Compacts in the News

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has called for the elimination of approximately $150,000 in state dues to the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin.  The Commission, which was established in 1940 through the passage of the Potomac Valley Compact, promotes water quality and related land protection among the Potomac Basin states.  Virginia was a founding member of the compact, which also includes the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.  The compact received Congressional Consent in 1940. 

This spring and summer’s record setting floods along the Missouri River Basin have promoted ND Governor Jack Dalrymple to call for a new interstate compact to help better manage flood control efforts among the impacted states.  Currently the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is responsible for flood control management within the Missouri River Basin.  If adopted, the compact plan proposed by Gov. Dalrymple would shift control away from the Army Corp of Engineers and leave it with the impacted states.

The Department of Defense

"An interstate compact is spurring sweeping improvements to the school transition process for military parents and their children, while also making inroads into addressing parents’ education-related concerns, a Defense Department official said.

The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children affects everything from school enrollment and eligibility to course placement and graduation, explained Ed Kringer, director of state liaison and educational...

The Sacramento Bee

"More than a decade after George W. Bush beat Al Gore for president despite winning fewer votes nationwide, California has given a movement to overturn the nation's Electoral College system perhaps its greatest lift yet.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation this morning committing California to an interstate compact to award electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the most votes nationwide.

The agreement would become effective only if states possessing a...

The Lexington Herald Leader

"Lawmakers and others invested in southern Ohio's economy say the state should work with neighboring Kentucky and West Virginia to help the region realize the shipping potential of the Ohio River.

The tri-state area should develop a port authority that views the river as a global logistics center, Patrick Donovan, of the Rahall Appalachian Transportation Institute, told The Columbus Dispatch."

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Tulsa Today

"On Monday (July 18), Texas became the fourth American state to sign the Health Care Compact into law. The signature of Gov. Rick Perry brings the Lone Star State into an alliance that already consists of Missouri, Oklahoma and Georgia."

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