June 24, 2013
A group of 10 SLC lawmakers assembled in Atlanta, Georgia, June 23-24, for a Medicaid Program Integrity Seminar. The event featured successful strategies for addressing Medicaid fraud, abuse, and payment errors, which cumulatively amount to more than $11 billion in lost state revenue, every year. Click here for more information.
June 17, 2013
On June 11-13, 2013, a delegation of eight SLC Energy & Environment Committee members attended a program on oil sands development, in Edmonton and Fort McMurray, Alberta, coordinated by the SLC, the Albertan government, and the Offices of the Consulate General of Canada in Atlanta and Dallas. The study tour highlighted the regulatory framework and cutting-edge technologies that are both in place and under development. Click here for more information.
June 14, 2013
The Southern Legislative Conference hosted a complementary webinar titled States Act to Bolster Transportation Funding on Friday, June 14. This SLC webinar featured the latest developments from several Southern states and provided an opportunity for webinar participants to learn more about some of these strategies. Participants were able to direct questions to the legislators that spearheaded these vital transportation reforms in their states. Click here for more information.
June 12, 2013
A week after the Senate approved legislation for reauthorization of the Farm Bill, the House surprised most observers by rejecting its version of the legislation 195-234. The bill, which was expected to pass narrowly, drew opposition from both sides of the partisan divide for cuts to nutrition and other programs, either because the cuts were too large or not large enough. With the House bill dead, the path forward for reauthorization of the Farm Bill (which expires at the end of September) is unclear.
To sort out what happened and where Congress will go with this critical piece of legislation, join the regional offices of The Council of State Governments and the State Ag and Rural Leaders group for a second national conference call on the Farm Bill, Thursday, June 27, at 11 a.m. Eastern Time. To register, please email Hans Poschman at firstname.lastname@example.org for call-in information.