Preliminary Schedule

 

 

 

     Tuesday, September 11

 

 

  1:00-7:00p.m.

 

 

  Registration Open

 

  4:00-5:30p.m.

 

 

  Women in Politics

 

All attendees are welcome to join this discussion on the real-life benefits of diversity in government and politics. Patricia Jones, CEO of Women's Leadership Institute and 14-year veteran of the Utah legislature, will guide the conversation beyond a zero-sum issue to explore the advantages organizations and companies report due to increased diversity, such as improved performance, innovation, and better financial outcomes.

 

 

  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)

 

 

10:45a.m.- 12:00p.m.

 

  Interstate Compacts

 

This panel will examine the evolution and current use of interstate compacts, discuss the history of interstate compacts, and examine the scope of interstate problems states now tackle through compacts. Additionally, this panel will examine the rising use of occupational licensure compacts, particularly in the healthcare sector, to achieve professional licensure portability and reciprocity and the potential impacts on America’s workforce.  The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the number of licensed occupations has risen from 5 percent of the U. S. workforce in the 1950s to about a quarter of the workforce today.  Navigating the various state licensing requirements can pose a significant challenge for workers due to different rules, regulations, and fee structures.  Interstate compacts allow states to work collaboratively across state lines to bring resolution to some of America’s most pressing issues with innovation and a unified voice.

 

 

  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

 

Facing a wave of retirees without sufficient savings, states are working to identify options to boost citizen saving efforts. To assist in this process, the Finance and Economic Development Committee will hear from a panel of experts discussing opportunities and known successes. Additionally, the committee will review ways that states can determine economic development incentives to attract businesses and how to ensure accountability of recipient businesses. Committee members will also share related successes and challenges their states have faced.

 

 

  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

 

 

  5:30-6:30p.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

 

In its ongoing look at improving the process surrounding state consultation, the State and Federal Relations Committee will examine two unique events that have occurred this year in Hawaii as a case study. One event involved a citizen notification that the state was under a missile attack and the other reviews the eruption of the Kilauea volcano. Officials from the State of Hawaii Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security - both state and federal - and a representative from the California legislature will participate in a discussion exploring the state consultation process for both natural and non-natural events. 

 

 

  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 will look into the emergence of Blockchain technology and its implications for western state policy-makers. This will include an overview of blockchain, why it matters and what states are doing to leverage blockchain technology to stimulate local economies and improve various aspects of public service. The Board will also focus on public pension trends, including innovative, data-driven approaches and strategies to sustain funding of pension systems.

 

 

  9:00-11:45a.m.

 

 

  Agriculture & Water Committee

 

Staff of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will address the Agriculture and Water Committee to provide an overview of the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) and how NOAA is helping western states prepare for drought. The committee will also take an in-depth look at international agricultural trade with a panel featuring both federal and state perspectives. Concluding the meeting, committee members will share relevant policy issues their states have faced.

 

 

  9:00-11:45a.m.

 

 

  CSG Shared State Legislation

 

CSG's Shared State Legislation Committee seeks out emerging policy innovations throughout the states. In this session, the Committee will debate which bills to include in the 2019 Shared State Legislation Volume, which offers legislators a window into how states are addressing the most pressing policy concerns of the day.  Committee members will share how their states have approached areas of growing concern and hear lively debate about which bills to include in volume.

 

 

  12:00-1:45p.m.

 

 

  General Session Lunch

 

  2:00-4:45p.m.

 

 

  Energy & Environment Committee

 

The Energy and Environment Committee will review two key topics and their impact on the western region. Related to environmental challenges, the committee will take an in-depth look at the state of the state regarding superfund sites in the west and how states are being impacted by the costs of cleanup efforts. Addressing energy challenges, the committee will facilitate a discussion exploring how well the west is poised to find the skilled labor needed to meet the energy sector’s future hi-tech labor force.

 

 

  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

 

Join the Health and Human Services Committee in examining key health issues under two broad categories. During a roundtable discussion with topic experts, the committee will examine best practices surrounding behavioral health issues followed by an exploration of cost aspects of health care such as value based versus fee for service care and opportunities to lower insurance premiums in the individual marketplace.

 

 

  9:00-11:45a.m.

 

 

  Education & Workforce Development Committee

 

Members of the Education and Workforce Development Committee will review and discuss several topics impacting the western region. First, members will learn about shortages in the direct care workforce and ways that states can address this challenge. Additional discussion will inform members about the national State Exchange on Employment and Disability (SEED) program and its efforts to help states integrate people with disabilities into the workforce. Focusing on education, a facilitated conversation about “community schools” will share information on how this approach brings together partners to offer a range of support and opportunities to children, youth, families and communities. Concluding the meeting, committee members will share successes and challenges that their states have faced on related topics.

 

 

  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.