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Legislative Exchange Series

The ability of state officials to engage with one another to exchange insights and experiences is a fundamental element in the development of regional solutions and strengthening of legislative institutions. Through the Legislative Exchange Series, legislators and legislative staff can participate in virtual gatherings focused on development training and policy issues affecting the Western region. Complimenting the work of CSG West’s policy committees and programs, the series will provide insightful and interactive sessions supporting the work of our members. Sessions are free and registration information is below.

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Canada Day in California

Left to Right: California Assemblymember Ash Kalra, former U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman, and Consul General Rana…

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Remembering Former CSG West Director Kent Briggs

The CSG West family is mourning the loss of Kent Briggs, who served as the organization’s executive director…

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The Value of Legislative Libraries

The New Mexico Legislative Council Service Research Library recently wrapped up its first National Library Week celebration with…

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Notice of Open 2025 CSG West Officer Position

The CSG West Nominating Committee is accepting applications from Western legislators interested in serving as an officer of…

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Applications Now Open for the 2024 Western Legislative Academy

Each year, state legislators from the western region are selected to participate in the…

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Decoding School Funding Formulas

Education Committee Recap: In today’s educational landscape, it is crucial to comprehend the mechanisms that underpin school funding.

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Housing Affordability & Homelessness in the Rapidly Growing West

Housing Committee Recap: Shane Phillips, Housing Initiative Project Manager with the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies,…

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Sustainable Western Agriculture and Water 

Agriculture and Water Committee Recap: The CSG West Agriculture and Water Committee, chaired by Senator Wendy McKamey (MT)…

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Permitting Reform for Energy and Ecological Restoration Projects 

Energy & Environment Committee Recap: The CSG West Energy & Environment Committee, chaired by Senator Eric Barlow…

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The Nuts and Bolts of Legislative Oversight

Legislative Oversight Working Group Recap: The CSG West Legislative Oversight Working Group, co-chaired by Senator Todd…

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U.S. Dam Regulation & Safety and Hydrogen’s Future in the U.S. and Canada

Canada Relations Committee Recap: Co-Chairs, Washington Representative Debra Lekanoff and Alberta MLA Grant Hunter would like to…

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Powering the West Through a Reliable Energy Grid

Westrends Board Recap: The co-chairs of the Westrends Board, New Mexico Senator Liz Stefanics and Wyoming Representative…

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