National Center for Interstate Compacts

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is intended to broaden the availability of—and access to—accredited online degree programs by reducing state regulatory barriers while ensuring strong consumer safeguards. The agreement is finalized and states are starting to participate. This session provided an update on progress of the agreement, as well as a discussion about what your state needs to do to become a member.

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) will be highlighted at CSG’s Eastern Regional Conference in Baltimore and again at CSG’s Annual meeting in Anchorage.  The session in Baltimore will begin at 1:15 PM on Tuesday, August 5 and the session in Anchorage will take place at 9:00 AM on Sunday, August 10th.  Both presentations are intended to inform policymakers about the new agreement and the potential benefits it can offer both states and institutions. 

Policymakers attending The Council of State Governments’ National and CSG West 2014 Annual Conference in Anchorage, Alaska, will have an opportunity hear about a new distance learning compact being developed by CSG’s National Center for Interstate Compacts....

A July 14 ruling by the Michigan Supreme Court is being hailed a victory for interstate compacts. In the ruling the Court upheld the right of a taxpayer to utilize the elective tax apportionment formula made available under the Multi-State Tax Compact of which Michigan is a member. The Court’s 4 to 3 decision reversed the decision of the Michigan Court of Appeals which had held that a subsequent legislative enactment had repealed the Compact’s election provision by implication.

A piece in Monday’s NY Times highlighted the Medical Licensing Compact.  CSG, through its National Center for Interstate Compacts, is consulting with the Federation of State Medical Boards and a drafting team of subject matter experts to develop the compact.  The goal of the compact is to better utilize telehealth and improve access to health care by more easily allowing doctors to practice in multiple states.  The compact would allow doctors who meet certain criteria to more easily obtain a license to practice in member states, while preserving the authority of each state to regulate the practice of medicine within its borders.  Compact language is expected to be ready for state legislative consideration as soon as the 2015 legislative session.

At their most basic level, interstate compacts are contracts between two or more states. While compacts function fairly consistently from one agreement to the next, developing an interstate compact is not an exact science and varies considerably depending on the nature of the agreement. When developing a compact, CSG's National Center for Interstate Compacts works hard to promote a process that is deliberate, transparent and driven by subject matter experts.

Policymakers attending The Council of State Governments’ National and CSG West 2014 Annual Conference in Anchorage, Alaska, will have an opportunity hear about a new distance learning compact being developed by CSG’s National Center for Interstate Compacts....

CHICAGO—Paul Patrick, the deputy division director of the Utah Department of Health, is eager to begin the enactment of an agreement that would recognize emergency medical services personnel from state to state.

“This is probably the greatest step forward for state EMS offices,” said Patrick. “It will bring EMS on par with other health care professions in recognition of the training and experience of its...

The Recognition of EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact, developed jointly by CSG’s Compact Center and the National Association of State EMS Officials, will be highlighted at a meeting next week in Chicago.  In attendance will be state EMS Directors and staff from state AG offices.  The meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday June 10, will serve as the first opportunity for public comment about the new compact.  During the meeting attendees will learn about interstate compacts broadly, the EMS licensing compact, and hear about next steps. 

Since its founding, CSG’s Compact Center has worked to promote the use of interstate compacts as an ideal tool to meet the demand for cooperative state action.  During that time there have been approximately 180 adoptions of CSG supported compacts, including 10 separate adoptions of different projects during the 2014 legislative session. Two of those compacts have expanded to all 50 states, while the Educational Opportunity for Military Compact has now grown to 48 states.  Below is a summary of various CSG compact projects.

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