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Public pension reform is at the forefront of many state policymakers' agendas for 2017. Participants in this webinar will hear a summary of legal issues around public employee pension reform in layman's terms with a focus on constitutional concerns. We will cover which reform provisions have been shot down by the courts, which provisions have held up to challenges and any lessons a state leader can take away from the totality of those rulings.

States play a key role in attracting businesses, including foreign, to invest and grow in their respective states. The United States remained the top destination for foreign investment, attracting more than $3.1 trillion in 2015, which helped support more than 6 million jobs. This FREE CSG eCademy webinar will highlight innovative programs, resources and tools for states to attract investment to their local economy.

Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers releases the Infrastructure Report Card, which details the condition and performance of 16 categories of infrastructure and assigns a letter grade to each. Each infrastructure category is evaluated on the basis of capacity, condition, funding, future need, operation and maintenance, public safety, resilience, and innovation. During this webinar, ASCE officials discussed what the 2017 report says and the resources available to policymakers who may want to explore their states’ infrastructure needs as they consider funding and policy options this year.

States are battling an unprecedented opioid epidemic. There is new agreement among the treatment community--backed by research--that medication-assisted treatment for addiction and harm reduction measures, such as syringe exchange programs and easy access to naloxone, are effective. This eCademy webcast will highlight innovative programs, practices and policies focused on the prevention and treatment of substance abuse and opioid addiction in the states.

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.

Among the many concerns currently facing America’s health care system, few are more significant, both medically and fiscally, than long-term care, or LTC. With the continuing rise in the population of U.S. citizens 65 and older—statistically, the demographic most in need of LTC—states need to begin preparing for the growing pressures that will be placed on their budgets as a result of the nation’s aging population.

While the number of states exploring transportation funding options in 2016 was down from 2015’s record pace, 2017 could see significant activity. Several states had special task forces in place in 2016 to discuss funding options, while others have targeted 2017 as the year for action or are completing unfinished business from years past. During this annual CSG eCademy webinar, we’ll hear from transportation experts and statehouse and transportation beat reporters about what could lie ahead in 2017 legislative sessions around the country.

More than 30 interstate compacts govern the use of water from shared lakes and rivers in the United States. However, there is not a single legal agreement in place between states to guide the apportionment of groundwater that crosses state lines. In 2013, Nevada and Utah appeared poised to be the first two states to reach such an agreement, but ultimately they failed. Now, with a longstanding groundwater dispute between Mississippi and Tennessee headed for the U.S. Supreme Court, a legal precedent governing the apportionment of interstate groundwater is imminent. This webinar, presented by CSG South/Southern Legislative Conference and CSG West, explores the possible outcomes of Mississippi v. Tennessee, implications for interstate groundwater policy and the role of interstate compacts in resolving water disputes between states. 

Employment is the most direct and cost-effective means to empower individuals to achieve independence, economic self-sufficiency, and a sense of dignity and self-worth. This FREE CSG eCademy webcast focuses on employer practices and state policies that address the hiring, retention and re-entry of people with disabilities in the workplace. This is the final webcast in a four-part series presented by the National Task Force on Workforce Development for People with Disabilities, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy.

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