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With the additions of both Vermont and Rhode Island, the Surplus Lines Insurance Multi-state Compliance Compact (SLIMPACT) has now reached seven member states in one legislative session.  Legislation has also been sent to the Governor’s desk in Tennessee and is also making significant progress in Alabama.  With only ten states necessary to trigger the compact and allow Commission business to begin, it is very possible SLIMPACT could reach critical mass in just one legislative session.

Indiana became the fourth state to join the Surplus Lines Insurance Multistate Compliance Compact when Gov. Mitch Daniels signed SB 578 into law yesterday.  The bill was originally sponsored by Reps. Matt Lehman and Craig Fry.  Indiana joins Kentucky, New Mexico, and North Dakota in SLIMPACT, which is also being considered in at least 10 other state legislatures around the country. 

This week the Obama Administration unveiled an ambitious plan to curb prescription drug abuse by cracking down on pill mills and doctor shopping and requiring drug manufacturers to develop education programs aimed at both doctors and patients. 

This week the Kentucky House passed the new Interstate Racing Compact designed to create uniformity among states participating in thoroughbred and harness horse racing.  Gov. Beshear, who is expected to sign the bill, issued the following statement in a recent press release: "now, with the passage of SB 24 Kentucky can continue its leadership role as the Horse Capital of the World,” Beshear noted  “This compact will better the industry not just in Kentucky, but across the nation, and allows us a prominent seat at the table in proposing uniform regulations among member states.  The compact will allow participants to operate under uniform rules and regulations, where applicable, while still maintaining regulation at the state level."

Legislators this year will consider a host of new compacts that could help them tackle a variety of challenging issues, covering everything from prescription drug abuse to insurance. The Council of State Governments’ National Center for Interstate Compacts has been instrumental in helping craft these compacts.

 

Dating back to America’s colonial past, interstate compacts are one of the few tools specifically granted to states by the U.S. Constitution. While it is unlikely our Founding Fathers anticipated the scope and breadth of today’s state government policy challenges, their inclusion of compacts in the Constitution provided state policymakers with a powerful, durable, and adaptive tool for ensuring cooperative action among the states. The growth of the modern
compact has further provided states a sophisticated administrative mechanism, allowing interstate collaboration to resolve complex policy challenges, while simultaneously avoiding federal intervention. 

Legislative auditors in West Virginia recently endorsed the Prescription Monitoring Program Compact developed by CSG's National Center for Interstate Compacts.  The auditors recommended to the state legislature that interstate prescription drug data exchange was essential to eventually reducing the epidemic of prescription drug abuse.  The compact allows states to securely share prescription drug data while also protecting patient privacy.  To read more about the scope of the problem in West Virginia please click here.  To learn more about the compact please click here or contact Crady deGolian at 859-244-8068 or by e-mail at cdegolian@csg.org.

Today's Lexington Herald-Leader has an article about the new National Racing Compact that would create uniformity in the rules and regulations governing horse racing.  CSG's National Center for Interstate Compacts served as a consultant during the drafting phase of the compact.  To read the full article and learn more about the compact please click here.

This report summarizes the meeting of the Fiscal Affairs Roundtable at the 2010 CSG National Conference in Providence, Rhode Island.  Issues discussed include a fiscal outlook for 2011, unemployment insurance, public pensions, and federal financial reform.

KY State Senator Damon Thayer has prefiled a bill that would allow Kentucky to join the newly drafted National Racing Compact.  The compact, which was drafted by Racing Commissioners International, with consultation from CSG's National Center for Interstate Compacts, aims to create uniform rules and regulations for the horse racing industry.  Other states, including DE, IN, NJ, NY and VA are also expected to consider the compact during the upcoming session.  To track the bill's progress in KY please click here

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