Jan | Feb 2014




Stated Briefly

2013 NAST Legislative Conference

The National Association of State Treasurers held its 2013 legislative conference March 18-20 in Washington, D.C. The event drew 174 attendees, including 32 state treasurers. Attendees discussed a wide range of financial topics, including the future of tax-exempt municipal bonds, the impact of federal budget cuts on the economy and the global economy. Treasurers also visited with White House officials and congressional leaders.
 

ICJ Members to Make Presentations

Rose Ann Bisch, commissioner of Minnesota’s Interstate Commission for Juveniles, participated in the annual conference for the Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children in Denver May 3-6. Bisch is in her second year as co-chair of the work group promoting cooperation, collaboration and communication between the two compacts.
Jason McCrea, director of Pennsylvania’s Interstate Commission for Juveniles,  will lead and Jennifer Adkins from the compact’s national office will assist in a presentation, “How to Manage Juvenile Movement,”at the American Probation and Parole Association Annual Training Institute in Baltimore July 30. Ashley Lippert, executive director of the Interstate Compact for Juveniles, will conduct a similar session at the National Partnership for Juvenile Services Symposium Oct. 20-24 in Louisville, Ky.
 

WESTRAIN Completes Pilot Project in Five States

WESTRAIN—a pilot program of CSG West that provides professional development training directly to state capitols—completed its initial five state test run in March. California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana and Nevada were selected by CSG-West officers as the pilot states. 
Each pilot state chose one topic and speaker from a short list of options—such as communications, ethics, stress management and time management—to provide training to legislative staff and/or legislators. The trainings were well attended and received positive feedback. CSG West officers will review the evaluations of the pilot program and will decide on a possible expansion and continuation of the program for the next fiscal year.
 

CSG-East Hosts Health Care Panel for Legislators

CSG East hosted a panel on insurance exchanges in the Connecticut Legislative Office Building March 19. The panel, “Health Insurance Exchanges: How Connecticut Can Benefit,” informed legislators about the Affordable Care Act and the role insurance exchanges will play in the state.
Speakers included Dave Chandra, senior policy analyst for Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Christie Hager, regional director, for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and Vicki Veltri, Connecticut state health care advocate. Connecticut State Comptroller Kevin Lembo moderated the panel.
In addition, the Northeast States Association for Agricultural Stewardship hosted a lunch with the Connecticut Rural Caucus March 20.
 

Capitol Ideas—An App for That

Starting in June, you can read Capitol Ideas on your Apple mobile device. The Council of State Governments will debut the app for iPhone and iPad at the 2013 Leadership Forum in June. Get the app and download Capitol Ideas straight to your Newsstand.
 

Check Out the new Toll Fellows

The 2013 class of CSG’s premiere leadership training program—the CSG Toll Fellows—will be announced in June. The class will include 48 leaders from across the country selected for the leadership boot camp.