Spring Forum 2013 Agenda


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Friday, May 3, 2013

 

5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Closing Reception

Location:
Hyatt Regency Denver Level 3-Centennial Foyer
Join us for a closing event, Colorado style. 


Sponsored By: Colorado Brewers Guild

Saturday, May 4, 2013

 

7:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Registration

Location:
Hyatt Regency Denver Level 3-Mineral Foyer


 

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

Hunger Partnership

Location:
Hyatt Regency Denver Level 3-Mineral FG
  • NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
Discuss plans for the Legislative Summit in Atlanta and the next steps for NCSL’s work in hunger. Breakfast will be served. This program will conclude before Senator Hank Brown’s presentation begins.


 

8:30 AM to 10:00 AM

General Session Breakfast: Higher Education

Location:
Hyatt Regency Denver Level 3-Centennial DE
General Session
States have less money to invest in higher education at a time when a college degree is more important than ever. Hank Brown, former Colorado legislator, congressman and U.S. senator, has been president of two state institutions – the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Colorado. Hear his view on the changing world of higher education and state legislators’ role in planning for the future.

  • Presiding:
  • Assemblyman Herb C. Conaway, Jr., New Jersey, Vice Chair, NCSL Standing Committees
  • Julie Pelegrin, Colorado, Staff Vice Chair, NCSL Standing Committees
  • Speaker:
  • Hank Brown, Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber & Shreck LLP, Colorado

 

10:00 AM to 10:30 AM

NCSL Spring Forum Business Meeting

Location:
Hyatt Regency Denver Level 3-Centennial DE
Attend the NCSL Spring Forum business meeting immediately after the general session. Vote on policy that will direct the states' agenda in Washington. All are welcome.

  • Presiding:
  • Senator Curtis S. Bramble, Utah, Co-Chair, NCSL Standing Committees

 

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Special Briefings: Countdown to Health Reform

Location:
Hyatt Regency Denver Level 3-Mineral ABC
  • NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Federal Health Reform Implementation
The countdown has begun. In five months, health exchanges will be open to the public in all 50 states, and in eight months, 100 percent federal funding will be available for Medicaid expansion. What will states do? Hear how employers large and small are responding to new roles and choices in health.

  • Presiding:
  • Assemblyman Herb C. Conaway, Jr., New Jersey, Vice Chair, NCSL Standing Committees
  • Representative Greg Wren, Alabama
  • Speaker:
  • Joshua Goldberg, National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Washington, D.C.
  • Marguerite Salazar, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Region 8, Colorado
  • Christopher Watts, Mercer Health and Benefits, LLC, Colorado
  • Steven Wojcik, National Business Group on Health, Washington, D.C.

 

10:30 AM to 11:15 AM

Special Briefing: Bond Rating Agency Changes Affecting Pensions

Location:
Hyatt Regency Denver Level 3-Mineral DE
  • NCSL Task Force On Pensions
Hear how Moody’s Investor Services may adjust the way it measures public sector pension obligations, expected to be finalized in April. Learn how Moody’s will evaluate reported and adjusted pension data, including the effects of material pension plan amendments or reforms yet to be reflected in reported pension data.

  • Speaker:
  • Timothy Blake, Moody's Investor Services, New York

 

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Special Briefing: State Options to Help Returning Veterans

Location:
Hyatt Regency Denver Level 3-Centennial F
  • NCSL Task Force On Military & Veterans Affairs
Veterans coming home from recent conflicts face a host of medical, mental health and employment challenges. Learn how states are meeting the growing need for services through initiatives, coordination and efficiency measures, and partnerships with federal, local and private entities.

  • Presiding:
  • Representative Thomas Sloan, Kansas
  • Panelist:
  • Kevin Cavanaugh, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Representative Tim M. Cosgrove, Utah
  • Hilda Heady, Atlas Research, Washington, D.C.
  • Manuel Urbina, California Department of Health Care Services and PARIS Board of Directors

 

11:45 AM to 12:15 PM

NCSL Task Force on Pension Funding Lunch

Location:
Hyatt Regency Denver Level 3-Mineral DE
  • NCSL Task Force On Pensions


 

12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

NCSL Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs

Location:
Hyatt Regency Denver Level 3-Mineral FG
  • NCSL Task Force On Military & Veterans Affairs
Women's Legislative Network

NCSL’s Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs continues its work in assisting military service members and veterans by sharing best practices and innovations while working closely with military installations on cross-jurisdictional issues.  A buffet lunch will be served to task force members and guests.

12:15 PM – 12:20 PM
Opening Remarks and Introductions

Opening Remarks: 

  • Representative Dan Flynn, Texas
  • Jim Reed, NCSL

12:20 PM – 1:15 PM
U.S. Department of Defense Programs Updates

Presiding: 

  • Representative Dan Flynn, Texas

Speakers: 

  • Bruce Beard, Institute of Renewable Natural Resource, Texas A&M University
  • Cyrena Eitler, U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment, Virginia
  • Michael Behm, Stateside Associates, Virginia

1:15 PM – 1:30 PM
The Roles of the States and the National Guard in Border Security

Discussion Facilitator: 

  • Representative Dan Flynn, Texas

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Understanding Treatments for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Presiding: 

  • Representative Tim Cosgrove, Utah

Speakers: 

  • Dr. Lisa Brenner, VA Rocky Mountain Network, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Colorado
  • Melvin Neufeld, Kansas Family PTSD Education and Counseling Pilot Project
  • Dr. William A. Duncan, International Hyperbaric Medical Foundation, Virginia

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Break

2:45 PM – 4:00 PM
Overview of the Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) and the State Legislative Role in Regulating their Deployment for Civilian Uses

Presiding: 

  • Senator Elsie Arntzen, Montana

Speakers: 

  • Senator Josh McKoon, Georgia
  • Dr. Ing. Kimon P. Valavanis, University of Denver Unmanned Systems Research Institute, Colorado
  • Michael Tascano, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, Washingon, D.C.

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Legislative Roundtable:  2013 Legislative Activity

Hear members share recent enactments in their states to assist veterans and service members.  Hear an overview from NCSL of key 2013 legislation enacted in the states.   

Presiding: 

  • Representative Dan Flynn, Texas

Speakers: 

  • Alice Wheet, NCSL
  • Jackie Harriman, USA 4 Military Families Initiative, U.S. Department of Defense, Colorado

4:45 PM – 5:35 PM
State Initiatives to Help Veterans Experiencing Homelessness

Presiding: 

  • Representative Mark Takai, Hawaii

Speakers: 

  • Karla Maraccini, Homeless Initiatives at the Office of Colorado Governor John W. Hickenlooper
  • Richard Sandrock, Homeless Initiatives at the Office of Colorado Governor John W. Hickenlooper
  • Representative Leroy Garcia, Colorado

5:35 PM – 5:55 PM
Presentation on the U.S. Army Energy Initiatives Task Force

Hear how the task force partners with Army installations implement cost-effective, large-scale renewable energy projects, leveraging private sector financing for solar, wind, geothermal and biomass projects that are 10 megawatts or greater and located on Army installations in the United States.   

Presiding: 

  • Representative Tom Sloan, Kansas

Speaker: 

  • Park Haney, U.S. Army Regional Environmental and Energy Office--Region 9, Colorado

5:55 PM – 6:00 PM
Task Force Wrap-Up and Discussion of Next Steps

Closing Remarks: 

  • Representative Dan Flynn, Texas

 6:00 PM
Adjourn

 



 

12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

NCSL Task Force on Federal Health Reform Implementation Meeting

Location:
Hyatt Regency Denver Level 3-Mineral ABC
  • NCSL Task Force On Federal Health Reform Implementation

Review the latest developments on health exchanges, Medicaid and coverage expansions, health insurance and consumer reforms.  Report on your state and hear how other states are responding. Discuss financial factors, alternatives, recent challenges and other Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provisions. This session is a continuation of the morning "Special Briefing: Countdown to Health Reform." It is open to all NCSL members and registered participants at Spring Forum. 

Presiding: 

  • Assemblyman Herb C. Conaway, Jr., New Jersey
  • Representative Greg Wren, Alabama 

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Lunch Break and State Legislative Update

Box lunches will be available to Task Force meeting participants.  

Speakers: 
  • Martha Salazar, NCSL
  • Richard Cauchi, NCSL 

12:45 PM – 1:30 PM
Task Force Member Roundtable

Hear reports from the members by state.

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
The Latest ACA News:  Federal and State

Speaker: 

  • Marguerite Salazar, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Region 8, Colorado
  • Josh Goldberg, National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Washington, D.C.

2:30 PM – 3:10 PM
Exchanges:  What's Next?

Speaker: 

  • Steve ErkenBrack, JD, Colorado Health Benefit Exchange and Rocky Mountain Health Plan

3:10 PM – 4:00 PM
Medicaid Expansion Update

Hear an overview of state decisions and federal guidance related to Medicaid expansions, options and innovations such as premium assistance.

Speakers: 

  • Laura Tobler, NCSL
  • Joy Johnson Wilson, NCSL

 



 

12:15 PM to 1:00 PM

GFOA Funding Guideline Efforts

Location:
Hyatt Regency Denver Level 3-Mineral DE
  • NCSL Task Force On Pensions
Hear the Government Finance Officers Association’s latest recommendations for a sound funding plan to ensure sustainable, long-term funding for pension benefits.

  • Speaker:
  • Richard Harris, GFOA Committee on Retirement & Benefits Administration, Colorado

 

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

NCSL Task Force on Pension Funding Business Meeting and Roundtable Discussion

Location:
Hyatt Regency Denver Level 3-Mineral DE
  • NCSL Task Force On Pensions
Explore and discuss states' challenges and efforts to manage new Governmental Accounting Standards Board accounting requirements and Moody’s credit rating adjustments. Will your state statutes need to change to implement these changes?