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July 28, 2010

Senator Moore Set to Lead National Legislative Organization

Massachusetts state senator becomes NCSL president.

Massachusetts Senator Richard Moore

Massachusetts Senator Richard T. Moore has taken the helm as president of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), a bipartisan organization that serves the nation's 7,382 state lawmakers. The gavel was passed during NCSL’s annual Legislative Summit on Wednesday, July 28, 2010.

As the voice of state legislatures within the nation’s federal system of government, NCSL will tackle many challenges during his 12-month tenure.

“Being chosen by my peers, who are all legislative leaders from across the nation, to lead this prestigious national organization and represent state concerns in the highest councils of our American government is an honor not only for me, but for the people who have, with great regularity, chosen me to serve as their state senator.  It is also a special honor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” Senator Moore said.

Moore, a Democrat, succeeds Georgia Senator Don Balfour, a Republican, to the post of NCSL president. The position alternates between the two parties each year.

“Senator Moore has a great vision of where he would like to direct this organization’s efforts over the next 12 months, at a very trying time for state government,” said William T. Pound, executive director of NCSL.  “His ability to work with everyone will be a valuable asset to the organization and to state legislators across the country."

NCSL is a "formidable lobbying force" in Washington, D.C. Recently, NCSL worked hard with members of Congress to introduce The Main Street Fairness Act, H.R. 5660, which gives states that sign the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement the authority to collect sales taxes from all remote sellers not qualifying for the small business exception. This action will equalize the market for all sellers, regardless if they are a brick-and-mortar retailer on Main Street or an online seller in another state. To date, 24 states have enacted legislation to comply with the agreement.

NCSL also continues to push Congress to provide states an additional six months of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s enhanced match for Medicaid (FMAP). The extension would cover the period between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2011, which represents the second half of fiscal year (FY) 2011 for nearly all states. Thirty states have either proposed or already enacted budgets for FY 2011 on the assumption that Congress would approve the six-month extension.

The bipartisan organization’s lobbying priorities are determined through the work of NCSL's 12 standing committees. Moore will play a key role in advocating the organization's state/federal priorities for the coming year, including:

  •  Passing federal comprehensive immigration reform.
  •  Assisting legislatures in dealing with the new federal health care reform law. 
  •  Opposing all unfunded mandates.
  •  Reducing the federal deficit, while preserving the inter-governmental relationship.

Moore has been involved with the leadership of NCSL for more than a decade. In addition to serving on its 60-member Executive Committee, Moore is co-chair of NCSL’s Health Information Technology Champions project, and co-chair of the advisory committee for NCSL’s Trust for Representative Democracy. He also is a member of the board of directors of NCSL’s Foundation for State Legislatures and serves on the association’s health chairs project, which represents legislators who chair health committees in their home legislatures. Moore also serves as chair of NCSL’s Executive Committee Task Force on Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

Moore, from Uxbridge, Mass., is chairman of the Massachusetts Joint Health Care Financing Committee and a member of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.