Registration: CSG West Legislative Exchange "Making Cents of New Cyber Funding"
You may have heard that federal funding to support state, local, and tribal cybersecurity efforts is forthcoming. This legislative exchange will dive deeper into how states can make the funding they receive helps advance and improve their overall cybersecurity ecosystem.

Carlos Kizzee, Vice President of Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) Member Engagement, and Mattie Gullixson, National Cybersecurity Center (NCC) Program Director, will share their feedback on how to improve the reach of your state’s cybersecurity resources through a “Whole of State Lens.” They will provide a brief overview of the funding ahead, and then discuss potential challenges and opportunities to make the funding work for your state, featuring examples of success stories across the U.S.

Please join us March 28 at 12:00pm PST.
CSG West Annual Meeting Registration Now Open!
Join us this summer for the 75th CSG West Annual Meeting, July 19-22, 2022, in Boise, Idaho. Click below for details and registration.
NEMA Releases Wildfire Position Paper
The National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), a CSG affiliate that serves as the professional association for emergency management directors across the country, recently approved a national position paper on wildfires, including recommendations to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Wildfires are a major issue and concern for Western states, as such this position paper is very timely. 

To review the position paper, click HERE:. 
Future of Apprenticeship Webinar
CSG and the State Exchange on Employment & Disability (SEED), which is supported by the U.S. Department of Labor, will host a webinar that will highlight the efforts of three states — Colorado, New Jersey and Ohio — aimed at ensuring a future for apprenticeships that expands into new fields and offers greater inclusion for individuals with disabilities.

The webinar will expand on the findings of a recent report from CSG and SEED titled, “The Future of Apprenticeship: Inclusion, Expansion, and the Post-Pandemic World of Work.” This free webinar will take place February 24 at 2:00pm ET.
Wyoming Capitol Visit
CSG West staff completed its third capitol visit this year, travelling to Cheyenne, Wyoming on February 14-15. The visit commenced on the opening day of Wyoming’s legislative session, providing staff an opportunity to connect with House and Senate leaders, lawmakers, and legislative staff about CSG West programming and available resources.

Marking the first in-person visit to Wyoming since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, staff shared information about this year’s 75th CSG West Annual Meeting, while policymakers offered insight into legislative priorities for the short session. CSG West staff concluded the visit by hosting a lunch for Western Legislative Academy alumni and interested applicants.
State capitol visits are an important component of our outreach effort. We look forward to connecting with more Western policymakers and staff in the coming weeks.
Supreme Court Updates
Supreme Court Allows Alabama Districting Plan to Stay in Effect
In a 5-4 vote in Merrill v. Milligan the U.S. Supreme Court allowed Alabama’s districting plan, which a three-judge panel concluded violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), to go into effect during the upcoming primary, while litigation continues in this case.
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