Salazar hosts conference in Vail next week |

Salazar hosts conference in Vail next week

by Kristen Allen

Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar, who is also running for U.S. Senate, will host an annual meeting of the Conference of Western Attorneys General at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort today through Monday. About 500 attendees are expected, including attorneys general, their staff, state and federal officials and representatives of 19 western state agencies.”The goal is to share information as to what is going on in each of the states,” says Ken Lane, Colorado Department of Law spokesman. “It’s desirable to come up with a general consensus or plan for a solution, but it depends on the topic.”The western attorneys general – whose offices are charged with protecting the public’s legal interests in matters of consumer protection, environmental issues, water rights, criminal appeals and state agencies and executives – will meet publicly and privately in what Lane calls “a crush of long conference days.””The public should consider these discussions as an open meeting,” Lane says. “They tend to be fairly productive. The attorneys generals have been very active as far as taking action on behalf of the citizens – for example, trying to stop drug companies from price fixing.”Salazar is hosting this year’s conference because he is the former chairman of the organization. Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath is the current chairman and will host next year.The following is a schedule of public sessions:Monday, July 128:45-9:00 a.m. Opening remarks by CWAG Chair Mike McGrath9:00- 10:30 a.m. Methamphetamine in the West: Strategy & solutions11:15-12:15 p.m. Federal preemption of state laws: Trends & developments1:45-2:45 p.m. Prescription drug discount cards: Information & fraud2:45-3:30 p.m. Underage drinking: Problems & solutions3:30-4:30 p.m. Domestic/workplace violence: Successful programsTuesday, July 139:45-10:30 a.m. Special Report on Columbine/school & youth violence10:30-11:45 a.m. Balancing needs of water supply and species protection12:00-1:30 p.m. Year-end review of U.S. Supreme Court decisions1:45-2:30 p.m. Conversation with U.S. Department of Interior solicitor 2:30-3:30 p.m. Telecommunications/wireless issues3:45-5:00 p.m. Gasoline pricing in the WestWednesday, July 149:00-10:00 a.m. Law enforcement on tribal reservations10:15-11:15 a.m. Distinguished Ethics Lecture Series: “What and when can anything be said during investigations?”Attorney General Ken Salazar will moderate the discussions on successful programs to address domestic violence/workplace violence and the special report on the Columbine High School tragedy.

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