CSG Launches Web's Only Compacts Database
You can visit the database by visiting www.csg.org/compacts and then clicking on the database link or, alternately, by just clicking here. The database provides two main ways to search: by state and by compact. If you search by state, you’ll see a list of compacts that the state has joined. If you search by compact, you’ll see a list of states that are members of that compact. For example, if you were to click on Kentucky in the interactive map, you would see a list of all of the compacts that Kentucky has joined. The results would show the compact’s name, citation in Kentucky law, and the year Kentucky joined that compact or the “year of joinder.”
You can also search directly for the compact name. For example, you could search for one of the National Center for Interstate Compacts recent projects, the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.
The search results would provide a brief summary of the compact, the policy category it falls under, in this case “education,” the interstate agency that oversees the compact, in this case the Interstate Commission on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, and a PDF link to the compact language. One word of caution: on rare occasions, a state may tweak the compact language to ensure the legislation is consistent with its existing laws. So if you want to get the exact compact language in your state, check the official citation.
The search results are also cyclically interlinked. So the compact and state search results are connected. For example, let's assume you just did a search for the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. You'll see a list of states that are members of that compact. You'll notice that Kentucky is a member state. You can click on Kentucky and then see all the compacts Kentucky has joined. From here, you could click on the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children again and see the list of states that are members of that compact. This is how the results are interlinked.
If you need to search for more specific criteria, you can also do a more advanced search that includes keywords, categories like education, locations, and adoption years. The interface is relatively intuitive, but if you have any questions about using the database, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Crady deGolian, the National Center for Interstate Compacts Director, at email@example.com.
For a video tutorial, please view the YouTube video below: