The Council of State Governments - WEST


January 15, 2013

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July 30 - August 2, 2013

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Q&A With CSG-WEST Chair Kelvin Atkinson

Nevada Sen. Kelvin Atkinson is the 2013 chair of CSG West. A graduate of the Western Legislative Academy's Class of 2003, Atkinson previously served as chair-elect and vice-chair of the organization. Atkinson, a former Nevada Assemblyman, was elected in November to serve Senate District 4 in Nevada.  

What are your goals as CSG West chair?  

"My goal is to expand on the wonderful things CSG has been doing. I've been a part of CSG West for the past 10 years. The reason why I've been so drawn to it is its focus on Western issues and sharing (the) things we have ... in common. My goal is to continue the great things we've done over the years, and try to make it better. There are a few more organizations we haven't tapped into before and I'd like to expand our network."
To read more of the interview with Senator Atkinson click here. 
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Transmission Line Sitting Compact
Ready to Power Up
Transmission Line Siting Compact Ready for State Consideration
By Jennifer Ginn, CSG Associate Editor

A new transmission line siting compact developed by The Council of State Governments' National Center for Interstate Compacts is ready to be introduced in state legislatures across the country.

The compact sets timelines for when action must be taken on proposed interstate transmission lines, such as when public hearings and evidentiary hearings must be held. Three states must adopt the compact to trigger it, but nine states must adopt it to begin commission business, such as creating rules. 

The mission of CSG-WEST is to facilitate regional, nonpartisan cooperation and exchange of information, and to strengthen legislative institutions among our 13 member states. These services are achieved through a variety of programs and services offered to legislators and their staff, including the convening of policy forums, professional development training, international relations opportunities, publications and institutional links with other political entities in the West.

CSG-WEST serves the Western legislatures of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Associate members include the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia and the Pacific islands of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam.