Jan | Feb 2014




Stated Briefly

 

CDC Earns EMAP Accreditation

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has received accreditation by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program. The intent of EMAP is to promote consistent quality in emergency management programs. “Through your accreditation, (the CDC) have set the example for other public health emergency management programs to follow your lead,” Ed Buikema, EMAP commissioner, said in a press release.
 

NHCSL and the Borinqueneers

At its 11th National Summit in November, the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators hosted an awards ceremony commemorating members of the Borinqueneers for their dedicated service. The 65th Infantry Regiment of Borinqueneers was the largest and longest-standing Hispanic segregated unit, serving during World War I, World War II and the Korean War.
NHCSL recognized the heroic actions of these soldiers and has taken a stance to increase Congressional support for the regiment. Members approved a resolution “Recognizing the 65th Infantry Regiment, Known as the Borinqueneers, for their Service to the United States of America during Wartime.” It will be sent to Congress to request the Borinqueneers be honored through the awarding of the Congressional gold medal.
The Borinqueneers soldiers already have earned 628 Bronze Stars, 258 Silver Stars, 10 Distinguished Service Crosses and more than 2,700 Purple Hearts.
 

Legislative Council on River Governance Meets

The Legislative Council on River Governance held its 2013 meeting Oct. 3-4 in Boardman, Ore., at the Port of Morrow. Oregon Sen. Doug Whitsett chaired the council, with a major focus on the Columbia River Treaty and the benefits the treaty provides to Columbia River Basin States. As 2014 is the first year that Canada or the United States can choose to unilaterally give 10-year notice of their intent to end the treaty, both the U.S. and Canada are thoroughly reviewing the treaty.
Representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers, Bonneville Power Administration and the Columbia River Treaty Review Team for the Government of British Columbia shared their perspectives on the treaty. Council members also heard from the First Nations, ports and agricultural interests about the treaty; it also received an update on the Hanford Nuclear Site Cleanup. The 2014 meeting will be held in Montana and chaired by Montana Sen. Jennifer Fielder.
 

APPA Releases Report

The American Probation and Parole Association, in partnership with the National Center for State Courts and The Pew Charitable Trusts, has released a report, “Effective Responses to Offender Behavior: Lessons Learned for Probation and Parole Supervision.” The report was the result of a meeting of representatives from 14 states to discuss the use of effective administrative responses in probation and parole supervision.

 

Hispanic Participation in Clinical Trials

The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators is leading efforts to increase cultural competency in health care with a resolution, “Eliminating Restriction and Barriers to Health Care Access and Maintaining Independent Oversight.” Although the American Cancer Society reports that one in two Hispanic men and one in three Hispanic women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, less than 2 percent of the growing Hispanic population participates in clinical trials. To learn more about the resolution, visit www.nhcsl.org.
 

NASFA Accepting Nominations for Innovations Award

The National Association of State Facilities Administrators is accepting nominations for its 2014 Innovations Award. The program, established in 1993, recognizes outstanding achievement by a state facility organization for establishing an innovative new program or improving an existing one. For more information, visit http://www.nasfa.net/?page=2014Innovations. The deadline for submitting an application is Feb. 28.
 

Western Legislators Complete Intensive Skills Training

Thirty-eight lawmakers from the Western region graduated Nov. 16 from the 14th Western Legislative Academy, CSG West’s professional development program for newer legislators. The WLA Class of 2013 experienced three-and-a-half days of training sessions aimed at strengthening their skills and building stronger legislative institutions.
Training sessions included time management, leadership, the art of decision-making, mental toughness, legislative ethics, negotiations, consensus building, and approaches to enhancing communication with constituents and the media. Participating lawmakers also were provided an overview of legislative institutions, conducted team building exercises at the U.S. Air Force Academy and were inspired by a historical portrayal of America’s first president, George Washington.
Class members elected Arizona Sen. Kelli Ward as the 2013 WLA class president. In this capacity, Ward will represent the class at upcoming CSG West events.