Capitol Comments

A new national strategy to combat HIV/AIDS released this week refocuses current efforts by several federal agencies, integrates Affordable Care Act programs, and provides targeted funding for community organizations.  

The National Center for Interstate Compacts, in conjunction with CSG’s Energy and Environment Task Force, will be convening two advisory committee meetings to explore the possibility of an interstate compact to govern interstate transmission line siting.  The first meeting of the advisory panel,  which will be comprised of state and federal officials, subject matter experts, interested stakeholders, and compact experts, will be hosted by Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Moeller’s Office July 29 and 30 at FERC headquarters in Washington, DC.  The meeting will be co-chaired by Representative Tom Sloan of Kansas and Representative Kim Koppelman of North Dakota.  For more information about the effort and about the National Center for Interstate Compacts please click here

In case you missed it, two news items in recent weeks may demonstrate the increasing desperation of state governments in trying to pay for transportation improvements.

The National Juvenile Justice Network, a coalition of juvenile justice advocates, has released a new report with recommendations for cost-effective strategies to improve juvenile justice systems in cash-strapped states.

This week, both the Washington Post and the New York Times have reported on the growing popularity of "spice," the generic term for a legal synthetic substitute for the active ingredient in marijuana.  Sold in many locations as packages of incense, the herbal mixture is coated with a chemical that causes some of the same effects of marijuana. 

After a year and half of hard work on the part of North Carolina Senator Jim Jacumin and many others, the Low-profit Limited Liability Corporation (L3C) legislation has passed the NC House of Representatives and has been presented to the Governor. The bill was part of the Endangered Manufacturing and Jobs Act.

CSG, along with NAST, NACO, NASACTNLC and USCM, has signed a letter calling for the Build America Bonds to be extended  Please read the letter below:

 

 

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The New York Senate has made the possibility of starting a Low-profit Limited Liability Corporation (L3C) in New York a little brighter. 

A Congressional Budget Office analysis reported that the climate change bill, the American Power Act, being sponsored by Sens. Kerry and Lieberman, would reduce the federal deficit by approximately $19 billion over the next ten years.  This squares with the EPA analysis which reported that the bill would have a modest impact on families.  However, it still seems unlikely that such a bill will pass this year.

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