Groups Report

May 2016 Highlights

For a Full Copy of The Groups Report, Please Contact Michael Behm at


Educational Debt Symposium | May 24
Portland, Oregon
Stateside Contact: Steve Arthur at
The agenda for the upcoming Educational Debt Symposium is still in development. However, according to CWAG Chair and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum (D), the symposium will feature all aspects of education debt. This could include educational institutions as well as the loan industry such as debt servicing, debt consolidation, debt collection and loan underwriting. General Rosenblum has also stated that the symposium might also look at loan co-signers and issues surrounding student loan discharge through bankruptcy as well as educational debt of veterans.


Western Interstate Region (WIR) Conference | May 25-27
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Stateside Contact: Michael Behm at
The WIR Conference is primarily focused on public lands and the issues critical the western counties of the United States.
Policy resolutions will not be voted on during this Conference.

The following pre-conference mobile workshops have been scheduled for May 24:

  • Exploring Wyoming’s Natural Resources: Energy Production on Public Lands
  • Behind the Scenes of Grand Teton National Park: Intergovernmental Collaboration at Work

The following committees are scheduled to meet May 25:

  • NACo Audit Committee
  • NACo Finance Committee
  • Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee
  • Public Lands Policy Steering Committee
  • Environment Energy and Land Use Policy Steering Committee

The WIR Board of Directors will also convene in the morning of May 25.

The NACo Executive Committee will meet the morning of May 26.

The following workshops have been planned for May 26:

  • Is Your County Prepared? Responding to Active Shooter Incidents
  • Keeping Our Counties Safe and Secure: Addressing Local Road Safety
  • Cutting Edge Land Management Leads to Healthy and Productive Public Landscapes
  • Maintaining Election Integrity in the Era of Cyber Attacks
  • Election Integrity in the Era of Cyber Attacks
  • Counties in the Spotlight: Communicating During a Crisis
  • Creating Fire Adapted Communities: County Partnerships at Work

The following concurrent workshops have been planned for May 27:

  • Exploring the West: The Economic Recovery of Western Counties
  • Elevating the County Voice to Inform Federal Legislation and Regulation
  • Leveraging Technology to Expand Access to Health Services

The WIR Business Meeting will also take place May 27 and members will elect the WIR Second Vice President.

More information is available at:


Executive Committee Spring Meeting | May 19-21
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Stateside Contact: Michael Behm at
The Executive Committee is NCSL’s governing body. The Executive Committee Spring Meeting is one of the four meetings the committee holds each year. The meeting officially begins May 20 with meetings of both the Immigration Task Force and the International Relations Task Force. The Women’s Legislative Network Board and NCSL Foundation Partnership on Retirement Security will also meet.

The Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee (LSCC) Full Committee and Work Groups, including Staff Section Officers, Standing Committees and Strategic Planning will also meet May 20, along with the LSCC Subcommittee meetings.

NCSL’s Full Executive Committee meets May 21, along with the Budget, Finance and Rules Committee and its subcommittees on Dues, Bylaws and Rules, Outreach and Communications.

NCSL has formed a new task force – the Task Force on Cyber Security. The task force’s first meeting will take place all day on May 21.

A preliminary agenda is available at: