Shawntaye Hopkins

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Civic education stands at the core of what it takes to equip citizens with the knowledge and willingness to become community, state, national and international leaders and effectively engage in our democracy. Without such civic fundamentals, the youth of today may not vote or run for public office tomorrow, and the future participation of citizens in America's grand democratic experiment is at risk.

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.

2016 CSG National Conference
Friday, Dec. 9, 2016

Sponsored by the CSG Education & Workforce Development Public Policy Committee

State officials are closely watching as the U.S. Department of Education releases more information on what the new Every Student Succeeds Act,...

2016 CSG National Conference
Friday, Dec. 9, 2016

Sponsored by the CSG Health Public Policy Committee

Health spending in the United States is big business, consuming 17 percent of the gross domestic product. This session explored trends in health business including consolidation of hospitals, insurance and physician practices. Business tools such as pay for performance and value-based purchasing are used to reduce costs and increase positive outcomes. Consumer direction and price transparency...

What do natural disasters, the sharing economy and an aging population have in common? These are all policy topics where a basic knowledge of risk management and insurance can help state leaders make better policy decisions. In collaboration with The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation, The Council of State Governments will address these topics and more throughout a four-part webinar series designed to provide public policymakers with a greater understanding of risk management insurance through the lens of emerging issues. Participants in the series will walk away with a solid understanding of risk management and insurance fundamentals, property, casualty, life and health insurance, and insurance regulation and legislation.

Some states are implementing policies to increase the use of long-acting reversible contraception, known as LARCs, among Medicaid enrollees. LARCs--intrauterine devices, or IUDs, and subdermal contraceptive implants--are highly effective forms of birth control, with pregnancy rates of less than 1 percent within the first year. A five-year Colorado pilot program documented a 48 percent reduction in the state's teen birth and abortion rates.

Technological innovation enabling autonomous vehicles is advancing rapidly. These advancements are likely to disrupt traditional automobile insurance models in the very near future. This FREE non-partisan and non-advocative eCademy webcast examined how autonomous vehicle technology works; its likely evolution and impact on insurance models and products; and how policymakers can address the myriad questions and challenges the technology presents.

Human trafficking, a form of modern-day slavery, is a multibillion dollar, worldwide industry and one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises. The Polaris Project estimates that the number of adults and children being held and forced into labor in the United States numbers in the hundreds of thousands. States have taken action, however, setting up task forces to assess the extent of human trafficking and experimenting with policies to encourage reporting, train law enforcement personnel and increase the criminal penalties for perpetrators.

During a recent webcast presented by The Council of State Governments in collaboration with The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation, experts discussed vehicle telematics technology and its impact on the insurance industry.

In recent years, many jurisdictions have modernized and eased longstanding alcohol restrictions. In June, both Colorado and Pennsylvania enacted laws that were described as the biggest changes to the industry since Prohibition was repealed.

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