March 6, 2017
On Tuesday, March 2, SLC Policy Analyst Anne Roberts Brody attended the signing of Arkansas House Bill 1267, creating the Used Tire Recycling and Accountability Program. During the 2017 Regular Session of the Arkansas General Assembly, she testified on House Bill 1267 before the Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee of both chambers and, in December 2015, Ms. Roberts Brody testified on waste tire laws and regulations in Southern states before a joint meeting of the Arkansas House and Senate Committee. The testimony provided at these committee meetings was founded on the SLC Regional Resource, Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Waste Tire Disposal Laws in the Southern States, authored by Ms. Roberts Brody and analyzing waste tire laws and regulations in Southern states.
House Bill 1267 simplifies Arkansas's used tire fee structure by creating a rim removal fee, introduces an electronic uniform manifest system, provides funding for illegal dumping control officers and incentivizes the beneficial end-use of waste tires.
March 1, 2017
Online registration for the 71st Annual Meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference is now open, with discounted registration rates available until June 9. Each year, the SLC Annual Meeting provides policymakers a forum for engaging regional and national policy experts on the issues that matter most to them and their constituents. Of equal benefit, numerous informal discussions allow state government officials to share their experiences with others facing similar challenges and opportunities, a hallmark of the SLC Annual Meeting. Regional and national policy experts address an array of topics germane to the Conference’s six standing committees, which serve as the foundation for policy discussions.
In addition to the substantive programs, the Annual Meeting shines a spotlight on the Host State’s year-long planning to accommodate members from across the region with special activities and events unique to both the host city and state. Click here for more information or register now to secure your spot at the Premier Public Policy Forum for Southern State Legislatures.
January 24, 2017
Among the many concerns currently facing America’s healthcare system, few are more significant, both medically and fiscally, than long-term care (LTC). With the continuing rise of U.S. citizens 65 and older – statistically, the demographic most in need of LTC – states need to begin preparing for the growing pressures that will be placed on their budgets as a result of the nation’s aging population. Presently, LTC costs are unaffordable for large segments of the population, forcing many LTC recipients to instead rely on other sources for support, primarily Medicaid and unpaid caregiving from friends and family. This webinar addresses the problems LTC poses for states; highlight state and federal legislative efforts to stem rising LTC costs; and include a presentation about long-term care challenges and potential solutions in Virginia.
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Kathleen Ujvari, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, AARP Public Policy Institute
Jeff Lunardi, Principal Legislative Analyst, Virginia Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission
Anne Tumlinson, CEO, Anne Tumlinson Innovations LLC
January 24, 2017
The Southern Office of The Council of State Governments (CSG) is now accepting applications for its 2017 State Transformation in Action Recognition (STAR) award for innovative state government programs and services. The deadline for submitting your program for consideration is May 26, 2017.
The CSG Southern Office recognizes that state employees work hard, not only to provide outstanding services, but also by striving to develop and adapt new and improved programs to make their states a better place to live and work. Such efforts should be recognized, and innovative ideas should be shared among colleagues.
For nearly 40 years, CSG has identified and promoted exceptional state government programs. Through the STAR award, the Southern Office recognizes impactful, creative, effective and transferable state government solutions. Innovative program submissions are accepted from a wide array of state agencies, departments and institutions operating within the executive, legislative and judicial governmental branches.
We encourage you to take a few minutes to submit one or more of your state programs for consideration.
STAR Award page
2017 STAR Brochure
How to Apply
January 17, 2017
Among the many concerns currently facing America's healthcare system, few are more significant, both medically and fiscally, than long-term care (LTC). Broadly defined as a range of services that support individuals who are limited in their ability to care for themselves, long-term care stands to become one of America's foremost healthcare challenges in the years ahead. With the continuing rise of U.S citizens 65 and over — statistically, the demographic most in need of LTC — states need to begin preparing for the growing pressures that will be placed on their budgets by the nation's aging population. This SLC Special Series Report explores the challenges long-term care poses for states in the SLC region. Subsequent reports will examine possibilities for managing long-term care and highlight actions that states in the SLC region have taken to tackle this important issue.
December 7, 2016
The impasse in U.S.-Cuba relations has spanned 10 U.S. presidents, a failed invasion attempt, a nuclear missile crisis and witnessed countless asylum seekers. The tumultuous relationship, which has its roots in the Cold War, is characterized by a dual-pronged U.S. policy emphasizing economic and diplomatic isolation of the island nation.
Despite ongoing economic sanctions, the United States has emerged as a major exporter of agricultural goods to Cuba, which imports up to 80 percent of its food. Given Cuba's geographic and economic position, states in the Southern region of the United States have competitive export advantages in terms of production, quality, logistics and proximity. This SLC Regional Resource examines existing and future agricultural export opportunities for member states in the Southern Legislative Conference.