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

September 22, 2020

1:00 – 2:00 pm (PDT)


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.


Please join us to hear from the experts 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. During this exchange, our panel of speakers will share their frontline perspective and answer questions.



Senator Michelle Stennett – CSG West Chair, Legislative Council on River Governance



Lloyd Knight – Plant Industries Administrator, Idaho Department of Agriculture

Thomas Woolf – Aquatic Invasive Species Bureau Chief, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Rick Boatner – Invasive Species Coordinator, Oregon Department of Fish and Game

Jesse Schultz – Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Aquatic Invasive Species Unit

































Border Health Amid the Pandemic

September 25, 2020

11:30 am (PDT)


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.


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
























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.























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)