Improving the State and Federal Connection

“Improving the State and Federal Connection”

Presented by the CSG Intergovernmental Affairs Committee

Saturday, December 16, 10:30 a.m. – Noon PST

South Seas Ballroom IJ


When the federal government issues regulations or passes legislation without proper consultation with state leaders, state priorities may be adversely impacted and problems result. An active and lively federalism requires greater interaction and cooperation between federal policymakers and states to assure the state’s needs and goals are met. The Intergovernmental Affairs Committee will take an in-depth look at how states and the federal government work together during the policymaking process, and will examine what effective “consultation” should look like.

Opening and Introductions

Rep. Bob Godfrey (Connecticut), chair


Christopher D. Coppin, legal director, Conference of Western Attorneys General

Representative Cindy Evans, Hawaii State Legislature

Jason Sloan, policy and membership associate, Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA)

Intergovernmental Affairs Committee Business Session: CSG 2017 Proposed Policy Resolutions



Christopher D. Coppin

Legal Director, Conference of Western Attorneys General

Chris Coppin is the Legal Director of the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) and has served in that capacity since 2007. CWAG is a non-profit organization made up of 18 state and territorial attorneys general and 14 associate state attorneys general. Prior to joining CWAG, Chris worked at the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office for 24 years.

Representative Cindy Evans

Hawaii State Legislature

Representative Cindy Evans serves as the Chair of the House Committee on Economic Development and Business. She is a veteran legislator serving her eighth term in the Hawai‘i State House of Representatives representing North Kona, North Kohala, and South Kohala on the Island of Hawai‘i. Formerly, Evans served as House Majority Floor Leader (2014-2017 and 2009-2012), Chair of the House Committee on Water & Land (2012-2014), and Chair of the House Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs (2006-2008). She is a graduate of the Western Legislators Academy and the CSG Henry Toll Fellowship program. She is Vice Chair of CSG-West’s State & Federal Relations Committee.

Jason Sloan

Policy and Membership Associate, Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA)

Jason Sloan is the Policy and Membership Associate for the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA). Prior to joining the Association in April 2016, he was the Director of Preservation for the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation in Lexington, Kentucky. Jason holds an MA in American Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and BA from Western Kentucky University.