In Case You Missed It…
Michael Behm participated in the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) 2015 Annual Meeting last week in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. NASDA members approved several policy actions during the meeting, all aimed at the federal government.
In a particularly strong message to the USEPA, the state agriculture commissioners and directors approved a policy resolution demanding that the controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule implementation be delayed and that Congress “roll back” the rule.
NASDA members also:
- Comprehensively rewrote their policy position on federal endangered species listing.
- Requested more resources from the federal government and Congress to implement State Managed Pollinator Protection Plans (MP3s) to protect managed pollinator health.
- Supported continued funding for the Department of Defense’s REPI Program – critical cost-sharing partnerships with state and local governments, conservation groups and private landowners to protect land neighboring military installations where the military operates, tests and trains.
For the Week of September 28, 2015
The following 8 state legislatures are meeting actively this week: ILLINOIS, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, NEW JERSEY, NORTH CAROLINA, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA and WISCONSIN.
Also meeting: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA and UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS.
For the most current information on partisan splits, bill introduction deadlines and the 2015 legislative session, go to: http://www.stateside.com/state-information/2015-state-legislative-session-dates/
The Southern States Energy Board will hold its 55th Annual Meeting September 27-29 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Mark Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Republican State Leadership Committee will hold its Annual Retreat September 27-29 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Michael Behm at email@example.com
The International City County Management Association will hold its 101st ICMA Annual Conference September 27-30 in Seattle, Washington. Michael Behm at firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Association of State Procurement Officials will hold its Annual Conference September 27-30 in Norfolk, Virginia. Steve Arthur at email@example.com
The National Emergency Management Association will hold its Annual Policy and Leadership Forum September 28-October 1 in Miami, Florida. Michael Behm at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Coastal States Organization will hold its Fall Membership Meeting September 28-October 1 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Mark Anderson at email@example.com
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials will hold its Annual Meeting and Policy Summit September 29-October 1 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Robert Holden at firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Association of Counties will hold its Large Urban County Caucus Innovation Symposium September 30-October 2 in Seattle, Washington. Michael Behm at email@example.com
The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee will hold its Annual Conference September 30-October 1 in Charleston, South Carolina. Stephanie Reich at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Community Leaders of America will hold its Mayors Caucus Fall National October 1-2 in Chicago, Illinois. Michael Behm at email@example.com
The Behavioral Health Treatment Access Legislative Task Force will meet September 30 to receive presentations on substance abuse and mental health treatment providers, behavioral health treatment coverage under the Medicaid Program, and behavioral health benchmarks for Private Option Coverage. Isabella DeBono at firstname.lastname@example.org
The El Dorado Board of Supervisors will meet September 29 to consider the County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services’ recommendation that a state of emergency continues to exist in the County as a result of drought conditions. Peter Einisman at email@example.com
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
The D.C. Public Service Commission will hold a workshop October 1 regarding the Commission’s investigation into modernizing the District’s energy delivery system. Amy Goldlust at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting October 2 to discuss amendments to the Universal Pharmaceutical Waste rule. Becky Lukaesko at email@example.com
The House Study Committee on the Use of Drones will meet September 30 to discuss the current state of drones and drone technology within states. Erin Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure will meet September 29 to discuss H.B. 259, which discloses expiration of credit cards and revolving credit agreements. Jordan Kroll at email@example.com
The Somerville Board of Aldermen will hold a public hearing September 30 regarding a proposed plastic bag ordinance. Peter Einisman at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Senate Health, Human Services and Housing Committee will meet September 28 to discuss a presentation on health disparities. Allison Rollins at email@example.com
The Senate Commerce Committee will meet for an executive session September 29 to discuss S.B. 128, which prohibits pharmacy benefit managers from imposing a higher copayment for a prescription drug than the copayment applicable to the type of drug purchased under the insurer’s health benefit plan. Zeynab Abdul at firstname.lastname@example.org
The General Assembly is set to adjourn sine die September 29. Allison Rollins at email@example.com
The House Health Care Reform Review Committee will meet September 29 regarding the ongoing study of the needs and challenges of the North Dakota health care delivery system. Allison Rollins at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a listening session September 30 as part of a series of listening sessions on the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. Amy Goldlust at email@example.com
The Senate Committee on Appropriations will meet September 30 to discuss S.B. 282, which establishes the waterfront development tax credit. Arielle McAloon at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Shavano Park City Council will meet September 28 to conduct the first reading of an ordinance adopting the 2012 International Fire Codes. Peter Einisman at email@example.com
The Department of Vermont Health Access Advisory Board will meet September 28 to discuss State Plan Amendment updates. Rebecca Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Joint Task Force on the Economic Resilience of Maritime and Manufacturing will meet September 29 to discuss recommendations to support the maritime and manufacturing sectors. Jason Hopkins at email@example.com
The Select Federal Natural Resources Management Committee will meet September 29 to receive testimony on the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s final Clean Power Plan, final rule defining “Waters of the United States” and proposed rule to reduce methane emissions. John Keane at firstname.lastname@example.org