2013 Legislative Summit

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

 

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



Monday, August 12, 2013

 

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.



 

11:30 AM to 1:15 PM

Marketplace Fairness Act: Fixing a $23 Billion Loophole Luncheon

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 4-B401/402
  • NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
  • NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On State & Local Taxation
Continuing Legal Education

(NOTE:  CLE credit is only available for the 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM portion of this session.)

11:30 AM -- 12:00 PM
Lunch

12:00 PM -- 1:15 PM 
Marketplace Fairness Act:  Fixing a $23 Billion Loophole  (CLE)

If you live in a state that has a sales tax, when you buy a taxable product online, you owe sales tax. That is the law as it exists today. But states can't collect what they are owed and brick and mortar retailers are going out of business because they are collecting the taxes and remote businesses are not. Explore the issue of remote sales tax collection and why Congress should pass the Marketplace Fairness Act this Congress.


  • Moderator:
  • Senator Pamela Althoff, Illinois
  • Joe Rinzel, Retail Industry Leaders Association, Virginia
  • Panelist:
  • Adrielle Churchill, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.
  • Leslie Fox, International Council of Shopping Centers, Washington, D.C.
  • Melissa Froelich, National Retail Federation, Washington, D.C.
  • Senator Wayne A. Harper, Utah

 

3:00 PM to 4:15 PM

Legal Thinking and Writing for Drafters

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 2-B203
  • Legal Services Staff Section
  • Legislative Education Staff Network
  • Legislative Research Librarians
  • Research and Committee Staff Section
Continuing Legal Education
Expectations for drafters and others involved in the drafting process can sometimes be difficult to fulfill. Hear ideas for strengthening the process and the perspective of the courts.

  • Moderator:
  • Jon Heining, Texas Legislative Council
  • Speaker:
  • Becky Lennahan, Consultant, Colorado

 

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Selecting Our Judges

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 2-B206
  • NCSL Law & Criminal Justice Committee
Continuing Legal Education
Ensuring a strong, independent judiciary is an important state concern, and includes how we select our judges. Examine selection methods and the role of legislatures in providing for an impartial and accountable state bench.

  • Moderator:
  • Representative Thomas Reynolds, Mississippi
  • Panelist:
  • Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (Ret.), Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, D.C.
  • Rebecca Kourlis, Institute for the Advancement of American Legal System, Colorado
  • Lt. Governor and Senate Speaker Ronald L. Ramsey, Tennessee
  • Pete Robinson, Troutman Sanders Strategies, Georgia
  • Leah Ward Sears, Schiff Hardin LLP, Georgia

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

 

7:30 AM to 8:30 AM

Public Access to Legislative Information

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 2-B203
  • American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries
  • Legal Services Staff Section
  • Legislative Research Librarians
  • Research and Committee Staff Section
Continuing Legal Education
Citizens have the right of access to any public information, unless it is specifically exempt by law. Most legislative records, reports, bills or working papers are considered public records. Learn the requirements and exemptions in this informative session.

  • Moderator:
  • Bryant Howe, Utah Legislature
  • Panelist:
  • Jon Heining, Texas Legislative Council
  • Eddie Weeks, Tennessee General Assembly

 

10:00 AM to 11:15 AM

Breweries: Economic Development and the Marketplace

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 2-B204
  • NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Committee
Continuing Legal Education
The popularity of craft beers has been growing. What impact do these smaller producers have on state economies? Are there challenges for these craft producers to get their products to market? Have state laws been keeping up with the changing industry and demand?

  • Moderator:
  • Representative Joe Atkins, Minnesota
  • Panelist:
  • John Bodnovich, American Beverage Licensees, Maryland
  • Paul Gatza, Brewers Association, Colorado
  • Paul Pisano, National Beer Wholesalers Association, Virginia
  • Mary Jane Saunders, Beer Institute, Washington, D.C.

 

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Supreme Court Roundup

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 2-B206
  • NCSL Law & Criminal Justice Committee
  • Legal Services Staff Section
Continuing Legal Education
The U.S. Supreme Court's recent term included decisions in several cases with implications on states and states' rights. Hear the about court's review and opinions handed down in these cases.

  • Moderator:
  • Representative Thomas Reynolds, Mississippi
  • Speaker:
  • Matthew Schettenhelm, Best Best & Krieger LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Lisa Soronen, State and Local Legal Center, Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

 

9:45 AM to 10:45 AM

Amending the Constitution by Convention: The States' Role

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B312
Continuing Legal Education
Under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, state legislatures can force Congress to call a "convention for proposing amendments" if two thirds of the legislatures agree. Perhaps a third of the states have already taken action, and many others are considering it. If two thirds of the states call for a convention would your state be prepared to elect delegates? Hear legislators and experts discuss the issues states should examine when electing delegates to represent their interests at a convention.

  • Moderator:
  • Karl Kurtz, NCSL Trust for Representative Democracy Division
  • Speaker:
  • Senator David C. Long, Indiana
  • Robert Natelson, Independence Institute, Colorado
  • Representative Thomas Upton Reynolds, Mississippi

 

9:45 AM to 10:45 AM

Veterans and Civilian Employment: State Legislative Approaches

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 2-B203
Continuing Legal Education
Live Streaming
Some 1 million military personnel are returning to civilian life as the war in Afghanistan winds down. Hear how states are helping veterans get jobs by changing laws and policies to accept military experience toward requirements for professional licenses or credentials. Also learn about legislation to help military spouses retain their careers during frequent moves that cross state lines.

  • Moderator:
  • Representative Thomas J. Sloan, Kansas
  • Speaker:
  • Frank DiGiovanni, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Readiness), Washington, D.C.
  • Senator Ed Harbison, Georgia
  • Representative Sally Jameson, Maryland
  • Representative Tanya Pullin, Kentucky
  • Representative Dan Saddler, Alaska

 

11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Supreme Court Key Cases

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center -B313
  • NCSL Law & Criminal Justice Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
Continuing Legal Education
Interactive
Discuss the recent U.S. Supreme Court's decisions in several cases with implications for states and states' rights, including constitutional scrutiny of the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act, affirmative action, and other cases with federalism implications.

  • Speaker:
  • Brian Johnson, Georgia General Assembly
  • Lisa Soronen, State and Local Legal Center, Washington, D.C.

 

11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Immigration: Finally a Federal Fix?

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 2-B203
  • NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
  • Legal Services Staff Section
  • NCSL Task Force On Immigration & the States
Continuing Legal Education
Live Streaming
Learn about the possible implications of federal immigration reform on state laws, policies, services and budgets, demographic trends and the role of immigrants in the workforce. A leading immigration lawyer will highlight potential impacts of the Senate-passed immigration reform bill and pending bills in the House. This presentation will be followed by a conversation among state legislators on key immigration issues and whether the bill addresses those challenges.

  • Moderator:
  • Steve Rauschenberger, Rauschenberger Partners, LLC, Illinois
  • Panelist:
  • Senator Curtis Bramble, Utah
  • Senator Mo Denis, Nevada
  • Charles Kuck, Kuck Immigration Partners LLC, Georgia
  • Senator Ellen Roberts, Colorado
  • Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos, Washington

 

11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Brain Science and Kids: New Policy Approaches

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B308/309
  • NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
Continuing Legal Education
Kids' brains are different from adults', and a growing body of research on brain development and behavioral science is directing legislators to address policies to tackle risky behavior, prevent youth crime and reduce costs. Learn how states are reforming health care and justice systems and identifying ways to reduce teen pregnancy, drop-out rates, delinquency and crime.

  • Panelist:
  • Reginald Betts, Massachusetts
  • Dr. Elizabeth Cauffman, PhD, University of California
  • Maria Schneider, 17th Judicial Circuit of Florida
  • Representative Wendell Willard, Georgia

Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for sponsoring this session.
 

1:45 PM to 3:00 PM

How States Can Prepare for Disasters

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 4-B405
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
Continuing Legal Education
Emergency management and disaster response continues to be a critical issue for state legislatures. From tornadoes to wildfires to hurricanes, legislators are working to find policy approaches to respond to natural disasters. (Twitter name: #StateDisasterPrep)

  • Moderator:
  • Senator Richard T. Moore, Massachusetts
  • Panelist:
  • Albert Ashwood, Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management
  • Ronald Jackson, American Insurance Association, Georgia
  • Allan Jarvis, FEMA, Georgia

 

1:45 PM to 3:00 PM

Managing State Pension Liabilities and Litigation

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 4-B401/402
Continuing Legal Education
Interactive
Almost every state faces large unfunded pension and other post-employment benefit liabilities. Hear about new legislation to increase funding streams, reduce future costs and provide for the long-term sustainability of state retirement plans. Learn about the ongoing litigation in many states and about recent developments in state court cases dealing with pension reform.

  • Speaker:
  • Stuart Buck, Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Texas
  • Luke Martel, NCSL
  • Tamara Rivale, NCSL

Sponsored By: The Pension Track is made possible with the generous support of The Pew Charitable Trusts.
 

1:45 PM to 3:00 PM

Casino Royale: From Brick and Mortar to Zeroes and Ones

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 2-B203
Continuing Legal Education
Live Streaming
States are leading the charge into the next frontier of online gaming. Learn about the lingering threat of federal preemption and how states are implementing new laws to move from traditional "brick and mortar" casinos to virtual casinos made up of "zeroes and ones."

  • Panelist:
  • Mark Hichar, Hinckley Allen, Rhode Island
  • James Kilsby, Gambling Compliance, Washington, D.C.
  • May Scheve Reardon, Missouri Lottery

Sponsored By: GTECH
 

3:15 PM to 4:30 PM

Drafting Durable Constitutional Amendments

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 2-B211
  • Legal Services Staff Section
  • Research and Committee Staff Section
Continuing Legal Education
Drafting constitutional amendments is drafting for the ages. Hear how constitutional drafting differs from statutory drafting and learn techniques to aid in drafting amendments that have continuing effectiveness. Discuss the ballot question and the importance of readability by the general public.

  • Presiding:
  • Steve Miller, Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau
  • Panelist:
  • Richard Johnson, Iowa General Assembly
  • Anne Peters, Texas Legislative Council

Thursday, August 15, 2013

 

8:30 AM to 9:45 AM

Legal Implications of Social Media

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 2-B203
Continuing Legal Education
Live Streaming
Social media has blurred the lines between professional and personal lives, and is creating new legal questions inside and outside of the workplace. Hear about emerging issues raised by social media, including information about social media policies and state laws protecting the privacy of employee passwords. You'll come away with best practices and guidelines for using social media.

  • Moderator:
  • Representative Brian Patrick Kennedy, Rhode Island
  • Panelist:
  • Ryan Garcia, University of Texas School of Law, and Social Media Attorney, Dell, Texas
  • Murray Weed, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, Georgia

 

8:30 AM to 9:45 AM

All About Drones

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B308/309
Continuing Legal Education
Interactive
Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also commonly called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones and their technological enhancements have captured the attention of government officials, the media and the general public. Forty-three states have introduced drone legislation in 2013 that address questions about their practical use, economic impact and privacy concerns. Explore the capabilities of drones and the regulations being proposed and implemented for their use at the state and federal level.

  • Moderator:
  • Senator Delores G. Kelley, Maryland
  • Panelist:
  • Morgan Cloud, Emory University School of Law, Georgia
  • Bill English, National Transportation Safety Board, Washington, D.C.
  • Representative Lance Gooden, Texas
  • Representative Shelley Hughes, Alaska
  • Dr. Eric Johnson, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • R. Steven Justice, Georgia Center of Innovation For Aerospace

 

1:45 PM to 3:30 PM

Legal Ethics – Train the Trainer

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B312
  • Legal Services Staff Section
  • NCSL Center for Ethics in Government
Continuing Legal Education
Learn from experts about how to create and lead legal ethics training in your state (complete with CLE credit!). You will hear about how to prepare, what to teach, how to make the sessions lively and practical, who to invite and how to create meaningful case studies. Participants will receive trainer checklists, sample presentations and case studies to help them prepare when they get home.

  • Moderator:
  • Bruce Feustel, NCSL
  • Speaker:
  • Jeffrey Archer, Texas Legislative Council
  • Peggy Kerns, NCSL