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Sarah Hunt assisted a client with reaching out to state agency officials about a regulatory issue. Dusty Brighton advised a client about a strategy for interacting with state Attorneys General. Connie Campanella and Meghan Holihan helped a client use marketing events as opportunities to reach out to elected officials. Steve Arthur participated in a client meeting with a state Attorney General to discuss changes to a state regulation. Mark Anderson facilitated a strategic planning session about an upcoming Groups meeting. Heather Williams advised a client about a state’s issues that are emerging as a local issue. Michael Behm presented about legislative initiatives to help transition service members and veterans at the recent Council of Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR) 2014 Annual Education Conference. 

For the Week of September 15, 2014 

The following 7 state legislatures are meeting actively this week: MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, OHIO and PENNSYLVANIA.

Also meeting: PUERTO RICO

For the most current information on Governors, Partisan Splits and the 2014 legislative sessions, go to: http://www.stateside.com/governors-partisan-splits-2014/

NEW STATE INFORMATION

The Stateside Associates website has updated information about the 2015 Bill Introduction Deadlines and 2015 State Legislative Session Dates.

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Below is the volume of select issues discussed over Twitter by state legislators during the last week. Click here to find out how we can monitor your issues as they are discussed on social media by state legislators.

 

GROUPS

The Environmental Council of the States will hold its Fall Meeting September 15-17 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Mark Anderson at mda@stateside.com

The Democratic Governors Association will hold its Western Policy Conference September 15-16 in Seattle, Washington. Mark Anderson at mda@stateside.com

The Council of State Governments will hold the CSG Policy Academy: Medicaid Leadership September 16-18 in Washington, D.C. Heather Williams at hsw@stateside.com

The Council of State Governments will hold the CSG Policy Academy: Future of the Federal Transportation Program September 16-18 in Washington, D.C. Heather Williams at hsw@stateside.com

The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies will hold its Annual Meeting September 21-25 in St. Louis, Missouri. Mark Anderson at mda@stateside.com

The Democratic Attorneys General Association will hold its Roundtable Day September 21 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dusty Brighton at dbb@stateside.com

ARIZONA

The House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee will meet September 17 to discuss EPA proposed rule 111(d), which requires states to develop plans to fix existing sources of non-criteria pollutants. Sarah Hofmann at srh@stateside.com

ARKANSAS

The Legislative Task Force on Autism will meet September 19 to discuss Associates Degrees in occupational life skills. Sarah Hofmann at srh@stateside.com

CALIFORNIA

The San Bernardino City Council will meet September 15 to discuss the City’s pending case in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. [Agenda] William Higgins at wch@stateside.com

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will meet September 16 to discuss an ordinance that sets the City’s property tax rate. [Agenda] William Higgins at wch@stateside.com

The San Jose City Council will meet September 16 to discuss proposed amendments to the City’s investment policy. [Agenda] William Higgins at wch@stateside.com

The Air Resources Board will hold a public hearing September 18 to discuss proposed rule amendments to the Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Regulation. Melissa Martin at mpf@stateside.com

COLORADO

The Denver Safety and Well Being Committee will meet September 16 to consider a proclamation in support of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. [Agenda] William Higgins at wch@stateside.com

CONNECTICUT

The Family and Medical Leave Insurance Task Force will meet September 18 to discuss establishing an insurance program to provide short-term benefits for workers who are unable to work due to an injury or pregnancy to the worker or a family member. Patrick Gallaher at phg@stateside.com

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

The Washington D.C. Committee on Government Operations will meet September 18 to discuss the Clean Hands Elections Reform Amendment Act. [Agenda] William Higgins at wch@stateside.com

FLORIDA

State Senator Eleanor Sobel (D) will host a town hall meeting September 16 to discuss the 2014 proposed constitutional amendment #2, which would allow medicinal marijuana. Sarah Hofmann at srh@stateside.com

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting September 19 to discuss amendments to rules concerning environmental resource permits. Becky Lukaesko at bml@stateside.com

GEORGIA

The Senate Medicaid Care Management Organizations Credentialing Study Committee will meet September 15 to hear testimony from providers about the credentialing process, as well as responses to provider testimony from the Department of Community Health and Care Management Organizations. Patrick Gallaher at phg@stateside.com

IOWA

The Assessment Task Force will meet September 17 to discuss the governor’s announcement that Iowa would not pursue further involvement with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Steven Gassenberger at smg@stateside.com

KANSAS

The Board of Education will meet September 16 to discuss proposed regulatory amendments that will allow schools to hire teachers in certain subject areas who do not have education degrees but bring subject expertise to the classroom. Amy Goldlust at amg@stateside.com

MARYLAND

The Joint Oversight Committee on the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange will meet September 16 to receive updates about the Maryland Exchange, the transition to the Connecticut IT platform and an update about approved rates in the individual health insurance market. Patrick Gallaher at phg@stateside.com

MISSISSIPPI

The Domestic Violence Task Force will meet September 19 to discuss funding for ending domestic violence abuse. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

MISSOURI

The Joint Committee on Solid Waste Management District Operations will meet September 17 to preview draft legislation and hear testimony from members of the industry and the public. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

NEVADA

The Legislative Energy Commission will meet September 16 to discuss the future of biogas in the state. Christopher Mitton at ccm@stateside.com

NEW HAMPSHIRE

The New Hampshire General Court will convene September 15-17 to act upon measures vetoed by Governor Maggie Hassan (D). Melissa Luke at mal@stateside.com

The Board of Mental Health Practice will meet September 19 to review rule text amendments to rules impacting mental health professionals. Maia Falconi-Sachs at mfs@stateside.com

NEW YORK

The Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship will meet September 16 to discuss the future of computer and video games development in the state. Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com

The New York City Committee on Economic Development will meet September 17 to discuss the economic impact of failing transportation infrastructure. [Agenda] William Higgins at wch@stateside.com

NORTH DAKOTA

The Administrative Rules Committee will meet September 15 to hear presentations regarding internal rule changes within several government entities, including the Agriculture Commissioner’s Office, Education Standards and Practices Board and the Department of Human Services. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

The Taxation Committee will meet September 16 to discuss agricultural property assessment and leasehold interests at state institutions of higher education. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

The Energy Development and Transmission Committee will meet September 17 to discuss bill drafts related to plugging abandoned oil and gas wells, oil and gas tax being used to fund highway construction, the creation of oil and gas strategic planning authority and a bill relating to oil and natural gas exploration landfills. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

OHIO

The Board of Education will meet September 15 to discuss proposed amendments to educator preparation programs, which requires programs to include evidence-based instructional strategies in its coursework. Carter Alleman at ca@stateside.com

The Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee will meet September 18 to hear a Medicaid budget update. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

OKLAHOMA

The House Judiciary Committee will meet September 16 to review death penalty procedures and execution alternatives. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

OREGON

The House Interim Committee on Health Care will meet September 15 to receive an update from Cover Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority. Meghan Pudeler at mlp@stateside.com

The House Interim Committee on Business and Labor will meet September 15 to receive an interim report from The Task Force on Procuring through Small Business. Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com

PENNSYLVANIA

The Philadelphia Committee on Global Opportunities and Creative/Innovative Economy will meet September 15 to discuss a resolution authorizing the Committee to hold hearings about the level of care and backlog of services for veterans. [Agenda] William Higgins at wch@stateside.com

UTAH

The Health Reform Task Force will meet September 18 to receive updates about the negotiations between Governor Gary R.  Herbert (R) and the United States Department of Health and Human Services regarding the Healthy Utah Plan. Jeremy Haines at jnh@stateside.com

VERMONT

The Public Records Legislative Study Committee will meet September 15 to discuss public records exemptions created or repealed during the 2014 session. Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com

The Vermont Health Care Oversight Committee will meet September 18 to discuss a status update about the health benefit exchange, access to health care and medical malpractice. Meghan Pudeler at mlp@stateside.com

WASHINGTON

The Joint Select Health Care Oversight Committee will meet September 18 to receive updates about the Health Benefit Exchange from the Office of the Insurance Commissioner and the Washington Health Care Authority. Jeremy Haines at jnh@stateside.com

The Washington Board of Psychology will meet September 19 to discuss amendments to its rules related to licensure, including permitted psychology coursework for courses taken outside of the doctoral degree granting program and changes to the endorsement process. David Owens at do@stateside.com 

WYOMING

The Task Force on Digital Information and Privacy will meet September 18-19 to discuss bill drafts related to internet privacy. Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com