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2014 Governors Races – Post-Primary Vulnerable Incumbents

September 16th, 2014|2014 Elections, Blogs, Infographics|

WYOMING

The Task Force on Digital Information and Privacy will meet September 18-19 to discuss bill drafts related to internet privacy. Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com

September 15th, 2014|Scrolling Text, Stateside News|

WASHINGTON

The Joint Select Health Care Oversight Committee will meet September 18 to receive updates about the Health Benefit Exchange from the Office of the Insurance Commissioner and the Washington Health Care Authority. Jeremy Haines at jnh@stateside.com

The Washington Board of Psychology will meet September 19 to discuss amendments to its rules […]

September 15th, 2014|Scrolling Text, Stateside News|

VERMONT

The Public Records Legislative Study Committee will meet September 15 to discuss public records exemptions created or repealed during the 2014 session. Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com

The Vermont Health Care Oversight Committee will meet September 18 to discuss a status update about the health benefit exchange, access to health care and medical malpractice. […]

September 15th, 2014|Scrolling Text, Stateside News|

UTAH

The Health Reform Task Force will meet September 18 to receive updates about the negotiations between Governor Gary R.  Herbert (R) and the United States Department of Health and Human Services regarding the Healthy Utah Plan. Jeremy Haines at jnh@stateside.com

September 15th, 2014|Scrolling Text, Stateside News|

PENNSYLVANIA

The Philadelphia Committee on Global Opportunities and Creative/Innovative Economy will meet September 15 to discuss a resolution authorizing the Committee to hold hearings about the level of care and backlog of services for veterans. [Agenda] William Higgins at wch@stateside.com

September 15th, 2014|Scrolling Text, Stateside News|

OREGON

The House Interim Committee on Health Care will meet September 15 to receive an update from Cover Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority. Meghan Pudeler at mlp@stateside.com

The House Interim Committee on Business and Labor will meet September 15 to receive an interim report from The Task Force on Procuring through Small […]

September 15th, 2014|Scrolling Text, Stateside News|

OKLAHOMA

The House Judiciary Committee will meet September 16 to review death penalty procedures and execution alternatives. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

September 15th, 2014|Scrolling Text, Stateside News|

OHIO

The Board of Education will meet September 15 to discuss proposed amendments to educator preparation programs, which requires programs to include evidence-based instructional strategies in its coursework. Carter Alleman at ca@stateside.com

The Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee will meet September 18 to hear a Medicaid budget update. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

September 15th, 2014|Scrolling Text, Stateside News|

NORTH DAKOTA

The Administrative Rules Committee will meet September 15 to hear presentations regarding internal rule changes within several government entities, including the Agriculture Commissioner’s Office, Education Standards and Practices Board and the Department of Human Services. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

The Taxation Committee will meet September 16 to discuss agricultural property assessment and […]

September 15th, 2014|Scrolling Text, Stateside News|

NEW YORK

The Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship will meet September 16 to discuss the future of computer and video games development in the state. Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com

The New York City Committee on Economic Development will meet September 17 to discuss the economic impact of failing transportation infrastructure. [

NEW HAMPSHIRE

The New Hampshire General Court will convene September 15-17 to act upon measures vetoed by Governor Maggie Hassan (D). Melissa Luke at mal@stateside.com

The Board of Mental Health Practice will meet September 19 to review rule text amendments to rules impacting mental health professionals. Maia Falconi-Sachs at mfs@stateside.com

September 15th, 2014|Scrolling Text, Stateside News|

NEVADA

The Legislative Energy Commission will meet September 16 to discuss the future of biogas in the state. Christopher Mitton at ccm@stateside.com

September 15th, 2014|Scrolling Text, Stateside News|

MISSOURI

The Joint Committee on Solid Waste Management District Operations will meet September 17 to preview draft legislation and hear testimony from members of the industry and the public. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

September 15th, 2014|Scrolling Text, Stateside News|

MISSISSIPPI

The Domestic Violence Task Force will meet September 19 to discuss funding for ending domestic violence abuse. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

September 15th, 2014|Scrolling Text, Stateside News|

MARYLAND

The Joint Oversight Committee on the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange will meet September 16 to receive updates about the Maryland Exchange, the transition to the Connecticut IT platform and an update about approved rates in the individual health insurance market. Patrick Gallaher at phg@stateside.com

September 15th, 2014|Scrolling Text, Stateside News|

KANSAS

The Board of Education will meet September 16 to discuss proposed regulatory amendments that will allow schools to hire teachers in certain subject areas who do not have education degrees but bring subject expertise to the classroom. Amy Goldlust at amg@stateside.com

September 15th, 2014|Scrolling Text, Stateside News|

IOWA

The Assessment Task Force will meet September 17 to discuss the governor’s announcement that Iowa would not pursue further involvement with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Steven Gassenberger at smg@stateside.com

September 15th, 2014|Scrolling Text, Stateside News|

GEORGIA

The Senate Medicaid Care Management Organizations Credentialing Study Committee will meet September 15 to hear testimony from providers about the credentialing process, as well as responses to provider testimony from the Department of Community Health and Care Management Organizations. Patrick Gallaher at phg@stateside.com

September 15th, 2014|Scrolling Text, Stateside News|

FLORIDA

State Senator Eleanor Sobel (D) will host a town hall meeting September 16 to discuss the 2014 proposed constitutional amendment #2, which would allow medicinal marijuana. Sarah Hofmann at srh@stateside.com

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting September 19 to discuss amendments to rules concerning environmental resource permits.

September 15th, 2014|Scrolling Text, Stateside News|

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

The Washington D.C. Committee on Government Operations will meet September 18 to discuss the Clean Hands Elections Reform Amendment Act. [Agenda] William Higgins at wch@stateside.com

September 15th, 2014|Scrolling Text, Stateside News|

CONNECTICUT

The Family and Medical Leave Insurance Task Force will meet September 18 to discuss establishing an insurance program to provide short-term benefits for workers who are unable to work due to an injury or pregnancy to the worker or a family member. Patrick Gallaher at phg@stateside.com

September 15th, 2014|Scrolling Text, Stateside News|

COLORADO

The Denver Safety and Well Being Committee will meet September 16 to consider a proclamation in support of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. [Agenda] William Higgins at wch@stateside.com

September 15th, 2014|Scrolling Text, Stateside News|

CALIFORNIA

The San Bernardino City Council will meet September 15 to discuss the City’s pending case in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. [Agenda] William Higgins at wch@stateside.com

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will meet September 16 to discuss an ordinance that sets the City’s property tax rate. [Agenda] William Higgins […]

September 15th, 2014|Scrolling Text, Stateside News|

ARKANSAS

The Legislative Task Force on Autism will meet September 19 to discuss Associates Degrees in occupational life skills. Sarah Hofmann at srh@stateside.com

September 15th, 2014|Scrolling Text, Stateside News|

ARIZONA

The House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee will meet September 17 to discuss EPA proposed rule 111(d), which requires states to develop plans to fix existing sources of non-criteria pollutants. Sarah Hofmann at srh@stateside.com

September 15th, 2014|Scrolling Text, Stateside News|

WISCONSIN

The Department of Natural Resources will hold a public hearing September 10 to discuss proposed amendments to rules concerning boat regulation and registration. Becky Lukaesko at bml@stateside.com

September 8th, 2014|Stateside News|

WEST VIRGINIA

A primary election will be held September 9 to determine the Democratic and Republican nominees for Governor; the Democratic and Republican nominees for Lieutenant Governor; and the Democratic and Republican nominees for House and Senate seats. Christopher Mitton at ccm@stateside.com

September 8th, 2014|Stateside News|

TEXAS

A special election will be held September 9 to fill the vacant District 28 Senate seat. Ali Legros at all@stateside.com

The San Antonio City Council will meet September 9 to discuss legal issues related to collective bargaining. [Agenda] William Higgins at wch@stateside.com

September 8th, 2014|Stateside News|

RHODE ISLAND

A primary election will be held September 9 to determine the Democratic and Republican nominees for Governor; the Democratic and Republican nominees for Lieutenant Governor; and the Democratic and Republican nominees for House and Senate seats. Christopher Mitton at ccm@stateside.com

September 8th, 2014|Stateside News|

NORTH CAROLINA

The Board of Physical Therapy Examiners will meet September 11 to discuss proposed rule amendments to continuing education requirements. Carter Alleman at ca@stateside.com

September 8th, 2014|Stateside News|

MONTANA

The Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee will meet September 8 to discuss renewable portfolio standards within the state and hear recommendations from business and community leaders, as well as hear public comment about the new EPA 111(d) regulations. Christopher Mitton at ccm@stateside.com

The Environmental Quality Council will meet September 10 […]

September 8th, 2014|Stateside News|

MASSACHUSETTS

A primary election will be held September 9 to decide the Democratic and Republican nominees for Governor; Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor; Democratic nominee for Attorney General; and the Democratic and Republican nominees for House and Senate seats. Steven Gassenberger at smg@stateside.com

September 8th, 2014|Stateside News|

ILLINOIS

The Chicago Joint Committee on Finance and the Committee on Transportation and Public Way will meet September 9 to discuss a resolution concerning the U.S. Department of Transportation’s comprehensive rulemaking proposal to improve the safe transportation of large quantities of flammable materials by rail. [Agenda] William Higgins at

DELAWARE

A primary election will be held September 9 for the Democratic and Republican nominees for House and Senate seats. Andrew Ricca at ajr@stateside.com

September 8th, 2014|Stateside News|

NEW MEXICO

The Economic and Rural Development Committee will meet September 2-3 to discuss issues related to telecommunications and broadband access. Andrew Ausel ata@stateside.com

The Law Enforcement Academy (LEA) Board will meet September 3 to discuss rulemaking regarding the LEA curriculum. Maia Falconi-Sachs at mfs@stateside.com

September 2nd, 2014|Stateside News|

MINNESOTA

The Pollution Control Agency is accepting comments through September 3 about the proposed air emission General Permit, applicable to certain manufacturing sources located in Minnesota.  Amy Goldlust at amg@stateside.com

The Minneapolis City Charter Commission will meet September 3 to consider forming a task force to make changes to the city’s plain language […]

September 2nd, 2014|Stateside News|

INDIANA

The Energy Utilities and Telecommunications Interim Study Committee will meet September 2 to consider water resource issues and to discuss the annual report for underground utility facilities. Ali Legros at all@stateside.com

September 2nd, 2014|Stateside News|

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.

August 27th, 2014|2014 Elections, Blogs|

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 legislators, staff, corporate, trade association, […]

August 26th, 2014|Blogs, Groups, Issue Management|

MICHIGAN

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

August 25th, 2014|Stateside News|

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

August 25th, 2014|Stateside News|

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

August 25th, 2014|Stateside News|

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, they might. There is very […]

August 19th, 2014|Advice, Blogs, Issue Management|

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 within the Legislature; including security […]

August 18th, 2014|Stateside News|

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

August 18th, 2014|Stateside News|

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

 

August 18th, 2014|Stateside News|

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 issues around and decide what […]

August 12th, 2014|Stateside News|

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

August 4th, 2014|Stateside News|

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 milestone this year. Six races […]

July 29th, 2014|Stateside News|

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. David Owens at

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 storm water utility and sewer […]

July 21st, 2014|Stateside News|

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 governments that establish codes and […]

July 16th, 2014|Blogs, Groups, Local Government|

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 federal issues. But unlike most […]

July 15th, 2014|Blogs, Groups, Regulation|

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 about Zohydro ER, which establishes […]

July 14th, 2014|Stateside News|

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. Measures may continue to earn […]

June 24th, 2014|2014 Elections, Blogs, Stateside News|

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 a conference and how we […]

June 12th, 2014|Blogs, Issue Management, State Politics|

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 do with state elections.

June 5th, 2014|2014 Elections, Blogs, Regulation, State Politics|

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 Kashkari (R) emerge from California’s […]

June 3rd, 2014|Blogs, Stateside News|

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

June 2nd, 2014|Stateside News|

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?

Legislative ideas–especially the new, innovative, […]

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 report found that “SGR work […]

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

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 the 36 governors are seeking […]

May 7th, 2014|2014 Elections, Blogs, State Politics|

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 your facility, office or plant. […]

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

Should Companies Disclose All Political Spending?

By Steve Arthur, Vice President

blog - politicalspending

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 benefits and drawbacks have been. […]

April 23rd, 2014|Blogs, Local Government, State Politics|

Burning Water

By John Howell, Esq., Vice President

blog - burningwater

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 be no middle ground, no […]

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

NEBRASKA

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

 

 

April 14th, 2014|Stateside News|

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 never before.

The drawdown from the […]

April 10th, 2014|Blogs, Groups, Issue Management|

Why EPA Swarmed the States’ Meeting

12 Local Officials Groups You Should Not Go Without

By Heather Williams, Vice President

local government monitoring

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, the interplay between state and […]

April 1st, 2014|Blogs, Grassroots, Groups, Local Government|

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 lose.

I “borrowed” that […]

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

IDAHO

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

 

March 17th, 2014|Stateside News|

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, especially at a press briefing […]

March 6th, 2014|Blogs, Groups, State Politics|

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 traditionally use the politically-neutral NGA […]

February 27th, 2014|Blogs, Groups, Issue Management|

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 broadband deployment and E9-1-1 location […]

February 20th, 2014|Blogs, Energy, Groups, Issue Management|

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 with your legal counsel to […]

February 11th, 2014|Blogs, Grassroots, State Politics|

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 inspire lawmakers and provoke a […]

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

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 for proposed regulations to be […]

November 14th, 2013|Blogs, Issue Management|

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 a big proponent of supporting […]

November 7th, 2013|Blogs, Grassroots, Groups, Issue Management|

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. However, the relatively large number […]

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

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 Chief Financial Officers surveyed reported […]

October 10th, 2013|Blogs, Issue Management, Local Government|

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 the agenda from the start […]

September 24th, 2013|Blogs, Environment, Groups, Issue Management|

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 rapidly taking shape (find […]

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 a few rounds of emails […]

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

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 sector, non- profit, union members […]

August 22nd, 2013|Blogs, Groups, Issue Management|

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 being held over the summer. […]

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 Scopes of Work and annual […]

July 30th, 2013|Blogs, Grassroots, Groups, Issue Management|

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 of the other issues that […]

July 9th, 2013|Blogs, Grassroots, Local Government|

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 include discussion about state and […]

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

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 to businesses and consumers may […]

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

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 is meeting for what is known […]

June 11th, 2013|Blogs, Groups, Issue Management|

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 industry has a minor presence […]

May 1st, 2013|Blogs, Grassroots, Issue Management|

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 naps one too many times […]

April 2nd, 2013|Blogs, Local Government, State Politics|

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, cities, townships and special districts.

Realizing […]

March 14th, 2013|Blogs, Groups, Local Government|

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 State Government Relations we avoid […]

February 14th, 2013|Blogs, Grassroots, Issue Management|

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 meeting was the focus on […]

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

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 and is expected to have […]

January 23rd, 2013|Blogs, Environment, Groups, Issue Management|

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 issues.

Stateside Associates will be reporting […]

November 5th, 2012|Blogs, Issue Management|

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 associations. He said he found […]

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

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 disclosure of political activity. While […]

October 11th, 2012|Blogs, Grassroots, Groups|

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 State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) […]

September 27th, 2012|Agriculture, Blogs, Issue Management|

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 is not on replacing lobbyists […]

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

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 continue to be a priority […]

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 reversed a Montana Supreme Court […]

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

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 law.  But instead of striking […]

June 29th, 2012|Blogs, Health Care, State Politics|

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 common issues and identify key […]

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

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 spending would now require even […]

May 3rd, 2012|Blogs, Issue Management|

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 of ridiculous mandates. It was […]

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

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 policy goals.

State efforts to control […]

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

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 need to have governors more […]

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

#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 as a regular feature that […]

February 17th, 2012|Agriculture, Blogs, Environment, Groups, Issue Management, State Politics|

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 same media attention as governors […]

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

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 share best practices and provide […]

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

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) plans to aid states as […]

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

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 approximately $12 billion in 2002, […]

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

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 comes on the heels of […]

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

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 the right lawmakers and staff […]

December 1st, 2011|Blogs, State Politics|

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 and Economic Development (CED) Committee […]

November 16th, 2011|Blogs, State Politics|

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 issues, Republicans worked determinedly to […]

November 10th, 2011|Blogs, State Politics|

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 them, most people began by […]

November 2nd, 2011|Blogs, Social Media|

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 session, we provide you this […]

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

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 ruling issued by Ms. Leppink […]

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

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 the benefits that will become […]

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

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 week’s special election in West […]

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

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 the first time. The states […]

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

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 reach the Governor’s desk and […]

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

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 offering a phone number […]

September 15th, 2011|Blogs, Social Media, State Politics|

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 first, overwhelmingly negative 1, nationally […]

September 6th, 2011|Blogs, State Politics|

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 Halloween Tricks by Credit Card […]

August 30th, 2011|Blogs, Issue Management|

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 seat once term-limits forced the […]

August 25th, 2011|Blogs, State Politics|

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 at its Executive Committee Meeting […]

August 16th, 2011|Blogs, Groups|

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 Patient Protection and Affordable Care […]

August 11th, 2011|Blogs, State Politics|

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 balanced budget requirement, there is […]

August 3rd, 2011|Blogs, State Politics|

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 right through the floor.   AG’s […]

July 26th, 2011|Blogs, State Politics|

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 intended to breathe life into […]

July 19th, 2011|Blogs, Groups|

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 exchanges. Comments on the proposed […]

July 14th, 2011|Blogs, Health Care|

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 to fund. 

Similar to the states, […]

June 28th, 2011|Blogs, Local Government|

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 unofficial – recommendations of NCSL’s […]

June 23rd, 2011|Blogs, Stateside News|

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 have come to know as […]

June 16th, 2011|Blogs, Stateside News|

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 American voters have developed a […]

June 9th, 2011|Blogs, Stateside News|

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 in the states.

At the start […]

June 2nd, 2011|Blogs, State Politics|

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 have to go up to […]

April 4th, 2011|Blogs, State Politics|

State Budgets Create Virtual Groups

The Council of State Governments announced Monday that it was shifting its annual Spring Meeting (this year’s Growth & Prosperity Summit of the States) from the usual large, in-person conference to an online format.  While a dramatic move and, I am sure, disappointing to the senior staff and leadership of CSG who had to make the difficult decision, the […]

March 3rd, 2011|Blogs, Groups, State Politics|

YOU DO NOT NEED A LOBBYIST-EVER AGAIN

State lobbyists add experience, knowledge, access, historical perspective and so much more to the process of advocacy. BUT, you can do without them IF you pass this test.

February 17th, 2011|Blogs, Issue Management, Stateside News|

Will A Republican Wave Wash Over State Legislatures and Your State Government Relations Program?

In states where one party has been in control for years, have you cultivated or ignored relationships with the minority party? If they take control, will fence-mending be necessary? You may want to request an increase in your travel budget now for next year so you can make some additional visits to your key states and attend more Groups meetings to quickly develop those relationships for 2011.

September 10th, 2010|Blogs, State Politics|

What I Did At The Summer Groups Meetings (And What I Need To Do Now…)

The passing of Labor Day signals the unofficial end to summer and a recommitment to the work we neglected over the last three months while vacationing and shuttling kids to baseball and summer camps.  For state government affairs professionals, summer also meant spending a great deal of time traveling the country to attend the state and local officials Groups […]

September 8th, 2010|Blogs, Groups, Issue Management|

Are Local Governments Trendsetters?

Plastic bag bans, fast-food menu labeling requirements, and taxing of bottled water are all issues being considered in some state legislatures, and even in Congress.  But what do these issues have in common?  They all originated at the local government level.

  • San Francisco was the first local government to pass the plastic bag ban in March 2007.  Many iterations of […]
June 15th, 2010|Blogs, Local Government|

PUSH TO CLOSE

An appreciation that corporate government relations and public sector sales professionals are teammates, not competitors. Each teammate has its defined role, but together, they comprise a force that helps the company grow.

May 24th, 2010|Blogs, Issue Management|

Maximizing the Impact of Testimony

In his own voice, he made the testimony more personal and that is what legislators on the committee responded to.

April 9th, 2010|Blogs, Issue Management|

Your “Groups” Participation Resolutions for the New Year…

We are already two weeks into the New Year and many of you – having returned to your offices from a long holiday break – are just now beginning to reflect on those resolutions you made in late December for 2010. 

Putting aside those commitments you made about losing weight, saving more money or drinking less, let’s focus on an […]

January 14th, 2010|Blogs, Groups|

This Week in the States

The House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee will meet September 17 to discuss EPA proposed rule 111(d), which re...
The Legislative Task Force on Autism will meet September 19 to discuss Associates Degrees in occupational life skills. Sarah Hofma...
The San Bernardino City Council will meet September 15 to discuss the City’s pending case in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. [Agenda] Wil...
The Denver Safety and Well Being Committee will meet September 16 to consider a proclamation in support of the United States Envir...
The Family and Medical Leave Insurance Task Force will meet September 18 to discuss establishing an insurance program to provide s...
The Washington D.C. Committee on Government Operations will meet September 18 to discuss the Clean Hands Elections Reform Amendmen...
State Senator Eleanor Sobel (D) will host a town hall meeting September 16 to discuss the 2014 proposed constitutional amendment #...
The Senate Medicaid Care Management Organizations Credentialing Study Committee will meet September 15 to hear testimony from prov...
The Assessment Task Force will meet September 17 to discuss the governor’s announcement that Iowa would not pursue further invol...
The Board of Education will meet September 16 to discuss proposed regulatory amendments that will allow schools to hire teachers i...
The Joint Oversight Committee on the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange will meet September 16 to receive updates about the Maryland...
The Domestic Violence Task Force will meet September 19 to discuss funding for ending domestic violence abuse. Stephen Hellier at ...
The Joint Committee on Solid Waste Management District Operations will meet September 17 to preview draft legislation and hear tes...
The Legislative Energy Commission will meet September 16 to discuss the future of biogas in the state. Christopher Mitton at ccm@s...
The New Hampshire General Court will convene September 15-17 to act upon measures vetoed by Governor Maggie Hassan (D). Melissa Lu...
The Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship will meet September 16 to discuss the future o...
The Administrative Rules Committee will meet September 15 to hear presentations regarding internal rule changes within several gov...
The Board of Education will meet September 15 to discuss proposed amendments to educator preparation programs, which requires prog...
The House Judiciary Committee will meet September 16 to review death penalty procedures and execution alternatives. Stephen Hellie...
The House Interim Committee on Health Care will meet September 15 to receive an update from Cover Oregon and the Oregon Health Aut...
The Philadelphia Committee on Global Opportunities and Creative/Innovative Economy will meet September 15 to discuss a resolution ...
The Health Reform Task Force will meet September 18 to receive updates about the negotiations between Governor Gary R.  Herbert (...
The Public Records Legislative Study Committee will meet September 15 to discuss public records exemptions created or repealed dur...
The Joint Select Health Care Oversight Committee will meet September 18 to receive updates about the Health Benefit Exchange from ...
The Task Force on Digital Information and Privacy will meet September 18-19 to discuss bill drafts related to internet privacy. An...