Homeland Security

Storms and disasters are going to happen in every state sooner or later. A plan is the most important thing to help save lives and minimize damage, energy experts say.

Storms and disasters are going to happen in every state sooner or later. A plan is the most important thing to help save lives and minimize damage, energy experts say.

Stateline Midwest ~ June 2013

In Michigan, home to the second-highest number of foreign-born residents of any Midwestern state, the state’s governor wants to attract more immigrants — and more state policies to make it happen.

“People think they’re taking jobs, but the reality is that they create jobs,” Snyder said in a speech earlier this year.

According to a recent Stateline article, while the health benefits of state cigarette taxes are “undeniable,” the impact on state revenues is less clear cut. A main contributor to this murkiness is the fact that smugglers (both dedicated and casual) are taking advantage of differing state tax rates on cigarettes. Because the tax differential can be quite wide between various states, smugglers are able to buy cigarettes at a cheaper rate in a low tax state, drive to a high tax state and sell it at below “market value” and pocket a profit. Charles Mulham, an ATF agent and New York public information officer, told Stateline that "in the past few years, as taxes have gone up, you do notice it (the increase in smuggling)”.

Attendees joined state and federal emergency management and homeland security officials for a discussion on policy and technology developments related to preparing for and ensuring emergency communications to coordinate disaster response.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Council of State Governments supports federal government efforts to provide the personnel, assets and other resources needed to lower drug-related violence in Puerto Rico and USVI.

Attendees joined state and federal emergency management and homeland security officials for a discussion on policy and technology developments related to preparing for and ensuring emergency communications to coordinate disaster response.

The National Homeland Security Consortium (NHSC) is calling on leaders at all levels of government and the private sector to come together to address the increasingly complex and interdependent issues facing the nation. “With the 2012 elections behind us, now is the time for apolitical, non-partisan collaboration to advance national safety and security goals,” said John Madden, director, Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Madden is one of the tri-chairs for the NHSC, a voluntary group of 22 national associations formed in 2002 in an effort to collaboratively address homeland security issues.
 

A significant cyberattack in this country is inevitable, so states should take steps now to mitigate, manage and recover from it. Otherwise, officials will be caught unprepared while still being expected to successfully handle both the attack and its consequences, which could include everything from grounded air transportation to a compromised electrical grid, from faulty water treatment plants to unworkable ATMs. 

Voters in Maryland and Montana will consider very different immigration-related ballot measures when they head to the polls next week. Here’s a look at what the measures would do.

While states have had the authority to license emergency medical services personnel since the 1970s, the EMS industry has changed considerably in recent years.  It is becoming increasingly more common for EMS emergency services personnel to cross state lines to provide services in non-declared states of emergency, meaning in some instances EMS professionals are practicing medicine without a license.  While there have been limited efforts to address the problem—notably border states entering into memorandums of understanding to allow EMS personnel to work across state lines—a more permanent and wide-reaching solution has not been found. One possible way to solve this growing problem may be the formation of an interstate compact, which would allow member states to self-regulate the existing system for licensing EMS personnel.

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