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Government Relations

The mission of the National Governors Association (NGA) Office of Government Relations is to ensure that governors’ views are represented in the shaping of federal policy. NGA policy positions, reflecting governors’ principles on priority issues, guide the association’s efforts to influence federal laws and regulations affecting states. 

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Governors Adopt Policy Positions During NGA Winter Meeting

At the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting, governors adopted policy positions for the five NGA committees: Economic Development and Commerce (EDC), Education and Workforce (EdW), Health and Human Services (HHS), Homeland Security and Public Safety (HSPS) and Natural Resources (NR).


State Court Case Moves Online Sales Tax Reform One Step Closer to Resolution

South Dakota’s state circuit court found a law that would have allowed the state to collect sales tax from online retailers unconstitutional.


Governors’ Role Critical in Every Student Succeeds Act

The National Governors Association released a statement following the U.S. Department of Education’s release of a revised state plan template under ESSA.


Health Care Reform

Letter (from Chair and Vice Chair of the National Governors Association) in response to Representative McCarthy’s request for feedback for potential changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010.


Gov. McAuliffe: Cybersecurity Is Key State Issue

At the second regional summit for his NGA chair’s initiative, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe delivered a keynote address on states’ role in strengthening the nation’s cybersecurity to protect critical infrastructure and personal data.


WRDA Reauthorization

Letter (from Governor Brown and Governor Mead) applauding the Senate for passing the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016 and encouraging the House to pass its own version of WRDA reauthorization as soon as possible.