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...

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. 

When a Nevada rancher sparked a standoff with the Bureau of Land Management over grazing his cattle without paying fees to the federal government, it highlighted once again the longstanding debate over ownership of federal lands in the West.

 Policymakers from eight Western states gathered April 18 in Salt Lake City for a legislative summit to discuss the transfer of public lands from the federal government back to the states. Some state leaders believe they are better prepared to manage the land and will do so in an economically and environmentally responsible way.

The popular perception that interstate compacts provide a tool for states to work cooperatively to avoid a federally mandated solution is true, but the long held opinion oversimplifies the use of compacts....

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed the country’s first online gambling compact late Tuesday afternoon.  The bill allows poker players physically located in either Nevada or Delaware to compete online against one another.  Both Governors expressed hope that other states would also join the compact, but to date New Jersey is the only other state in the country to offer online gambling.

A report from the California Legislative Analyst’s Office endorsed the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) as a way for states and institutions to more effectively address the challenges of offering distance education programs across state borders.  The report, which is entitled Oversight of Private Colleges in California, concluded the following with respect to SARA:

The Uniform Law Commission is actively engaging with the federal government on behalf of the states to create and preserve an effective balance of federalism. It is also serving to increase the dialogue about the benefits of cooperative federalism and developing guiding principles on how responsibilities can be best allocated to preserve the balance of state and federal roles.

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