2013 Legislative Summit

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

 

7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Executive Office

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B310


 

7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

National Caucus of Native American State Legislators Meeting



Sponsored By: National Caucus of Native American State Legislators
 

8:45 AM to 5:00 PM

NCSL Task Force on Energy Supply

Location:
Omni Hotel At CNN Center Street Level-Dogwood A
  • NCSL Task Force On Energy Supply

At the Energy Supply Task Force meeting explore a host of energy issues, including new energy technologies and markets, the state policies that promote them, and how they affect price and reliability for the end consumer. Look into natural gas issues as they relate to long-term energy supply, infrastructure and its growing use as a transportation fuel. Find out how energy storage and demand response and grid technologies help meet energy demand while increasing reliability and lowering energy costs.  (Members and RSVP Only. Please contact Kristy.hartman@ncsl.org for more information.)

8:30 AM -- 9:00 AM
Continental Breakfast

8:50 AM -- 9:00 AM
Welcome and Introductions

Moderators: 

  • Representative Jeff Morris, Washington 
  • Representatives Al Carlson, North Dakota

9:00 AM -- 10:00 AM
Energy Storage

Storing large quantities of energy for on demand use in the grid, has been far too expensive to be considered a viable, until recently.  New storage technologies provide opportunties to reduce peak energy costs, integrate variable resources and increase grid reliability.  Hear about multiple uses for energy storage, where the technology is headed and what policymakers can do to promote its development.   

Speaker: 

  • Bret Adams, EnerVault, California

10:00 AM -- 11:00 AM
The Role of Distributed Generation in the Electric Power Grid

The growth of distributed electricity supplies, such as rooftop solar, natural gas microturbines, combined heat and power, and small wind power, are changing the way the power grid operates.  Explore the changes, their benefits for consumers, how utilities are integrating distributed generation and what actions can be taken to ensure grid reliability.     

Speaker: 

  • David Owens, Edison Electric Institute, Washington, D.C. 
  • David Wright, Miller Energy Resources, Tennessee

11:00 AM -- 12:00 PM
Modular Nuclear Reactors

Smaller, modular nuclear reactors can address some of the largest concerns posed by their larger counterpart, namely cost and safety.  Learn about this developing technology and hear from a company that has been commissioned to build the first modular nuclear reactor in the United States. 

Speakers: 

  • Chris Mowry, The Babcock & Wilcox mPower, Inc., North Carolina
  • Paul Genoa, Nuclear Energy Institute, Washington, D.C.

12:00 PM -- 1:15 PM
Lunch -- Coal in a Carbon Constrained Market

Speaker: 

  • Jeff Bloczynski, American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, Washington, D.C.

1:15 PM -- 2:45 PM
Natural Gas Vehicles:  Technology and Policy

Natural gas is a competitive, and often cheaper, alternative to gasoline for many transportation uses, but infrastructure and technology challenges are slowing its adoption.  Explore the technology, where auto manufacturers are headed with natural gas vehicle production, and policy approaches that have helped some states become leaders in tapping this domestic resource for transportation.   

Speakers: 

  • Michael Britt, United Parcel Service, Inc., Georgia
  • Representative Randy Frye, Indiana

2:45 PM -- 3:00 PM
Break

3:00 PM -- 4:00 PM
Demand Response and New Efficiency Technologies 

New grid technologies are providing utilities with new tools, such as demand response and new efficiency technologies, to improve reliability and reduce the costs of delivering electricity.  Look at how utilities are using these new technologies to improve electricity delivery while reducing costs, as well as some of the regulatory and market barriers and policies to overcome them.  

Speaker: 

  • Keyvan Cohanim, Enbala, Toronto

4:00 PM -- 4:25 PM
Presentation on Quebec/California Carbon Trading Partnership 

In a first for any U.S. state or Canadian province, California and Quebec have adopted rules to link their carbon markets.  The goal is to expand investments in low-carbon technologies and improve market liquidity for carbon allowances, thereby decreasing overall costs for both Quebec and California.  

Speaker: 

  • Assemblymember Scott McKay, Quebec Assembly

4:25 PM -- 5:00 PM
Discussion of Task Force Goals and Publications 



 

9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

International Program

Location:
Omni Hotel At CNN Center Intl Ballroom Level-Intl Ballroom F
  • NCSL Task Force On International Relations
International

9:00 AM -- 12:30 PM
International Attendee Registration

1:00 PM -- 2:20 PM
Welcome and Introductions

Meet colleagues and counterparts from all over the world as each delegation introduces its members in attendance at the Summit.

Presiding: 

  • Senator Pamela Althoff, Illinois; Co-Chair of the Task Force on International Relations
  • Senator Richard Moore, Massachusetts; Co-Chair of the Task Force on International Relations
  • Senator Verna Jones Rodwell, Maryland; Co-Chair of the Task Force on International Relations

2:20 PM -- 2:30 PM
Board buses for State Capitol Visit

The buses will depart at 2:40 pm from Omni Shoreham North Tower M2 - Corner of Andrew Young International Blvd. and Marietta Street (outside of Morsel's). (NOTE:  Please bring a government issued I.D. and your name badge.)

3:00 PM -- 4:30 PM
Visit to Georgia State Capitol - Tour and Meetings

Visit the historic Georgia State Capitol, and meet with Georgia legislators and staff. The Georgia State Capitol, completed in 1889, has been named a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It houses the offices of the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and the General Assembly.  The legislature convenes from January to April.

Speakers: 

  • Representative Mike Cheokas, Georgia
  • Representative Chuck Martin, Georgia
  • Representative Tom Taylor, Georgia
  • Spiro Amburn, Chief of Staff, House Speaker David Ralston, Georgia
  • Kristy Lindstrom, Director, House Communications, Office of the House Speaker David Ralston
  • Ben Fry, Director of Communications and External Affairs for Lt. Governor Casey Cagle


 

12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Preconference: Improving Latino College Completion (Invitation Only)

Location:
Omni Hotel At CNN Center Intl Ballroom Level-Juniper
  • NCSL Education Committee
States are working to ensure citizens have access to and succeed in higher education to meet growing demands in the job market. The 2010 Census revealed the Latino population is growing dramatically, particularly in the South, where, by 2016, the region will overtake the West in the total number of Latinos enrolled in K 12 public schools. States need to be well prepared to accommodate the new Latino population in their education and workforce systems.

  • Speaker:
  • Steve Murdock, Rice University, Department of Sociology, Texas
  • Deborah Santiago, Excelencia in Education, Washington, D.C.

Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges the Kresge Foundation for sponsoring this preconference.
 

12:00 PM to 5:30 PM

NCSL Task Force on State and Local Taxation

Location:
Omni Hotel At CNN Center Grand Ballroom Level-Grand Ballroom A
  • NCSL Task Force On State & Local Taxation

Our nation's economy is evolving from a primarily state based system into a more integrated national and global economy. With that shift comes the need for state tax systems to adapt in a way that does not impede economic growth, provides clarity and simplicity to taxpayers and ensures the necessary revenue for appropriate government functions. Hear about the important and timely tax policy issues facing state legislators as they address the emerging taxation issues in the 21st century economy.

1:00 PM -- 1:05 PM
Welcome

Facilitators: 

  • Senator Pam Althoff, Illinois, Co-Chair
  • Delegate Sheila Hixson, Maryland, Co-Chair

1:05 PM -- 1:50 PM
Online Travel Companies (OTC) Taxation

In Boston, the task force heard from the Online Travel Companies as well as the lodging industry concerning the taxation of hotel rooms sold over the internet. Most are familiar with the online travel services offering of reduced rates for hotel rooms, however, the question that continues to raise concern is just what is being taxed and what is being charged to the consumer. Examine different legislative approaches by states in this area as well as alternative solutions.

Panelist: 

  • Shawn McBurney, American Hotel & Lodging Association

1:50 PM -- 2:50 PM
When Should Congress Act in the State Tax Arena? 

Congress is playing a larger role in state tax policy and decision making, sometimes responding to requests from states, sometimes taxpayers, or both. Legislation such as Marketplace Fairness, Internet Tax Freedom Act, Mobile Workforce and others pending in Congress are testing the balance between the Tenth Amendment and the need to modernize tax systems to fit a new interstate, global economy that is also fair and certain for taxpayers. Expert panelists will discuss relevant legal, Constitutional and practical considerations, as well as provide examples and commentary about current and past opportunities for states and Congress to act in tandem on tax issues.

Moderator: 

  • Steve Rauschenberger, Rauschenberger Partners

Panelists: 

  • Michael Mazerov, Center on Budget on Public Priorities
  • Doug Lindholm, Council on State Taxation

2:50 PM -- 3:10 PM
Streamlined Sales Tax (SST) Governing Board Update

Panelists: 

  • Senator Wayne Harper, Utah; President, SST Governing Board
  • Craig Johnson, SST

Streamlined Compliance Issues

Panelist: 

  • Fred Nicely, Council on State Taxation

3:10 PM -- 4:00 PM
Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA)

Update and discussion of the Marketplace Fairness Act in Congress which would enable states the ability to collect the sales and use taxes they are owed on remote transactions.

Panelists: 

  • Joe Rinzel, Retail Industry Leaders Association
  • Steve DelBianco, Netchoice

Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) Implementation

This session will examine recent activity in the states and how states and retailers can be best prepared for MFA’s implementation.

Panelists: 

  • Scott Peterson, Avalera
  • Charles Collins, Taxware
  • Christopher Rants, Rauschenberger Partners

4:00 PM -- 4:30 PM
Multistate Tax Commission Update

MTC leadership will give a report on the activity of the MTC and will provide task force members an opportunity to discuss concerns of state legislators. There will also be discussion on the MTC's missions and goals as well as an update on the Uniform Division of Income for Tax Purposes Act (UDITPA).

Panelists: 

  • Commissioner Bruce Johnson, Utah State Tax Commission
  • Steve Kranz, McDermott, Will and Emery

4:30 PM -- 5:30 PM
Communications Tax Reform

Technological Change and the Communications Marketplace:  Challenges for State Tax Policy

Rapid technological change in the communications marketplace is placing renewed strains on outdated state and local tax structures. This session will provide an overview of key technological developments and provide an overview of tax policy challenges facing the states.

Panelists: 

  • Deborah Bierbaum, AT&T
  • Rick Cimerman, National Cable and Telecommunications Association

State Tax Policy and Communications Network Investment

Broadband networks are the new critical infrastructure for economic development in the 21st Century, and states are exploring ways to attract this investment. However, state tax policy sometimes works at cross purposes by increasing the cost of investment. This session will discuss the role of tax policy in communications network investment and discuss recent state policy changes.

Panelists: 

  • Tramell Alexander, Verizon
  • Ellen Berenholz, Comcast
  • Michelle Jones, Time Warner Cable
  • Scott Mackey, KSE Partners LLP

 



 

12:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Health Summit 2013: Emerging Changes in Medicaid & the Insurance Marketplace

Location:
Omni Hotel At CNN Center Intl Ballroom Level-Intl Ballroom DE
  • NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Federal Health Reform Implementation
Continuing Legal Education

The American health care landscape is shifting in dramatic ways as a result of health reform and state activities. The nation's insurance marketplace will have new options and regulations. Medicaid programs face state decisions and federal guidance on expansion options and other alternatives. Learn the latest on how states, insurers, employers, consumers and -providers are responding to the fast-paced countdown toward the Jan. 1, 2014 deadlines in the health reform law.  (NOTE:  CLE credit is only available for the 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM - "Employer and Consumer Issues" portion of this session.)

Presiding: 

  • Representative Greg Wren, Alabama, Co-Chair, NCSL Task Force on Health Reform Implementation
  • Assemblyman Herb Conaway, J.D., M.D., New Jersey, NCSL Task Force on Health Reform Implementation

12:30 PM -- 1:00 PM
Registration

1:00 PM -- 1:30 PM
Welcome and Introductions

1:30 PM -- 3:00 PM
Health Care "Marketplaces" 

Beginning Oct. 1, 2013, a new set of health insurance options will be offered nationwide, with variations across all 50 states.  These include:  health "marketplaces" or exchanges--either federally facilitated, state-based, or state-federal partnerships; newly created multi-state and CO-OP plans; and additional choices offered through the commercial market.  Come hear the latest on these developments and learn about essential benefits, technology needs, outreach and education efforts and what it means for your state depending on the direction you have chosen. 

Speakers: 

  • Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, CMS/HHS, Maryland
  • Susan V. McNally, Intergovernmental Affairs, Congressional and Legislative Affairs, U.S. Office of Personnel and Management (OPM), Washington, D.C.
  • Commissioner Sandy Praeger, Kansas Insurance Commission
  • Karen Ignagni, president and CEO, America's Health Insurance Plans, Washington, D.C.

3:00 PM -- 3:30 PM
Break

3:30 PM -- 5:00 PM
Employer and Consumer Issues  (CLE)

Employers, large and small, face new decisions and expectations due to the new law.  We'll review and discuss the requirements and potential penalties, as well as how these changes may affect employers, employees and their families. 

Speakers: 

  • Tim Jost, J.D., Washington and Lee University School of Law, Virginia
  • Geralyn Trujillo, AARP, Washington, D.C.
  • Nancy E. Taylor, J.D., Business Roundtable, Washington, D.C.
  • Cheryl Smith, Health Insurance Exchange, Deloitte Consulting; Former Director, Utah Health Exchange

5:00 PM -- 6:00 PM
Meet the Sponsors

This event will include booths featuring health professional associations and interests.   

Register now for the Health Summit



 

1:00 PM to 2:15 PM

NCSL Executive Committee - Member Outreach and Communications Subcommittee

Location:
Omni Hotel At CNN Center Grand Ballroom Level-Grand Ballroom C
  • NCSL Executive Committee


 

2:30 PM to 3:45 PM

NCSL Executive Committee - Budget, Finance and Rules Committee

Location:
Omni Hotel At CNN Center Grand Ballroom Level-Grand Ballroom C
  • NCSL Executive Committee


 

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

NCSL Full Executive Committee

Location:
Omni Hotel At CNN Center Grand Ballroom Level-Grand Ballroom E
  • NCSL Executive Committee


Monday, August 12, 2013

 

7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Executive Office

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B310


 

7:00 AM to 11:30 AM

NCSL Task Force on State and Local Taxation

Location:
Omni Hotel At CNN Center Grand Ballroom Level-Grand Ballroom A
  • NCSL Task Force On State & Local Taxation

Our nation's economy is evolving from a primarily state based system into a more integrated national and global economy. With that shift comes the need for state tax systems to adapt in a way that does not impede economic growth, provides clarity and simplicity to taxpayers and ensures the necessary revenue for appropriate government functions. Hear about the important and timely tax policy issues facing state legislators as they address the emerging taxation issues in the 21st century economy.

7:15 AM -- 7:55 AM
Breakfast

8:00 AM -- 8:30 AM
Task Force Business Meeting

Facilitators: 

  • Senator Pam Althoff, Illinois, Co-Chair
  • Delegate Sheila Hixson, Maryland, Co-Chair

8:30 AM -- 9:00 AM
State Premium and Retaliatory Taxes with Regard to the Business of Insurance

This session will provide an overview and a brief history of state premium and retaliatory taxes. It will also provide context around how the unique system of retaliatory taxation operates to keep premium tax rates relatively stable; the primary objective of the system.

Panelist: 

  • Bob Montellione, Prudential

9:00 AM -- 9:30 AM
State Tax Incentives 

Tax incentives are initiatives adopted by states aimed at stimulating a certain type of behavior by individuals and businesses. In their quest to strengthen their economies, particularly in the wake of the Great Recession, states continue to rely heavily on tax incentives, including credits, exemptions, and deductions, to encourage businesses to locate, hire, expand, and invest within their borders. This session will give an overview of State Tax Incentives and then will feature discussion among the expert panelists on their effectiveness.

Moderator: 

  • Joe Crosby, Multistate Associates

Panelists: 

  • Joe Henchman, Tax Foundation
  • Carl Davis, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy
  • Robert Zahradnik, Pew Charitable Trusts

9:30 AM -- 10:00 AM
State Tax Expenditure Reports

The primary goal of state tax expenditure reports (or budgets) is to provide information to the public and policymakers about preferential tax provisions that reduce overall tax revenue. Proponents of these reports laud them as a critical tool to understand and improve state tax systems. Critics contend, however, that state tax expenditure reports provide inaccurate and misleading information, particularly with regard to business taxes. Our expert panel will present both sides of the debate and identify areas of common ground.

Panelists: 

  • Joe Crosby, Multistate Associates
  • Carl Davis, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy
  • Joe Henchman, Tax Foundation

10:00 AM -- 10:30 AM
Legislating Accounting Standards

With the implementation of new standards by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), state and local governments will now have to report long term pension-related liabilities more prominently on their balance sheets. They also must comply with the new GASB standards if they prepare financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) in order to receive clean, or unqualified, opinions from auditors on their financial statements.

Panelist: 

  • Laura Hyland, American Institute for CPA's

10:30 AM -- 11:30 AM
Federal Tax Reform -- Is it a Good or Bad Thing for State Budgets and State Tax Systems?

As the 113th Congress approaches the halfway point, comprehensive tax reform remains a hot topic on Capitol Hill. And as federal and state tax systems and policies often intersect, an overhaul of the federal tax code will impact decisions on the state level. This session will provide an update on tax reform at the federal level and look at what states can expect should legislation become law.

Panelists: 

  • Harley Duncan, KPMG
  • Dr. Sally Wallace, Georgia Department of Economics


 

7:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Press Room

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 2-B210


 

7:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Building a Lasting Health System in Rural America

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B309

Nearly 20 percent of the nation's population lives in rural areas, but only about 11 percent of the nation's physicians practice in these areas. This half day preconference session will focus on state efforts to build a lasting health care system in rural America. Hear from leading experts on innovative strategies to connect rural people with providers, expanding the use of technology, and creating policies, programs and incentives to recruit and retain a rural health care workforce.

7:30 AM -- 8:00 AM
Breakfast and Networking

8:00 AM -- 8:15 AM
Welcome and Introductions

Speakers: 

  • Joshua Ewing, NCSL
  • Paul Moore, Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maryland

8:15 AM -- 9:15 AM
Recruiting and Retaining a Rural Health Care Workforce

There are not enough health care providers in rural areas of the country.  This is due to a number of factors, including declining interest in primary care, an aging health care workforce, and increased demand for services as the rural population grows and more people gain insurance coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act.  Hear how states and rural communities are overcoming these challenges to recruit and retain a rural health care workforce.   

Speakers: 

  • John Wheat, Rural Scholars Program, University of Alabama
  • Charles F. Owens, Georgia Department of Community Health/Office of Rural Health Services
  • Amy Brock Martin, Department of Health Services Policy and Management, University of South Carolina and South Carolina Rural Health Research Center

9:15 AM -- 10:15 AM
Overcoming Distance -- Innovative Strategies to Connect Rural People with Providers

Compared to urban areas with many provider networks, large hospitals and greater access to technologies, rural areas often have a small number of independent practitioners who cover wide geographics areas and the nearest primary care practitioner, specialist or hospital may be hours away.  For this reason, states and rural communities are experimenting with innovative strategies to overcome distance and build an effective health care system.   

Speakers: 

  • Haley E. Lofink, School-Based Health Alliance, Washington, D.C.
  • Gary Wingrove, Mayo Clinic Medical Transport, Minnesota
  • Matthew Jansen, Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth

10:15 AM -- 11:15 AM
Advances in Health Information Technology

Providers in rural areas may be spread out over great distances and so travel to and from medical appointments can be difficult for patients who need to see multiple providers, have a physical disability that makes travel difficult, or do not drive or have access to a personal vehicle.  Hear how emerging technologies are reducing the distance barrier by allowing providers to share important patient information at the click of a button. 

Speakers: 

  • Scott Manwaring, AT&T - Healthcare Emerging Technology, Georgia
  • Nancy Green, Verizon Connected Healthcare, Texas

11:15 AM -- 12:00 PM
Access to Capital for Rural Health Centers

One of the greatest challenges to improving the rural health care system is financing upgrades to facilities and technology.  Learn about some of the many opportunities for states and rural communities to access capital building a lasting rural health system in rural America.  

Speakers: 

  • Bill Menner, U.S. Department of Agriculture - Rural Development, Iowa
  • Paul Moore, Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maryland 

12:00 PM -- 12:30 PM
Interactive Session

Consistently ranked as one of the greatest benefits of attending an NCSL meeting is the ability to collaborate and learn from legislators and staff in other states. In this facilitated discussion, attendees will get the opportunity to ask questions and discuss important rural health issues with their colleagues from around the country, as well as with our expert panelists from the day.   

Speakers: 

  • Laura Tobler, NCSL

12:30 PM
Meeting Adjourns



 

7:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Health Summit 2013: Emerging Changes in Medicaid & the Insurance Marketplace

Location:
Omni Hotel At CNN Center Intl Ballroom Level-Intl Ballroom DE
  • NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Federal Health Reform Implementation
Continuing Legal Education

This program is a continuation of the 2013 Health Summit meeting that begins on Sunday, August 11, 12:30 PM -- 6:00 PM.

The American health care landscape is shifting in dramatic ways as a result of health reform and state activities. The nation's insurance marketplace will have new options and regulations. Medicaid programs face state decisions and federal guidance on expansion options and other alternatives. Learn the latest on how states, insurers, employers, consumers and -providers are responding to the fast-paced countdown toward the Jan. 1, 2014 deadlines in the health reform law. (NOTE:  CLE credit is only available for the 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM - "Medicaid" portion of this session.)

Presiding: 

  • Representative Greg Wren, Alabama, Co-Chair, NCSL Task Force on Health Reform Implementation
  • Assemblyman Herb Conaway, J.D., M.D., New Jersey, Co-Chair, NCSL Task Force on Health Reform Implementation

7:30 AM -- 8:30 AM
Continental Breakfast

8:15 AM -- 9:15 AM
Task Force Roundtable

States vary widely in their actions:  some are leading initiatives to implement the law; others have acted to opt-out or seek to oppose or block state involvement in implementing the new law.  And several states have proposed alternatives through waivers or other variations.  Hear a range of state perspectives as task force members share information about how their individual states are responding to federal health reform. 

9:15 AM -- 11:15 AM 
Medicaid: The Latest Developments  (CLE)

States face new options and requirements, whether or not they opt to expand Medicaid eligibility.  Participate in a discussion on premium assistance, 1115 and state innovation waivers and coverage of special populations. 

Speakers: 

  • Cindy Mann, J.D., Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Maryland
  • Representative Mark Biviano, Arkansas
  • Senator Karen Keiser, Washington

11:15 AM -- 12:00 PM
Address by Secretary Sebelius

Kathleen Sebelius, former legislator, governor and insurance commissioner and currently secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will close the Health Summit with an update on the final stages of bringing the health insurance marketplaces to life and ongoing efforts to work with states on implementation issues including the Medicaid expansion and the SHOP marketplaces. 

Presiding/Introduction: 

  • Speaker Terie Norelli, New Hampshire, NCSL President 

Speaker: 

  • Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.

Register now for the Health Summit.



 

7:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Preconference: Building a School Principal Pipeline (By Invitational Only)

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 4-B408
Leadership
This half-day seminar on school leadership highlights research, promising practices at the district level, key state policy levers, and ends with a discussion about the successes and challenges of this work and developing concrete action steps.


Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges the Wallace Foundation for sponsoring this preconference.
 

7:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Registration

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 4-Registration Hall


 

7:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Press Conference Room

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 2-B209


 

7:30 AM to 1:30 PM

State Transportation Leaders Summit

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B312
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee

INVITATION ONLY. State legislative transportation leaders and other experts convene to discuss how states can fund and maintain safe, efficient, quality transportation systems into the future. Topics include how to generate sustainable revenues, next generation funding and finance tools, and achieving cost efficiencies. Contact douglas.shinkle@ncsl.org with questions or if you are interested in attending.

This summit is sponsored by AAA, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), American Public Transportation Association (APTA), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Associated General Contractors – Oregon Columbia Chapter, BNSF Railway, CH2M Hill, D'Artagnan Consulting, Tesla Motors, United Transportation Union and U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 

NCSL is pleased to announce that U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx will be the keynote speaker at this event.

Summit Co-Chairs: 

  • Senator Bruce Starr, Oregon
  • Senator Scott Dibble, Minnesota
  • Panelists:
  • Carlos Braceras, Utah Department of Transportation
  • Representative Jake Fey, Washington
  • Representative Linda Harper-Brown, Texas
  • Joung Lee, AASHTO, Washington, D.C.
  • Representative Ed Soliday, Indiana
  • Delegate Frank Turner, Maryland
  • Representative Max Tyler, Colorado
  • Senator John C. Watkins, Virginia
  • Jim Whitty, Oregon Department of Transportation
  • Todd Haggerty, NCSL
  • Jamie Rall, NCSL


 

7:30 AM to 1:15 PM

Energy Policy Summit

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 2-B206
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee

The energy landscape is being transformed as new energy technologies spread and states work to address a variety of risks, including those posed by cyber attacks, natural disasters, and climate change. These actions are likely to have a dramatic effect on state energy portfolios. Creating state policy that promotes reliability, security and affordability while adapting to this changing energy system is a challenge for states and the country as a whole. The 2013 Energy Summit will explore the shifting landscape and investigate the technologies and policies that are playing a role in these changes.

7:30 AM -- 8:00 AM
Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM -- 8:10 AM
Welcome and Introductions

8:10 AM -- 10:15 AM
Protecting the Grid -- Cyber and Energy Security

The electric grid is the most complex and critical component of the U.S. economy and is relied upon to deliver essential services.  While technology is playing an important role in improving reliability and efficiency, it increases the system's vulnerability to cyber attacks and other risks.  Increasing the resiliency of the electric system in the face of these threats is essential to ensure the security and reliability of the nation's grid.  Explore the risks and vulnerabilities, the adequacy of industry protocols, federal actions, and steps policymakers can take to protect the electric grid in their states.    

8:10 AM -- 9:00 AM -- Utility Efforts to Reduce Cyber Threats

Speakers: 

  • Laura Schepis, Senior Director of Legislative Affairs, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Virginia 
  • Scott Aaronson, Edison Electric Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • Kimberly Denbow, American Gas Association

9:00 AM -- 9:45 AM -- Federal and State Actions

Speaker: 

  • Jeanette Manfra, Deputy Director of the EO-PPD Integrated Task Force, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Commissioner Carolene Mays, Indiana Utilities Regulatory Commission 

9:45 AM -- 10:15 AM -- Grid Vulnerability:  The Threat of EMP

Speakers: 

  • Representative Andrea Boland, Maine
  • Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, Executive Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security
  • Dr. George Baker, Professor Emeritus of Applied Science, James Madison University

10:15 AM -- 10:30 AM
Break

10:30 AM -- 12:00 PM
Climate and Energy -- Creating the Right Mix

Concerns about greenhouse gas emissions and the risks posed by government regulations have a dramatic influence on the decisions made by utilities, investors, state policymakers and industry.  These decisions are shaping the energy mix and creating challenges in keeping the grid affordable and reliable.  How are utilities planning, in the wake of federal, state and investor pressures, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?  What effect is this having on our energy mix?  What does this mean in the context of global efforts and trade?  These questions and more will be addressed during this expert panel discussions.   

10:30 AM -- 11:00 AM

Speaker: 

  • Bob Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

11:00 AM -- 12:00 PM

Speakers: 

  • Ron Shipman, Vice President of Environmental Affairs for Georgia Power Company
  • Miles Keogh, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Washington, D.C.

12:00 PM -- 1:15 PM
Lunch Session:  The Future of Wind and Solar 

Wind and solar energy are growing dramatically, becoming significant contributors to the energy supply in a growing number of states, driving economic development and helping states meet their clean energy goals. While much of the development is being driven by state renewable energy requirements and other incentives, in many states, renewables are becoming cost competitive with coal, natural gas and nuclear energy. Still, some are grappling with concerns over costs, siting, and integration of these new players on the electric grid. The session will provide an update on the wind and solar industries and investigate their affect on reliability, energy costs and the environment.

Speaker: 

  • Carrie Cullen Hitt, Senior Vice President of State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association
  • Christy Omobundro, American Wind Energy Association


 

8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

NCSL Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 2-B202
  • NCSL Task Force On Military & Veterans Affairs

Hear about recent federal activities from the U.S. Department of Defense, job training and employment for veterans, land use near military installations and more. Participate in a roundtable and share what your state has done to assist veterans and service members.

7:45 AM -- 1:00 PM
Registration

8:00 AM -- 8:15 AM
Welcome and Introductions

Opening Remarks: 

  • Representative Dan Flynn, Texas
  • Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Texas

Self Introductions: 

  • Task Force Members and All Participants 

Task Force Housekeeping Items: 

  • Review May 2013 Denver, Colorado Meeting Summary
  • Review Meeting Folder Contents

    Pledge of Allegiance

8:15 AM -- 9:45 AM
Employing the Skills of Returning Veterans

Discuss initiatives to help ease the transition into civil employment for returning military veterans and their spouses, including training programs and connecting veterans with potential employers. 

Presiding: 

  • Representative Dan Flynn, Texas
  • Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Texas

Speakers: 

  • Marion Cain, U.S. Department of Defense, Washington, D.C.
  • Ed Kringer, U.S. Department of Defense, Washington, D.C.
  • John Courson, Home Builders Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • Brian Stann, Hire Our Heroes USA, Georgia

9:45 AM -- 11:00 AM
Legislative Roundtable

Share recent enactments in your states to assist veterans and service members.  Hear an NCSL and the U.S. Department of Defense present an overview of key 2013 legislation enacted in the states.   

Presiding: 
  • Representative Dan Flynn, Texas
  • Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Texas

Speakers: 

  • Ed Kringer, U.S. Department of Defense, Washington, D.C.
  • Alice Wheet, NCSL

11:00 AM -- 11:15 AM
Break

11:15 AM -- 12:00 PM
U.S. Department of Defense Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative Overview and Updates

Hear about the Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative (REPI) which is an established mechanism by which the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) partners with outside organizations to protect habitat and land uses that are compatible with the military mission.   

Presiding: 
  • Representative Dan Flynn, Texas
  • Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Texas

Speaker: 

  • Nancy Natoli, Sustainable Ranges Initiative, Virginia

12:00 PM -- 12:50 PM
Paying Tribute to World War II Veterans with Honor Flights

The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America's veterans for their sacrifices, which transports the heroes to Washington, D.C., to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to senior veterans, including World War II veterans.  (Note:  World War II veterans who are NCSL National Medal of Civic Honor recipients are encouraged to attend this session and the full Military Task Force meeting.)     

Presiding: 
  • Representative Gary Banz, Oklahoma

Speaker: 

  • Representative John P. Yates, Georgia
  • Anne Teigen, NCSL

12:50 PM -- 1:00 PM
Task Force Wrap-Up and Discussion of Next Steps

Closing Remarks: 

  • Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Texas
  • Representative Dan Flynn, Texas


 

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Preconference: Improving Latino College Completion (Invitation Only)

Location:
Omni Hotel At CNN Center Intl Ballroom Level-Juniper
  • NCSL Education Committee
States are working to ensure citizens have access to and succeed in higher education to meet growing demands in the job market. The 2010 Census revealed the Latino population is growing dramatically, particularly in the South, where, by 2016, the region will overtake the West in the total number of Latinos enrolled in K 12 public schools. States need to be well prepared to accommodate the new Latino population in their education and workforce systems.

  • Speaker:
  • Eduardo Padron, Miami Dade College, Florida
  • Deborah Santiago, Excelencia in Education, Washington, D.C.
  • Michele Siqueiros, The Campaign For College Opportunity, California

Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges the Kresge Foundation for sponsoring this preconference.
 

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

LSCC Staff Section Officers

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B301
  • NCSL Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee


 

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

LSCC Strategic Planning Work Group

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B305
  • NCSL Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee


 

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

LSCC Standing Committees Work Group

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B306
  • NCSL Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee