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 Halloween Tricks by Credit Card […]

August 30th, 2011|Blogs, Issue Management|

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 seat once term-limits forced the […]

August 25th, 2011|Blogs, State Politics|

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 at its Executive Committee Meeting […]

August 16th, 2011|Blogs, Groups|

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 Patient Protection and Affordable Care […]

August 11th, 2011|Blogs, State Politics|

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 balanced budget requirement, there is […]

August 3rd, 2011|Blogs, State Politics|

This Week in the States

The House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee will meet September 17 to discuss EPA proposed rule 111(d), which re...
The Legislative Task Force on Autism will meet September 19 to discuss Associates Degrees in occupational life skills. Sarah Hofma...
The San Bernardino City Council will meet September 15 to discuss the City’s pending case in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. [Agenda] Wil...
The Denver Safety and Well Being Committee will meet September 16 to consider a proclamation in support of the United States Envir...
The Family and Medical Leave Insurance Task Force will meet September 18 to discuss establishing an insurance program to provide s...
The Washington D.C. Committee on Government Operations will meet September 18 to discuss the Clean Hands Elections Reform Amendmen...
State Senator Eleanor Sobel (D) will host a town hall meeting September 16 to discuss the 2014 proposed constitutional amendment #...
The Senate Medicaid Care Management Organizations Credentialing Study Committee will meet September 15 to hear testimony from prov...
The Assessment Task Force will meet September 17 to discuss the governor’s announcement that Iowa would not pursue further invol...
The Board of Education will meet September 16 to discuss proposed regulatory amendments that will allow schools to hire teachers i...
The Joint Oversight Committee on the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange will meet September 16 to receive updates about the Maryland...
The Domestic Violence Task Force will meet September 19 to discuss funding for ending domestic violence abuse. Stephen Hellier at ...
The Joint Committee on Solid Waste Management District Operations will meet September 17 to preview draft legislation and hear tes...
The Legislative Energy Commission will meet September 16 to discuss the future of biogas in the state. Christopher Mitton at ccm@s...
The New Hampshire General Court will convene September 15-17 to act upon measures vetoed by Governor Maggie Hassan (D). Melissa Lu...
The Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship will meet September 16 to discuss the future o...
The Administrative Rules Committee will meet September 15 to hear presentations regarding internal rule changes within several gov...
The Board of Education will meet September 15 to discuss proposed amendments to educator preparation programs, which requires prog...
The House Judiciary Committee will meet September 16 to review death penalty procedures and execution alternatives. Stephen Hellie...
The House Interim Committee on Health Care will meet September 15 to receive an update from Cover Oregon and the Oregon Health Aut...
The Philadelphia Committee on Global Opportunities and Creative/Innovative Economy will meet September 15 to discuss a resolution ...
The Health Reform Task Force will meet September 18 to receive updates about the negotiations between Governor Gary R.  Herbert (...
The Public Records Legislative Study Committee will meet September 15 to discuss public records exemptions created or repealed dur...
The Joint Select Health Care Oversight Committee will meet September 18 to receive updates about the Health Benefit Exchange from ...
The Task Force on Digital Information and Privacy will meet September 18-19 to discuss bill drafts related to internet privacy. An...