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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

 

7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Registration

Location:
Marriott Wardman Park Mezzanine-Registration A


 

8:00 AM to 5:30 PM

NCSL Task Force on Energy Supply

Location:
Marriott Wardman Park Exhibition Hall C-Lincoln 3
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Energy Supply

Explore a range of energy issues affecting states, including natural gas infrastructure needs, water concerns related to shale gas development, federal greenhouse gas reduction requirements, and more.

Members of the Task Force are registered for Tuesday morning's Energy Assurance Workshop.  All other interested participants must register:  http://naseo.org/2013-12-energy-assurance.  Please contact kristy.hartman@ncsl.org with any questions.

8:15 AM
Depart the Marriott Wardman Park for the Fairmont Hotel (Task Force Members Only)

Please meet in the Marriott lobby for the travel to the Fairmont Washington, DC, at 2401 M Street NW in Georgetown -- Ballroom II Foyer.

8:30 AM -- 9:00 AM
Breakfast

9:00 AM -- 9:15 AM
Energy Assurance Workshop Review of Day 1

Participate in an energy assurance workshop conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy, in coordination with NASEO. 

9:15 AM -- 10:45 AM
Cyber Scenario Energy, Banking/Finance, and Government/Military Interdependencies

Speakers: 

  • Neil Holloran, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division
  • Patrick Miller, EnergySec
  • Karl Schimmeck, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
  • Sara Alexander, ChicagoFIRST

10:45 AM -- 11:00 AM 
Break

11:00 AM -- 12:00 PM 
Outcomes of Energy Assurance Scenarios and Interdependencies

Facilated discussion with U.S. Department of Energy and NASEO. 

12:00 PM -- 12:30 PM
Return to the Marriott Wardman Park (Task Force Members Only)

Travel back to the Marriott Wardman Park at 2660 Woodley Road NW and meet in the Lincoln 3 room. 

12:30 PM -- 1:30 PM
Lunch Session -- Buildings as Power Plants

New technologies enable buildings to use far less energy while becoming their own source of power.  Explore trends in new building efficiency technologies, the role of state policy in driving the use of these technologies, and how these developments will impact the energy system in the future.   

Speaker: 

  • Joe Phillips, Director, Smarter Buildings Solutions, IBM Global Business Services

1:30 PM -- 2:00 PM
The Future of Nuclear Energy

The nation's energy mix has been changing quickly, although nuclear energy production has supplied a relatively stable portion of energy demand during recent decades.  Dramatic changes in energy technology, fuel prices and government regulations are affecting energy planning and investments in baseload generation.  Explore how these changes effect the nuclear industry and the role it may play in the future.   

Speaker: 

  • Richard Myers, Vice President of Policy Development, Nuclear Energy Institute

2:00 PM -- 2:45 PM
The 21st Century Grid

New technologies face large barriers attempting to compete in both the regulated and unregulated utility markets.  Many of these technology developers see the current market model as stifling innovation in the electric industry.  

Speaker: 

  • Peter Christensen, Manager of Technology Commercialization, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

2:45 PM -- 3:00 PM
Break

3:00 PM -- 4:15 PM
Pipeline Infrastructure Replacement and Expansion

Growing production of oil and gas is straining existing infrastructure.  As states tap into their oil and gas resources for their own use and export, they face a growing need for new infrastructure and infrastructure upgrades.  State policymakers are addressing the challenges in siting, permitting and financing new and upgraded pipelines.  Examine major pipeline projects and alternatives such as rail transport and explore industry and legislative trends.    

Speakers: 

  • Kyle Rogers, Vice President of Government Relations, American Gas Association
  • David Weaver, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, AGL Resources
  • Paul Smith, Senior Director, Infrastructure, America's Natural Gas Alliance

4:15 PM -- 5:00 PM
Managing Water Concerns Associated with Hydraulic Fracturing

Although a number of federal regulations govern aspects of the hydraulic fracturing process, states are responsible for the majority of oversight related to natural gas extraction.  Knowledge of local geology and environmental conditions allows state regulators and lawmakers to tailor regulations to meet their state's unique needs, and states are continuing to develop and refine regulations, particularly to protect drinking water.  Examine ways in which industry and policymakers are managing water supplies and working to prevent contamination of water resources.    

Speaker: 

  • Alan Krupnick, Director, Resources for the Future's Center for Energy Economics and Policy

5:00 PM -- 5:30 PM 
Business Meeting:  Discussion of Task Force Goals and Publications

6:30 PM 
Task Force on Energy Supply Group Dinner (Task Force Members Only)

Lebanese Taverna, 2641 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008



 

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The Changing Role of States in Long-Term Services and Support

Location:
Marriott Wardman Park Mezzanine-Madison A

Medicaid is the largest payer of Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS), accounting for 41 percent of all LTSS spending in the United States. For this reason, many state Medicaid programs are experimenting with ways to improve the quality and efficiency of LTSS. One of the most common strategies that states are exploring is a move from traditional fee-for-service to a managed care delivery system for LTSS. This preconference will examine the challenges states face in making this transition and give participants the opportunity to learn from the experiences of states who have made or are currently making the change to Medicaid managed LTSS.

9:00 AM -- 9:30 AM
Networking Breakfast

9:30 AM -- 9:45 AM
Welcome and Introductions

  • Sarah Steenhausen, Senior Policy Advisory, The SCAN Foundation, California
  • Josh Ewing, NCSL

9:45 AM -- 10:30 AM
Why States are Moving to Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports

In 2011, the U.S. was home to 80 million baby boomers.  As the population grows older, states are looking for ways to provide high-quality care in a cost-effective way.  Hear from a national expert about the factors influencing states to move toward a managed care system for LTSS. 

Speaker: 

  • Brian Burwell, Vice President, Truven Health Analytics, Massachusetts

10:30 AM -- 11:30 AM
State Experiences with Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports

Eighteen states have adopted Medicaid managed LTSS. This session will feature speakers from two of these states, who will discuss the challenges and opportunities for states in their move to MLTSS.  

Speakers: 
  • Michael Hely, Staff Attorney, New Mexico Legislative Council Service
  • Representative Jeffrey Sanchez, Chair, Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Health

11:30 AM -- 12:15 PM
The Changing Role of State Administrators in New Models of Care

State Medicaid program staff plays an important role in the quality of care of Medicaid beneficiaries needing LTSS, particularly in a system of managed LTSS. In this session, a state Medicaid administrator will discuss the changing role of state employees as states move to managed LTSS.

Speaker: 

  • Lynda Flowers, Senior Strategies Policy Advisory, AARP Public Policy Institute, Washington, D.C.

12:15 PM -- 1:45 PM
Keynote Lunch:  State Legislative Considerations for Reforming the Long-Term Care System

There is a great deal of potential that comes with reforming the system of long-term services and supports--both for states looking to control Medicaid costs, and for elderly people and individuals living with disabilities who require assistance. This presentation will focus on the opportunities for reform, the challenges facing state legislatures, and will leave audience members energized to address this crucial issue facing states.  

Speaker: 

  • Allan Bergman, Consultant, Illinois

1:45 PM -- 2:00 PM
Break

2:00 PM -- 3:00 PM
Integrating Care for Dual-Eligibles

People who qualify for benefits under both Medicare and Medicaid, often called duals or dual eligible beneficiaries are much poorer and have greater health needs than other Medicare/Medicaid beneficiaries. Therefore, integrating care for this population is a high priority for states and the federal government. This panel of experts will outline how states are coordinating care for this population and will highlight the challenges and opportunities for state working with this high-risk/high-reward population.    

Speakers: 

  • MaryBeth Musumeci, Associate Director, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured
  • Sarah Barth, Director, Long-Term Services, Center for Health Care Strategies, New Jersey

3:00 PM -- 4:45 PM
Quality and Consumer Issues in a Medicaid Managed LTSS System

Moving to a system of MLTSS has the potential to control Medicaid costs and improve the quality of care.  However, to achieve this result, managed care systems must be planned and implemented in a thoughtful manner.  This session will focus on important consideration for state policymakers.  

Speaker: 

  • Wendy Fox-Grage, Senior Strategic Policy Advisory, AARP Public Policy Institute, Washington, D.C.

3:45 PM -- 4:00 PM
Interactive Discussion

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 long-term care issues with their colleagues from around the country, as well as with our expert panelists from the day.  

Speaker: 

  • Laura Tobler, NCSL

4:00 PM 
Meeting Adjourns



Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges The SCAN Foundation for sponsoring this preconference.
 

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Elections Policy: Looking Ahead to 2014

Location:
Marriott Wardman Park Exhibition Hall C-Lincoln 4
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
Continuing Legal Education
Even though 2013 wasn't a big year for elections, it was a big year for elections policy: The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. It also addressed proof of citizenship requirements for voters—a topic that was re-addressed by Arizona and Kansas. New and stricter voter ID laws were enacted, and then challenged in courts. The phrase "internet voting" was heard more than ever, although few U.S. citizens truly vote that way. And polling place management is on everyone's agenda to avoid long lines. But what about 2014? Hear what election experts predict.

  • Moderator:
  • Doug Chapin, Program For Excellence In Election Administration, Minnesota
  • Panelist:
  • Ned Foley, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • John Fortier, Bipartisan Policy Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • Rebecca Green, College of William and Mary, Virginia
  • Alysoun McLaughlin, Montgomery County Board of Elections, Maryland

 

9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Point A to Point B: Serving Constituents through Transportation Access and Performance

Location:
Marriott Wardman Park Mezzanine-Thurgood Marshall East
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
Explore Americans' changing travel patterns, and how states can serve constituents' wants and needs by improving transportation access and performance at this pre-conference meeting. With peers across the nation, you'll learn about multi modal planning and safety, transportation affordability, the role of technology and social media in helping people make travel choices and user focused performance measures. Hear about transportation access for vulnerable populations, public involvement and input in transportation decision making, and how states can deliver quality transportation for users. For questions regarding the meeting, please contact Jaime.rall@ncsl.org or douglas.shinkle@ncsl.org.

  • Moderator:
  • Senator Steve Farley, Arizona
  • Representative Gregory H. Hughes, Utah
  • Speaker:
  • Yingling Fan, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • Jack Lettiere, former commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation, Pennsylvania
  • Barbara McCann, Founder, National Complete Streets Coalition, Washington, D.C.
  • Teri Newell, Utah Department of Transportation

 

10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Women's Health: Policy Strategies and Innovations for Wellness

Location:
Marriott Wardman Park Mezzanine-Madison B
  • NCSL Women's Legislative Network Program
Women's Legislative Network
Hear from national and state experts about innovative strategies to improve women’s health in such areas as chronic diseases, prevention and wellness, health insurance exchanges, Medicaid, and women and long term care. Join the discussion and meet with colleagues from other states. Advanced registration is required. Contact katie.ziegler@ncsl.org.


Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges Novartis for sponsoring this preconference.
 

10:45 AM to 11:45 AM

The Future of Elections: Apps and Gadgets

Location:
Marriott Wardman Park Exhibition Hall C-Lincoln 4
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
Voting technology may not change as quickly as cell phone technology does—but it is still changing (for the better). Learn about electronic poll books, ballot marking tools, and mobile apps that help voters and administrators. What are the pros, the cons, and the politics to consider before going ahead?

  • Moderator:
  • Jeremy Epstein, SRI International, Virginia
  • Panelist:
  • Jared Marcotte, Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, D.C.
  • Representative Peggy Mayfield, Indiana
  • Scott Stinson, Federal Voting Assistance Program, Virginia

 

11:00 AM to 5:30 PM

NCSL Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs

  • NCSL Task Force On Military & Veterans Affairs

Tour a nearby military facility, and explore a range of state policy option concerning the sustainability of military installations. Hear about state programs to help service members transition back to civilian life including housing and education and employment opportunities for veterans with disabilities. Receive an update on the Department of Defense budget and possible base realignment and closure.

11:00 AM -- 11:30 AM
Meet NCSL staff in Hotel Lobby to go to National Restaurant Association Offices at 2055 L Street, NW

11:30 AM -- 1:00 PM
Combating Hunger:  Feeding Our Military Families and Veterans (Off-Site Lunch and Presentation)
(Joint with the NCSL Hunger Partnership)

Learn about efforts to address economic hardship among America's returning veterans and their families. What are the challenges for this population? What are strategies to increase participation among eligible military families and veterans in hunger relief programs?  How can effective public-private partnerships make budgets stretch to put food on the table, especially in this holiday season?  

Lunch will be hosted at the National Restaurant Association's beautiful new rooftop event space at 2055 L Street NW, Washington, D.C. 

Speaker: 

  • Jessica Shahin, Associate Administrator, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.

1:30 PM -- 4:00 PM
Off-Site Special Tour for Task Force Members:  Walter Reed National Military Medical Center 

If you plan to attend the tour, you must provide your name to NCSL staff and as it appears on your government issued ID by December 2. Bring the same government issued ID with you on the tour. Please contact Brooke Oleen at brooke.oleen@ncsl.org or 720-393-9234 (cell) with this information or if you have not yet registered for the tour. Transportation will be provided from the National Restaurant Association Offices, 2055 L Street, NW, at 1:00 p.m.



 

11:00 AM to 6:30 PM

Insurance University

Location:
Marriott Wardman Park Mezzanine-Harding

11:30 AM -- 12:15 PM
Registration, Welcome and Lunch

12:30 PM -- 1:15 PM
Insurance Fundamentals

1:20 PM -- 2:30 PM
Insurance Coverages

2:45 PM -- 4:00 PM
Insurance Public Policy and Regulation

4:15 PM -- 5:30 PM
Panel on State-Based Insurance Regulation

5:30 PM -- 6:30 PM
Reception

 



 

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Combating Hunger: Feeding Our Military Families and Veterans (Off-Site Lunch and Presentation)

  • NCSL Task Force On Military & Veterans Affairs
  • NCSL Foundation Hunger Partnership

Meet NCSL staff in Hotel Lobby to go to National Restaurant Association Offices at 2055 L Street, NW.

Learn about efforts to address economic hardship among America's returning veterans and their families. What are the challenges for this population? What are strategies to increase participation among eligible military families and veterans in hunger relief programs? How can effective public-private partnerships make budgets stretch to put food on the table, especially in this holiday season?

Lunch will be hosted at the National Restaurant Association's beautiful new rooftop event space at 2055 L Street NW, Washington, D.C.

Speaker: 

  • Jessica Shahin, Associate Administrator, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.


 

12:00 PM to 1:15 PM

NCSL Task Force on Redistricting and Elections: Lunch and Business Meeting

Location:
Marriott Wardman Park Exhibition Hall C-Lincoln 4
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
Break bread together while talking about the elections issues in your state, and hearing what’s percolating in other states. At the same time, help set the 2014 agenda for NCSL's Task Force on Redistricting and Elections.

  • Facilitator:
  • Delegate Jon Cardin, Maryland
  • Senator Ray Holmberg, North Dakota

 

1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

The View from Capitol Hill: Congressional Staffers Talk (and Listen)

Location:
Marriott Wardman Park Exhibition Hall C-Lincoln 4
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
Look ahead on election policy with key congressional staff.  What are the top issues for Congress?  What legislation can we expect to see in 2014?  And what are their views of who is in charge of elections -- states or the feds?  Task force members will have an opportunity to weigh in on these questions as well.   

  • Panelist:
  • Stacy Ettinger, U.S. Congress, Senate Rules Committee, Washington, D.C.
  • Thomas Hicks, U.S. Congress, House Committee on House Administration, Washington, D.C.
  • Peter Schalestock, U.S. Congress, House Committee on House Administration, Washington, D.C.
  • Paul Vinovich, U.S. Congress, Senate Rules Committee, Washington, D.C.

 

2:30 PM to 3:15 PM

Redistricting and Elections Enforcement and the Department of Justice

Location:
Marriott Wardman Park Exhibition Hall C-Lincoln 4
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
Continuing Legal Education
Hear from Gilda Daniels, a law professor and former deputy chief in the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Voting Section under the Clinton and Bush administrations, on how the department will continue to enforce the Voting Rights Act following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Shelby County v. Holder.

  • Speaker:
  • Gilda Daniels, University of Baltimore School of Law, Maryland

 

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

The Voting Rights Act in a Post-Shelby County World

Location:
Marriott Wardman Park Exhibition Hall C-Lincoln 4
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
Continuing Legal Education
Now that a key portion of the Voting Rights Act has been struck down, what ideas has this engendered?  Are Sections 4 and 5 still necessary components of the VRA, or are they obsolete?  Does the VRA in its present form provide sufficient legal recourse for potential violations?  Could the formula for determining preclearance requirements be modernized?  Hear from different research specialists share their perspectives and participate in a  roundtable discussion to voice your ideas, opinions and concerns. 

  • Moderator:
  • Senator David Blount, Mississippi
  • Speaker:
  • Mark Braden, Baker & Hostetler, Washington, D.C.
  • Julie Fernandes, Open Society Policy Center, Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

 

7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Registration

Location:
Marriott Wardman Park Mezzanine-Registration A


 

7:30 AM to 11:00 AM

NCSL Task Force on Agriculture

Location:
Marriott Wardman Park Mezzanine-Harding
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Agriculture

Join the new Task Force on Agriculture to discuss state federal agriculture policy and issues.

7:30 AM
Breakfast

7:50 AM -- 8:00 AM
Welcome and Introductions

Moderator: 

  • Representative Sue Wallis, Wyoming

8:00 AM -- 9:00 AM
Undercover Recordings at Agriculture Operations:  State Legislative Responses

Speakers: 

  • Wayne Pacelle, The Humane Society of the United States
  • Trent Loos, Nebraska

9:00 AM -- 10:00 AM
2013 Farm Bill Update:  Countdown to Passage?

Speakers: 

  • Nathan Bowen, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture
  • Dr. Bob Young, American Farm Bureau Federation

10:00 AM -- 10:35 AM
Update from FDA:  New Food Safety Rules

Speakers: 

  • Michelle Smith, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Abram Brown, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

10:35 AM -- 11:15 AM
Federal Agency Updates

Speakers: 

  • Sarah Bittleman, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Mike DeArmond, Bureau of Land Management
  • Jennifer Yezak, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Kevin Bailey, U.S. Department of Agriculture


 



 

7:30 AM to 11:30 AM

NCSL Task Force on Federal Health Reform Implementation

Location:
Marriott Wardman Park Exhibition Hall C-Lincoln 6
  • NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Federal Health Reform Implementation

Join task force members to review the latest developments and state roles related to the Affordable Care Act. January 2014 will be a pivotal date in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, even though states have been responding, debating, enacting laws and determining their own course on health reforms for several years.  The new health insurance coverage choices and new Medicaid options may lead to additional legislative decisions about each state's role in administering, overseeing and changing health activities this coming year. The meeting is open to all interested Fall Forum registered attendees.

7:30 AM -- 11:30 AM
Registration and Coffee

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

Moderators: 

  • Assemblymember Herb Conaway, New Jersey, Task Force Co-Chair
  • Representative Greg Wren, Alabama, Task Force Co-Chair

Special Guest: 

  • Paul Dioguardi, Director, Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.

8:15 AM -- 9:30 AM
The Roles and Results of Health Marketplaces/Exchanges

After two months of operation for state run and federally facilitated marketplaces, what are the lessons learned, alternative models and next steps?  How will health insurers and providers handle the expected patient load?

Panelist: 

  • Kim Holland, Executive Director of State Affairs, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Mark Pratt, Senior Vice President, State Affairs, America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), Washington, D.C.
  • Lynn Quincy, Senior Policy Analyst, Consumer's Union/Consumer Reports, Washington, D.C.
  • Brian Webb, Manager of Health Policy and Legislation, National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), Washington, D.C.

9:30 AM -- 10:15 AM
Changing Times for Medicaid

With state-initiated premium assistance now an approved alternative in Arkansas, will other states include this approach, opt to expand eligibility or pursue other program changes?     

Speaker: 

  • Cindy Mann, Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Maryland

10:15 AM -- 11:00 AM
Health Reform, Medicaid Reform & Entitlement Reform:  Can We Have It All?

States and the federal government are juggling health reform, Medicaid reform and moving toward a more balanced budget that will ultimately require entitlement reform.  Can we have it all?  What role will states play?  How can states ready themselves for the opportunities and challenges that will confront them in the coming months and years?       

Speaker: 

  • Dennis Smith, Managing Director -- Washington, D.C. Office, McKenna, Long & Aldridge, LLP, Washington, D.C.

11:00 AM -- 11:30 AM
Member State Roundtable

11:30 AM 
Adjournment


  • Speaker:
  • Paul Dioguardi, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, District of Columbia

 

7:30 AM to 11:30 AM

NCSL Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs

Location:
Marriott Wardman Park Exhibition Hall C-Lincoln 3
  • NCSL Task Force On Military & Veterans Affairs

7:00 AM -- 7:30 AM
Buffet Breakfast

NCSL gratefully acknowledges Amerigroup for sponsoring breakfast. 

7:30 AM -- 7:45 AM
NCSL Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs Convenes

Opening Remarks: 

  • Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Texas, Task Force Co-Chair
  • Representative Dan Flynn, Texas, Task Force Co-Chair

Pledge of Allegiance

Self Introductions -- Task Force Members and Participants

Overview of newly published NCSL report, entitled Preparing for Duty:  State Policy Options in Sustaining Military Installations

7:45 AM -- 9:00 AM
U.S. Department of Defense Program Updates

Presiding: 

  • Kristin Thomasgard, Deputy Program Director for Policy, Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense I&E, Virginia

Speakers: 

  • Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, Vice Chief, National Guard Bureau, Virginia 
  • John Conger, Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense - Installations and Environment (DUSD I&E)
  • Marion Cain, Associate Director, Training Readiness and Strategy, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Readiness), Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness)

9:00 AM -- 9:30 AM
Employing Veterans with Disabilities

While chair of the National Governors Association in 2012-2013, Delaware Governor Jack Markell presided over an initiative to advance employment opportunities for individuals with significant disabilities that culminated in the report, A Better Bottom Line:  Employing People with Disabilities. Hear from one of the report's co-authors sharing steps that states can take to promote the hiring and retention of people with disabilities and veterans in particular.  

Presiding: 

  • Representative Dan Saddler, Alaska

Speaker: 

  • Elise Shanbacker, Senior Policy Analyst, National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, Washington, D.C.

9:30 AM -- 10:30 AM
State Services for Veterans
Joint session with the NCSL Women's Legislative Network

Hear a discussion on the initiatives to award education credit to veterans and provide homeless female veterans housing, counseling and other services.  

Presiding:

  • Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Texas, Task Force Co-Chair

Speakers: 

  • Introductory Remarks:  Representative Jane Powdrell-Culbert, New Mexico
  • Patricia Gaston, Program Manager, YMCA Henderson House for Homeless Veterans, New Mexico
  • Dr. Johnelle Welsh, Dean of Student Services, Central Texas College -- Texas College Credit for Heroes Program

10:30 AM -- 11:15 AM
Legislative Roundtable

Discuss recent enactments in your state to assist veterans and service members, as well as legislation to sustain military installations.  NCSL will provide a handout of key enacted legislation for 2013.

Presiding: 

  • Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Texas, Task Force Co-Chair
  • Representative Dan Flynn, Texas, Task Force Co-Chair

11:15 AM -- 11:20 AM
Special Presentation

Recognition of our colleague and friend Ed Kringer, Director of the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Families, for his long-time support of the task force and its activities.  

Presiding: 

  • Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Texas, Task Force Co-Chair
  • Representative Dan Flynn, Texas, Task Force Co-Chair

11:20 AM -- 11:30 AM
Task Force Wrap-Up and Discussion of Next Steps

11:30 AM
Task Force Adjourns



 

8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

Women's Legislative Network Board Meeting

Location:
Marriott Wardman Park Mezzanine-Madison A
  • NCSL Women's Legislative Network Program
Women's Legislative Network
Join the Women's Legislative Network for its winter board meeting.

  • Presiding:
  • Senator Amanda McGill, Nebraska

 

8:00 AM to 11:45 AM

NCSL Task Force on Energy Supply

Location:
Marriott Wardman Park Mezzanine-Madison B
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee

8:00 AM -- 8:30 AM
Breakfast

8:30 AM -- 9:30 AM
Plug-In Electric Vehicles

Rising gasoline prices and new state and federal incentives have spurred adoption of alternative fuel vehicles, including plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles.  Additional charging stations are being built to accommodate an increased number of electric vehicles, but can the utility infrastructure can handle these growing needs?  Examine the opportunities of widespread electric vehicle adoption and the challenges of managing the nation's power grid requirements. 

Speakers: 

  • Michael Stanton, CEO, Global Automakers
  • Kellen Schefter, Sustainable Technology Manager, Edison Electric Institute

9:30 AM -- 10:30 AM
Costs of Climate Action

With mounting pressure from utility investors and the federal government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, states are seeking least-cost solutions.  This session will focus on various requirements that may result from government efforts, reduction approaches and their economic costs.  

Speakers: 

  • Tony Kavanagh, Vice President of Federal Affairs, American Electric Power
  • Kenneth Colburn, Senior Associate, U.S. Programs, The Regulatory Assistance Project

10:30 AM -- 10:40 AM
Break

10:40 AM -- 11:20 AM
Meeting Modern Transmission Needs:  Smarter, More Efficient and More Reliable

Energy is local, regional and national.  With new energy resources expanding throughout the U.S., creating an affordable, reliable and practical way to transmit this energy is essential to tapping the economic productivity promised by the nation's energy abundant energy supplies.  Hear about the growing electric interdependence of states, and federal efforts to promote the construction of needed transmission through siting, planning and cost-allocation practices.  Explore regional and state efforts.   

Speaker: 

  • Jon Wellinghoff, Former Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

11:20 AM -- 11:45 AM
Business Meeting:  Discussion of Electric Grid Modernization Policy



 

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Reagan National Airport

  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
Attend a special, behind-the-scenes tour of Reagan National Airport, serving Metropolitan Washington D.C. Hear an overview of airport financing, the economic impact of airports in America, and moving forward with national policy to fund airports. Advanced registration is required. Contact melanie.condon@ncsl.org. Bus will depart the Marriott at 8:30 a.m.


Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges Airports Council International - North America for sponsoring this tour.
 

9:00 AM to 11:45 AM

Field Trip: Arlington's Elections Office

  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections

Join us as we tour the elections operations in Arlington County, Virginia.  This is our chance to ask how absentee requests are handled; how election workers know that the right voters are voting—and no one else is; why elections cost so much money, and who’s paying for them anyway; the role of citizen poll workers—why we love them and need them, and also why we worry about them; and more. See how policy becomes procedure. Advanced registration is required. Contact wendy.underhill@ncsl.org. Bus departs from the hotel lobby at 9:00 a.m. 

Tour guides: 

  • Don Palmer, State Election Director, Virginia
  • Linda Lindberg, Arlington General Registrar, Virginia

 


  • Facilitator:
  • Linda Lindberg, Arlington County, Virginia
  • Donald Palmer, Virginia State Board of Elections

 

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

New Staff Officer Orientation

Location:
Marriott Wardman Park Mezzanine-Thurgood Marshall East
Legislator/Staff Training Track
An opportunity for new standing committee legislative staff officers to meet and discuss staff engagement in the committee process.


 

11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Steering Committee of the Standing Committees

Location:
Marriott Wardman Park Mezzanine-Thurgood Marshall North
The steering committee, which includes the overall standing committee officers and the legislator and staff co-chairs of each standing committee, review plans for the meeting and preview policies under consideration, and decide on joint referrals of policy resolutions as necessary.


 

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Welcome Lunch

Location:
Marriott Wardman Park Mezzanine-Thurgood Marshall SW
Attend a briefing by NCSL officers and staff on the issues to be discussed on Capitol Hill.