Last updated: 9/27/2016
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Monday | Tuesday 
Monday, Dec. 12
7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
CSG Registration/Information Desk Open


7:30-8:30 a.m.
Buffet Breakfast


8:30-10:15 a.m.
Welcome and Plenary Session: The Evolving Use & Changing Role of Interstate Compacts 
The history of the interstate compact predates the founding of the United States, yet it has grown from a mechanism to settle land disputes to become a powerful administrative tool used by the states to solve some of America’s most pressing issues. Panelists Jeff Litwak and Rick Masters, authors of the book The Evolving Use and Changing Role of Interstate Compacts, will discuss the evolution and the current landscape of the interstate compact mechanism.
10:30-11:45 a.m.
Plenary Session: Strength in Numbers--Interstate Compacts & the States
Research shows most states are members of about two dozen compacts, yet there is no uniform reason why states join compacts. Researchers Dr. Ann Bowman of the Bush School of Government and Public Service and Dr. Neal Woods of the University Of South Carolina Department Of Political Science will discuss their study of why states join national interstate compacts.


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Noon - 1:30 p.m.
General Session & Luncheon: Interstate Collaboration and
the State Judiciary
Kentucky Supreme Court chief justice and chairman of the National Center for State Courts, the Honorable John D. Minton Jr., will share his perspectives on how state courts are working collaboratively to meet some of our nation’s most serious problems.
1:45-2:45 p.m.

Water and Soda Break

1:45 - 3 p.m.
Dive Deep: Best Practices for Defending Interstate Compacts--
The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact
With America facing a shortage of more than 90,000 physicians by the year 2025, the Federation of State Medical Boards sought to bring practitioners, states and other interested parties together to develop a process for increasing access to care while also providing practitioners with an expedited process to obtain a license to practice across the nation. Join FSMB Director of Federal Government Relations Jonathan Jagoda to hear the journey of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact from its inception, through the drafting of the compact and successful legislative enactment across 18 states and counting.

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1:45 - 3 p.m.


Dive Deep: Best Practices for Growth Education and Multi-State Cooperation
Since 1967, the Compact for Education has proven to be a valuable mechanism for improving and strengthening education policy and policymaking at the state level, giving voice to diverse interests, needs and traditions of the states and enabling multistate collaboration and cooperation to confront pressing education issues of the day. Join Education Commission of the States Director of Strategic Initiatives Matt Jordan and hear the story of the Education Compact of the States and how, over 50 years, it has evolved to be a continuously relevant voice for education in the states.



 3:15-4:30 p.m.
Dive Deep: The Current State of Interstate Compacts and the Courts
Recent court cases throughout the nation have shown that the interstate compact mechanism must interact with all three branches of state and federal government. Noted interstate compact experts Jeff Litwak and Rick Masters will provide an update on recent developments in the courts impacting interstate compact administration and philosophy of use.



 3:15-4:30 p.m.


Dive Deep: Best Practices for Growth Serving America's Military Families through Interstate Collaboration
The average child in a military family will move nine times throughout their educational career. The continual reassignment of a parent in the military often forces students to repeat grades or delay graduation due to varying state educational attainment standards. Join Military Interstate Children’s Compact Executive Director Cherise Imai to hear the journey of the compact from its genesis to becoming one of a handful of 50 state compacts, as well as current challenges and projected opportunities for a compact enacted in every state.


5-6:30 p.m.
Reception Hosted by the National Center for State Courts
Buses depart at 4:45 at the South England Street entrance of the Williamsburg Lodge Conference Center.


Tuesday, Dec. 13


7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
CSG Registration/Information Desk Open


7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Buffet Breakfast



8:30-9:45 a.m.
Dive Deep: Best Practices for Defending Interstate Compacts--The Journey of the Nurse Licensure Compact
The journey of developing and implementing an interstate compact is often a winding road with no two compacts journeys mirroring one another. The journey of the Nurse Licensure Compact, which debuted in 2000 and set in motion many healthcare-related occupations considering multistate licensure reciprocity, was almost stalled with a realization in 2013 that something needed to change in order for more states to join. Join Nurse Licensure Compact Executive Director Jim Puente to hear the journey of the NLC and how through flexibility and a focused mission the compact has enjoyed a new life with tremendous outcomes.


8:30-9:45 a.m.
Dive Deep: Best Practices for Defending Interstate Compacts
25 Years Strong: The Midwestern Higher Education Compact

For 25 years, the Midwestern Higher Education Compact has served a 12-state region with a mission of providing greater higher education opportunities and services to those living in the Midwest. One of four regional higher education compacts, the journey of the MHEC is one that has seen higher education transformed regionally and nationally. Join MHEC President Larry Isaak and chairman-elect, Sen. Tim Flakoll of South Dakota, for a discussion on how the mission of the compact has been sustained over two decades of service to the citizens of the Midwest region.


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10-11:15 a.m.
Dive Deep: Best Practices for Financing and Funding Interstate Compacts--Sustaining the Mission
Formed in 1991 as one of four statutorily-created interstate compacts, the Midwestern Higher Education Compact serves a mission to provide greater higher education opportunities and services in the Midwestern region. With an increase in enrollment in America’s colleges and universities, as well as an increase in access to postsecondary education through online classes and universities, how has MHEC been able to sustain its mission over the course of a quarter-century? Join MHEC Vice President Jennifer Dahlquist to hear the story of MHEC and how it has adapted over 25 years to continue to provide a voice for people of their 12-state region.


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10-11:15 a.m.
Dive Deep: Best Practices of Service Using State Collaboration to Ensure Child Services & Education
Two of the most critical services the states provide are in the areas of child welfare and education. As both the child welfare system and state education systems have evolved over the years, coupled with the increased mobility of children and families across state lines, states have found it necessary to find avenues of cooperation in sharing information and creating shared policies.
Join Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children Director of Interstate Affairs and Compact Operations Carla Fults and the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission Executive Director Cherise Imai for a discussion on why multistate collaboration is a critical component to ensuring the health, safety, growth and vitality of America’s children.


11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Closing Luncheon Session
As states confront needs from health care delivery, to infrastructure revitalization, education, to public safety, the interstate compact mechanism allows for policymakers to work collaboratively across state lines to bring resolution to some of America’s most pressing issues with innovation, economies of scale and a unified voice.
As attendees depart, our closing session led by Rick Masters and Colmon Elridge offers an opportunity to share insights on the future utilization of compacts, interactions between compact commissions and other administrative agencies, and the utility of ongoing collaborative opportunities among compact practitioners.