The Council of State Governments - WEST


August 14, 2013

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66th Annual Meeting Recap

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Did you miss the 66th Annual Meeting? Or did you attend and want to revisit one of the sessions? We have compiled session summaries and most of the presentations on our website.






Session Summaries

Webinar: Preparing States for
Diabetes Action Plan Legislation


Diabetes is a big concern for state legislators across the country. In 2010, 19 million people in the United States had been diagnosed with the disease. In addition, diabetes cost the U.S. $245 billion in 2012. This webinar will bring Marti Macchi, senior consultant for diabetes with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, and Dr. Connie White, deputy commissioner of clinical affairs for the Kentucky Department for Public Health, to the table to discuss how states can implement their own diabetes action plan legislation. Macchi will provide a national perspective on using the plan to guide states' action on diabetes prevention and treatment. White will discuss how the Kentucky planning process prompted the collaboration of state agencies--such as Medicaid, the Department of Public Health and the Personnel Department--to develop an action plan to curb diabetes across the entire state population. 


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CSG National Conference

Nate Silver
Author of The Signal and The Noise
Saturday, Sept. 21, Noon

He first gained national attention during the 2008 presidential election, when he correctly predicted the results of the primaries and the presidential winner in 49 states. Today, Nate runs the award-winning political website, where he publishes a running forecast of current elections and hot-button issues.


David McCullough
Author of Truman
Friday, Sept. 20, Noon

David McCullough has been widely acclaimed as a "master of the art of narrativehistory," "a matchless writer." He is twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize, twice winnerof the National Book Award and has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom,the nation's highest civilian award. 

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.