Federalism 101: Ensuring the State Voice is Heard
CSG Policy Workshop

Friday, Dec. 9, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Acts of the national government—whether legislative, executive or judicial in nature—that exceed the enumerated powers of the federal government under the Constitution violate the principle of federalism established by the framers. This session will outline the distribution of power between the federal government and the states and the relationship between these arms of government. It will provide state leaders with a firm understanding of those powers and duties and the limitations inherent in our constitutional system; the session will help states to continue to fulfill their unique responsibilities, addressing issues by the levels of government that are closest to the people.
James Laity
Branch chief for natural resources and environment, Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs,
Office of Management and Budget


Laity leads the Natural Resources and Environment, or NRE, branch in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget, which is responsible for Executive Office review of major federal regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of the Interior, Natural Resources Conservation Services, U.S. Forest Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He previously served as an NRE policy analyst, where he coordinated the review of regulations under the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act. 
William Myers III
Partner, Holland and Hart LLP


Myers provides seasoned and effective representation to clients in energy, natural resources and public land law in the Boise, Idaho, office of the law firm Holland and Hart. He draws from a depth of experience including his service as the solicitor of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Myers also served as deputy general counsel for programs at the U.S. Department of Energy and as an assistant to the attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice. Myers began his tenure in Washington, D.C., as legislative counsel to U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson of Wyoming.