On Monday, the Supreme Court handed down an unanimous opinion allowing the federal government to pursue claims in ongoing litigation between Texas and New Mexico regarding the Rio Grande Compact.

In 1938, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas entered an interstate compact to provide for the equitable apportionment of water flowing in the Rio Grande River. Congress granted its...

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CSG, in partnership with the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Governor’s Association, released the National Occupational Licensing Database to help state leaders better understand the national licensing landscape. This database contains information on the criteria required to attain a license in 34 occupations with 18 requirements being assessed. Some of the data points include initial and continuing education requirements, training, experience, exams and fees. Additionally, if a certain occupation is selected, a map of the states that require licensure will be produced (See top image below for map produced when searching the database for information on electricians). The database also allows for the user to make comparisons between states and occupations (See bottom image below for an excerpt of search results from the database when selecting to show information on cosmetologists).

The Council of State Governments will host its 2017 National Conference from December 14th-16th in Las Vegas, Nevada. The meeting will offer engaging policy sessions geared toward state officials in all three branches of government. To access copies of speaker presentations, please visit the individual session pages below.

This year The Council of State Governments will again convene its Summit of the States on Interstate Cooperation, to be held in conjunction with CSG’s national conference in Las Vegas. This one of a kind event, hosted by CSG's National Center for Interstate Compacts, is a singular forum dedicated exclusively to the interstate compact mechanism. The Summit brings together compact professionals, scholars, and officials from all three branches of state government to discuss issues surrounding interstate compacts. The Summit will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about the history and utility of interstate compacts, best practices for administering interstate compacts, legislative and judicial developments for compacts, federalism issues impacting compacts and will conclude with a panel that examines occupational licensure compacts.

Parents play the most essential role in a child’s life, but when families struggle or break down, states often become responsible for providing a safe and secure home base. There has been a shift in focus, however, to help families overcome challenges so that more parents and children can be reunited.

Interstate compacts are an increasingly important and popular form of cooperation among states. Through compacts, states can address shared problems, promote a common agenda, and produce collective goods on a wide array of issues such as child welfare, criminal justice, education, health, natural resources, taxation and transportation. 

Ask anyone what a contract is and they likely will tell you. But ask what an interstate compact is, and it may be a different story. But that’s starting to change, said compact experts and administrators who gathered at the National Center for Interstate Compacts’ Summit of the States on Interstate Collaboration in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.

Recent court cases across the nation have shown that the interstate compact mechanism must interact with all three branches of state and federal government. CSG National Center for Interstate Compacts Special Counsel Rick Masters, co-author of the book The Evolving Law and Use of Interstate Compacts, provided an update on recent developments in the courts impacting the creation, implementation and administration of interstate compacts.

The Council of State Governments has released its annual listing of the top five issues legislators will face this session in nine key policy areas, including education, workforce development, energy and the environment, federal affairs, fiscal and economic development, health, interstate compacts, transportation, and international affairs.

CSG National Center for Interstate Compacts Colmon Elridge outlines the top five issues in interstate compacts for 2017, including autonomous vehicles, occupational licensing, prescription drug monitoring, infrastructure revitalization and criminal investigations.