Today, The Council of State Governments joined The National Emergency Management Association and eight other organizations representing state and local government officials to urge Congress to consider key principles while developing legislation to protect the nation’s information infrastructure.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a cyber-security bill last week and the Senate is currently considering a bill which is expected to come to a vote later this month.

The organizations called on Congress to consider...

Today, The Council of State Governments joined with nine organizations representing state and local governments to urge Congress to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA. The current version of ESEA, known as the No Child Left Behind Act, expired almost five years ago, and broad reforms are long overdue.

The relevant committees in the U.S. House and Senate have already passed versions of ESEA, but the chances of Congress passing a full bill wane as the 2012 election approaches.

The No Child...

The House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Commerce, Justice and Science included the Second Chance Act in their 2013 justice funding bills released April 17.

Congress passed the Second Chance Act in 2008; it supports evidence-based strategies proved to reduce recidivism.

The challenge of collecting sales taxes on out-of-state transactions is as old as the humble mail order catalogue. But in an age when consumers are buying everything from movies to groceries online, the issue is of growing importance to state fiscal health.

With Congress currently considering bipartisan legislation to allow states to enforce online sales tax collection, The Council of State Governments’ Intergovernmental Affairs Committee will discuss this critical issue at CSG’s National Leadership Conference in La Quinta, Calif., May 19.

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Law enforcement officials, judicial leaders and behavioral health experts briefed Congressional staff in March on the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act and the collaborative criminal justice-mental health programs that it supports.