From: The Council of State Governments
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: CSG eCademy: Upcoming Sessions
Date: Wed Jun 04 19:04:13 MDT 2014
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Introducing  CSG eCademy , the online source of information and training on the most critical issues facing state leaders, the latest trends in state policymaking and cutting-edge state solutions. CSG offers eCademy programming on an array of policy topics--from education and health reform to transportation infrastructure funding, and from grassroots movements influencing state policymaking to U.S. Supreme Court decisions affecting the laws of the states. 

Tune in to CSG eCademy to hear from experts across the country discuss the most important issues facing your state.



Tooth decay affects nearly 60 percent of American children. More than one in three adults reports not visiting a dentist in the last year. Though dental care was once considered merely cosmetic, its importance to overall health is well documented. This eCademy session will explore how the Affordable Care Act can bring coverage to more children and adults in states that expand Medicaid eligibility. Workforce and clinic capacity issues, however, may be barriers to access. Some states, like Maine, Alaska and Minnesota, license mid-level dental therapists as one answer to workforce challenges.  More...

 

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Policymakers are bombarded with information in today's ever-connected, fast-paced world. Advances in communication platforms like social media and information technology have brought a sea change in the public's ability to access data at unimaginable depths and speeds. This interconnectedness, however, also can pose challenges for state officials trying to solve already difficult issues by adding another layer of complexity to the public policymaking process. This eCademy session will explore CSG's new strategic guidance, A State Official's Guide to Science-based Decision Making, to help policymakers cut through the jargon and spin that can accompany technical issues.  More...

 

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Abundant water for drinking, sanitation, industry, irrigation, transportation and recreation has been a hallmark of much of the South. Development pressures, changes in precipitation patterns and transitioning priorities and consumption levels, however, have caused a shift in this situation. To offset or prevent water scarcity, many states in The Council of State Governments' Southern Legislative Conference have adopted creative solutions to water treatment and reuse, but states must ensure water quality standards and public health concerns are met.This eCademy session will provide a broad overview of the status and causes of water scarcity in SLC states and address ways in which state legislators can promote innovation in water while conserving valuable natural resources.  More...

 

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While marijuana use for medicinal purposes has been on the legislative agenda in many states outside the Southern region for a number of years, Southern state legislatures only recently have begun to grapple with the complexities of the issue. Many Southern lawmakers cite stories of families with children suffering from severe seizure or muscular disorders as the impetus for the push toward some form of legalization. But for every family that puts a face on the issue, lawmakers are confronted with a plethora of questions about the science behind medical marijuana and about ways to implement a program in their state. This eCademy will offer a scientific perspective on marijuana for medical use and include discussion from a state that allows medical marijuana use.  More...

 

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Policymakers across the country continue to focus on expanding the collaboration between education--at the high school and postsecondary levels--and economic development in an effort to develop a highly skilled and competitive workforce. Several states in The Council of State Governments' Southern Legislative Conference have been in the forefront of efforts to foster greater collaboration between the technical college system, and economic development and corporate sectors. State education and economic development officials, as well as corporate representatives, will discuss ways to create a competent workforce to help ensure competitiveness of American manufacturers in the global economy.  More...

 

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Join Carter Phillips; Sidley Austin, who has argued more Supreme Court cases than any other lawyer currently in private practice; Collin O'Connor Udell; Jackson Lewis, who argued a public employment case before the Supreme Court this term; and Adam Liptak, The New York Times Supreme Court correspondent, in a discussion of the most significant cases decided this term affecting state and local governments. This FREE webinar is co-sponsored by the International Municipal Lawyers Association and the State and Local Legal Center. Continuing Legal Education credit is available.  More...

 

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