Nevada State Lawmaker Selected For Leadership Position With Western Legislative Policy Group

CARSON CITY – Nevada state Assemblyman Kelvin Atkinson has been selected to serve as vice chairman of the Council of State Governments-West in 2011.

The organization of state legislators from the Western U.S. holds regular meetings on issues and concerns common to western states.

As a result of his selection as vice chairman at the group’s meeting this past week at Sun Valley, Idaho, Atkinson will automatically become chairman of the organization in 2013 after serving as chairman-elect in 2012.

As chairman, Atkinson, D-North Las Vegas, said he will bring the conference and its more than 1,000 attendees and their families to Las Vegas in 2013. The organization includes participating lawmakers from 13 western states.

The conference will be held in Hawaii next year.

Atkinson said the CSG-West meetings provide an excellent chance for legislators to discuss common challenges and exchange ideas. Nevada lawmakers who attend pay their own way; participation is not funded with taxpayer dollars.

Atkinson chaired the water and public lands committee at the Idaho conference. Water, energy and environment are all issues of concern and interest to the participating states, he said. Pat Mulroy, general manager of  the Southern Nevada Water Authority, made a presentation on western water issues to the committee.

Atkinson said the conferences don’t offer easy answers to the complex issues facing western states, but plenty of good ideas are brought forward that lawmakers can take back to their home states for discussion and debate.

“Sessions focus on issues we are all facing: budget deficits, renewable energy development, education reform, the need to improve infrastructure and public lands issues,” he said. “We have the opportunity to hear from experts and to learn what other states in our region of the country are doing to address these challenges.”

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Nevada lawmaker Kelvin Atkinson says CSG-West conference offers opportunities to hear good ideas from lawmakers in other states:

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