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Member State & Provincial Legislatures:



Thank you for attending the 53rd CSG/ERC Annual Meeting on December 6-9, 2013 in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.


This year’s meeting featured three days of in-depth discussions with experts from government, academia and the private sector on a range of critical topics spanning nearly a dozen policy areas.


Please visit this page for frequent post-meeting updates.


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Speaker Presentations
adopted resolutions
daily meeting news
photo Gallery


Adopted Resolutions

Resolution on the 2014 Farm Bill
Resolution on the Implementation of The Food Safety and Modernization Act
Resolution on Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling
Energy & Environment:
Resolution in Support of CSG/ERC Efforts to Help States Strengthen the Built and Natural Environments against Severe Weather Events
U.S./Canada Relations:
Resolution to Encourage Canada and the United States to Expedite Preclearance Agreements under the Beyond the Border Initiative
Resolution Honoring Senator William Doyle of Vermont

daily Meeting News

Saturday, December 7
Sunday, December 8
Monday, December 9

Photo Gallery

Agriculture Policy Sessions
NSAAS Agriculture Tour and Rural Off-Site Visit
Canada/U.S. Relations Policy Sessions
Education Policy Sessions
Health Care Policy Sessions
Opening Plenary and Luncheon Sessions
Severe Weather Plenary and Breakout  Sessions



Speaker PresentationS

Plenary Sessions

Saturday, December 7

Welcome Address from New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (video)
Opening Remarks from Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro García Padilla (video excerpt)
Keynote: The Politics of Austerity vs. Possibility
Robert Kuttner, Co-founder and Co-editor, The American Prospect (video)

Monday, December 9

Puerto Ricans in the United States: Past, Present and Future
Dr. Félix V. Matos Rodriguez, President of Eugenio María de Hostos Community College of The City University of New York (CUNY)


Saturday, December 7

Composting -- Residual Herbicides: What Regulators Need to Know
Dave Barnekow, Global Regulatory Leader, Dow
The Farm Bill and The Feds: An Update
Fran Boyd, Vice President, Myers and Associates

An Issue With Equines

Connecticut Representative Kevin Ryan
Water, Agriculture, Regulations and Rewards
Ann Swanson, Executive Director, Chesapeake Bay Commission
Maryland Senator Mac Middleton
Purchase of Development Rights, State Efforts
Massachusetts Representative Steve Kulik
Pennsylvania Senator Michael Brubaker


Concurrent Policy Session: Food Labeling
Barbara Schneeman Professor Emeritus with the University of California, Davis and former Director of the Office of Nutrition, Labeling, and Dietary Supplements in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the U.S.A. Food and Drug Administration.
Amanda Hagan, Vice President for State Affairs, Grocery Manufacturers Association
Gary Hirschberg, Chairman, Stonyfield Farm
John Dillard, Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz, PC

Sunday, December 8

Food Safety Modernization Act: How Will It Impact the Northeast?
Richard Bonanno, Massachusetts Senior Extension Specialist
Growth of Aquaculture in the Northeast                       
Delaware Senator Gary Simpson
Local Food Efforts in the States                          
Maine Representative Jeff McCabe          
Vermont Representative Will Stevens    
Plenary: Weathering the Storm: Resiliency Building Strategies to Protect States & Communities from Severe Weather Events
(Joint session with CSG/ERC Energy & Environment and Transportation Programs)

Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director of the Georgetown Climate Center
Sue Minter Vermont Deputy Secretary of Transportation
Weathering the Storm Breakout Session: Agriculture & Rural Communities

Sue Minter, Vermont Deputy Secretary of Transportation  
Maryland Senator Barry Glassman


Saturday, December 7

New Directions in Secondary Education
Brian Gill, Senior Fellow, Mathematic Policy Research

Energy & Environment

Saturday, December 7

Roundtable on Innovative State and Provincial Energy & Environmental Legislation
Vermont Act 148: Closed Loop Recycling
Vermont Senator Ginny Lyons
Reliability Standards in New Jersey
New Jersey Deputy Speaker Upendra Chivukula, Chair, Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee
Combined Sewer Overflows
New York Senator Mark Grisanti, Chair, Senate Environmental Conservation Committee
Integration of Québec's Cap-and-Trade Program with California's Program
MNA Stéphane Billette, Québec

Sunday, December 8

Weathering the Storm: Resiliency-Building Strategies to Protect States & Communities from Severe Weather Events
Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director, Georgetown Climate Center and Visiting Professor, Georgetown Law School
Sue Minter, Deputy Secretary, Vermont Agency of Transportation and former Irene Recovery Officer

Health Care

Saturday, December 7

Value over Volume 2.0: Updates and Tools for Policymakers
Ellen Andrews, Ph.D., CSG/ERC Health Policy Consultant
Health Insurance Marketplaces: Federal and State Implementation
Dave Chandra, Senior Policy Analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities