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Monday, August 18, 2014

 

7:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Minnesota Agriculture Tour

Location:
Offsite -Offsite
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Agriculture
  • NCSL Hunger Partnership

SPACE IS LIMITED.  Contact Ben Husch (ben.husch@ncsl.org or 202-624-7779) or Scott Hendrick (scott.hendrick@ncsl.org or 303-856-1409) to sign up for this tour. 

7:00 AM 
Meet at the Minneapolis Convention Center Main Entrance to Depart

Coffee will be available. 

7:10 AM
Depart for Northfield Hog and Soy Farm

Welcome:  Senator Thomas Middleton (Co-Chair)

8:00 AM -- 8:45 AM
Breakfast

8:45 AM -- 9:45 AM
Tour Northfield Hog and Soy Farm

10:00 AM 
Depart for Facility 2 (to be determined)

10:30 AM -- 11:30 AM
Tour Facility 2 (to be determined)

12:30 PM 
Arrive at Second Harvest Heartland for Lunch

1:30 PM -- 2:30 PM
Tour Second Harvest Heartland

3:00 PM
Arrive at Hilton



 

7:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Forest Products Pre-Conference Tour

Location:
Hilton Minneapolis -11st Street Lobby
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
NCSL's Forest Products Pre-Conference Tour convenes state legislators and key legislative staff for a substantive, hands-on and timely conversation about sustainable manufacturing processes and the role that forest products play in state and national economies. Visit International Paper Company's Roseville-Twin Cities Recycling Collection Center as well as the RockTenn Containerboard and Coated Paperboard Mill. Note: This tour is an invitation-only event. Please contact Ben Husch (202-624-7779) or Melanie Condon (202-624-3597) for additional information.


Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges American Forest & Paper Association and member companies for sponsoring this tour.
 

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Task Force on Energy Supply

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M100ABIJ
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Energy Supply

(The Xcel control room tour is for members and partners of the Task Force on Energy Supply Only)

7:45 AM -- 10:00 AM
Tour Xcel Energy's Control Room

See how Xcel integrates and balances its variety of generation resources, including natural gas, wind, coal and nuclear energy. 

10:00 AM -- 10:30 AM
Return to Minneapolis Convention Center

(The Task Force will meet in Room M100AB.)

10:30 AM -- 11:30 AM
Natural Gas-Electric Harmonization

The race to natural gas in the electric industry, driven by low prices and emissions concerns, is heightening the relationship between natural gas delivery and electricity relability. The 2014 polar vortex highlighted these reliability concerns, challenging the electric industry to maintain stability and affordability during spikes in natural gas demand for heating and electric generation. Discuss how policymakers, electric utilities and natural gas industries can address major differences between the electricity and gas markets, as well as the limits caused by natural gas infrastructure.    

Speakers: 

  • Mark McCullough, Executive Vice President - Generation, American Electric Power
  • Ron Christian, Executive Vice President, Vectren Corporation  

11:30 AM -- 12:45 PM 
Net-Metering Challenges and Solutions

The growth of on-site solar generation is causing utilities to question net-metering policies, which compensate rooftop solar owners at retail electricity rates for the energy they produce.  They are concerned that solar energy producers that use net-metering are not paying a fair amount for the cost of utility transmission infrastructure. Others argue that solar benefits the utility by reducing the need to build more large power plants and transmission.  With 43 states now running net-metering programs, resolution of this question could play a large role in the success of rooftop solar in a large part of the country. Discuss state efforts to resolve this issue, and learn about Minnesota's pioneering legislation to create a value of solar tariff.      

Speakers: 

  • Ben Norris, Senior Consultant, Clean Power Research
  • Edward Comer, Vice President and General Counsel, Edison Electric Institute  

12:45 PM -- 2:15 PM
Lunch Session:  The Integrated Grid

A variety of new technologies, combined with a growth in distributed energy generation, is profoundly changing how the electric grid operates.  How will the grid evolve and adapt to new demands for flexibility driven by the growing trend toward decentralized power production?  During this session, presenters will explore technologies and practices that enable the grid to optimally integrate a variety of resources--such as energy storage, energy efficiency and local generation--while providing reliable and affordable electricity.  Policy changes that may be necessary to achieve an integrated grid and increase value to consumers will also be discussed. 

Speaker: 

  • Clark Gellings, Fellow, Electric Power Research Institute

2:15 PM -- 3:00 PM
Task Force Business Meeting

3:00 PM -- 3:15 PM
Break 

3:15 PM -- 4:30 PM 
Energy: Perspectives from Across the Globe
(Joint Session with the Task Force on International Relations -- Room 101ABIJ
)

Energy efforts of major global economies, their energy trade relationship with the U.S., and how these relationships may influence decision-making in this country and across the globe are critical topics.  Discuss Europe's rocky energy relationship with Russia, how this could affect U.S. energy exports and the Eurasian and Central Asian countries' role in this energy landscape.  Hear about China's growing energy demand and energy policy, as well as present and future energy trade relationship with the U.S. and other countries, and Canada's role as the nation's largest energy trading partner.  

Moderator: 

  • Representative Jeff Morris, Washington  

Speakers: 

  • The Honorable Li Bin, Counselor, Economic Affairs Section, Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the United States of America
  • Dr. Faruk Taban, President, Turkic American Alliance (TAA)
  • The Honorable Michael L. MacDonald, Senator, Parliament of Canada
  • Geoffrey Harris, Deputy Head of Office, European Parliament Liaison Office with U.S. Congress  

4:30 PM -- 4:40 PM
Return to Task Force on Energy Supply Meeting -- Room M100AB

4:40 PM -- 5:00 PM
Energy Siting and Military Operations

As states and localities increase construction of energy infrastructure, the likelihood that it will encroach on military sites is increasing.  Wind, solar, transmission and other installations have the potential to interfere with nearby military operations by obstructing flight paths or creating technological and visual interference, affecting military missions, research and development. States that work with Department of Defense in siting and developing energy installations can ensure these projects will be compatible with military activities. This session will explore best practices for state action, highlighting the Department of Defense Siting Clearinghouse.

Speaker: 

  • Michael Aimone, Executive Director, DoD Siting Clearinghouse  

5:00 PM
Wrap-Up



 

9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

International Program

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-101ABIJ
  • NCSL Task Force On International Relations
International

9:00 AM -- 12:00 PM
International Attendee Registration
All badges will be distributed onsite.  Pick up your badge, registration materials and meeting program from the Registration Area in the Convention Center.

Note:  Registration is located at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Level 1 - Registration Lobby. 

1:00 PM -- 2:15 PM
Welcome and Introductions
International legislators and staff meet colleagues and counterparts from all over the world. Each delegation introduces its members in attendance at the Summit.

Welcome Remarks:

  • The Honorable Paul Thissen, Speaker of the House, Minnesota

Presiding:

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

2:15 PM -- 3:00 PM
Current Trends in Governance Worldwide
Hear from Dr. J. Brian Atwood about his insights on world democracy, leadership and government reform.  As the former dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, former Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and through his work with the United Nations, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the Busan Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, Dr. Atwood will offer unique perspectives on development and governance in both developed and developing countries.    

Introduction:

  • Karl Kurtz, Director, NCSL Trust for Representative Democracy Division

Speaker:

  • Dr. J. Brian Atwood, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

3:15 PM -- 4:30 PM 
Energy: Perspectives from Across the Globe
(Joint with the Task Force on Energy Supply)
Energy efforts of major global economies, their energy trade relationship with the U.S., and how these relationships may influence decision-making in this country and across the globe are critical topics.  Discuss Europe's rocky energy relationship with Russia, how this could affect U.S. energy exports and the Eurasian and Central Asian countries' role in this energy landscape.  Hear about China's growing energy demand and energy policy, as well as present and future energy trade relationship with the U.S. and other countries, and Canada's role as the nation's largest energy trading partner. 

Moderator:

  • Representative Jeff Morris, Washington; Co-Chair, Task Force on Energy Supply

Panelists:

  • The Honorable Li Bin, Counselor, Economic Affairs Section, Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the United States of America
  • Dr. Faruk Taban, President, Turkic American Alliance (TAA)
  • The Honorable Michael L. MacDonald, Senator, Parliament of Canada
  • Geoffrey Harris, Deputy Head of Office, European Parliament Liaison Office with U.S. Congress

 



 

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

LSCC Staff Section Officers

Location:
Hilton Minneapolis Level 3-Directors Row 1
  • NCSL Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee


 

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

LSCC Strategic Planning Work Group

Location:
Hilton Minneapolis Level 3-Directors Row 2
  • NCSL Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee


 

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

LSCC Standing Committees Work Group

Location:
Hilton Minneapolis Level 3-Directors Row 3
  • NCSL Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee


 

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

LSCC Subcommittee on the Legislative Institution

Location:
Hilton Minneapolis Level 3-Directors Row 1
  • NCSL Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee


 

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

LSCC Subcommittee on Programs, Professional Development and Member Outreach

Location:
Hilton Minneapolis Level 3-Directors Row 2
  • NCSL Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee


 

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

LSCC Subcommittee on Information Technology and Website Review

Location:
Hilton Minneapolis Level 3-Directors Row 3
  • NCSL Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee


 

10:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Mayo Clinic Pre-Conference Tour

Location:
Offsite -Offsite
  • NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
Join your legislative colleagues for a special tour to visit the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The bus will leave the Minneapolis Convention Center at 10:30 a.m. and return about 5 p.m. There is no additional fee, but space is limited and an advanced reservation is required. If interested, please email joanne.stroud@ncsl.org. Preference will be given to legislators and legislative staff on a first come basis; other interested attendees may submit their names for a waiting list and will be welcome to join the tour if space is available.


 

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

LSCC Full Committee Meeting

Location:
Hilton Minneapolis Level 3- Grand Ballroom D
  • NCSL Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee


 

12:15 PM to 1:15 PM

NCSL Legislative Staff Nominating Committee: Members Briefing

Location:
Hilton Minneapolis Level 3-Directors Row 1
  • NCSL Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee


 

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Task Force on State and Local Taxation

Location:
Hilton Minneapolis Level 3- Grand Ballroom E
  • NCSL Task Force On State & Local Taxation

1:00 PM -- 1:05 PM
Welcome

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

1:05 PM -- 2:00 PM
Property Taxes on Communications Network Infrastructure:  A Primer for State Legislators

At the Anchorage meeting in May, the task force heard a presentation from the communications industry about the need to modernize property taxes on communications property in some states.  Some task force members have expressed interest in reviewing this issue on more detail, perhaps through a task force subcommittee that would produce a short primer for legislatures on the issue.  This draft outline suggests what might be included in such a primer as a basis for the task force to consider whether to move forward with this project.  

Panelists:

  • Deborah Bierbaum, AT&T
  • Scott Mackey, KSE Partners   

2:00 PM -- 2:15 PM 
Multistate Tax Commission Update

Panelists:

  • Steve Kranz, McDermott, Will, Emery LLP
  • Commissioner Bruce Johnson, Utah Tax Commission
2:15 PM -- 3:00 PM
Demystifying the States' Apportionment of Corporate Income and the Ramifications of Alternative Apportionment

Discuss the basics of how states apportion multijurisdictional corporate income.  Discuss the use of payroll, property and sales to approtion a business' income along with noting the different ways the states treat sales of tangible personal property and services in their apportionment formulas.  Discuss the ability of a tax agency and a taxpayer to seek the use alternative apportionment from the statutorily prescribed formula, including cases and efforts by the MTC to provide greater uniformity in this area. 

Panelists:

  • Fred Nicely, Council on State Taxation (COST)
  • Todd Lard, Sutherland
  • Ellen Berenholz, Comcast
  • Commissioner Bruce Johnson, Utah Tax Commission

3:00 PM -- 4:00 PM 
MTC Audit Process:  How Do MTC Audits Actually Work?

Panelists:

  • Joel Waterfield, Grant Thorton, LLP

4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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.  This roundtable will continue the discussion of the Task Force's Tax Expenditure Report Working Group that has worked on developing principles for states to consider for their tax expenditure reports. 

Moderator:

  • Representative Jay Kaufman, Massachusetts

 



 

1:00 PM to 2:15 PM

Executive Committee - Member Outreach & Communications Subcommittee

Location:
Hilton Minneapolis Level 3- Grand Ballroom C
  • NCSL Executive Committee


 

2:30 PM to 3:45 PM

Executive Committee - Budget & Finance Subcommittee

Location:
Hilton Minneapolis Level 3- Grand Ballroom C
  • NCSL Executive Committee


 

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Executive Committee Meeting

Location:
Hilton Minneapolis Level 3- Grand Ballroom D
  • NCSL Executive Committee


 

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Women's Legislative Network Board Meeting

Location:
Hilton Minneapolis Level 3-Rochester
  • NCSL Women's Legislative Network Program
All are welcome to join the Women's Legislative Network Executive Board meeting.

  • Presiding:
  • Senator Amanda McGill, Nebraska

 

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

NALIT Dutch Treat Dinner

Location:
Offsite -Offsite
  • National Association of Legislative Information Technology
Join IT colleagues from around the country for a great evening at a local restaurant. Spouses and guests are welcome. Advance reservations are required. Email pam.greenberg@ncsl.org by August 4.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

 

7:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Task Force on State and Local Taxation

Location:
Hilton Minneapolis Level 3- Grand Ballroom E
  • NCSL Task Force On State & Local Taxation

7:00 AM -- 7:55 AM
Breakfast

8:00 AM -- 8:30 AM
Business Meeting

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

8:30 AM -- 9:00 AM 
Federal Update

  • Tax Extenders
  • Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act
  • Internet Tax Freedom Act
  • Highway Trust Fund
9:00 AM -- 9:30 AM
Marketplace Fairness Act

Update and discuss 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:

  • Max Behlke, NCSL
  • Joe Rinzel, Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)

Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board

Moderator:

  • Senator Deb Peters, South Dakota

9:30 AM -- 10:15 AM 
State Insurance Taxation

Provide an overview of state insurance taxation, including how premium and retaliatory taxes opperate, as well as how they interact with the imposition of corporate income taxes.  The discussion will also include a brief history of how the industry became subject to this unique taxing regime. 

Panelists:

  • Bob Montellione, Prudential
  • Jim Williams, Mass Mutual
  • Jim Hall, ACLI

10:15 AM -- 11:00 AM
Facilitating Rapid Response to Disasters Act Lessons Learned

Since endorsement by the Executive Committee Task Force on State and Local Taxation of the Facilitating Rapid Response to Disaster Act, eleven states have enacted the model into statute.  Discuss the status report of activity in the states and lessons learned and modifications that were made in order to secure enactment.

Panelists:

  • Senator Wayne Harper, Utah
  • Commissioner Bruce Johnson, Utah Tax Commission

11:00 AM -- 12:00 PM
Taxation of Air BnB



 

7:30 AM to 1:15 PM

International Program

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Lower Level-L100ABC
  • NCSL Task Force On International Relations
International

7:30 AM -- 9:30 AM
International Attendee Registration
All badges will be distributed onsite.  Pick up your badge, registration materials and meeting program from the Registration Area in the Convention Center.

Note:  Registration is located at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Level 1 - Registration Lobby. 

8:15 AM -- 8:45 AM
Education Reform and Oversight Mechanisms Roundtable Briefing
Explore the substantive issue of education reform and the institutional oversight mechanisms within a legislature. Hear brief remarks from experts to set the stage for small group discussions on these timely topics.

Speakers:

  • Lee Posey, Senior Committee Director, NCSL
  • Ken Levine, Director, Sunset Advisory Commission, Texas Legislature

8:45 AM -- 11:30 AM
International Roundtable Discussions
Participate in small group discussions with U.S. state legislators and legislative staff on education and institutional issues of concern.  Network and exchange ideas by connecting with counterparts from around the world to gather diverse perspectives and solutions to common issues.

12:00 PM -- 1:15 PM 
International Attendee Luncheon
Hear from Lori Sturdevant, editorial writer and columnist for the Minneapolis Tribune.  She has written for more than 30 years on state government and politics and was lead Capitol reporter and a newsroom assignment editor before joining the editorial staff.  She has been the editor or co-author of eight books.  Her latest book is "Her Honor:  Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women's Movement," released by the Minnesota Historical Society Press in 2014.

Welcome and Introductory Remarks:

  • The Honorable Sandra Pappas, Senate President, Minnesota

Speaker:

  • Lori Sturdevant, Editorial Writer and Columnist, StarTribune

 



 

7:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Lower Level-L100H
  • NCSL Task Force On Military & Veterans Affairs

7:30 AM -- 8:30 AM
Full breakfast is served.

8:00 AM -- 8:45 AM
NCSL Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs Convenes

Opening Remarks by Task Force Co-Chairs:  Representative Dan Flynn, Texas and Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Texas

Pledge of Allegiance

Introductions/Brief Task Force Member Remarks Concerning Key 2014 Issues   

8:45 AM -- 9:45 AM 
State Services for Veterans

Discuss various Minnesota initiatives to assist military veterans.

Speaker:

  • Cathy ten Broeke, State Director to Prevent and End Homelessness, Minnesota
9:45 AM -- 10:00 AM
Break

10:00 AM -- 10:30 AM 
Energy Summit Keynote: Energy and Security in the 21st Century with General Wesley Clark
(Task force members are invited to join this session as part of the Energy Policy Summit in Room Level 2-205ABCD
.)

As states develop plans to meet their energy needs in the coming decades, these choices could dramatically affect economic growth and security. How will worldwide growth in energy demand and increasing competition for resources influence these decisions? What are the risks and benefits of the many resource and technology options? Hear General Wesley Clark, ex-NATO commander and expert in national security and energy risk issues, discuss energy security and opportunities for promoting a secure, sustainable and prosperous energy future.

10:30 AM -- 10:45 AM
Break (Return to original room Lower Level-L100H)

10:45 AM -- 12:00 PM
A New Land Conservation Technique Combining Agriculture and Defense:  Sentinel Landscapes and Military Sustainability

Camp Ripley Training Center:  Where Missions Meet 
(Joint with the Task Force on Agriculture)

Presiding:

  • Kristin Thomasgard, Deputy Program Director for Policy, Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program, DUSD I&E

Speakers:

  • Bruce Beard, Associate Director, Military Collaboration Institute for Renewable Natural Resources, Texas A&M University, Washington, D.C.
  • Senator Paul Gazelka, Minnesota District
  • Major General Richard C. Nash, Adjutant General, Minnesota National Guard
  • Tom Landwehr, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • John Jaschke, Executive Director, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources

12:00 PM -- 12:45 PM
Update on Activities of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 

12:45 PM -- 1:00 PM
Task Force Wrap-Up and Discussion of Next Steps 

1:00 PM
Task Force Adjourns 

 



 

7:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Task Force on Agriculture Meeting

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Lower Level-L100IJ
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Agriculture

7:30 AM -- 8:00 AM
Breakfast

8:00 AM -- 8:15 AM
Welcome:  Senator Thomas Middleton (Co-Chair)

8:15 AM -- 9:15 AM
Field to Market:  What's Next

Speaker:

  • Rod Snyder, Field To Market, Washington, D.C.

9:15 AM -- 10:15 AM 
Food Safety Modernization Act:  Implementation and Beyond

Speakers:

  • Dr. Jeff Farrar, U.S. Food & Drug Administration, Washington, D.C.
  • Barbara Cassens, U.S. Food & Drug Administration, Washington, D.C.

10:15 AM -- 10:45 AM
Break

10:45 AM -- 12:00 PM
A New Land Conservation Technique Combining Agriculture and Defense:  Sentinel Landscapes and Military Sustainability

Camp Ripley Training Center:  Where Missions Meet 
(Joint with the Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs)

Presiding:

  • Kristin Thomasgard, Deputy Program Director for Policy, Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program, DUSD I&E

Speakers:

  • Bruce Beard, Associate Director, Military Collaboration Institute for Renewable Natural Resources, Texas A&M University, Washington, D.C.
  • Senator Paul Gazelka, Minnesota District
  • Major General Richard C. Nash, Adjutant General, Minnesota National Guard
  • Tom Landwehr, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • John Jaschke, Executive Director, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources

12:00 PM -- 12:15 PM
Break

12:00 PM -- 1:00 PM
Lunch Session:  New and Beginning Farmer Initiatives 

 



 

7:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Task Force on Federal Health Reform Implementation

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-101ABIJ
  • NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Federal Health Reform Implementation

Health Reform at Year Five: As states look toward 2015, the NCSL Health Reform Implementation Task Force meeting is an opportunity to compare progress, changes and challenges, as well as discuss required steps and options for the phases to come. Legislative health leaders and national and state experts will focus on Exchanges and Marketplaces, Medicaid, the landscape for health insurance, the view from states for employers and providers, and a member Roundtable discussion.

The Task Force members welcome interested colleagues from across the country to join the discussion as they explore evolving changes in the health care in America. The program begins with breakfast and will include:

  • Update from the the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C.;
  • Report on how the Affordable Care Act impacts states as employers;
  • Panel discussion on the health insurance marketplaces looking forward to the 2015 open enrollment season and the 2015 plan year;
  • Update on the small business SHOP exchanges; and
  • Task Force Roundtable, always a highlight of the task force meetings, where task force members report from the field on health reform initiatives, issues and actions. 

Co-Presiding: 

  • Assemblyman Herb Conaway, New Jersey
  • Representative Matt Hudson, Florida

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

8:00 AM -- 8:30 AM
Update from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. 

8:30 AM -- 9:30 AM
Panel discussion on the health insurance marketplaces looking forward to the 2015 open enrollment season and the 2015 plan year.

Speakers: 

  • Rhonda Degelau, Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers
  • Scott Keefer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Geralyn Trujillo, America's Health Insurance Plans, Washington, D.C.  

9:30 AM -- 10:15 AM
Report on how the Affordable Care Act impacts states as employers.

Speaker: 

  • Dolores Mitchell, Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission  

10:15 AM -- 11:00 AM
Update on the small business SHOP exchanges.

Speakers: 

  • Representative James Dunnigan, Utah
  • Justin Giovannelli, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, Washington, D.C.

11:00 AM -- 12:00 Noon
Task Force Roundtable, always a highlight of the task force meetings, where task force members report from the field on health reform initiatives, issues and actions.



 

7:30 AM to 1:00 PM

School Principals: A Lever for School Improvement

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-200AB
Find out why school principals are key to improving schools and what state legislators can do to strengthen a pipeline of principals. This session is by invitation only.


Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges The Wallace Foundation for supporting this seminar.