Representative Elaine Bowers to work with regional leaders on Agriculture policy

May 11, 2011

LOMBARD, IL — Representative Elaine Bowers has been appointed to a regional committee of legislators that will examine agriculture, natural resource and rural policy and share information on innovative state and provincial programs.

As a member of the bipartisan Midwestern Legislative Conference Agriculture and Natural Resource Committee, Representative Bowers will be working with leaders from 11 states and four Canadian provinces.

The committee will focus on such issues as U.S. energy trade, and expanding the renewable energy sector.

Each state and province in the region can appoint as many as six legislators to serve on this MLC committee.

Lawmakers from the following states are members of the MLC: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. In addition, members of the legislative assemblies in four Canadian provinces — Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan — are MLC affiliates.

The Midwestern Office of The Council of State Governments provides staff support to the MLC and its policy committees.

CSG is the premier multibranch organization forecasting policy trends for the community of states, commonwealths and territories on a national and regional basis. CSG alerts state elected and appointed officials in all three branches of government to emerging social, economic, and political trends; offers innovative state policy responses to rapidly changing conditions; and advocates multistate problem-solving to maximize resources and competitiveness.

The national organization is headquartered in Lexington, Ky., and has regional offices in Lombard (Chicago), Ill., Atlanta, New York and Sacramento.

If you would like more information on CSG or the committee, please contact Ilene Grossman at 630.925.1922