2012 CSG National Leadership Conference

CSG policy analyst Nathan Dickerson continued his general training sessions with a boot camp style how-to discussion of the primary social media tools Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Dickerson walked participants through the basics, including security settings and video uploading.

At the recently concluded National Leadership Conference held in La Quinta, California, the CSG Executive Committee approved eight policy resolutions on a wide range of topics, including export promotion, preventing Medicaid fraud, exploring a telehealth interstate compact, state sales taxation on e-commerce, and the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards rule.

Brian Selander, chief strategy officer to Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, shared his keys to effectively crafting--and sticking to--a cohesive political message. From determining the best angle to a story to dealing with the inevitable bumps in the road, Selander discussed the keys to communicating with press and constituents in a way that gets your message across. The discussion included ways to combine traditional and new media to spread information quickly and effectively.

States' ability to tax Internet-based transactions has remained a topic of heated debate in the 20 years since the Supreme Court ruled that states could not compel merchants without "substantial nexus" within their boundaries to collect and remit sales taxes. Three separate bills that could allow states to begin imposing sales taxes on Internet transactions are working their way through Congress. This session will include discussion of those bills and the potential impact any legislation may have on state budgets.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT, that The Council of State Governments establish a Telehealth Care Interstate Compact Working Group to explore the creation of a new interstate compact agreement designed to improve access to health care in rural areas by facilitating the interstate licensing of doctors and reforming the existing reimbursement system.  The working group will research the feasibility of such an arrangement and make specific recommendations to the CSG National Health Policy Task Force within one year.