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2013 Legislative Summit

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Monday, August 12, 2013

 

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


 

3:00 PM to 4:15 PM

Creating Financial Pathways for Military Veterans

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B314
  • NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Committee
  • NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Military & Veterans Affairs
Military families often move frequently between deployments and relocations. Learn about innovative approaches to help returning men and women in uniform transition to life at home through financing education and housing among other items.

  • Speaker:
  • Todd Hill, The Financial Services Roundtable, Washington, D.C.
  • Holly Petraeus, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Washington, D.C.

 

4:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Labor and Economic Development Committee Business Meeting

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B308
  • NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
Discuss and vote on the Veterans Affairs, Federal Impact Aid and Funding Cuts Resolution.


 

5:15 PM to 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception: Georgia On My Mind

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Bldg C-Georgia Ballroom

Meet with friends, old and new, at the opening reception at the Georgia World Congress Center where you'll delight in a Taste of Georgia and special southern entertainment from The Whiskey Gentry. Formed in 2009 by husband and wife duo Lauren Staley and Jason Morrow, The Whiskey Gentry is a group of seasoned veterans--to put things mildly, some of the finest pickers and musicians the Southeast has to offer.  This kickoff to the Summit will definitely put Georgia on Your Mind.



Wednesday, August 14, 2013

 

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