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Stateside® Weekly Roundup

Sarah Hunt and Mark Anderson participated in the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) Fall Meeting on behalf of clients. Dusty Brighton assisted a client in strategizing for an upcoming meeting with multiple state Attorneys General. Connie Campanella participated in an industry association state issues retreat on behalf of a corporate client to address 2015 legislative and regulatory activity. Steve Arthur provided a client with advice about a government relations strategy to support a new client product. Michael Behm participated in the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Jobs Summit on behalf of a client. Robert Holden and Josh Fisher designed a Groups strategy to address health care compliance issues for a client working with state regulators. Heather Williams met with senior staff of a political Group to identify engagement opportunities for a client.

For the Week of September 22, 2014 

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

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/

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 Democratic Attorneys General Association will hold its Fall Policy Forum September 22 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dusty Brighton at dbb@stateside.com

The Republican Governors Association will hold its Corporate Policy Summit September 22-23 in Chicago, Illinois. Steve Arthur at sca@stateside.com

Women in Government will hold its Eastern Regional Conference and Southern Regional Conference September 24-27 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Heather Williams at hsw@stateside.com

The Council of State Governments will hold its CSG Policy Academy: Natural Gas September 26-28 in Denver, Colorado. Heather Williams at hsw@stateside.com

The United States Conference of Mayors will hold its Fall Membership Meeting September 27-29 in Sacramento, California. Heather Williams at hsw@stateside.com

The National Conference of State Legislatures will hold its Executive Committee and Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee (LSCC) meeting September 27-29 in Reno, Nevada. Michael Behm at mjb@stateside.com

The Southern States Energy Board will hold its 54th Annual Meeting September 28-30 in Mobile, Alabama. Mark Anderson at mda@stateside.com

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers will hold its Annual Conference September 28 – October 1 in Nashville, Tennessee. Michael Behm at mjb@stateside.com

The Republican State Leadership Committee will hold its Annual Retreat September 28-29 in Amelia Island, Florida. Michael Behm at mjb@stateside.com

ALABAMA

The Department of Public Health will meet September 24 to hear proposed amendments to radiation control rules. Becky Lukaesko at bml@stateside.com

ARKANSAS

The State and Public School Life and Health Insurance Program Legislative Task Force will meet September 23 to discuss long term options for ensuring the stability of the state and health insurance plans for public school employees. Sarah Hofmann at srh@stateside.com

The Joint Committee on Energy will meet September 25 to discuss energy grid security and hear testimony from state energy companies. Sarah Hofmann at srh@stateside.com

CALIFORNIA

The Lafayette City Council will meet September 22 to receive an update about S.B. 270, which regulates single-use carryout bags. [Agenda] William Higgins at wch@stateside.com

The Assembly Committee on Health will receive an update September 23 about the Affordable Care Act and its impact to Medi-Cal. Shelby King at smk@stateside.com

The Santa Monica City Council will meet September 23 to introduce an ordinance that amends the anti-smoking law to regulate electronic smoking devices in the same manner as traditional cigarettes. [Agenda] William Higgins at wch@stateside.com

The Department of Industrial Relations will hold a public hearing September 25 to discuss amendments to the safety standards for heat illness prevention. Melissa Martin at mpf@stateside.com

The Mountain View City Council will meet September 26 to consider an ordinance that eliminates certain provisions of City Code regulating carryout bags supplied by retailers. [Agenda] William Higgins at wch@stateside.com

COLORADO

The Legislative Health Benefit Exchange Implementation Review Committee will meet September 23 to discuss Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s health insurance exchange. Jeremy Haines at jnh@stateside.com

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

The Washington DC City Council Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs will meet September 26 to review the district’s workers compensation program. [Calendar] William Higgins at wch@stateside.com

GEORGIA

The House Study Committee on the Role of the Federal Government in Education will meet September 24 to discuss common core state standards. Melissa Luke at mal@stateside.com 

IDAHO

The Department of Lands will hold a public hearing September 23 to discuss amendments to rules addressing crude oil and natural gas. Maia Falconi-Sachs at mfs@stateside.com 

INDIANA

The Interim Study Committee on Environmental Affairs will meet September 25 to discuss recycling issues. Ali Legros at all@stateside.com

The Interim Study Committee on Public Health, Behavioral Health and Human Services will meet September 25 to discuss prescription drug monitoring and adding a statewide telemedicine program for addiction and mental health treatment. Patrick Gallaher at phg@stateside.com

MARYLAND

The Alcoholic Beverages Review Committee will meet September 22 to review draft legislation dealing with additional license privileges, liquor control boards and beer and light wine licenses.  Ali Legros at all@stateside.com

NEW JERSEY

The Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee will meet September 22 to discuss A.B. 2687, which requires schools to replace incandescent light bulbs with compact florescent light bulbs over the next three years. Christopher Mitton at ccm@stateside.com

NEW MEXICO

The Tobacco Settlement Revenue Oversight Committee will meet September 22 to discuss the science and health of e-cigarettes and hear the presentation, “E-Cigarettes: Survey of Policy and Legislative Action in Other States.” Andrew Ricca at ajr@stateside.com

The Legislative Education Study Committee will meet September 22-24 to discuss the New Mexico Mathematics, Engineering, Science and Achievement Artesia Project and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments. Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com

The Legislative Finance Committee will hold a public hearing September 24-26 to discuss the strategic plan for state buildings and to receive an update about capital outlay requests for 2015.  Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com

NEW YORK

The New York City City Council Committee on Housing and Buildings will meet September 23 to consider a local law amending and updating numerous building and mechanical codes. [Agenda] William Higgins at wch@stateside.com

NORTH CAROLINA

The Board of Certified Public Accountant Examiners will hold a public board meeting September 22 to discuss its response to a national organization’s draft about peer review standards. Carter Alleman at ca@stateside.com

NORTH DAKOTA

The Joint Legislative Management Committee will meet September 24 to hear a series of presentations from the Office of Management and Budget about estimated fiscal impact from changes within the Department of Public Instruction. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

The Joint Information Technology Committee will meet September 25 to hear presentations about Higher Education Technology Initiatives and Elementary and Secondary Education Technology Initiatives. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

The Advisory Committee on Intergovernmental Relations will meet September 25 to discuss the audit process of political subdivisions. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

OHIO

The House Rules and Reference Committee will meet September 24 to consider H.B. 597, which relates to the Common Core and its replacement options. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

OKLAHOMA

The Interim Judiciary and Public Safety Committees will meet September 24 to hear a presentation about child trafficking and the impact of methamphetamine to the state, local governments and individuals. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

OREGON

The Public Utility Commission will meet September 22 to discuss a proposed voluntary emission reduction program. Amy Goldlust at amg@stateside.com

The Global Warming Commission will meet September 25 to discuss the Public Health Division’s Climate and Public Health Report, a carbon tax and the recent United States Climate Assessment Report.  Amy Goldlust at amg@stateside.com

PENNSYLVANIA

The Philadelphia City Council Committee on Finance will meet September 23 to consider approving the issuance of bonds to providing operating funds for the School District of Philadelphia. [Agenda] William Higgins at wch@stateside.com

WASHINGTON

The Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee will meet September 25 for an informational hearing about hydrogen fuel cells, a report about the Governor’s Carbon Emissions Reduction Taskforce and a report from Energy Northwest’s Demand Response Pilot Program. Christopher Mitton at ccm@stateside.com

WYOMING

The Joint Revenue Interim Committee will meet September 22-23 to discuss the definition of “well site” and potentially altering the definition to reflect current industry practices within the well site. Tyler Jones at tdj@stateside.com

The Joint Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Interim Committee will hold a public hearing September 24-25 to receive an update from the Task Force on Digital Information Privacy, the Cosmetology Board and Barber’s Board Task Force and the Telecommunications Act Task Force. Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com

The Select Committee on Statewide Education Accountability will meet September 26 to initiate its interim work for the statewide student assessment program. Andrew Ausel atata@stateside.com