In Case You Missed It…

The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) met July 21 in Washington, D.C. for its annual State Environmental Protection Meeting themed “Making Connections: Water, Air, and Energy Innovation.” The dialogue between ECOS members, the private sector and NGOs included discussions of:

  • Control of methane emissions and managing water use in relation to the extraction of natural gas.
  • State responses to the recent water crises, particularly with regard to drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.
  • State environmental agency involvement with integrated resource planning as it relates to developing modern energy infrastructure.

For more information about ECOS, contact Mark Anderson at

For the Week of July 25, 2016 

The following 2 state legislatures are meeting actively this week: MASSACHUSETTS and NEW JERSEY.



The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies will hold its Summer Meeting July 21-27 in Cody, Wyoming. Mark Anderson at

The National Association of Counties will hold its Annual Conference and Exposition July 22-25 in Long Beach, California. Michael Behm at

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners will hold its Summer Committee Meetings July 24-27 in Nashville, Tennessee. John Howell at

The Democratic Attorneys General Association will hold events during the Democratic National Convention July 26-27 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Steve Arthur at

The American Legislative Exchange Council will hold its Annual Meeting July 27-29 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Michael Behm at

The American City County Exchange will hold its Annual Meeting July 27-29 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Stephanie Reich at


The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will meet July 26 to consider introducing an ordinance extending the existing voter-approved locally-controlled one half cent retail transactions and use tax for general fund purposes for an additional twenty years. Peter Finn at

The Board of Pharmacy will meet July 27-28 regarding draft amendments to rules impacting third party logistics providers. Melissa Martin at


The Departmental of Environmental Protection will hold a public hearing July 26 regarding proposed amendments to rules concerning surface water quality standards and identification of impaired surface waters. Becky Lukaesko at


A primary runoff election will be held July 26 for House and Senate seats where no candidate received more than 50% of votes cast in the primary election. Allison Rollins at


The Department of Agriculture will accept comments until July 27 regarding proposed amendments impacting fertilizer registration and label review. Chris Johnson at

The Department of Lands will accept comments until July 27 regarding amendments to oil and gas leasing rules. Chris Johnson at


The Senate Human Resources Committee will meet July 26 to discuss the status of Medicaid Managed Care implementation. The Committee is expected to receive testimony from the Department of Human Services, Medicaid providers, consumers and various advocates. In addition, managed care organizations and the Department of Human Services will provide updates and respond to any question or concerns. Zack Cairns at


The Department of Natural Resources will hold a public hearing July 28 regarding proposed amendments to rules governing the emission of visible air contaminants. Erika Duthely at


The Pension and Health Benefits Review Commission will hold a public hearing July 29 regarding A.B. 3916, which requires health insurers to provide coverage for hearing aids. Zack Cairns at


The Medical Board will accept comments until July 25 regarding drafted amendments to rules governing prescribing to persons not seen by a physician. Stefanie Frank at


The Corporation Commission will accept comments until July 29 regarding potential amendments to rules governing electric utilities and gas utility service. Erika Duthely at


The Department of Health and Environmental Control will hold a public information forum July 28 regarding the proposed adoption of conditional exclusion for carbon dioxide streams in geologic sequestration activities. Stefanie Frank at

The Workers’ Compensation Commission will accept comments until July 29 regarding possible amendments to the medical fee schedule. Stefanie Frank at


The Health Care Reform and Oversight Committee will meet July 25 to receive updates on Medicaid redeterminations and the status of timely processing of Medicaid as well as the Health Insurance Exchange functionality and the plan for open enrollment and change of circumstance automation. Allison Rollins at