July | August 2017

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CSG West Fahrenkamp Award

The Council of State Governments West awarded the Bettye Fahrenkamp Award for Distinguished Legislative Leadership on Behalf of Western States to former Nevada Co-Speaker Lynn Hettrick at its 66th annual meeting in July.
Hettrick served in the Nevada Assembly from 1992 to 2006, including a stint as co-speaker of the Assembly in 1995 and minority leader for 10 years. During that time, he also served as CSG West chair from 2001 to 2002 and as the national chair of The Council of State Governments in 2005. Today, he continues his public service as deputy director of the Nevada Department of Agriculture.
The Fahrenkamp Award, which is awarded annually, recognizes leaders whose legislative careers demonstrate the ability to see and work beyond the border of their own states in the interest of the West. The award is named in honor of Bettye Fahrenkamp of Fairbanks, Alaska, who served with distinction in the Alaska State Senate until her untimely death in 1991.

September is College Savings Month

The College Savings Plans Network has been joined by more than 40 states in declaring September "College Savings Month." Section 529 plans make it easy and affordable for the average family to plan ahead for the cost of college attendance and are available in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Many activities are held across the nation during September to recognize the importance of saving for college. Go to www.CollegeSavings.org for details.

Arflack Retires from MIC3

Retired Brig. Gen. Norman E. Arflack has retired from his position as the first executive director of Interstate Commission on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, known as the MIC3.
During Arflack’s tenure, the compact has grown from 34 member states in 2010 to 46 member states and the District of Columbia today.
“Gen. Arflack has been tireless in his efforts to recruit the balance of the states into the compact so that the law will cover 100 percent of the military children in the nation’s public schools,” said Commission Chair Kathleen Berg.
The interstate compact now covers 97 percent of those children.
Arflack said it was the right time for him to turn over the reins.
“This was not an easy decision or one that I take lightly, but I feel it’s the right thing to do at the right time,” he said. “We are nearing 100 percent membership and we now need to shift our focus toward educating the military and civilian population on the many benefits and requirements of being a resident of a compacted state. This has been and continues to be a complex process and it is the appropriate time for a new director with vision and a long-term plan to take the reins.”

NASPE Announces Winners

The National Association of State Personnel Executives has announced the winners of the 2013 NASPE Awards program. The NASPEs recognize outstanding work and leadership among state government human resource management professionals.
Kathy Nesbitt, executive director of the Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration, was named winner of the Eugene H. Rooney Jr. Leadership Award. Within weeks of her appointment in 2011, Nesbitt proposed an ambitious plan called “The Talent Agenda” to ensure Colorado was best positioned to recruit, retain and reward top talent. In addition, she also worked to pass legislation to create a merit pay system.
Pennsylvania’s Emerging Leader Program received the Eugene H. Rooney Jr. Innovative State Human Resource Management Program Award. The program, developed in 2010, is an intensive 10-month program available to mid-level managers who exhibit leadership qualities and demonstrate potential to assume more significant job responsibilities.
Colorado’s State Employee Assistance Program Workforce Outcomes received an Award of Merit for the Rooney award. In 2009, the Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration launched a new initiative through the Colorado State Employee Assistance Program to better identify and assist employees at risk for depression, suffering from untreated depression, and/or engaging in risky substance use.
Louisiana’s Realistic Job Preview Videos Program was awarded the Eva N. Santos Communications Award. The job preview videos are a product offered by the Department of State Civil Service to agency customers to address troubled, high turnover jobs.
“We are pleased to have an outstanding set of award winners for the 2013 NASPEs,” said Leslie Scott, executive director of NASPE, which is an affiliate of CSG. “What state officials have done to innovate and lead in these challenging times are to be commended. While state funds may have diminished, innovation and leadership are alive and well in state government across the country.”

Legislators Attend CSG Transportation Policy Academy

Eleven state legislators from around the country, many of them transportation committee chairs, attended the CSG Transportation Policy Academy July 18-20 in Portland, Ore. The group received extensive briefings on Oregon’s new mileage-based road user fee program and the future of transportation funding. They also toured transit-oriented development in the city’s South Waterfront and Pearl District neighborhoods and cargo facilities at the Port of Portland.
A group of legislators from across the country, below, attended the CSG Transportation Policy Academy in Portland, Ore., in July. Taking a tour of transit-oriented developments and a construction site where a new academic campus is being built for Oregon Health Sciences University were, from left: Bobby Combs, legislative assistant to Florida Sen. Jeff Brandes; Larry Ehl, publisher of Transportation Issues Daily; Washington Rep. Judy Clibborn, Florida Sen. Jeff Brandes, Maryland Sen. Catherine Pugh, Oklahoma Sen. Gary Stanislawski, Iowa Sen. Tod Bowman, Illinois Sen. Toi Hutchinson, Massachusetts Sen. Thomas McGee, Montana Sen. Elsie Arntzen, and Colorado Sen. Nancy Todd. Also attending the academy but not pictured, were: Oregon Rep. Tobias Read and Michigan Rep. Wayne Schmidt.