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 -- 8:45 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.

Speakers:

  • Aaron Krenz, Branch Chief - Yellow Ribbon Program, Minnesota
  • Annette Kuyper, Director of Military Outreach, Minnesota
  • Judge Kerry Meyer, Minnesota
  • 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 

 



 

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, 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

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.

  • 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
  • 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 Is Here

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, the way we do business, and how we develop state policy. Includes a demonstration of a 3D printer.

  • 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.

  • Speaker:
  • Senator Donald K. Balfour, Georgia
  • Senator Mo Denis, Nevada
  • Mike Fernandez, Cargill, Minnesota
  • Matt Walker, National Restaurant Association, Washington, D.C.