We can look to the states to see what may happen in DC over the next two to three years. 

Some will argue that because 49 states have a […]

By |August 3rd, 2011|State Politics|4 Comments

This Week in the States

The San Diego City Council will meet July 28 to consider an earned sick leave and minimum wage ordinance. [Agenda] William Higgins...
The Denver City Council will meet July 28 to consider an ordinance that allows the city to assess civil and criminal penalties on ...
The House Study Committee on the Role of Federal Government in Education will meet July 30 to discuss the current state of educati...
The Chicago Council Committee on Budget and Government Operations will meet July 29 to consider a measure prohibiting municipal pr...
The New Orleans Transportation and Airport Committee will meet July 29 to discuss changes to the city’s “Vehicles For Hire” ...
The Department of Public Health will hold a public hearing July 30 to discuss proposed amendments to regulations concerning the pr...
The House of Representatives will convene a special session July 30 to consider all active legislation. Trevor Mitchell at twm@sta...
The Minneapolis City Planning Commission will hold a public hearing July 28 about a zoning code text amendment affecting residenti...
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources will accept comments through August 1 about proposed rule amendments to storm ...
The Interim Joint Committee on Taxation will meet July 30 to discuss measuring effectiveness and accountability of property tax ex...
The Teacher Standards and Practices Commission will accept comments through July 30 about proposed rules pertaining to the Element...
The Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations will meet July 28 to hear a presentation from the Department of Transportation about...
The Salt Lake City City Council is scheduled to meet July 29 to consider the issuance and competitive sale of $22 million worth of...
The Digital Information Privacy Task Force will meet July 31 to discuss issues related to the storage and protection of digital in...