National Center for Interstate Compacts

Last week, I, along with members of CSG’s National Center for Interstate Compacts, participated in a meeting hosted by the office of Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Philip Moeller and co-chaired by Rep. Tom Sloan (KS) and Rep. Kim Koppelman (ND).  The meeting explored the potential for interstate compacts to facilitate transmission line siting across state boundaries.

LEXINGTON, Ky. --A national advisory panel comprised of state legislators, federal agency representatives and other key stakeholders met for the first time July 29 and 30 in Washington, D.C., to examine the potential for interstate compacts to improve the efficiency of electricity transmission line siting.

The panel was convened by...

E-Newsletter Issue #53: August 5, 2010

A national advisory panel comprised of state legislators, federal agency representatives and other key stakeholders met for the first time July 29 and 30 in Washington, D.C., to examine the potential for interstate compacts to improve the efficiency of electricity transmission line siting.

The National Center for Interstate Compacts, in conjunction with CSG’s Energy and Environment Task Force, will be convening two advisory committee meetings to explore the possibility of an interstate compact to govern interstate transmission line siting.  The first meeting of the advisory panel,  which will be comprised of state and federal officials, subject matter experts, interested stakeholders, and compact experts, will be hosted by Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Moeller’s Office July 29 and 30 at FERC headquarters in Washington, DC.  The meeting will be co-chaired by Representative Tom Sloan of Kansas and Representative Kim Koppelman of North Dakota.  For more information about the effort and about the National Center for Interstate Compacts please click here

The National Center for Interstate Compacts continues to play a leading role in the development of an interstate compact that would allow states to securely share data about the use and movement of prescription drugs across state lines.  The project, which began in the fall of 2009 through funding from CSG’s 21st Century Foundation, has been widely endorsed by stakeholders and subject matter experts.

State prescription drug monitoring programs are used to control drug misuse that cause the epidemic of accidental deaths. CSG's interstate compact will enable efficient data sharing between states for public health and law enforcement purposes.

With the additions of New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Utah during the 2010 legislative session the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children has grown to 30 member states, ensuring that approximately 85 percent of the impacted population is now covered by the compact.

State eNews Issue #38 | January 20, 2010
 

Kentucky has a pretty good program for monitoring the dispensation of prescription drugs.

The Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting system—or KASPER for short—requires anyone who writes a prescription in the state to report it to the system within seven days, said Dave Hopkins, KASPER program manager.

As our world shrinks and the enormity of specific policy issues grows, multiple states are finding themselves facing similar, if not identical, situations. While states must act to address current and emerging problems, they are not required to act alone. In fact, states may find that acting in cooperation with their neighbors affords significant opportunities for creative problem solving, economies of scale and the bolstering of state rights over a range of topics. Interstate compacts are not new, nor are they unfamiliar to the modern policymaker. However, the innovative ways in which interstate compacts may be used are evolving before us – seeking to tackle a host of issues not previously addressed by this interstate mechanism. As states struggle with nearly unparalleled financial downturns and revenue declines, interstate compacts are an efficient tool to promote cooperative regional or national action.

Interstate Compacts are agreements between two or more states.  Compacts allow states to maintain their sovereignty, while working collectively outside  the confines of federal legislation or regulation.  

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