A July 14 ruling by the Michigan Supreme Court is being hailed a victory for interstate compacts. In the ruling the Court upheld the right of a taxpayer to utilize the elective tax apportionment formula made available under the Multi-State Tax Compact of which Michigan is a member. The Court’s 4 to 3 decision reversed the decision of the Michigan Court of Appeals which had held that a subsequent legislative enactment had repealed the Compact’s election provision by implication.

A piece in Monday’s NY Times highlighted the Medical Licensing Compact.  CSG, through its National Center for Interstate Compacts, is consulting with the Federation of State Medical Boards and a drafting team of subject matter experts to develop the compact.  The goal of the compact is to better utilize telehealth and improve access to health care by more easily allowing doctors to practice in multiple states.  The compact would allow doctors who meet certain criteria to more easily obtain a license to practice in member states, while preserving the authority of each state to regulate the practice of medicine within its borders.  Compact language is expected to be ready for state legislative consideration as soon as the 2015 legislative session.

At their most basic level, interstate compacts are contracts between two or more states. While compacts function fairly consistently from one agreement to the next, developing an interstate compact is not an exact science and varies considerably depending on the nature of the agreement. When developing a compact, CSG's National Center for Interstate Compacts works hard to promote a process that is deliberate, transparent and driven by subject matter experts.

Policymakers attending The Council of State Governments’ National and CSG West 2014 Annual Conference in Anchorage, Alaska, will have an opportunity hear about a new distance learning compact being developed by CSG’s National Center for Interstate Compacts....

CHICAGO—Paul Patrick, the deputy division director of the Utah Department of Health, is eager to begin the enactment of an agreement that would recognize emergency medical services personnel from state to state.

“This is probably the greatest step forward for state EMS offices,” said Patrick. “It will bring EMS on par with other health care professions in recognition of the training and experience of its...

The Recognition of EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact, developed jointly by CSG’s Compact Center and the National Association of State EMS Officials, will be highlighted at a meeting next week in Chicago.  In attendance will be state EMS Directors and staff from state AG offices.  The meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday June 10, will serve as the first opportunity for public comment about the new compact.  During the meeting attendees will learn about interstate compacts broadly, the EMS licensing compact, and hear about next steps. 

Since its founding, CSG’s Compact Center has worked to promote the use of interstate compacts as an ideal tool to meet the demand for cooperative state action.  During that time there have been approximately 180 adoptions of CSG supported compacts, including 10 separate adoptions of different projects during the 2014 legislative session. Two of those compacts have expanded to all 50 states, while the Educational Opportunity for Military Compact has now grown to 48 states.  Below is a summary of various CSG compact projects.

On May 16 Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.  The addition of Minnesota brings compact membership to 48 states.  Only New York and New Hampshire have not joined the compact.  The Compact, which was developed jointly by CSG’s Compact Center and the Department of Defense, ensures the uniform treatment and resolves education transition issues faced by children of active duty service members transferring between school districts and states. To learn more about...

A newly launched telepsychiatry program in North Carolina is resulting in patients spending less time waiting in hospital emergency rooms for mental health services and decreasing their likelihood of returning for treatment.  The program, which started January 1, 2014, is a joint initiative between the Governor’s office, the Department of Health and Human Services, and East Carolina University.  28 of the 100 counties in North Carolina do not have a single psychiatrist, which is creating a statewide shortage for mental health services.  As a result the state is electronically connecting patients with a psychiatrist via a secured two-way video connection.

On Monday, April 28 Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed the updated Interstate Compact for Juveniles.  The new compact will take effect July 1, 2014.  The addition of Georgia means all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands have now joined the compact.