The Council of State Governments West


January 23, 2014

In This Issue
CSG Justice Center Report on Corrections and Health Care Spending
New CSG West Officers
Net Metering Webinar
2014 CSG & CSG West Annual Conference 

August 9-13. 2014
Anchorage Alaska
Upcoming Webinars 
States to Watch in 2014: Transportation Funding
Jan. 31, 2 pm EST
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Challenges and Future Opportunities for States in Net Metering
Feb. 4, 2 pm EST
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CSG Justice Center Releases Report

on Corrections and Health Care Spending


The CSG Justice Center released a new policy brief in partnership with the Legal Action Center that outlines opportunities for states and localities to improve public health and safety outcomes and reduce spending on corrections and health care services by maximizing the appropriate use of Medicaid coverage for people involved with the criminal justice system. 


People in prisons and jails often have complex and costly health care needs, and states and local governments currently pay almost the entirety of these individuals' health care costs. In addition, as many as 70 to 90 percent of the some 10 million people released from prison or jail each year are uninsured. The majority of these individuals have little or no access to health care services and experience gaps in continuity of care, which are associated with poor health outcomes and increased recidivism, particularly among those with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. 


The failure to link this population to health coverage and services upon release from incarceration is especially costly to state and local governments, which finance a significant portion of spending on care for the uninsured and the entirety of the burden of correctional costs for individuals who recidivate and return to the criminal justice system. The appropriate application of federal Medicaid resources for individuals involved with the criminal justice system presents an opportunity for savings by states and localities and helps minimize health and public safety concerns associated with reentry following incarceration. Continue Reading... 


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New Leadership for CSG West
(From Left to Right) CSG West Chair Alaska Rep. Craig Johnson,
CSG West Chair Elect Colorado Rep. Nancy Todd,
CSG West Immediate Past Chair Nevada Sen. Kelvin Atkinson, and
CSG West Vice Chair Idaho Rep. Jeff Thompson


The start of the new year brought a change in the leadership of CSG West. Alaska Rep. Craig Johnson became the new CSG West Chair and will lead the organization throughout 2014. Rep. Johnson, along with Alaska Senator Gary Stevens and the Alaska State Legislature, will co-host the 2014 Joint CSG West & CSG National Annual Conference in Anchorage, AK.  


Colorado Rep. Nancy Todd will now serve as CSG West Chair Elect. Idaho Rep. Jeff Thompson joins the ranks of CSG West officers this year and will serve as CSG West Vice Chair. Last year's Chair, Nevada Sen. Kelvin Atkinson will serve this year as CSG West Immediate Past Chair. Together they will lead CSG West and oversee the delivery of programming designed to strengthen legislative institutions and build relationships among Western state legislators.  

Challenges and Future Opportunities for States
in Net Metering


Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2 p.m. EST


The popularity of net metering has surged among residential customers due to significant incentives by more than 40 states allowing customers to sell excess renewable power to the utility after meeting their own energy needs. Policy and rate disputes, however, are cropping up across the country regarding the most appropriate way to incentivize this development. Tune in to this complimentary webinar session to hear from top experts about the basic regulatory constructs of net metering programs, the systemic changes it means for the grid and utilities, and perspectives on upcoming debates. More... 

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.