November | December 2014




Stated Briefly

NLGA Delegation Visits Germany

A delegation from the National Lieutenant Governors Association, a CSG affiliate, conducted a four-city, seven-day mission to Germany. They met with the German vice chancellor, the U.S. ambassador, members of federal parliament and state legislatures, and with local officials and business leaders.
Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Tim Murray, NLGA chair, was joined by Lt. Govs. Kim Reynolds of Iowa, John Sanchez of New Mexico, Elizabeth Roberts of Rhode Island and Gregory Francis, U.S. Virgin Islands.
The delegation focused over several days on the German dual education and apprenticeship system and its successful connection to the workforce and jobs. The delegation also examined health care, transportation and federal-state relations.
Germany is the largest economy in Europe and is the world’s fifth largest national economy. With a population of 82 million people, many consider Germany the largest and most important market in Europe. The lieutenant governors keyed in on ways to increase trans-Atlantic trade in life sciences, agriculture, aerospace and tourism.
 

Innovative Programs

Eight state programs will be recognized with CSG Innovations Awards during The Council of State Governments’ National Conference in Austin, Texas, Nov. 30-Dec. 3. The winners, by region, are:
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New Approach Proposed to Reduce Recidivism, Improve Recovery

A new report from The Council of State Governments Justice Center focuses on a new approach to reduce recidivism and improve recovery among adults with substance abuse and mental health disorders who are involved with the corrections system.
The report—“Adults with Behavioral Health Needs under Correctional Supervision: A Shared Framework for Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Recovery”—is written for policymakers, system administrators and front-line service providers committed to improving outcomes for men and women with behavioral health disorders on probation or returning to the community from prison or jail.
The report introduces a framework that can be used at the corrections and behavioral health systems level to prioritize scarce resources based on objective assessments of individuals’ risk of committing a future crime and their treatment and support needs.
Read the full report, FAQ and other resources here.
 

Maryland Treasurer Receives NAST Award

Maryland State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp received the 2012 Jesse M. Unruh Award from the National Association of State Treasurers, a CSG affiliate, in September. NAST presents the award each year to a treasurer who has demonstrated outstanding service to the association, the profession and to his or her state. The award is named for a founding member of NAST and former California treasurer.
NAST President and Nevada State Treasurer Kate Marshall made the presentation during the organization’s annual conference, held Sept. 8-12 in Anchorage, Alaska. Kopp serves as chairman of NAST’s Legislative Committee and has testified on behalf of the organization in congressional hearings.
“To be recognized by my colleagues is thrilling,” said Kopp. “NAST is a great organization composed of outstanding professionals. I’m so honored to be chosen.”
Kopp has a long history of public service. She was elected as treasurer in 2002 and then re-elected in 2003, 2007 and 2011. Kopp represented the Bethesda, Md., area in the Maryland House of Delegates for 27 years prior to her election as treasurer. During that time, she was recognized by her colleagues as the most effective woman legislator and one of the 10 most effective members of the House. In March 2012, Kopp was inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame.
 

California Delegation Visits Mexico

California Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg led a bipartisan Senate delegation to Mexico City Oct 1–3 aimed at strengthening ties between California and Mexico. The visit was organized by the California Senate Office of International Relations and Mexico's Consulate General in Sacramento and supported by the The Council of State Governments West through its grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development.
The delegation met with key U.S. and Mexico federal officials, including officials of the U.S. Embassy, members of Mexico’s federal Senate, Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard, and Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. California senators also met with representatives of the American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico and Mexico’s Business Council. Senators also visited Mexico's National Intelligence Center.
During the visit, participants discussed enhancing economic development opportunities between California and Mexico, including the possible reopening of a California trade office in Mexico City and carbon credits pursuant to California’s legislation aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Senators expressed their interest in expanding educational and youth partnerships, as well as the efficient facilitation of trade along land ports of entry.