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In September, more than 60 people from across the Great Lakes basin came to western Lake Erie for three days of fishing. But it was far from a pleasure trip. Instead, these employees from 10 different government agencies (state, federal and provincial) were testing the region’s capabilities to respond to future crises involving invasive species.

Ever since Asian carp were found to be dangerously close to entering the lakes, the region’s states and provinces have been on high alert. And part of their response has been to work more closely together — for example, sharing personnel, expertise and supplies such as Rotenone, the chemical used to stop the carp’s advance.

Earlier this year, at a meeting of the Council of Great Lakes Governors, the region’s governors and premiers signed a mutual-aid agreement that formalizes the process for how jurisdictions assist each other when an invasive-species threat arises.
 

This article reviews developments in interstate relations pertaining to uniform state laws, interstate compacts and administrative agreements, civil unions and same-sex marriage, and other pertinent interstate legal matters since 2011.

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement has now been approved in nine states, with eight of those states already approving institutional participation in the agreement.  Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, and Washington have already joined SARA.  The existing higher education regional compacts are actively assisting their member states in ensuring that states wishing to participate in the agreement meet the necessary requirements to join.

With one swipe of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s pen, the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, known as MIC3, has now been adopted by all 50 states and the District of Columbia....

With one swipe of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s pen the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children has now been adopted by all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  The Compact, which was developed jointly by CSG’s Compact Center and the Department of Defense, eases education transition issues faced by the children of active duty service members transferring between school districts and states.

The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children represents the fourth interstate...

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) will be highlighted at CSG’s Eastern Regional Conference in Baltimore and again at CSG’s Annual meeting in Anchorage.  The session in Baltimore will begin at 1:15 PM on Tuesday, August 5 and the session in Anchorage will take place at 9:00 AM on Sunday, August 10th.  Both presentations are intended to inform policymakers about the new agreement and the potential benefits it can offer both states and institutions. 

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....
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...

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