Groups Report

May 2015 Highlights

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


D.C. Meeting | June 18-21
Washington, D.C.
Stateside Contact: Meghan Holihan at

Part of the D.C. Meeting will focus on the CSG Suggested State Legislation (SSL) program. Earlier in the year, CSG established an Advisory Group to examine the SSL program.

The group will evaluate all aspects of the SSL program including ways to best leverage SSL’s utility, enhance inclusivity of all three branches of state government, better serve the needs of CSG’s regions and special units while avoiding challenges to the program’s integrity. Members of the group include CSG Leadership; current and past members of the SSL Committee; a state legislator not currently involved with the committee; a non-voting advisor from an external public organization with a similar mission/scope to the SSL Committee; and, two private-sector participants. Stateside Associates has been invited to participate as one of two private-sector appointees.

The SSL Advisory Group will hold its first meeting on June 18 to commence the D.C. Meeting. The Advisory Group will meet all day.

The SSL Committee will then meet in the afternoon of June 19 and the morning of June 20 to consider submitted legislation for its 2016 Volume.

The 21st Century Foundation will meet on June 20. This will be followed by a reception.


Spring Consumer Protection Meeting | May 11-13
Washington, D.C.
Stateside Contact: Steve Arthur at

NAAG will hold its Spring Consumer Protection Seminar May 11-13. The public portion of this meeting will take place in the afternoon of May 11.

NAAG Consumer Protection Committee Chair and Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin (D) and Vice Chair and North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stehenjem (R), in addition to the planning committee, are still developing the agenda. Expected topics for discussion include privacy and cyber issues.

More information will become available at:


Western Interstate Region (WIR)
Conference | May 20-22
Kauai, Hawaii
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 WIR Board of Directors will meet on May 20. The following steering committees will also convene on May 20:

  • Public Lands Steering Committee and Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee (Joint Meeting)
  • Agriculture and Rural Affairs Steering Committee
  • Public Lands Steering Committee

The following workshops will be held on May 21:

  • Preparing for Disaster – The 2015 Fire Season and Why Defensible Space May Not be Enough
  • Infrastructure Financing Possibilities for Counties
  • Medical and Recreational Marijuana Legalization: Impact on Counties
  • Engaging County Leadership to Address Heroin and Prescription Drug Use
  • Innovations in County Property Appraisal Practices

The following workshops will be held on May 22:

  • Federal Legislation and Regulation: How Can Your County be Engaged?
  • Telling the County Story with Maps: NACo’s County Explorer Interactive
  • Combatting Invasive Species

More information and an agenda will become available at:


Spring Executive Committee Meeting | June 4-6
Denver, Colorado
Stateside Contact: Michael Behm at

NCSL will host its annual Spring Executive Committee Meeting June 4-6 in Denver, Colorado. The Executive Committee is NCSL’s governing body.

The Meeting will open June 4 with a welcome reception. On June 5, the Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee will meet along with the following task forces and subcommittees, including the Task Force on International Affairs, the Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs and the Subcommittee on Bylaws and Rules.
On June 6, the full NCSL Executive Committee will meet, along with subcommittees and the Budget, Finance and Rules Committee and Member Outreach and Communications Committee.

A dinner reception, co-sponsored by SGAC, will be held at NCSL’s Denver office and the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum on June 5 for attendees.

More information about the meeting and registration, can be found at: