Innovations Awards

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles had a problem. In 2005, federal regulations required all convictions and tickets for commercial drivers to be entered into the Bureau of Motor Vehicles computer system within 30 days. Few courts in the state were sending their information electronically. Most of them were either faxing or mailing in rulings. That meant 10,000 paper orders coming in each week had to be entered by a clerk into the bureau’s computer system.

In 2006, Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle announced his “Affordability Agenda.” It included a goal of expanding health care coverage to 98 percent of all the state’s residents. An ambitious plan in any economy, it was even more of a challenge with what was to come just a year later—The Great Recession. Regardless of the economy, Wisconsin pushed ahead with BadgerCare Plus, one of eight national winners of CSG Innovations Awards.

In 2006, lots of kids in West Virginia started dancing to a video game—not in an arcade—but in a school.  The game—called Dance Dance Revolution—incorporates dance moves to the latest pop songs, lighting up the steps on a special floor mat for players to follow.  Those kids got moving when schools saw the success in a 2004 effort launched by the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency. It was an effort to address the problem of childhood obesity and help the children of the agency’s members lose weight.

In preparation for our September 14, 2010 Western Legislative Innovations Fair, CSG-WEST asked each of our 13 Western legislatures to submit brief papers outlining legislative branch innovations.  The goal of this publication is to advance CSG’s long-held commitment to “sharing good ideas across state borders.”

The Kentucky Re-entry Hotline, which provides support to people fresh out of prison, was one of eight national Innovations Awards in 2009 from The Council of State Governments.