2014 Legislative Summit


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

 

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



 

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

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

10:30 AM to 11:15 AM

Labor & Economic Development Committee Business Meeting

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M100ABIJ
  • NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
Discuss and vote on the reauthorization of Veterans' Affairs, Impact Aid, Funding Cuts, Employment and Educational Assistance Resolution. Review, discuss and vote on any other policies.


 

12:30 PM to 1:45 PM

Arts in Education & Workforce Lunch

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-200DEFG
  • NCSL Education Committee
  • NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
Turnaround Arts, a signature program of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, is demonstrating how arts education can have a dramatic impact in the country’s lowest-performing schools. Hear from members and staff of the President's Committee on the impact of the arts on often-ignored elements of reform – attendance, parent engagement, school climate, and other school turnaround indicators. Come learn about the role of the arts in shaping the lives and development of future generations, both in the classroom and in their careers.

  • Speaker:
  • Senator Richard J. Cohen, Member, President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Minnesota
  • Rachel Goslins, Executive Director, President's Committee On the Arts and the Humanities, Washington, D.C.
  • Ron Gubitz, ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy, Louisiana
  • Yo-Yo Ma, Grammy award-winning cellist & Member, President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Massachusetts
  • Narric Rome, Americans For the Arts, Washington, D.C.

Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges Americans for the Arts for sponsoring this lunch.
 

2:00 PM to 3:15 PM

Small Business Development & Growth

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 2-205ABCD
  • NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
Discover innovative ways for your state to develop and utilize resources for expanding job growth.

  • Moderator:
  • Senator Gary D. LeBeau, Connecticut
  • Panelist:
  • Jon Lieber, Thumbtack, California
  • Terry Richards, Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce, District of Columbia
  • Mihailo Temali, The Neighborhood Development Center, Minnesota

 

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

States Debate Minimum Wage

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-Auditorium Room 1
  • NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
As some states debate a minimum wage increase, the question becomes if an increase costs or creates jobs. Find out how states are answering that question and what actions they are taking while a federal proposed increase has not moved in Congress.

  • Moderator:
  • Senator Anna I. Fairclough, Alaska
  • Panelist:
  • Delegate Talmadge Branch, Maryland
  • Senator Gary Dahms, Minnesota
  • Representative Ryan Winkler, Minnesota
  • Representative Monica C. Youngblood, New Mexico

 

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Crypto-Currencies: Changing the Way We Do Commerce

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 1-101DEFG
  • NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Committee
Continuing Legal Education
Some stores accept alternative payments, such as Bitcoins and other crypto-currencies, that benefit both customers and merchants. With the concept of crypto-currencies becoming more popular, some states and the IRS issued new guidelines on virtual currencies. Explore the policy implications these new payment methods present for the states.

  • Facilitator:
  • Representative Joe Atkins, Minnesota
  • Gary Schaefer, Louisiana Legislature
  • Speaker:
  • Jim Harper, Bitcoin Foundation, Washington, D.C.
  • Matthew Lambert, Conference of State Bank Supervisors, Washington, D.C.
  • Jason Thomas, Thomson Reuters, Virginia

Thursday, August 21, 2014

 

10:15 AM to 11:15 AM

U.S. Economic Outlook

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-Auditorium Room 3
The economy appears to be picking up steam after five years of a sluggish recovery. Will it continue? A leading national economist will provide the latest analysis and outlook for the coming year as you plan for the new budget year.

  • Panelist:
  • Kei-Mu Yi, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

11:30 AM to 12:45 PM

All Bets Are Off: The Battle Over Online Gambling

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-101DE
  • NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
  • NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Committee
Despite decades of successful state stewardship of the gambling industry, Congress continues to try to encroach on states' prerogatives to regulate gambling within their own borders. Find out about early efforts among a handful of states to introduce online gambling as well as the regulatory impacts on states posed by the federal legislation.

  • Facilitator:
  • James Kilsby, Gambling Compliance, Washington, D.C.
  • Speaker:
  • Andy Abboud, Las Vegas Sands Corp., Nevada
  • Jon Porter, Porter Gordon Silver, Washington, D.C.
  • Roger Salazar, Alliance For State and Consumer Rights, Washington, D.C.

 

2:15 PM to 3:30 PM

The New Economy of Sharing

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Lower Level-L100DEFG
  • NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
It's been called one of the "Ten Ideas That Will Change the World." It's the sharing economy, and it encompasses everything from ride-sharing to vacation rentals. Examine transportation-sharing options and how states are providing consumer protection and oversight for this burgeoning industry.

  • Panelist:
  • Nelson Chan, Transportation Sustainability Research Center, California
  • Roger Chapin, Mears Transportation Group, Florida
  • Ashwini Chhabra, Uber Technologies, New York

 

3:45 PM to 5:00 PM

3D Printing and the Training of our Future Workforce through Higher Education

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Lower Level-L100ABC
Making a three–dimensional solid object from a digital model is no longer just a thing of science fiction. Explore the potential of this revolutionary new technology and what it means for the future of manufacturing and the way we train the workforce and how we develop state policy. Includes a demonstration of a 3D printer.

  • Moderator:
  • Senator Gary D. LeBeau, Connecticut
  • Panelist:
  • Senator Terri E. Bonoff, Minnesota
  • Jon Cobb, Stratasys, Ltd., Minnesota

 

3:45 PM to 5:00 PM

From Minnesota to Mumbai: Economic Competitiveness and Immigration

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-101ABIJ
How can "immigrant capital" counter baby boomer retirement, support trade and economic development, and contribute to scientific and technological innovation? How can legislators better assess the economic and fiscal impact of immigrants in their local communities? Some contend that immigrants support housing growth and contribute to scientific and technological innovations while others argue that immigrants can add to the financial burden of state and local governments. Hear from business and political leaders on the competition for global talent and how to reform the nation's immigration system to benefit the American economy.

  • Moderator:
  • Sandra Vargas, The Minneapolis Foundation, Minnesota
  • Speaker:
  • Senator Curtis S. Bramble, Utah
  • Senator Mo Denis, Nevada
  • Mike Fernandez, Cargill, Minnesota
  • Matt Walker, National Restaurant Association, Washington, D.C.