The ability of state officials to engage with one another to exchange insights and experiences is a fundamental element in the development of regional solutions and strengthening of legislative institutions. Through the Legislative Exchange Series, legislators and legislative staff can participate in virtual gatherings focused on development training and policy issues affecting the Western region. Complimenting the work of CSG West’s policy committees and programs, the series will provide insightful and interactive sessions supporting the work of our members. Sessions are free and registration information is below.

AIS Prevention and Mitigation Update: A Four State Perspective


Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) is a pernicious and ongoing threat to native fish, fish habitat, ports, navigation and Marine Infrastructure. Through comprehensive, coordinated action the transport and migration of devasting invasive species, like the Quagga & zebra mussel, have so far saved the Snake and Columbia River Basins from the damage impacting the Great Lakes.


To hear about the latest information on the health of the Columbia River region, the current AIS threats, and the action and strategies used to mitigate them.


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Border Health Amid the Pandemic


In order to limit the further spread of coronavirus, the U.S. has reached agreements with both Canada and Mexico to limit all non-essential travel across borders. Unfortunately, infectious diseases fail to recognize borders and an increase in cross-border coronavirus cases has resulted in border hospitals becoming overwhelmed. This session aims to facilitate a discussion on how border communities have responded to the sudden rise in COVID-19 along the U.S. - Mexico border region.


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Click here for a written recap of the session provided in both English and Spanish.














Baja California & California on Air Quality

October 16, 2020

11:30 am (PDT)


The burning of agriculture, tires and trash coupled with unpaved roads and other factors contribute to poor air quality along the border region. Representatives of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) have been invited to share their concerns regarding air quality between California and Baja California to highlight and facilitate collaborative efforts between the two states.


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Are Your Messages Really Constituent Focused?

October 23, 2020

1:00 pm (PDT)


Today, you are not their primary focus, are you?


They are worried about their family, their community, their customers, and their staff.


They are not concerned with your activities. They are worried about their world.


So… speak to their world.


Register to learn simple ideas to help you email, mailers, and newsletters engage your constituents by changing your approach.



Bill Graham, President, Graham Corporate Communications, Inc.
















Threats to International Higher Education in the wake of COVID-19

October 30, 2020

11:30 am (PDT)


With one foot in each country, students have the linguistic and cultural capacity to navigate both the U.S. and Mexico, but with colleges shifting to online learning, transborder students face unique challenges. Given travel restrictions, school delays, and visa moratoriums, this session will engage state legislators on the most recent efforts that allow students the ability to earn a degree, on both sides of the border.


Registration is limited to members of the Border Legislative Conference (BLC)























The Fiscal State of the West and Preparing for the Future of Work

November 10, 2020

1:00 pm (PDT)


Western states face significant fiscal uncertainty and challenges to meet their needs due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic while maintaining an eye towards the future. Hosted by the CSG West Westrends Board, this session will provide a high-level overview of the current state fiscal condition in the region and a look at what states, in collaboration with private, nonprofit and other stakeholders, are doing to prepare for the future of work. A preview of CSG’s report on the future of work that will be launched in December highlighting innovative programs and initiatives and recommendations will also be shared.