May 24, 2013
The Agriculture Committees in both chambers of Congress have approved Farm Bill legislation, shifting the discussion on the five year renewal of the legislation to the floor. The current Farm Bill was extended last fall after efforts to pass the legislation stalled in the House, establishing a deadline of September 30th for renewal. The first of a series of complimentary conference calls on the Farm Bill, hosted by the regional offices of The Council of State Governments and the State Ag and Rural Leaders, took place on Wednesday, May 29th. Click here for more information.
May 13, 2013
The Southern Legislative Conference will host a complementary webinar titled Aging Inmates: The Continual 'Graying' of America's Prisons on Thursday, May 30, 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This webinar will explore the graying of America’s prisons, with a look at how states can save money by consolidating elderly inmate populations, implementing early release for terminally ill or otherwise innocuous elderly prisoners, and implementing general policies that can limit victimization inside prison and address recidivism of elderly offenders upon release. Click here to register.
May 9, 2013
The Southern Legislative Conference recently released a 2013 update for its series of publications examining the effect of the upcoming Panama Canal expansion for ports on the East and Gulf Coasts. The expansion is perhaps the most transformative global transportation project now in progress. Upon completion in 2014, the Canal will facilitate an even greater flow of trade between Asia and the Americas and will substantially impact the volume of trade reaching ports in SLC member states. Click here to read to the full report.
May 3, 2013
The regional offices of The Council of State Governments and the State Ag and Rural Leaders group hosted a complimentary webinar on May 2, 2013, investigating recent developments as the US Food and Drug Administration moves to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act, including regulations on produce and manufactured food, the implications new food safety regimens for farmers, ranchers and food producers, and how the changing food safety landscape affects the states. More details are available here.