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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 
Depart Minneapolis Convention Center Main Entrance for Estrem Farms
Coffee will be available. 

8:30 AM 
Breakfast
Welcome:  Senator Thomas Middleton (Co-Chair)

9:15 AM -- 9:45 AM
Tour Estrem Farms

10:00 AM 
Depart for Lamberts Landing

11:00 AM -- 12:00 PM
Tour Lamberts Landing

12:00 PM 
Depart for Second Harvest Heartland

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 Minneapolis Convention Center



 

7:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Forest Products: Sustainable Paper and Packaging Manufacturing 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.

7:00 AM -- 7:30 AM
Meet in Hilton Minneapolis Hotel Lobby (1001 South Marquette Avenue).  Breakfast and coffee will be provided.

7:30 AM
Board Buses for International Paper Company (buses will be boarding from the 11th Street Hilton entrance).

8:30 AM -- 10:15 AM 
Tour IP Recycling Facility
Legislators will learn about the collection and processing of recyclable paper and paper-based packaging (old corrugated containers -- cardboard, office paper, printing paper) and how the successful market-driven system provides fiber for local and regional paper mills.

10:15 AM -- 12:00 PM
RockTenn Mill Tour
The RockTenn St. Paul Paper Mill manufactures 100% recycled containerboard (corrugated medium) and 100% recycle coated paperboard.  At the mill, legislators will learn about the process and the sustainable manufacturing principles used by the company to reach voluntary sustainability goals.  

12:30 PM -- 2:00 PM 
Lunch at Indeed Brewery

2:30 PM 
Arrive at Hilton Minneapolis Hotel



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 electric industry's race to natural gas is driven by low prices and emissions concerns. The 2014 polar vortex highlighted concerns over reliability, and the electric industry's capability to maintain a stable and affordable supply during spikes in natural gas demand for heating and electric generation. Discuss how policymakers, electric utilities and natural gas industry are working to address major differences between the electricity and gas markets, and 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. 

Speakers: 

  • Clark Gellings, Fellow, Electric Power Research Institute
  • Ken Geisler, Vice President of Strategy for U.S./Canada, Siemens Smart Grid

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; Co-Chair, NCSL Task For on Energy Supply  

Panelists: 

  • The Honorable Michael L. MacDonald, Senator, Parliament of Canada
  • 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)
  • 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  military operations by obstructing flight paths or creating electromagnetic and visual interference, affecting test, training and operational missions. States that work with the Department of Defense in siting and developing energy installations can help 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: 

  • William Van Houten, U.S. Department of Defense Siting Clearinghouse

5:00 PM
Wrap-Up



Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges AHRI for sponsoring the coffee for this session.
 

9:00 AM to 2:15 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 Michael L. MacDonald, Senator, Parliament of Canada
  • 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)
  • 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 Hilton 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 Hilton 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 Hilton 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 Hilton 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 Hilton Level 3-Directors Row 2
  • NCSL Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee


 

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

LSCC Subcommittee on Information Technology Issues

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


 

10:15 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 Hilton 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 Hilton 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 Hilton Level 3- Grand Ballroom EF
  • 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 -- 1:30 PM
Federal Update

  • Tax Extenders
  • Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act
  • Internet Tax Freedom Act
  • Tax and Fee Collection Fairness Act   
1:30 PM -- 2:15 PM
Marketplace Fairness Act
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:

  • Max Behlke, NCSL
  • Joe Rinzel, Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)
  • Leslie Fox, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)

Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board

Panelists:

  • Craig Johnson, Streamlined Sales Tax
  • Diane Hardt, President, Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board
  • Senator Deb Peters, Vice President, Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board

2:15 PM -- 2:45 PM 
Multistate Tax Commission Update

Panelists:

  • Steve Kranz, McDermott, Will, Emery LLP
  • Commissioner Bruce Johnson, Utah Tax Commission
2:45 PM -- 3:45 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 apportion 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

3:45 PM -- 4:45 PM 
MTC Audit Process:  How Do MTC Audits Actually Work?

Panelist:

  • Joel Waterfield, Grant Thornton, LLP

4:45 PM -- 5:15 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 Hilton Level 3- Grand Ballroom C
  • NCSL Executive Committee


 

2:30 PM to 3:45 PM

Executive Committee - Budget & Finance Subcommittee

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


 

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Executive Committee Meeting

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


 

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Women's Legislative Network Board Meeting

Location:
Hilton Minneapolis Hilton 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

 

7:30 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 -- 8:30 AM
NCSL Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs Convenes

Opening Remarks: 

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

Pledge of Allegiance

8:30 AM -- 9:00 AM 
Task Force Member Discussion Concerning Key Legislative Issues

9:00 AM -- 10:15 AM 
State Services for Veterans
Learn about Minnesota programs to assist veterans struggling with homelessness and mental health issues, as well as community initiatives to support service members and their families during and after deployment.

Presiding:

  • Representative Tim Cosgrove, Utah

Speakers:

  • Eric Grumdahl, Special Advisor on Ending Veteran Homelessness, Minnesota
  • Judge Kerry Meyer, Hennepin County Veterans Court, Minnesota
  • Annette Kuyper, Director of Military Outreach, Minnesota Department of Military Affairs
10:15 AM -- 10:45 AM
Break

10:45 AM -- Noon
Innovative Land Use Strategies to Protect Military Bases -- Case Study of Camp Ripley, Minnesota
(Joint with the Task Force on Agriculture)
Uncoordinated and incompatible development and urban sprawl are a growing threat to the nation's military installations and local economies.  In many states, the military is among the largest industries and employers and is directly responsible for the economic health of neighboring communities by generating a steady stream of revenue and jobs.  Preventing incompatible land uses and protecting an installation's ability to realistically train Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines is a way of avoiding putting the viability of that "mission" at risk.

Learn about how innovative land use strategies and cost-sharing partnerships such as Sentinel Landscapes can protect the local economy, agricultural working lands, critical habitat and at the same time sustain military readiness.

Presiding:

  • Representative Dan Flynn, Texas

Welcome:

  • Senator Paul Gazelka, Minnesota
  • Senator Carrie Ruud, Minnesota

Speakers:

  • Kristin Thomasgard, Program Director for Policy, Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations and Environment)
  • 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
  • Dave Frederickson, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
  • Representative John Ward, Minnesota
  • Representative Ron Kresha, Minnesota

Noon -- 12:15 PM
Break

12:15 PM -- 12:45 PM 
Q & A with Minnesota's Adjutant General
Join in the opportunity to ask questions of the Minnesota Adjutant General and discuss important topics related to the National Guard. 

Presiding:

  • Representative Tom Sloan, Kansas

Speaker:

  • Major General Richard C. Nash

12:45 PM -- 1:15 PM
Empowering Agency Response -- Beating Backlogs and Helping Healthcare 
Texas leaders have called upon the Texas Veterans Commission to help address crises that have arisen at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in the last several years.  Whether working to address an influx of claims related to Agent Orange exposure in 2009, helping to beat the VA backlog in Texas with the State Strike Force and Fully Developed Claims Teams since 2012, or now working on behalf of veterans encountering challenges accessing VA healthcare, the state of Texas has demonstrated a continuing commitment to advocating for veterans and their families. 

Presiding:

  • Representative Dan Flynn, Texas

Speaker:

  • Kyle Mitchell, Deputy Executive Director, Texas Veterans Commission

1:15 PM
Task Force Wrap-Up and Adjournment



 

7:30 AM to 1:15 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 given by Senator Thomas Middleton (Co-Chair)

8:15 AM -- 9:00 AM
Field to Market:  What's Next

Speaker:

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

9:00 AM -- 10:00 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.

10:00 AM -- 10:45 AM
Animal Agriculture Housing Update

Speakers:

  • Dr. Janeen L. Salak-Johnson, Associate Professor, University of Illinois
  • Wayne Pacelle, Human Society of the United States

10:45 AM -- 12:00 PM
Innovative Land Use Strategies to Protect Military Bases -- Case Study of Camp Ripley, Minnesota
(Joint with the Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs)

Presiding:

  • Representative Dan Flynn, Texas

Welcome:

  • Senator Paul Gazelka, Minnesota
  • Senator Carrie Ruud, Minnesota

Speakers:

  • Kristin Thomasgard, Program Director for Policy, Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations and Environment)
  • 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
  • Dave Frederickson, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
  • Representative John Ward, Minnesota
  • Representative Ron Kresha, Minnesota

12:00 PM -- 12:15 PM
Break

12:15 PM -- 1:15 PM
Lunch Session:  New and Beginning Farmer Initiatives and Pollinator Health

 Speaker:

  • FFAS Deputy Under Secretary Karis Gutter, U.S. Department of Agriculture

 



 

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:

7:30 AM -- 7:45 AM 
Breakfast and Welcome

Presiding: 

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

7:45 AM -- 8:30 AM
Update from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Personnel Management 
The 2015 open season and plan year are just around the corner.  These panelists will briefly review preparations underway in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Personnel Management, the agency that oversees the "Multi-State Plans" in the Healthcare Marketplaces.

Speakers:

  • Kathleen Falk, Region V Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Illinois
  • Susan McNally, Senior Advisor, Intergovernmental Affairs, Congressional and Legislative Affairs, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Washington, D.C.

8:30 AM -- 9:30 AM
Outlook - Health Insurance Marketplaces in 2015
Preview what might be expected during the 2015 open season and the 2015 plan year, looking at premiums, participation, network adequacy and other key areas of interest and concern.

Speakers: 

  • Rhonda Degelau, Executive Director, Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers
  • Scott Keefer, Vice President for Government Relations, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Laurel Stoimenoff, Vice President, Urgent Care Association of America, Illinois
  • Geralyn Trujillo, Regional Director for State Affairs, America's Health Insurance Plans, Washington, D.C.  

9:30 AM -- 10:15 AM
The ACA Impact on States as Employers
The ACA affects states in many ways.  One of the least explored roles of state governments and the ACA is state government's role as an employer.  Hear the highlights of important issues for states as employers.  

Speaker: 

  • Dolores Mitchell, Executive Director, Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission  

10:15 AM -- 11:00 AM
Whatever Happened to the SHOP Exchanges?
Review what has been going on in the states with regard to the small business SHOP exchanges.  

Speakers: 

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

11:00 AM -- 12:00 Noon
Task Force Roundtable
Report on health reform initiatives, issues and actions from their states.



 

7:30 AM to 1:00 PM

School Principals: A Lever for School Improvement (Invite Only)

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.
 

7:30 AM to 1:15 PM

Energy Policy Summit

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-200DEFG
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee

As the nation develops a wealth of energy unlocked by new technologies, it is having a profound effect on the national energy landscape.  What opportunities and challenges are presented by these developments and how will they affect energy security, reliability and geopolitics?  Attend NCSL's 2014 Energy Policy Summit to find out.

7:30 AM -- 8:00 AM 
Breakfast

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

8:15 AM -- 10:00 AM
The Future of North American Energy
The North American energy sector has seen dramatic changes in the past five years, with new technologies driving access to a wealth of new resources. As the energy industry continues its transformation, how will energy producers and consumers adapt? What roles are coal, natural gas, nuclear and renewable playing in this new energy landscape? During this panel discussion, hear senior industry representatives discuss the outlook for their individual sectors and share their views on how the energy sector will look in the future.    

Moderator:

  • Representative Tom Sloan, Kansas

Speakers:

  • Kathryn Clay, Vice President for Policy Strategy, American Gas Association
  • Scott Peterson, Senior Vice President - Communications, Nuclear Energy Institute
  • Jacob Williams, Vice President of Global Energy Analytics, Peabody Energy
  • Tom Hiester, Senior Vice President of Development, RES America Developments Inc.
  • Laura McCarten, Regional Vice President, Xcel Energy

10:00 AM -- 10:15 AM 
Break

10:15 AM -- 11:30 AM
Exporting Natural Gas
The nation's growing wealth of natural gas and the high prices on international markets are increasing the interest in natural gas exports. Many industries that use natural gas as a chemical feedstock or to generate electricity, however, are worried that exporting gas will drive up prices, making it more difficult for U.S. manufacturing and other sectors to maintain a competitive edge. Others argue that natural gas exports will promote global stability by lessening the ability of natural gas exporting nations to threaten trade partners with cutting supply. Explore both sides of the issue, highlighting the potential benefits and challenges of natural gas exports.   

Moderator:

  • Representative Al Carlson, North Dakota

Speaker:

  • Leslie Palti-Guzman, Senior Analyst, Global Energy & Natural Resources, Eurasia Group
  • Scott Morrison, Director of Government Affairs, American Public Gas Association
  • Jason French, Director of Public Affairs, Cheniere Energy

11:30 AM -- 12:00 PM 
Keynote -- Energy and Security in the 21st Century
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.    

Speaker:

  • Wesley K. Clark, Chair of Growth Energy

12:00 PM -- 1:15 PM
Innovations in Energy 
Smart grid technologies are providing new ways to manage energy more efficiently and reliably. Innovative industries are pushing the development of these technologies, creating new markets and new opportunities.  Explore these developments and how they are driving change in the electric industry.

Moderator:

  • Representative Jeff Morris, Washington

Speakers:

  • Harry Godfrey, Manager, National Policy & Partnership, OPower
  • David Malkin, Director of Global Affairs and Policy, GE Digital Energy
  • David O'Brien, Vice President of Regulatory Solutions, Bridge Energy Group

* Lunch will be provided.