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Stateside® Weekly Roundup

Sarah Hunt briefed a client about local purchasing preference policies in nine target states. Mark Anderson advised a client about participating in an upcoming regulatory hearing and comment period. Steve Arthur provided recommendations to an association client about ways to expand its state government relations program to better serve its members. Connie Campanella reviewed a draft state government relations plan for a corporate client and provided feedback. Michael Behm, Heather Williams and Dusty Brighton participated in the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit on behalf of clients. Josh Fisher briefed a client about a local official’s group annual meeting. Robert Holden advised a client about addressing comments to a state health care professional board. 

For the Week of August 25, 2014 

The following 5 state legislatures are meeting actively this week: CALIFORNIA, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, NEW JERSEY and OHIO.

Also meeting: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, 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/

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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 are not Groups events this week.

ARKANSAS

The State and Public School Life and Health Insurance Program Legislative Task Force will meet August 26 to discuss long-term options for ensuring the fiscal and programmatic stability of the State Employee Health Insurance Plan and the Public School Employee Health Insurance Plan. Sarah Hoffman at srh@stateside.com

The Joint Committee on Public Health, Welfare and Labor will meet August 28 to discuss the implementation of the Arkansas Healthcare Independence Act. Sarah Hoffman at srh@stateside.com

ARIZONA

The City of Mesa will hold a mayoral primary election August 26. William Higgins at wch@stateside.com

A primary election will be held August 26 for the offices of the Governor and Attorney General, as well as House and Senate seats. Sarah Hoffman at srh@stateside.com

CALIFORNIA

The San Jose City Council will meet August 26 to consider a resolution declaring a citywide water shortage and implementing a Stage 1 water restriction. [Agenda] William Higgins at wch@stateside.com

The Los Angeles City Council will meet August 26 to consider a resolution establishing the city’s position on commercial property tax reform. [Agenda] William Higgins at wch@stateside.com

The Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery will accept comments through August 27 about draft rule amendments addressing used oil. Melissa Martin at mpf@stateside.com

COLORADO

The Denver City Council will meet August 25 to consider an ordinance amending the Municipal Code relating to affordable housing. [Agenda] William Higgins at wch@stateside.com

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

The District of Columbia Committee of the Whole and the Committee on Transportation and the Environment will hold a joint hearing August 26 regarding the reconstruction of a major underground railway tunnel in Washington. [Public Notice] William Higgins at wch@stateside.com

FLORIDA

The Fort Lauderdale City Commission will hold a joint workshop with the Budget Advisory Board August 25 to consider recommendations for the city’s 2015 budget. [Agenda] William Higgins at wch@stateside.com

A primary election will be held August 26 for the offices of the Governor and Attorney General, as well as House and Senate seats. Sarah Hoffman at srh@stateside.com

The City of Tallahassee will hold a mayoral primary election August 26. William Higgins at wch@stateside.com

GEORGIA

The House Study Committee on the Role of the Federal Government in Education will meet August 25 to discuss common core state standards. Melissa Luke at mal@stateside.com

The Senate Medicaid Care Management Organizations Credentialing Study Committee will hold a public hearing August 27 to discuss creating a standardized application process for Medicaid providers. Patrick Gallaher at phg@stateside.com

ILLINOIS

The State Board of Education will accept comments through August 25 regarding proposed amendments to rules related to educator licensure and the approval of continuing education programs. David Owens at do@stateside.com

INDIANA

The Interim Study Committee on Fiscal Policy will meet August 28 to discuss implementing a state health exchange, the status of the federal health exchange, ACA provisions and consumer choice of healthcare providers. Patrick Gallaher at phg@stateside.com

The Interim Study Committee on Public Health, Behavioral Health, and Human Services will hold a public hearing August 28 to discuss high-cost management programs for those with high claim costs under a health plan. Patrick Gallaher at phg@stateside.com

KENTUCKY

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public hearing August 28 to discuss proposed rule amendments to water bottling requirements. Carter Alleman at ca@stateside.com

MAINE

The Health Exchange Advisory Committee will meet August 26 to receive an enrollment update as well as an update about recent developments regarding the health exchange. Shelby King at smk@stateside.com

MASSACHUSETTS

The Boston City Council’s Committee on Post Audit and Oversight will meet August 26 to review the city’s budget and financial statements. [Public Notice] William Higgins at wch@stateside.com

MICHIGAN

The Detroit City Council ‘s Immigration Task Force will meet August 26. [Public Notice] William Higgins at wch@stateside.com

MINNESOTA

The Minneapolis City Planning Commission Committee of the Whole will meet August 28 to discuss the modification of regulations pertaining to secondhand goods stores. [Agenda] William Higgins at wch@stateside.com

MONTANA

The Interim Joint Committee on Children, Families, Health and Human Services will meet August 26 to discuss two bill drafts related to the Montana Prescription Drug Registry fee and prescriptions for minors. Shelby King at smk@stateside.com

NEW MEXICO

The Education Study Committee will meet August 25 – 27 to discuss matters related to early literacy, assessment data and teacher retention. Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com

The Education Study Committee Charter School Subcommittee will meet August 27 – 28 to discuss the Statewide Cyber Academy Act and cyber/virtual school funding. Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com

The Board of Physical Therapy will meet August 28 to discuss proposed amendments to rules concerning physical therapist assistants. Maia Falconi-Sachs at mfs@stateside.com

NORTH DAKOTA

The Human Services Committee will meet August 28 to discuss the use of electronic health records and receive a presentation from the North Dakota Insurance Department about potential changes in insurance coverage relating to behavioral health services. Jeremy Haines at jnh@stateside.com

OHIO

The House Rules and Reference Committee will meet August 26 to hear H.B. 597, which replaces Common Core with the standards Massachusetts set before its adoption of Common Core. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

 OKLAHOMA

A primary runoff election will be held August 26 to decide the races from the June 24 primaries where no candidate received a majority of votes, including House and Senate seats. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

OREGON

The Department of Environmental Quality will accept comments through August 28 regarding proposed rules to adopt revisions to statewide particulate matter standards and the pre-construction permitting program. Amy Goldlust at amg@stateside.com

TEXAS

The House Committee on Energy Resources will meet August 26 to hear testimony about the impact of expanding oil and gas exploration, as well as projected water needs and how those fit with the state water plan. Ali Legros at all@stateside.com

VERMONT

A primary election will be held August 26 for the offices of the Governor and Attorney General, as well as House and Senate seats. Tyler Jones at tdj@stateside.com

WISCONSIN

The Psychology Examining Board will meet August 27 to discuss proposed amendments to rules concerning continuing education, which will create new sections to identify postponements, waivers and exemptions and identify recordkeeping requirements. Becky Lukaesko at bml@stateside.com

WYOMING

The Joint Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee will hold a joint meeting with the Ad-Hoc Wyoming Telecommunications Act Task Force August 26 to discuss carrier of last resort obligations and retail price regulation in the state. Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com