Capitol Comments

Staff from CSG's National Center for Interstate Compacts (NCIC) recently hosted a legislative briefing to discuss the Prescription Monitoring Program Compact in conjunction with CSG's Annual Meeting in Providence, RI.  During the half day briefing legislators, executive branch officials, and other interested stakeholders had an opportunity to learn about the specifics of the newly drafted compact. 

A U.S. Department of Health And Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Fact Sheet for Coaches states "A concussion is an injury that changes how the cells in the brain normally work. Even a ding, 'getting your bell rung,' or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious." Two draft bills in the 2011 Suggested State Legislation volume help coaches and schools deal with student athlete concussions.

CSG's National Center for Interstate Compacts has recently been in the news for several ongoing compact projects.  To learn more about each of the compacts, which CSG has been instrumental in developing, please click on the links below.

For additional information about any of these projects of compacts in general please contact Crady deGolian at or at 859-244-8068.

A 2011 Suggested State Legislation draft promotes wind power. 

The 2011 Suggested State Legislation "Small Wind Innovation Zones" directs the state utilities division to establish and administer a small wind innovation zone program to optimize local, regional, and state benefits from wind energy and to facilitate and expedite interconnection...

States address storing carbon dioxide.

The CSG Committee on Suggested State Legislation published a draft of Wyoming Chapter 30 of 2008 entitled "Carbon Sequestration" in the 2010 Suggested State Legislation Volume. That Wyoming bill creates a regulatory scheme for geologic CO2 storage. It directs the state department of environmental quality (DEQ) to develop standards for regulating long-term, geologic storage of carbon dioxide...

Colorado law seeks to improve teacher effectiveness.

Colorado HB 09-1065, a 2009 law, directs the state department of education to compile information via a pilot program about teachers‘ classroom performance over a 5 year timeframe. The department will collect the information through a system that assigns a unique...

Three federal district judges have ruled on the constitutionality of the federal health reform law’s requirement that individuals must purchase health insurance beginning in 2014 or face a tax penalty. The first two found the law constitutional, but on December 13, 2010, Judge Henry Hudson of federal District Court in Richmond found the “individual mandate” unconstitutional. He declined to grant an injunction – which was requested by the state of Virginia – to block the government’s implementation of the law. 

The 2011 Suggested State Legislation "Embryo Adoption" defines embryos and establishes criteria for legal custodianship of embryos.

Meeting Minutes - Docket 32A, CSG Committee on Suggested State Legislation - The CSG Committee on Suggested State Legislation convened Saturday, December 3, 2010 and December 6, 2010 to consider 101 bills on the first docket in the 2012 SSL cycle. Notable topics addressed by legislation on this docket include biobased products, geothermal energy, using computers to purchase large blocks of event tickets, harassing people online, enhanced foster care, nursing care indicators, and health benefit exchanges. The committee voted to include 31 bills in the 2012 Suggested State Legislation volume. It deferred 2 bills for further consideration, and it rejected the remaining 68 bills. Council staff hope to publish the 31 bills on line in Part I of the 2012 Suggested State Legislation volume by March 2011. The committee will meet next in March 2011 at the 2011 CSG Summit. February 1, 2011 is the deadline to submit bills to that docket. 

Communicating with doctors and emergency personnel can be hard for anyone, but especially when patients or their families don't speak English. The draft "Medical Interpreter Act" in the 2011 Suggested State Legislation volume could help improve such communication.