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NCSL Legislative Summit State Elections Presentation

NCSL’s Tim Storey provided an excellent and comprehensive preview of the upcoming state elections during last week’s Legislative Summit.

You can view his presentation here.

For further information on last week’s Legislative Summit, including highlights, streamed sessions and presentations, you can access NCSL’s comprehensive online Legislative Summit resource page by visiting http://www.ncsl.org/meetings-training/2014-legislative-summit-online-resources.aspx.

By |August 27th, 2014|2014 Elections, Blogs|0 Comments

Follow-Up, Follow-Up, Follow-Up…

By Michael Behm, Senior Vice President and Heather Williams, Vice President

attend-followup-repeat-updateThe National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) annual Legislative Summit wrapped-up last Friday – its 40th such meeting and the largest of the state and local officials Groups forums during the summer months with nearly 5,000 […]

By |August 26th, 2014|Blogs, Groups, Issue Management, Stateside News|0 Comments

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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OHIO

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

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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

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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 […]

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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

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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

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MICHIGAN

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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

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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

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

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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

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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 […]

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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

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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 […]

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OUT OF SESSION: OUT OF MIND? – HOW ONE ASSOCIATION SGR EXECUTIVE STAYS RELEVANT

By Constance Campanella, President and CEO

production conceptual meterI hear often about association SGR programs that disappear in the months between June-January. They do not really disappear of course, but as far as the members are concerned, […]

By |August 19th, 2014|Advice, Blogs, Issue Management|0 Comments

WASHINGTON

The Legislative Ethics Boards will meet August 19 to discuss complaints relating to the determination of reasonable cause by members of the law enforcement community. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

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VIRGINIA

A special election will be held August 19 to fill one vacant seat in the Senate and two vacant seats in the House of Delegates. Christopher Mitton at ccm@stateside.com

The Freedom of Information Advisory Council will meet August 19 to discuss exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act that allow for closed meetings […]

By |August 18th, 2014|Stateside News|0 Comments

TENNESSEE

The Memphis City Council is scheduled to meet Tuesday, August 19 to consider an ordinance amending regulations for limousine, shuttle and other vehicles for hire in the city. [Agenda] William Higgins at wch@stateside.com

By |August 18th, 2014|Stateside News|0 Comments

NEW YORK

The New York City Committee on Governmental Operations is scheduled to meet Wednesday, August 20 to discuss a local law requiring public-facing disclosure of campaign spending. [Agenda] William Higgins at wch@stateside.com

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MISSISSIPPI

The Domestic Violence Taskforce will meet August 22 to examine proposed legislation regarding sentencing recommendations. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

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KANSAS

The K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission will meet August 19-20 to discuss the Governor’s School Efficiency Task Force Final Recommendations, which includes a recommendation to utilize the Library of Kansas’ shared statewide database subscription to curriculum, e-books and other resources. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

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DELAWARE

The Board of Accountancy will meet August 20 to discuss proposed amendments to regulations related to attestation and random audits. Amy Goldlust at amg@stateside.com

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ALASKA

A primary election will be held August 19 for the office of the Governor, as well as House and Senate seats. Will Hagen at wth@stateside.com

 

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Insider Dealing – A Government Relations Necessity?

By Steve Arthur, Vice President

blog-buildinginternalrelationshipsI recently participated in a client’s government relations off-site retreat, and part of that meeting was devoted to developing the key issues on which the government relations team should be working. But unlike many companies where a team might kick […]

By |August 12th, 2014|Stateside News|0 Comments

MISSOURI

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will meet August 12 to discuss proposed rule amendments for the creation of the Missouri Advisory Board for Educator Preparation. Carter Alleman at ca@stateside.com

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IOWA

The Board of Physical and Occupational Therapy will meet August 12 to discuss proposed amendments to regulations about continuing education requirements for occupational therapist assistants. Amy Goldlust at amg@stateside.com

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CONNECTICUT

A primary election will be held August 12 for the offices of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, as well as House and Senate seats. Jonathan Curry at jtc@stateside.com

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UTAH

The Interim Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Subcommittee will meet August 5 to discuss the future of Youth Services regarding mental health. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

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NEVADA

The Las Vegas City Council will meet August 6 to consider zoning regulations for short-term residential rentals. [Agenda] William Higgins at wch@stateside.com

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MARYLAND

The Professional Standards and Teacher Education Board will meet August 7 to discuss proposed amendments to restructure the state’s teacher certification process. Amy Goldlust at amg@stateside.com

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HAWAII

A primary election will be held August 9 for the offices of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, as well as House and Senate seats. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

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Will These Governors Survive the Midterm Elections?

By Nick Blazer, Manager, Social Media Services and the 2014 Elections Project

blog-electionsIt has been a little over a month since the last round of gubernatorial primary elections and some of the biggest question marks in 2014 are finally reaching the primary election […]

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NORTH CAROLINA

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources will accept comments through August 1 about proposed rule amendments to storm water requirements for oil and gas exploration. Carter Alleman at ca@stateside.com

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LOUISIANA

The New Orleans Transportation and Airport Committee will meet July 29 to discuss changes to the city’s “Vehicles For Hire” ordinance. [Agenda] William Higgins at wch@stateside.com

The Department of Environmental Quality will meet July 29 to discuss proposed amendments to its ambient air quality regulations. […]

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NEW JERSEY

The Assembly Environmental and Solid Waste Committee will meet July 21 to hear updates about the health of the Barnegat Bay. Andrew Ricca at ajr@stateside.com

The Senate Environment and Energy Committee will meet July 21 to hear S.B 579 and S.B. 575, which relate to the creation of […]

By |July 21st, 2014|Stateside News|Comments Off

Are Cities Grabbing Your State Issues?

By Heather Williams, Vice President and William Higgins, Manager, Local Government Services

blog - localgovernmentsLocal government is growing, and fast.

No, we’re not referring to the number of newly chartered cities or the nearly ninety-thousand city, county, township and special district […]

By |July 16th, 2014|Blogs, Groups, Local Government|Comments Off

Despite New Options for Engagement with Regulatory Groups, Old Rules Still Apply

By Mark Anderson, Esq., Senior Vice President

Engaging Regulatory Groups

I have worked with State Regulatory Groups throughout my career. While they can be challenging to navigate, I have found that the meetings can be effective forums to develop key relationships and advance state and […]

By |July 15th, 2014|Blogs, Groups, Regulation|Comments Off

NEW HAMPSHIRE

The Board of Accountancy will hold a public hearing July 14 to discuss proposed amendments to rules about certified public accountants, which update certification, registration and permit requirements. Carter Alleman at ca@stateside.com

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ALABAMA

A primary runoff election will be held July 15 to decide the races from the June 3 primaries where no candidate received a majority of votes, including House and Senate seats. Will Hagen at wth@stateside.com   

The Board of Medical Examiners will meet July 17 to discuss a proposed permanent rule […]

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PENNSYLVANIA

The General Assembly is scheduled to recess June 30. Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com

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Election 2014: Summer Ballot Questions Update

By Sarah E. Hunt, Esq., Manager, State Issues and Ethics Officer

count_this_vote_400_clr_9473This election cycle’s ballot measure trends are coming into crystal focus as 38 states have already certified just over 100 ballot measures for the 2014 primary and general election ballots. […]

By |June 24th, 2014|2014 Elections, Blogs, Stateside News|Comments Off

NAAG MEETING: NIGHTMARE TO DREAM TRIP

By Steve Arthur, Vice President

parachute_hit_target_400_clr_14044My recent trip to the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Summer Meeting reminded me that state government relations professionals deal not only with weighty public policy issues, but also with the choices we make about whether to attend […]

By |June 12th, 2014|Blogs, Issue Management, State Politics|Comments Off

RHODE ISLAND

The Permanent Legislative Commission on Child Care will convene June 9 to review 2014 legislation and review agency reports. Sam Schlaich at ss@stateside.com

The Department of Health will meet June 12 to discuss proposed regulations for the Health Benefits Exchange, which establishes individual eligibility for enrollment in a Qualified Health […]

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Regulation Déjà Vu

By John Howell, Esq., Vice President

Regulatory Activity OverloadSummer is approaching and state legislative sessions are winding down. But, for those who focus on state regulations, the “high season” is still very much underway. And, it all has to […]

By |June 5th, 2014|2014 Elections, Blogs, Regulation, State Politics|Comments Off

Election 2014: A Second Spotlight on the Gubernatorial Races

By Nick Blazer, Manager, Social Media Services and the 2014 Elections Project

canstockphoto1698022June features three more waves of primary elections in states across the country that will settle some key questions in this year’s races. Will Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R) or Neel […]

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NEBRASKA

The Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education will meet June 5 to discuss proposed amendments to rules addressing distance education. David Owens at do@stateside.com

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Failed Upon Adjournment

By Constance Campanella, President and CEO

canstockphoto6453644Are there three more beautiful words to a state government relations professional? Maybe there are, but for business reasons, this triplet means the danger has passed.

Or, has it?

By |May 20th, 2014|Advice, Blogs, Grassroots, Issue Management, Local Government, Social Media, State Politics|Comments Off

Odds Are You Are Not Doing This

By Josh Fisher, Esq., Manager of State Issues

blog-silhouette-of-peopleEarlier this year, the Public Affairs Council (PAC) released its 2013 State Government Relations Benchmarking Report, which is filled with great information on the corporate and association state government relations (SGR) practices. In particular, the PAC […]

By |May 13th, 2014|Blogs, Issue Management, Local Government, State Politics|Comments Off

Election 2014: Spotlight on the Gubernatorial Races

By Nick Blazer, Manager, Social Media Services and the 2014 Elections Project

canstockphoto1698017While national pundits keep their eyes fixated on the Congressional elections, 2014 is the critical year for state elections in the United States. There are 36 gubernatorial seats up for grabs and 29 out of […]

By |May 7th, 2014|2014 Elections, Blogs, State Politics|Comments Off

Getting to Yes

By Michael Behm, Senior Vice President and Heather Williams, Vice President

Getting to Yes with a Governor

Groups meetings and hospitality events present a myriad of opportunities to build relationships. You may decide to use such an occasion to invite a Governor or cabinet-level official to visit […]

By |May 1st, 2014|Blogs, Groups, Issue Management, Local Government, State Politics|Comments Off

RHODE ISLAND

The General Assembly will reconvene April 29. Trevor Mitchell at twm@stateside.com

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Should Companies Disclose All Political Spending?

By Steve Arthur, Vice President

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What public policy spending should our company disclose? Recent news events have rekindled this debate, and it is an issue on which I have provided guidance to clients. This has involved reviewing the policies of other companies and what the public […]

By |April 23rd, 2014|Blogs, Local Government, State Politics|Comments Off

Burning Water

By John Howell, Esq., Vice President

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The debate surrounding hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, is hot…almost as hot as burning water. At the federal, state, and local levels a battle is being waged and there seems to […]

By |April 17th, 2014|Blogs, Energy, Environment, Issue Management, Local Government, State Politics|Comments Off

NEBRASKA

The State Legislature is scheduled to adjourn sine die April 17. Melissa Luke at mal@stateside.com

 

 

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Call to Duty: Why Groups Enlist Business to Help with Military Challenges

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By Michael J. Behm, Senior Vice President

Paying attention to the military has become much more than a nod to patriotism for state and local officials Groups, but rather an urgent recognition that military-related challenges facing public officials, the Department of Defense (DoD) and business are converging like […]

By |April 10th, 2014|Blogs, Groups, Issue Management|Comments Off

Why EPA Swarmed the States’ Meeting

By |April 8th, 2014|Blogs, Energy, Environment, Groups, Issue Management|Comments Off

12 Local Officials Groups You Should Not Go Without

By Heather Williams, Vice President

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America is well organized. Almost 90,000 county, city, township and special district governments establish policies and procedures for everything from plastic bags at the grocery store to fracking and beyond. And, […]

By |April 1st, 2014|Blogs, Grassroots, Groups, Local Government|Comments Off

No Check? No Problem

By Constance Campanella, President and CEO

WinningThere are two kind of political candidates.

1. Those who have lots of money or who raise it from their family and friends and,

2. Those who […]

By |March 20th, 2014|Blogs, Groups, Issue Management, State Politics|Comments Off

IDAHO

The Legislature is scheduled to adjourn sine die March 21. Michelle Carroll at mlc@stateside.com

 

By |March 17th, 2014|Stateside News|Comments Off

The State AG Formula for Success

By Steve Arthur, Vice President

As my colleagues noted last week in their blog, the National Governors Association met in DC and it was more partisan than usual, […]

By |March 6th, 2014|Blogs, Groups, State Politics|Comments Off

Partisan Debate Roils NGA Winter Meeting

By Mark Anderson, Esq., Senior Vice President and Patrick Stone, Manager State Issues and Information

Dueling partisan messages became a surprising theme at the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting, held February 21-24 in Washington D.C. Governors […]

By |February 27th, 2014|Blogs, Groups, Issue Management|Comments Off

Greetings From Hotel California

By John Howell, Esq., Vice President

cell towersThe National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Winter Committee Meetings presented an interesting blend of discussion concerning both long-standing issues such as […]

By |February 20th, 2014|Blogs, Energy, Groups, Issue Management|Comments Off

No Good Gift Goes Unreported

By Sarah E. Hunt, Esq., Manager, State Issues and Ethics Officer

Thirty-nine (39) states have enacted 130 new campaign finance laws since the completion of the 2012 election cycle. If you have not yet done so for the current cycle, please review your political giving program […]

By |February 11th, 2014|Blogs, Grassroots, State Politics|Comments Off

TRENDS and FORECAST REPORTS: THE 2014 CRYSTAL BALLS

By Constance Campanella, President and CEO

What do you think of when you hear the word, TRENDS?

A series of actions that form a predictive pathway to future actions?

A great tool for state and local government relations professionals?

Yes.

Major events like hurricanes, man-made disasters, high profile institutional melt downs, unusual crimes or new technologies usually […]

By |January 23rd, 2014|Blogs, Environment, Health Care, Issue Management, State Politics|Comments Off

Searching for Regs in All the Wrong Places

By John Howell, Vice President

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak before a group of government affairs professionals regarding best practices in state and local regulatory advocacy. My message was quite simple: engage regulators as often and early in the “regulatory process” as possible. If you wait […]

By |November 14th, 2013|Blogs, Issue Management|Comments Off

Coalitions and Partnerships: Going Beyond Reliance on Trade Associations

By Steve Arthur, Vice President

A year ago, I wrote about the importance of trade associations for a successful state government relations strategy.  As that blog made clear, I am […]

By |November 7th, 2013|Blogs, Grassroots, Groups, Issue Management|Comments Off

ACA Medicaid Enrollees Threaten State Budgets

By Josh Fisher, Esq., Manager of State Issues

While many have focused on the difficulties facing people seeking to enroll through Federally Facilitated Health Benefit Exchanges, state-run health benefit exchanges have been able to enroll large numbers of individuals seeking care. […]

By |October 30th, 2013|Blogs, Health Care, Issue Management, State Politics|Comments Off

Cities’ Health Improving

By Heather Williams and Will Higgins

This morning, the National League of Cities (NLC) released its 28th annual City Fiscal Conditions report.

The news is promising. The overall health of cities is improving. Seventy-two percent of city […]

By |October 10th, 2013|Blogs, Issue Management, Local Government|Comments Off

Climate Change Dominates ECOS Meeting

By Mark Anderson, Esq. and Sarah E. Hunt, Esq.

Greenhouse gas emissions and carbon pollution control created a heated atmosphere at last week’s 2013 Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) annual meeting. Climate change drove […]

By |September 24th, 2013|Blogs, Environment, Groups, Issue Management|Comments Off

Direct Democracy: Avoiding issue management pain at the 2014 ballot box

By Sarah E. Hunt, Esq., Manager, State Issues

Will your issue soon be the subject of an expensive general election ballot measure campaign? Taking the direct democracy temperature now in the states is one important way to avoid unpleasant surprises late next summer. The 2014 ballot measure landscape is […]

By |September 17th, 2013|Blogs, Issue Management, State Politics|Comments Off

SHE SAID, HE SAID – CONSULTANT and LOBBYIST

By Constance Campanella, President and CEO

I published recently a blog about conducting Audits for State Government Relations programs. In response, lobbyist/attorney Dennis Duncan of Zimmer, Duncan & Cole in Sioux Falls, South Dakota offered his own advice for hiring and managing lobbyists and other aspects of state government relations. After […]

By |September 11th, 2013|Blogs, Grassroots, Issue Management, Social Media|Comments Off

NCSL Legislative Summit Report

By Michael Behm, Steve Arthur and Heather Williams

Lightning Storm ClearingAtlanta…In August. Yes, the National Conference of State Legislatures held its 39th annual Legislative Summit in Atlanta, Georgia in the heat of summer, bringing nearly 6,000 legislators, staff, private […]

By |August 22nd, 2013|Blogs, Groups, Issue Management|Comments Off

State Government Relationships

By Steve Arthur, Vice President

HandshakeAs my colleague Michael Behm pointed out in a recent blog post, there are a large number of elected and appointed official Groups meetings […]

By |August 8th, 2013|Blogs, Groups Highlights, Issue Management, State Legislative Groups Events, State Politics|Comments Off

It’s Audit Time Again and Again and Again

By Constance Campanella, President and CEO

The Public Affairs Council (PAC) recently invited me to address a webinar audience about the best practices and purposes of auditing outside professionals.

While I happen to be one of those “outside professionals,” the role we play at Stateside often involves helping clients with creating […]

By |July 30th, 2013|Blogs, Grassroots, Groups, Issue Management|Comments Off

No Vacancies

By Stateside Associates

Local Government MonitoringOur state government relations work with local officials often focuses on business issues such as zoning, wage and benefit requirements, taxes or plastic bag restrictions.  However, to be effective advocates we must also be aware […]

By |July 9th, 2013|Blogs, Grassroots, Local Government|Comments Off

Your Summer Groups Checklist – Seven Questions to Ask

By Michael Behm, Senior Vice President

State Government RelationsI am writing this blog at 30,000-plus feet somewhere over Kansas, according to our pilot, as I travel to meet with a client about mid-year program planning.  Much of that planning will […]

By |June 27th, 2013|Blogs, Groups, Issue Management, State Politics|Comments Off

Waiting for the Health Care Reform Express

By Robert Holden, Vice President

For health care policy makers, consumers and employers alike, the question this summer is: will the health care benefit exchanges be operational on time?  Based on federal progress reports, the answer appears to be no, or at least operational only in part. The choices available […]

By |June 25th, 2013|Blogs, Health Care, Issue Management, State Politics|Comments Off

The Upcoming CSG-SSL Meeting: What You Must Do Now

By Heather Williams and Josh Fisher

Last Thursday afternoon, the Council of State Governments (CSG) released the Docket for its upcoming Committee on Suggested State Legislation (SSL) meeting that will be held in conjunction with its 2013 Leadership Forum June 21-24 in Washington, D.C. It is the second time the Committee […]

By |June 11th, 2013|Blogs, Groups, Issue Management|Comments Off

The “Small” States: Who’s on First?

By Constance Campanella, President and CEO 

It happens every year. An idea pops up on the legislative agenda in a so-called “small state.” The appellation typically describes a state in which the affected company or […]

By |May 1st, 2013|Blogs, Grassroots, Issue Management|Comments Off

Encouraging Her to Run – Locally

By Stateside Associates

It started on a residential street in St. Louis, Missouri with a busted manhole cover and a frustrated mother. After the noise from the cars banging against the damaged cover had disturbed her children’s […]

By |April 2nd, 2013|Blogs, Local Government, State Politics|Comments Off

Selling City Hall

By  Heather Williams, Vice President 

What has billions of dollars to spend on goods and services and a purchasing power greater than the federal government?

The more than 89,000 units of local government, a group that includes counties, […]

By |March 14th, 2013|Blogs, Groups, Local Government|Comments Off

There is No App for This

By Constance Campanella, President and CEO

“If you put one foot in a bucket of boiling water and the other in a bucket of ice water – on average you would be quite comfortable.” – Charlie Cook

Well, so much for averages.

Averages, percentages, odds–those are all worthy tools in many settings–like Las Vegas!

However, in […]

By |February 14th, 2013|Blogs, Grassroots, Issue Management|Comments Off

What’s in the Water? State Agriculture Officials Look at Innovation, not Regulation, to Protect Water Quality

By Stateside Associates

At this week’s National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) Winter Policy Conference, water policy issues took center stage among environmental concerns impacting the sector.  While NASDA is no stranger to water quality – a long-standing priority for farmers and regulators alike – what stood out at this […]

By |February 7th, 2013|Agriculture, Blogs, Environment, Groups, Groups Highlights, Issue Management|Comments Off

New Association of Clean Air Agencies

By Mark Anderson, Senior Vice President

The Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA) has been created as an association of state and local clean air agencies. This new association is a separate organization from the longstanding National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA).

AAPCA is being staffed by Batelle Corporation […]

By |January 23rd, 2013|Blogs, Environment, Groups, Issue Management|Comments Off

State Elections: Trend Setters or Busters?

By Constance Campanella, President and CEO

Tomorrow’s election will touch every American as citizens elect a President, US Senators, Members of Congress, Governors, Attorneys General and more than 6,000 state legislators. The state ballots will also include more than 150 questions–initiatives and referenda–addressing a vast array of public policy […]

By |November 5th, 2012|Blogs, Issue Management|Comments Off

The Importance of State Trade Associations

By Steve Arthur, Vice President

Trade AssociationsI was surprised recently when, during a meeting with a state consumer protection chief, he remarked that his department receives fewer complaints about companies represented by strong state trade […]

By |October 25th, 2012|Blogs, Grassroots, Groups, Issue Management, Social Media, State Politics|Comments Off

Defending Your Government Affairs Program from Shareholder Petitions

By Mark Anderson, Senior Vice President

As Chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Government Affairs Practice Committee, I participated recently in an instructive CLE session addressing shareholder petitions that require the […]

By |October 11th, 2012|Blogs, Grassroots, Groups|Comments Off

From Apples to Exports: State Agriculture Officials Convene To Address Industry Opportunities and Challenges

By Stateside Associates

The heads of more than 40 state agriculture departments convened in Des Moines, Iowa last week to discuss the state of the industry at the National Association of […]

By |September 27th, 2012|Agriculture, Blogs, Issue Management|Comments Off

Say Goodbye to Your Lobbyist – The Right Way

By Constance Campanella, President and CEO If you decide to part ways with your contract lobbyist, there are some things you should do to make the change most positive for all concerned. My focus here […]

By |August 20th, 2012|Blogs, Grassroots, Issue Management, Local Government, Stateside News|Comments Off

NGA Chair Adopts Focus on Disabled Workers

By Josh Fisher, Manager

Governor Markell speaking at NGA Annual Meeting in Williamsburg, VirginiaAs the National Governors Association (NGA) Annual Meeting drew to a close in Williamsburg, Virginia, it was clear that not only will economic development […]

Montana Corporate Contributions Ruling: A Boon to Democrats?

By Steve Arthur, Vice President

On June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a Montana state law that banned corporate political expenditures. In a 5-4 decision, the court reaffirmed its Citizens United decision in American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock. Rather than hearing the case, though, the majority simply […]

By |July 12th, 2012|Blogs, Issue Management, Local Government, State Politics|Comments Off

States Find Medicaid “Silver Lining” in Court Decision

By Robert Holden, Vice President

Prior to the Supreme Court’s decision, most Court watchers’ attention was focused on the challenge to the individual mandate.   Striking down the individual mandate could have brought down the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA), or at least eliminated the private health insurance provisions of the […]

By |June 29th, 2012|Blogs, Health Care, State Politics|Comments Off

A Tale of Two Counties: Energy Development Helps Counties Go from Bust to Boom

By Stateside Associates

What are the biggest issues facing local governments in the Western United States? That was my question when I attended the National Association of Counties (NACo) Western Interstate Region conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This annual meeting brings together county officials from Midwestern and Western states to discuss […]

By |June 11th, 2012|Agriculture, Blogs, Environment, Issue Management, Local Government|Comments Off

Shareholder Petitions Threaten SGR

By Michael Behm, Senior Vice President

I happened to be visiting a client’s office last month when an email from the general counsel arrived.  New internal disclosure rules were being considered by senior management at the request of several vocal shareholders.  Money committed to certain advocacy activities and most political […]

By |May 3rd, 2012|Blogs, Issue Management|Comments Off

Small Scale Grassroots-Large Scale Impact

By Constance Campanella, President and CEO

Recently, my colleague Heather Williams and I helped our client win a major victory against a coalition of NGO’s intent on putting it out of business.  The “witches brew” bill, introduced at the mid-point of the legislative session, was poorly drafted and full […]

By |April 24th, 2012|Blogs, Grassroots, Issue Management, Local Government, Social Media, State Politics|Comments Off

Cold Symptoms Acting Up? Red Tape May Be Between You and Relief

By Robert Holden, Vice President

The term “access” is ever present when discussing health care policy.  Access to needed care, be they services, pharmaceuticals, contraceptives, or medical supplies drives much of the current debate on essential health benefits and health insurance reform.  But increased access sometimes runs counter to other […]

By |April 5th, 2012|Blogs, Health Care, Issue Management, State Politics|Comments Off

EPA Conspicuously Absent at ECOS Spring Meeting

By Mark Anderson, Senior Vice President

The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) convened its Spring Meeting last week in Austin, Texas.  I would sum up the theme of the meeting by quoting the first lunch speaker, Executive Director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Mark Vickery, stating that […]

Governors Reassert Influence in the NGA Policy Process

By Stateside Associates

At the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting this past weekend in Washington, DC, a major focus for the governors was the revamping of the association’s policy process. In adopting a new policy process, NGA Chair Governor Dave Heineman (R-Nebraska) and Vice Chair Governor Jack Markell (D-Delaware) addressed the […]

By |March 1st, 2012|Blogs, Groups, Health Care, Issue Management, State Politics|Comments Off

#StatesideChat w/ @MarkShurtleff

By @StatesideAssoc

Stateside Chat is a new and exciting forum that was rolled-out earlier this week. The foundation of this new feature is a high-level conversation between Stateside’s Issue Managers and elected officials, state and local government affairs practitioners or other leaders in our industry. This content will be incorporated into our posts […]

Growing Issues at State Departments of Agriculture Meeting

By Michael Behm, Senior Vice President

State agriculture commissioners and directors representing nearly 40 states convened in Washington, DC for the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) Winter Meeting to discuss a variety of state and federal policy issues facing farmers, ranchers and agribusiness.

While perhaps not attracting the […]

By |February 10th, 2012|Agriculture, Blogs, Environment, Groups, Issue Management, State Politics|Comments Off

Attorneys General Meeting Disaster

By Steve Arthur, Vice President

Attorneys General and their staff from many southern states gathered in Tampa, Florida January 26 and 27 to learn about all aspects of disaster preparedness.  From enforcing price gouging statutes to managing their offices more effectively in a disaster, the conference provided an opportunity to […]

By |February 1st, 2012|Blogs, Environment, Groups, Issue Management, State Politics|Comments Off

In a Presidential Election Year, States Left to Pick Up the Pieces of Health Reform

By Robert Holden, Vice President

On January 25, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through its Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), released information identifying the three largest health plans in each state, as well as the three largest national Federal Employee Health Benefit Program (FEHBP) […]

By |January 26th, 2012|Blogs, Health Care, Issue Management, State Politics|Comments Off

State Legislators Convene to Protect Agriculture

By Stateside Associates

With many commodity prices soaring, the last few years have been good to American agriculture. High prices have translated into record profits and allowed many farmers to invest in new equipment and in turn, improve productivity. In fact, in Iowa alone, the value of agricultural sales has climbed from […]

By |January 12th, 2012|Agriculture, Blogs, Environment, Groups, State Politics|Comments Off

Stateside Associates’ List of the Best Local Politics Blogs That Are Worth Reading

Dear Clients and Other Friends of Stateside Associates,

We recently published the latest in our series of FactPadSM inserts, the Best Local Politics Blogs. Our staff compiled a list of the best municipal and/or regional issue politics blogs in the country. You can view the press release here.

This list […]

By |January 5th, 2012|Blogs, Local Government, Social Media, State Politics|Comments Off

The View From Inside: A Legislative Staffer’s Perspective on Lobbying

By Stateside Associates

The 2012 legislative session is gearing up to be a busy one, particularly when it comes to fiscal issues. Federal stimulus dollars are drying up, revenue is down, and most states are increasingly strapped for cash. In an election year when these factors are sure to be politically polarizing, having access to […]

By |December 1st, 2011|Blogs, State Politics|1 Comment

Tensions Grow in Municipal-Federal Relationship

The growing tensions between the nation’s cities and towns and the federal government over anticipated budget cuts and nearing Supercommittee deadlines were on display last week at the National League of Cities (NLC) Congress of Cities and Exposition in Phoenix, Arizona.

NLC attendees railed against perceived Congressional indifference toward the country’s municipalities during NLC’s Community […]

By |November 16th, 2011|Blogs, State Politics|Comments Off

Lessons From Virginia, Iowa

By Heather Williams, Vice President at Stateside Associates

(Excerpt reprinted with permission from Governors Journal)

Virginia has given us insight into how national issues are going to play in state elections in 2012.

Despite all efforts by Virginia Democrats to make their campaigns for state Senate about state […]

By |November 10th, 2011|Blogs, State Politics|Comments Off

Listen (dot) com

By Graham Grossman, Manager of Social Media Services

For whatever reason, when hearing the words “social media,” few of us think about the need to listen. I took a very informal survey of colleagues and friends recently and found that when asked about what the term “social media” means to […]

By |November 2nd, 2011|Blogs, Social Media|Comments Off

An Early Look at the 2012 Legislative Session

By Stateside Associates

Over the course of the past month Stateside Associates professionals interviewed contacts in all 50 states to get a sense of the top issues that will face lawmakers in the coming year.

With state budget debates looming and a busy election cycle serving as the backdrop for the 2012 legislative […]

By |October 28th, 2011|Blogs, Issue Management, Local Government, State Politics|Comments Off

Has Davis-Bacon Run Its Course?

By Josh Fisher, Manager of Legislative Information Services

Not according to Nancy Leppink, the Acting Administrator of the U.S. Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division, who has taken to the official blog of the U.S. Department of Labor to respond to criticism of a ruling she issued this summer.  The […]

By |October 18th, 2011|Blogs, Issue Management, Local Government, State Politics|Comments Off

Health Benefit Recommendations Offer States Reform Incentives

By Robert Holden, Vice President

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommendations for Essential Health Benefits, released October 6, may have injected new life into state planning for health benefit exchanges during the upcoming 2012 legislative session. The IOM’s recommendations establish a process for identifying […]

By |October 13th, 2011|Blogs, Health Care, Issue Management, State Politics|Comments Off

2011 State Races Presage 2012 Vote

By Steve Arthur, Vice President

Updated October 5, 2011

While the Republican presidential debates have been the focus of the national media in recent weeks, there are state elections this fall that may provide some early indications about what may happen at the ballot box next year. 

One early indicator was this […]

By |October 4th, 2011|Blogs, Issue Management, Local Government, State Politics|Comments Off

ECOS to EPA: It’s the Economy, Stupid

By Mark Anderson, Senior Vice President

The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) convened its 18th Annual Meeting earlier this week in Indianapolis, Indiana. Having attended all but one ECOS meeting since the inception of the organization in 1993, it has been a while since I’ve seen anything happen for […]

By |September 29th, 2011|Blogs, Issue Management, Local Government, State Politics|Comments Off

Riding Out the Storm

By Stateside Associates

State government affairs professionals rejoice and dread the time of year known as ‘end of session.’ The final days of a legislative session are full of lavish political fundraisers, staff potlucks and an overwhelming sense of camaraderie among staff, lobbyists and elected officials. Many celebrate legislative victories as bills […]

By |September 22nd, 2011|Blogs, Issue Management, Local Government, State Politics|Comments Off

Social Media as Business Card

By Graham Grossman, Manager, Social Media Services

In The Beginning

Long before I was even born, only one social networking tool existed: the business card.

The contact information contained on a business card was once the only means through which we would know how to communicate with an individual. The business card facilitated communication and collaboration […]

By |September 15th, 2011|Blogs, Social Media, State Politics|3 Comments

Do You ‘Recall’ When…

By Stateside Associates

This summer the state of Wisconsin held nine general state legislative elections in an unprecedented attempt to recall Senators from both political parties. Prior to Wisconsin’s summer of recalls, only 20 legislative recall elections had ever been held in the United States.

The recall effort in Wisconsin was a historical […]

By |September 6th, 2011|Blogs, State Politics|Comments Off

HO, HO, HOLD THE PRESSES!

By Constance Campanella, President and CEO

Labor Day, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Veterans Day, Halloween and Valentine’s Day are holidays to most, but for elected officials they are something more–an opportunity to issue press releases, website posts, tweets and other announcements.

With headlines such as “Attorney General Settles with Florist (February 14),” “Avoid […]

By |August 30th, 2011|Blogs, Issue Management|Comments Off

Family Ties and Term Limits

By Stateside Associates

The Kennedys, the Bushes, the Daleys–all families that come to mind when I think of political dynasties.  Lesser known families include the Goodmans of Las Vegas, the Runners of California or the Chu/Engs also of California. In each of these examples, a spouse chose to run for the other’s […]

By |August 25th, 2011|Blogs, State Politics|Comments Off

Observations from the 2011 NCSL Legislative Summit

By Michael Behm, Senior Vice President

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Annual Legislative Summit in San Antonio, Texas ended last Thursday on a high note for the organization.  The Summit was NCSL’s largest meeting since 2007, in terms of attendance and featured over 150 policy and working sessions.  And the organization announced […]

By |August 16th, 2011|Blogs, Groups|2 Comments

Will State Officials Moving to New Federal Agencies Affect Policy?

State officials have always found career paths that led to service in the federal government.  In areas where state law has historically been developed within a federal statutory framework, many aspects of environmental protection being an example, state officials moving into federal positions is nothing new.  Two recent major pieces of federal legislation, the […]

By |August 11th, 2011|Blogs, State Politics|Comments Off

State Answers to Federal Debt Questions

By Steve Arthur, Vice President

With an agreement finally having been reached over the debt limit, what are the next steps for Congress and the President?  We can look to the states to see what may happen in DC over the next two to three years. 

Some will argue that because 49 states have a […]

By |August 3rd, 2011|Blogs, State Politics|4 Comments

Aretha Got It Right: R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

By Constance Campanella, President and CEO

At a recent conference of state Attorneys General, a corporate advocate referred to the assembly of almost 30 state AG’s as the “farm team.”   It was meant to juxtapose AG’s against Governors and was intended as a compliment. 

Unfortunately, as a compliment, the reference fell flat.   Actually, it fell […]

By |July 26th, 2011|Blogs, State Politics|5 Comments

An Overhaul for the National Governors’ Association

By Mark D. Anderson, Esq., Senior Vice President

The National Governors’ Association (NGA) concluded its Annual Meeting July 17 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Marking a dramatic change in their process, the Governors allowed most of their existing policies to sunset and unveiled an entirely new policy process for the organization.  This complete revamping is […]

By |July 19th, 2011|Blogs, Groups|Comments Off

Will States Be Ready and Willing to Implement Health Benefit Exchanges?

By Robert A. Holden, Esq., Vice President

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking July 11, setting out guidelines for the creation of State Health Benefit Exchanges under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) as well as a process for federal approval of those […]

By |July 14th, 2011|Blogs, Health Care|Comments Off

Local Governments Choose Bad Over Worse

By Stateside Associates

As state governments continue to deal with budget gaps, so too are the nation’s cities, counties and towns.  Local governments’ fiscal concerns mirror what is going on in most states, with employee-related costs for health care coverage and pensions having the largest negative impact on the local government’s ability […]

By |June 28th, 2011|Blogs, Local Government|Comments Off

Major Changes Ahead for NCSL

By Michael Behm, Senior Vice President

Since late 2010, a working group – most of you have probably never heard of it – composed of legislators and staff within the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has been considering dramatic changes to the nearly 36-year old organization of state legislatures. 

Among the initial – but still […]

By |June 23rd, 2011|Blogs, Stateside News|Comments Off

Democratic, Republican and Tea: How Three Parties Shaped the 2011 State Legislative Sessions

Revolutions often turn sour for the revolutionaries – even in victory.  It is one of the most powerful lessons of the American Revolution that the victors did not become the new dictators, but instead invested their success in a system that could empower and protect the citizenry.  

With that American system came the alliances we […]

By |June 16th, 2011|Blogs, Stateside News|Comments Off

Health Care Reform by Waiver

By Robert A. Holden, Esq., Vice President

As partisan positions have crystallized at the federal level, changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) through legislation look increasingly unlikely. While Congress and President Obama agreed to change the 1099 reporting mandate through legislation, future bi-partisan health care policy agreements will be rare. If […]

By |June 9th, 2011|Blogs, Stateside News|Comments Off

CAMPANELLA NAMED TO “TRAINING TEAM” FOR AMERICAN LEAGUE OF LOBBYISTS PROGRAM

Stateside Associates’ President and CEO Constance Campanella, will be a featured panelist for State Lobbying and the Regulatory Process: Multiple Fronts, Multiple Challenges, a training session scheduled for June 27 in Washington, D.C.  

This program is part of the Lobbying Certificate Program  sponsored by the American League of Lobbyists and Lobbyists.info.

The “TRAINING TEAM” also includes […]

By |June 9th, 2011|Blogs, Stateside News|Comments Off

UPDATE: NCSL Legislative Summit Agenda

By Michael Behm, Senior Vice President

The 2011 National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit is scheduled for August 8-11 in San Antonio, Texas.  It will be the largest attended public officials meeting of the summer.  NCSL has released a preliminary agenda for its Legislative Summit meeting. Stateside Associates’ Stefani Millie and Michael Behm will be in attendance.

The […]

By |June 7th, 2011|Blogs, Stateside News|Comments Off

2011 Session Wrap: States Introduce Less and Pass More in 2011

By Stateside Associates

As the summer months approach, the 2011 State Legislative season is coming to a close. As of June 1, 28 states have adjourned regular legislative sessions. 

What have we learned so far? Budget shortfalls and the tide of partisan changes in the 2010 election cycle have influenced the legislative activity […]

By |June 2nd, 2011|Blogs, State Politics|Comments Off

Wisconsin Recalls Threaten 527 Coffers: UPDATE

By Michael J. Behm, Senior Vice President

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin state elections agency, the Government Accountability Board, has set a date of July 12 for the recall elections against Sens. Dan Kapanke, Randy Hopper and Luther Olsen.  All three are Republicans.

There are still six other senators (three Republicans and three […]

By |May 25th, 2011|Blogs, Local Government, State Politics|Comments Off

Will the NLRB Boeing Complaint Actually Hurt Unions and Union Shop States?

By Steve Arthur, Vice President

Last month’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) complaint against Boeing for building a plant in South Carolina was clearly intended to protect union jobs.  According to its own press release, the NLRB filed this complaint because Boeing decided “to transfer a second production line to a non-union facility.”

However, while the […]

By |May 24th, 2011|Blogs, Issue Management|Comments Off

Wisconsin Recalls Threaten 527 Coffers

By Michael J. Behm, Senior Vice President

The petition drive to recall Democratic Wisconsin State Senator Julie Lassa ended quietly after organizers of that effort failed to file enough signatures to meet the May 16 deadline.

It was the last remaining petition drive in the efforts by both Democrats and Republicans to recall nine sitting state […]

By |May 17th, 2011|Blogs, Local Government, State Politics|Comments Off

Behind the Scenes: Major Changes Underway at NGA

By Mark D. Anderson, Esq., Senior Vice President

With the hiring of a new Executive Director, along with many new Governors in office, we can expect to see some potentially significant changes to “business-as-usual” at the National Governors Association (NGA).  Following the November elections during which Republicans took the majority of governorships, Dan Crippen, […]

By |May 12th, 2011|Blogs, Groups|Comments Off

MEDICAL LOSS RATIO AFFECTS EMPLOYER COSTS

By Robert A. Holden, Vice President

A little known provision in the federal health care law has achieved a much higher profile as the potential for higher costs and reduced services for employers and consumers now becomes clear.

Even as state legislatures tackle how they will create new health care benefit exchanges, the details of federal […]

By |May 9th, 2011|Blogs, Health Care|1 Comment

YOU ARE WHAT YOU READ

I’m actually laughing as I write this because I just read the funniest thing ever. It is a post on a well known “research website” that advises readers to schedule time for email. In authoritative tones the author advises blocking 1 to 3 times per day for email in “batches” of 30-45 minutes. He […]

By |April 28th, 2011|Blogs, Issue Management|Comments Off

Why Should a Corporation Care About State Worker Collective Bargaining

The recent high profile fight over collective bargaining rights, pay and benefits for public employees in Wisconsin is interesting to those who follow politics and government funding issues, but why should corporate executives be concerned about that fight?  The obvious answer is that if public employee pay and benefits are increased, taxes will […]

By |April 4th, 2011|Blogs, State Politics|Comments Off

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The Human Services Committee will meet August 28 to discuss the use of electronic health records and receive a presentation from t...
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The Department of Environmental Quality will accept comments through August 28 regarding proposed rules to adopt revisions to stat...
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