In Case You Missed It…
Steve Arthur participated in the Republican Governors Association Fall Policy Summit in Indianapolis, Indiana last month. The meeting provided an opportunity to hear discussions about innovations in healthcare, efforts in cybersecurity and public private partnerships as well as the continuing disputes with the federal government over regulatory authority over energy issues.
The plenary session on healthcare innovation discussed a number of ways healthcare can take advantage of new technologies and new practices to reduce healthcare costs. The session also included an overview of the reasons some healthcare costs, including prescription drugs, are currently as high as they are.
A second plenary session was held on cybersecurity issues that included a review of credit card and electrical grid security as well as a discussion about the broader security issues facing state governments.
In addition to the Governors in attendance, the meeting also provided an opportunity to meet with candidates from several states with gubernatorial elections in 2015 and 2016.
For the Week of October 5, 2015
The following 6 state legislatures are meeting actively this week: ILLINOIS, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA and WISCONSIN.
Also meeting: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.
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 Association of Clean Water Administrators will hold its Stormwater Meeting October 6-8 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mark Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Association of Counties will hold its Premier Corporate Forum October 8-10 in La Jolla, California. Michael Behm at email@example.com
The Women in Government Foundation will hold its Annual Southern & Annual Eastern Regional Conferences October 8-10 in Charleston, South Carolina. Meghan Holihan at firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers will hold its Annual Conference October 11-14 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Michael Behm at email@example.com
The Committee on Public Health, Welfare, and Labor will meet October 6 to receive presentations from the Department of Health regarding controlled substances and communicable diseases. Isabella DeBono at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Governor’s Working Group on Highway Funding will meet October 8 to discuss funding goals to maintain and repair state highways. Holly Yanai at email@example.com
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will hold a workshop October 5 to discuss the demonstration projects for grid-side system enhancements to integrate distributed energy resources. Stefanie Frank at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance will meet October 6 to discuss S.B. 76, which increases the amount of income exempt from the corporate income tax from $50,000 to $75,000. Arielle McAloon at email@example.com
The Senate Community Affairs Committee will meet October 6 to discuss S.P.B. 7000, which requires proposed developments to be reviewed by the state and approved by a local government. Erin Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Senate Military and Veterans Affairs, Space and Domestic Security Committee will meet October 6 to discuss S.B. 184, which concerns military training and academic credit awards. Tyler Jones at email@example.com
The Board of Respiratory Care will hold a public hearing October 9 to discuss proposed amendments to a rule concerning continuing education. Becky Lukaesko at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Senate Higher Education Committee will meet October 5 to discuss the current financial state of higher education institutions and the impact of the current budget impasse on both colleges and communities. Claire Smyth at email@example.com
The Joint Committee on the Judiciary will meet October 6 to discuss H.B. 1465, which regulates state government surveillance on citizens. Jordan Kroll at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Senate Finance Committee will meet October 6 to discuss H.B. 4464, which clarifies the existing sales tax exemption for the sale of over-the-counter medication. Zeynab Abdul at email@example.com
The Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources will meet October 6 to discuss Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund 2016 proposals. Jason Hopkins at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Transportation and Telecommunications Committee will meet October 5 to discuss an interim study regarding the state and local road system. Brian LeFort at email@example.com
The Judiciary Committee will meet for an interim hearing October 9 to discuss L.R. 295, which establishes an interim study to examine how to improve behavioral health and mental health services in Nebraska to prevent crime. Patrick Gallaher at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Committee to Study Limiting the Sulfur Content of Liquid Fuels will hold an organizational meeting October 6. John Keane at email@example.com
The Senate Commerce Committee and Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee will meet jointly October 5 to discuss the OMNIA Health Alliance formed by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. Allison Rollins at firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Albuquerque will hold an election October 6 for four of its City Council seats. Stephanie Reich at email@example.com
The City of Charlotte will hold a primary runoff election October 6 to select the Democratic nominee in the mayoral race. Stephanie Reich at firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Durham will hold a primary election October 6 for the office of the Mayor and three of its City Council seats. Stephanie Reich at email@example.com
The City of Greensboro will hold a primary election October 6 for the office of the Mayor and all of its City Council seats. Stephanie Reich at firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Raleigh will hold an election October 6 for the office of the Mayor and all of its City Council seats. Stephanie Reich at email@example.com
The Board of Pharmacy will hold a public hearing October 6 to discuss proposed amendments to controlled substances rules. Stefanie Frank at firstname.lastname@example.org
The House Government Accountability & Oversight Committee will meet October 6 to discuss H.B. 233, which authorizes municipal corporations to create downtown redevelopment and innovation districts. Claire Smyth at email@example.com
The House Insurance Committee will meet October 5 to discuss the State Worker’s Insurance Fund. Holly Yanai at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Department of Health and Environmental Control will hold a public hearing October 8 to discuss proposed amendments to water well standards. Stefanie Frank at email@example.com
The Health Reform Task Force will meet October 6 to discuss proposed solutions to health care coverage gaps. Allison Rollins at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Uniform Building Code Commission will hold a public hearing October 7 to discuss proposed building code amendments. Rebecca Kelly at email@example.com
The Department of Environmental Quality will hold a listening session October 6 regarding the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. Amy Goldlust at firstname.lastname@example.org