Preliminary Schedule

 

 

     Tuesday, September 11

 

 

  1:00-7:00p.m.

 

 

  Registration Open

 

  4:00-5:30p.m.

 

 

  Women in Politics

 

Open to all attendees, the Women in Politics forum aims to explore the unique role of women in public office. 

 

 

  5:30-6:30p.m.

 

 

  Guest Reception

 

  5:30-6:30p.m.

 

  Associates Reception

(invitation only)

 

 

  6:00-6:30p.m.

 

 

  First Time Attendee Reception

(invitation only)

 

 

  6:30-8:30p.m.

 

 

  Opening Event

 

 

     Wednesday, September 12

 

 

  6:30-7:30a.m.

 

 

  Early Bird Walk

 

Join members of the Utah State Legislature for a morning walk through the mountains.

 

 

  7:30-8:45a.m.

 

 

  Opening Ceremony & Breakfast

 

  9:00-10:15a.m.

 

 

  Executive Committee Meeting: WLA Selection

(invitation only)

 

The Executive Committee will meet to select the 2018 Western Legislative Academy Class.

 

 

  9:00-11:45a.m.

 

 

  International Programs

 

  10:30a.m.-12:00p.m.

 

  Nominating Committee

(invitation only)

 

 

  12:00-1:45p.m.

 

 

  General Session Lunch

 

  2:00-3:30p.m.

 

 

  Private Sector Forum

(invitation only)

 

The Private Sector Forum provides a platform to cultivate meaningful parternships between CSG West and private sector partners. Participants will learn about key CSG West programs and services as well as have an opportunity to discuss efforts to marshal private sector support of CSG West's mission to facilitate regional cooperation and strengthen legislative institutions. This forum is comprised of invited public and private sector representatives.

 

 

  2:00-4:45p.m.

 

 

  North America Summit IX

 

Of all the CSG regions, the West is the only region that has states that border both Canada and Mexico.  The North America Summit provides a unique opportunity to bring together state and provincial lawmakers from Canada, Mexico and the Western U.S. to discuss critical issues facing North America, such as economic competitiveness, border crossings, infrastructure, energy and strengthening state/provincial and federal relations among the three countries.

 

 

  2:00-4:45p.m.

 

 

  Finance & Economic Development Committee

 

The Finance & Economic Development Committee provides participating legislators an opportunity to address issues related to state budgets, fiscal trends, and economic development in the region. The committee engages policy-makers in policy discussions and the exchange information regarding fiscal issues associated with the impact of recessions, stimulus funding, state fiscal trends, taxation, business incentives, revenue forecasting and performance-based budgeting, among others.

 

 

  2:00-4:45p.m.

 

 

  Nominating Committee

(invitation only)

 

 

  5:00-6:00p.m.

 

 

  North America Summit Reception

 

  5:00-6:00p.m.

 

 

  Western Legislative Academy Reception

 

 

  6:00-7:00p.m.

 

 

  VIP Reception

(invitation only)

 

Invited representatives from Platinum, Diamond, and Gold sponoor join CSG West leaders for an evening reception.

 

Please note that the bus will depart at 5:30p.m.

 

 

  6:30-8:30p.m.

 

 

  Evening Event

 

 

 

     Thursday, September 13

 

 

  6:30-7:30a.m.

 

 

  Early Bird Walk

 

  7:30-8:45a.m.

 

  Breakfast

 

 

  7:30-8:45a.m.

 

 

  Past Chairs' Breakfast

(invitation only)

 

 

  9:00-11:45a.m.

 

 

  State & Federal Relations Committee

 

The State & Federal Relations Committee provides a forum for Western legislators to discuss issues relating to state and federal affairs. Among other things, the committee engages in policy discussions and exchange of information regarding federal regulatory changes, federal policies affecting states, public lands, state sovereignty, federal mandates and the promotion of strong state-federal partnerships. The Committee will also draw on the expertise and support of CSG’s federal affairs office in Washington, D.C., as well as CSG’s Focus on Federalism Initiative.

 

 

  9:00-11:45a.m.

 

 

  Canada Relations Committee

 

The Canada Relations Committee strives to strengthen the understanding, ties, and collaboration among legislators of the thirteen U.S. Western States and the Western Canadian Provinces. Participating legislators have the opportunity to engage with key federal and private sector shareholders from both countries to address issues of common concern and identify shared solutions. The Committee facilitates dialogue on a wide range of binational issues, including, but not limited to, agriculture, border crossings, economic competitiveness, energy, health, security, trade and transportation.

 

 

  12:00-1:30p.m.

 

 

  General Session Lunch

 

 1:30-5:30p.m.

 

 

  Host State Policy Tours

 

 

     Friday, September 14

 

 

  6:30-7:30a.m.

 

 

  Early Bird Walk

 

  7:30-8:45a.m.

 

 

  Breakfast

 

  9:00-11:45a.m.

 

 

  Westrends Board

 

The Westrends Board is comprised of one legislator from each of the 13 western states. It provides a forum and an opportunity to evaluate the direction and velocity of trends that affect the quality of life in the West through conversations with futurists and demographers. In a region that is increasingly defined by rapid change, Westrends focuses on the implications for policy makers of the demographic, economic and cultural trends that are shaping the western states.

 

 

  9:00-11:45a.m.

 

 

  Agriculture & Water Committee

 

The Agriculture & Water Committee provides Western legislators with a forum to discuss issues relating to agriculture and water. The committee members engage in policy discussions and the exchange of information about agriculture and its role in our economy and food supply, as well as how to better manage our regional water supply.

 

 

  9:00-11:45a.m.

 

 

  CSG Shared State Legislation I

 

The CSG Shared State Legislation (SSL) program is both a member-driven process and an annual publication detailing topics of current importance to the states. The SSL Committee, comprised exclusively of state officials, meets twice annually to review innovative legislation adopted in the states. The committee then selects legislation to be included in the annual SSL volume. These volumes are published online for dissemination to state leaders and staff.

 

This is part one of a two part session.

 

 

  12:00-1:45p.m.

 

 

  General Session Lunch

 

  2:00-4:45p.m.

 

 

  Energy & Environment Committee

 

The Energy & Environment Committee provides legislators with a forum to discuss issues relating to Western energy and the environment. The Committee provides lawmakers an opportunity to engage in policy discussions and the identification of shared solutions on relevant issues such as the reliable generation and transmission of the West’s energy resources and the sustainability of the environmental integrity of the region’s land and air.

 

 

  2:00-4:45p.m.

 

 

  Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

 

The Transportation & Infrastructure Committee provides legislators with an opportunity to analyze the array of issues affecting the vast and critical transportation networks essential the the Western and U.S. Economy.

 

 

  2:00-4:45p.m.

 

 

  Annual Legislative Training Assembly (ALTA)

 

ALTA is a professional development opportunity offered to all meeting attendees.

 

 

  5:00-6:00p.m.

 

 

  2019 Annual Meeting Kick-Off Reception

 

The Montana State Legislature welcomes attendees to learn more about next year's Annual Meeting in Big Sky.

 

 

 6:15-8:30p.m.

 

 

  Closing Event

 

  8:30-9:30p.m.

 

 

  Sponsor Appreciation Reception

 

Join us for a reception honoring program sponsors who help make the Annual Meeting possible.

 

 

 

     Saturday, September 15

 

 

  6:30-7:30a.m.

 

 

  Early Bird Walk

 

  7:30-8:45a.m.

 

 

  Breakfast

 

  9:00-11:45a.m.

 

 

  Health & Human Services Committee

 

The Health and Human Services Committee provides Western Legislators with a forum to discuss issues relating to health and human services. The committee facilitates policy discussions, exchange of information, and the identification of best practices to address the region’s critical health issues and needs.

 

 

  9:00-11:45a.m.

 

 

  Education & Economic Development Committee

 

The Education & Workforce Development Committee provides Western lawmakers with a forum to discuss issues relating to education and workforce development. The committee members participate in policy discussions and hear from experts about P-20 education and its relationship to cultivating a strong workforce. Additionally, the Committee shares insights on national education and workforce development programs and initiatives.

 

 

  9:00-11:45a.m.

 

 

  CSG Shared State Legislation II

 

The CSG Shared State Legislation (SSL) program is both a member-driven process and an annual publication detailing topics of current importance to the states. The SSL Committee, comprised exclusively of state officials, meets twice annually to review innovative legislation adopted in the states. The committee then selects legislation to be included in the annual SSL volume. These volumes are published online for dissemination to state leaders and staff.

 

This is part two of a two part session.

 

 

  12:00-2:30p.m.

 

 

  Executive Committee Meeting: Business Luncheon

(invitation only)

 

The Executive Committee is charged with the general governance of the organization. The business session provides an opportunity for Executive Committee members to receive program updates and consider policy positions expressing the sense of the organization.