The Council of State Governments - WEST


April 2, 2013

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July 30 - August 2, 2013

Las Vegas, Nevada

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Report Card 
for America's Infrastructure


Thursday, April 4, 

2 p.m. EDT

Food Safety Modernization Act: Impacts for Farmers, Producers and States
Thursday, May 2, 
2 p.m. EDT 
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Toll Fellows Program Application Deadline: April 15th


Apply for CSG's Henry Toll Fellowship Program before midnight April 15 for the chance to join the long and distinguished list of Toll Fellows Alumni. Past Tolls have achieved great success, including serving as governors, secretaries of state, chief justices, speakers and in U.S. Congress. Our alumni list boasts four current governors, four lieutenant governors, 10 secretaries of state, five chief justices, six members of Congress and the U.S. Secretary of Labor. Read what Toll Alum have to say about the program!


Named for The Council of State Governments' founder Henry Wolcott Toll, the Toll Fellows Program is one of the nation's premier leadership development programs for state government officials. Each year, Toll Fellows brings 48 of the nation's top officials from all three branches of state government to Lexington, Ky., 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. Contact Kelley Arnold,, (800) 800-1910, with any questions. 


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Report Card for America's Infrastructure
Thursday, April 4, 2 p.m. EDT

The American Society of Civil Engineers on March 19 released its 2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure, a once-every-four-years report that seeks to inform the public and policymakers about the condition of the nation's infrastructure and the best ways to improve it. Join CSG for this webinar as Brian Pallasch, ASCE's managing director of government relations and infrastructure initiatives, and others discuss what's new in the latest report card and how state policymakers can most effectively use the information it contains.


  • Brian Pallasch, American Society of Civil Engineers, Managing Director of Government Relations & Infrastructure Initiatives  
  • Kirk Steudle, Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation
Working Group to Review & 
Recommend Updates to CSG-WEST Rules 
Idaho State Senator Bart Davis will be leading a working group comprised of current CSG-WEST officers and former chairs that will examine and consider updates to the existing CSG-WEST Rules.  The purpose of the review of the CSG-WEST Rules stems from recent modifications to the CSG Articles of Organization that require that each of the CSG regional governing rules contain specified sections. Some of the sections required would codify existing practices into officially sanctioned processes while others are aimed at providing consistency among the regional governing rules.  


While many of the sections required under the Article of Organization already exist in the current CSG-WEST Rules, the efforts of the Working Group will provide an opportunity to consider relevant updates that can further strengthen CSG-WEST's organizational structure.  The goal is to present the Working Group's recommendations to the Executive Committee during its business session that will convene during this summer's CSG-WEST annual meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.


To review both the current CSG-WEST Rules and the recently adopted CSG Articles of Organization, please click below.  For inquiries about the Working Group please contact Edgar Ruiz, CSG-WEST Executive Director, at (916) 553-4423 or via email at

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.