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The Southern Legislative Conference will host a complementary webinar titled Aging Inmates: The Continual 'Graying' of America's Prisons on Thursday, May 30, 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This webinar will explore the graying of America’s prisons, with a look at how states can save money by consolidating elderly inmate populations, implementing early release for terminally ill or otherwise innocuous elderly prisoners, and implementing general policies that can limit victimization inside prison and address recidivism of elderly offenders upon release. Click here to register.
The Southern Legislative Conference will host a complementary webinar titled States Act to Bolster Transportation Funding on Friday, June 14, 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This SLC webinar will feature the latest developments from several Southern states and provide an opportunity for webinar participants to learn more about some of these strategies. Participants will be able to direct questions to the legislators that spearheaded these vital transportation reforms in their states. Click here to register
The Southern Legislative Conference recently released a 2013 update for its series of publications examining the effect of the upcoming Panama Canal expansion for ports on the East and Gulf Coasts. The expansion is perhaps the most transformative global transportation project now in progress. Upon completion in 2014, the Canal will facilitate an even greater flow of trade between Asia and the Americas and will substantially impact the volume of trade reaching ports in SLC member states. Click here to read to the full report.
The regional offices of The Council of State Governments and the State Ag and Rural Leaders group hosted a complimentary webinar on May 2, 2013, investigating recent developments as the US Food and Drug Administration moves to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act, including regulations on produce and manufactured food, the implications new food safety regimens for farmers, ranchers and food producers, and how the changing food safety landscape affects the states. More details are available here.
The Southern Legislative Conference is accepting submissions for its newly formed State Transformation in Action Recognition (STAR), a regional adaptation of the former CSG Innovations Awards. The STAR program identifies and promotes innovative ideas and programs from the Southern region’s best problem solvers: the states themselves. The SLC welcomes applications from a wide array of state agencies, departments, and institutions operating within the executive, legislative, and judicial governmental branches. Click here for more information.
The CSG Toll Fellowship Program is one of the nation’s premier leadership development programs for state government officials. Each year, Toll Fellows brings top state government officials from all three branches to Lexington, Kentucky, for an intensive six-day, five-night “intellectual boot camp.” The program’s agenda includes a lineup of dynamic speakers and sessions designed to stimulate personal assessment and growth, while providing priceless networking and relationship-building opportunities. Visit the CSG Toll Fellowship Program website for further information.
Florida Representative Clay Ford, an active member of the SLC Energy & Environment Committee, passed away Monday, March 18, following a long battle with cancer. Representative Ford, an attorney, began public service in the Arkansas House of Representatives in 1975, and was a delegate to the Arkansas Constitutional Convention in 1978. After relocating to Florida, he served on the Gulf Breeze City Council from 1990 to 2007, and as Mayor Pro Tempore from 2000 to 2007. Representative Ford was elected to the Florida Legislature in 2007 and served as Chair of the Energy and Utilities Subcommittee of the Regulatory Affairs Committee. He is survived by his wife, Carol Ann, three children — Clay, David and Doug — and nine grandchildren.
The Southern Legislative Conference hosted a complimentary webinar on Friday, March 15, addressing some of the specific strategies states are adopting or pursuing to improve the integrity of their Medicaid program at every level. The scope of Medicaid has broadened dramatically in recent years, a trend attributed to the expansion of eligibility guidelines, growth of the eligible population, increased utilization and a marked increase in the services covered. The webinar featured presentations on reform efforts in Kentucky and Georgia and from the Pew Center on the States Health Care Spending Project. Visit the SLC webinars page for further information.