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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

 

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.  



 

7:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Registration

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-Registration Lobby


 

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 1:15 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

 



 

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Task Force on State and Local Taxation

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

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 -- 9:30 AM 
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

9:30 AM -- 10:15 AM 
State Insurance Taxation
Provide an overview of state insurance taxation, including how premium and retaliatory taxes operate, as well as how they interact with the imposition of corporate income taxes.  Discuss 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
  • Deborah Bierbaum, AT&T

11:00 AM -- 12:00 PM
Taxation Issues in the Shared Economy:  Airbnb
Few people involved in the sharing economy know what taxes they're supposed to pay, nor how to pay them.  Because the rules are unclear, enforcement of existing laws has been difficult for states and localities.  Examine the shared economy, specifically Airbnb, and the emerging taxation issues that have arisen due to their business model.

Panelists:

  • Steve Shur, President, Travel Technology Association
  • Craig Kalkut, American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA)


 

8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Street Smart: Innovations in Traffic Safety

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-Ballroom B
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee

Join state legislative traffic safety leaders for a high-level peer-to-peer dialogue to learn more about promising laws, programs and strategies that can help create a safer transportation network. Discuss impaired driving, vehicle technology, pedestrian and bicycle safety, distracted driving, red light cameras and other pressing traffic safety topics of interest to state lawmakers. Please contact Douglas Shinkle (douglas.shinkle@ncsl.org or 303-856-1482) or Anne Teigen (Anne.teigen@ncsl.org or 303-856-1652) for more information. Street Smart is a follow-up to NCSL's recent successful meetings on transportation funding and transportation accessibility and affordability held in 2013 in Atlanta and Washington D.C.

7:00 AM -- 8:00 AM
Hot breakfast will be served.

8:00 AM -- 8:15 AM
Welcome Introductory Remarks

  • Senator Bruce Starr, Oregon, NCSL President  

8:15 AM -- 8:45 AM 
Why Traffic Safety Matters:  A Pediatrician's Perspective

Speaker:

  • Dr. Ben Hoffman, Medical Director, Tom Sargent Safety Center, Professor of Pediatrics, Oregon Health and Science University

8:45 AM -- 9:30 AM
Reducing Drunk Driving Through Ignition Interlock:  Lessons from Washington State

Moderator:

  • Anne Teigen, NCSL

Speaker:

  • Shelley Baldwin, Impaired Driving Program Manager, Washington Traffic Safety Commission

9:30 AM -- 9:45 AM 
Morning Break

9:45 AM -- 10:30 AM
Vulnerable on the Roadway:  How to Protect Bicyclists and Pedestrians

Moderator:

  • Douglas Shinkle, NCSL

Speaker:

  • Billy Hattaway, District One Secretary, Florida Department of Transportation

10:30 AM -- 11:15 AM
Red Light Cameras:  How to Achieve Positive Safety Benefits without Public Backlash

Moderator:

  • Senator D. Scott Dibble, Minnesota

Speaker:

  • Lieutenant Michael Babulski, Traffic Bureau Commander, Linden, New Jersey Police Department

11:15 AM -- 12:00 PM
Technology and Traffic Safety:  The Benefits and Pitfalls 

Moderator:

  • Senator Steve Farley, Arizona

Speakers:

  • Tim Johnson, Director for the Crash Avoidance and Electronic Controls Research, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
  • Janet Creaser, Research Fellow, HumanFIRST Program University of Minnesota

12:00 PM -- 12:15 PM
Lunch Buffet (Sponsored by 3M) 

12:15 PM -- 1:00 PM
Data-Driven Design:  Improved Traffic Safety for Less Money 

Moderator:

  • Representative Ed Orcutt, Washington

Speakers:

  • Melissa Blakely, Southeast Regional Manager, Highway Safety Business:  3M Traffic Safety & Security Division 
  • Brad Estochen, State Traffic Safety Engineer, Minnesota Department of Transportation

1:00 PM -- 1:15 PM
Closing Remarks 

Speaker:

  • Senator D. Scott Dibble, Minnesota 

 



Sponsored By: NCSL acknowledges 3M (lunch), Coalition for Ignition Interlock Manufacturers, National Coalition for Safer Roads, American Academy of Pediatrics, AAA & State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company.
 

8:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Women's Legislative Network Leadership Training

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M101AB
  • NCSL Women's Legislative Network Program
Hear from female legislative leaders about their experiences moving up the ladder, participate in workshops on negotiation and staying true to your vision for public service, and network with other women from around the country. Advance registration is required. Contact Katie Ziegler (katie.ziegler@ncsl.org) for more information.

  • Speaker:
  • Tami Evans, Leading Edge Coaching & Development, Minnesota
  • Carol Grannis, Leading Edge Coaching & Development, Minnesota
  • Panelist:
  • Senator Pam Jochum, Iowa
  • Speaker Rebecca D. Lockhart, Utah
  • Mary Panzer, Former Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader
  • Senator Sandra L. Pappas, Minnesota

 

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Mason's Manual Commission Meeting

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-200H
  • American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries
  • Mason’s Manual Commission

  • Presiding:
  • Alfred Speer, Louisiana Legislature

 

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

NCSL Foundation Board of Directors Meeting

Location:
Hilton Minneapolis Hilton Level 3- Grand Ballroom C
  • Foundation for State Legislatures


 

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Leveraging IT Project Business Meeting

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-207B
  • Leveraging IT To Strengthen Government FSL Partnership
Discuss project accomplishments and plan future project activities.

  • Presiding:
  • Senator Wayne Harper, Utah
  • Representative Chris Perone, Connecticut

 

11:45 AM to 1:15 PM

Cooking Up Hunger Solutions: A Conversation with Andrew Zimmern, Bizarre Foods America

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-Ballroom A
  • NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
  • NCSL Education Committee
  • NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
  • NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
  • NCSL Hunger Partnership

Celebrity chef and TV personality Andrew Zimmern is best known for his popular Travel Channel series but he is also committed to combating hunger in America. Come join this discussion to learn about innovative partnerships, initiatives and data-driven strategies such as Taste of the NFL and Hunger-Free Minnesota, and what state legislators can bring to the table to craft local solutions to hunger challenges.

Book signing with Andrew Zimmern to immediately follow session.


  • Presiding:
  • Representative Dwight Evans, Pennsylvania
  • Senator Renee S. Unterman, Georgia
  • Speaker:
  • Kim Nelson, General Mills, Minnesota
  • Andrew Zimmern, Travel Channel, Minnesota

 

12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Legislative Staff Directors Luncheon

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M100H
NCSL's annual luncheon for legislative staff agency directors, caucus staff directors and leaders' chiefs-of-staff. By invitation: Contact Brian Weberg (brian.weberg@ncsl.org) at NCSL for information.


Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges LexisNexis for sponsoring this luncheon.
 

12:00 PM to 1:15 PM

New Attendee Orientation

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 1-103ABC
First time attending the Legislative Summit?  Take part in this orientation to learn about sessions that will get you involved with NCSL, including the business meeting and standing committees.


 

1:30 PM to 2:45 PM

General Session: A New Education Revolution

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-Auditorium
General Session

Sir Ken Robinson, international education leader, is an expert on creativity, education and the economy. His ideas to revolutionize - not just reform - education challenge conventional wisdom and inspire a whole new approach to our educational system. He believes we can transform education so creativity and individual talents flourish and our children can meet the future wisely.

Special Recognition:  Martin Sabo, former Minnesota House Speaker and a founder of NCSL, NCSL President 1976-1977

  • Presiding: 
  • Senator Bruce Starr, Oregon, NCSL President
  • Welcome:
  • Senate President Sandra Pappas, Minnesota 
  • Speaker Paul Thissen, Minnesota
  • Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, Minnesota
  • Prayer: 
  • Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman, Minnesota
  • National Anthem: 
  • Selena Brills, Minnesota


 

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Crowdfunding: Simplifying the Investment Process in the States

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 1-101DEFG
  • NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Committee
Continuing Legal Education
Crowdfunders, like GoFundMe, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, are making it easier to raise capital for personal, entrepreneurial, cause-related and charity campaigns. Crowdfunding opens new opportunities for investors and provides quicker access to capital for the fundraisers. Hear about and learn from experiences in states that are actively shaping equity crowdfunding to suit their state's needs.

  • Moderator:
  • Representative Joe Atkins, Minnesota
  • Panelist:
  • Anya Coverman, North American Securities Administrators Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Senator Travis Holdman, Indiana
  • Carol Mihalik, Securities Commissioner, Indiana

 

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Recounts: Politically Decisive, Costly and Controlled by State Law

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 1-103ABC
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
Continuing Legal Education
No one wants to recount; just ask anyone from Minnesota (remember the Al Franken/Norm Coleman Senate race?) or Virginia, where a high profile recount in 2013 determined the partisan control of the state Senate. Recounts are costly and politically charged; what can legislators do to reduce their likelihood? Hear a few cautionary tales, and then learn about thresholds for publicly funded recounts, discretionary recounts (when candidates foot the bill) and best practices from those who've lived through them.

  • Moderator:
  • Senator Katie Sieben, Minnesota
  • Panelist:
  • Mark Halvorson, Citizens For Election Integrity--Minnesota, Minnesota
  • Jason Torchinsky, Virginia

 

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Reviewing State Employee Compensation Systems

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M100ABIJ
  • National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices
  • National Legislative Program Evaluation Society
Legislator/Staff Training Track
Explore methodologies and approaches to conducting studies of state employee compensation structures and how employee compensation is factored into the budget process. Learn from other states that have recently examined state employee compensation systems and how states budget for these costs.

  • Moderator:
  • Greg Fugate, Colorado General Assembly
  • Panelist:
  • Justin Brown, Virginia General Assembly
  • Sarah Herzog, Virginia General Assembly

 

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Health and Human Services Committee Federal Update and Policy Review

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-101ABIJ
  • NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
Hear an update on federal initiatives. Review the NCSL policy process and policy directives and resolutions scheduled to be considering during the business meeting on Wednesday, August 20.


 

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Five Constituent Engagement Tips in 50 Minutes

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M100FG
  • NCSL Legislative Effectiveness Committee
  • NCSL Women's Legislative Network Program
Legislators benefit when they participate in meaningful constituent engagement activities. In this fast-paced session, five legislators will share their practical tips for connecting with their constituents and community stakeholders.

  • Moderator:
  • Senator Ellen S. Roberts, Colorado
  • Panelist:
  • Former Representative Ted Celeste, Ohio
  • Representative Matt Hudson, Florida
  • Representative Jay R. Kaufman, Massachusetts
  • Senator Judy Lee, North Dakota
  • Representative Susan Westrom, Kentucky

 

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

National Black Caucus of State Legislators Executive Committee Meeting

Location:
Hilton Minneapolis Hilton Level 3- Grand Ballroom D


 

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

NLSSA Executive Board Meeting

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-207A
  • National Legislative Services and Security Association
Legislator/Staff Training Track
Participate in the business meeting and discuss fall conference planning. All NLSSA members are invited to attend.


 

3:00 PM to 4:45 PM

Military & Veterans Affairs Economic Outlook

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 2-205ABCD
  • NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
  • NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Military & Veterans Affairs
Discuss potential federal defense spending cuts and the impact it will have on states.

  • Panelist:
  • Tim Ford, Association of Defense Communities Washington D.C.
  • Michael Gilroy, Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment, Virginia