Intergovernmental Affairs Committee
The Intergovernmental Affairs Committee is the primary policy body for CSG and the primary body setting the federal-state relations agenda for CSG. It is particularly concerned about federalism issues and other issues impacting states' rights. The bipartisan committee is comprised of officials from all branches of state government, as well as CSG Associate members.
The mission of the Intergovernmental Affairs Committee is to serve as CSG's monitoring and advisory arm on major federal issues before Congress and the Administration. The committee strives to interpret changing national conditions and to prepare states for the future, and to promote the sovereignty of the states and their role in the American federal system.
The committee :
Monitors and acts on critical intergovernmental matters pertaining to all three federal branches of government;
seeks intergovernmental partnerships, particularly with former CSG members now serving in the federal government or Congress;
coordinates with other state and local government associations on intergovernmental issues where states have a vested interest.
The committee also oversees the filing of amicus briefs on behalf of state and local governments in the U.S. Supreme Court. As part of the federal monitoring process, CSG tracks federal legislative issues in its IGA Committee Federal Legislative Updates.
Deputy Speaker Bob Godfrey
Sen. Douglas Overbey
CSG Legal Task Force
The Legal Task Force advises CSG on litigation in federal courts that has the potential to impact the fundamentals of federalism. Each year, the U.S. Supreme Court hears several cases that have a direct impact on states, the rulings of which could dramatically alter the relationship between the federal government and states. Working together with the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC), of which CSG is a member, the Legal Task Force has a unique opportunity to present a state perspective to the Court via amicus briefs. The Task Force is made up of 12 legislators, three members from each of the four CSG regions.
Recently Filed Amicus Briefs Joined by CSG:
CSG director of federal affairs
Karellas leads The Council of State Governments’ efforts in monitoring federal and international activity and advocating the interests of states to members of Congress, federal agencies, nongovernmental agencies and other stakeholders. He directs the CSG Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, the International Committee and the CSG Legal Task Force, which monitors the activities of the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to joining CSG, Karellas served as a senior staffer with the House Small Business Committee, focusing on international trade and technology issues. He has also worked as deputy director of government affairs for Aon Corporation in Chicago and as the special assistant to U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez.
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