2014 Legislative Summit


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

 

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

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

12:30 PM to 1:45 PM

The State Role in Private Retirement Security (Luncheon)

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 1-102ABC
  • NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
  • NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Committee
A number of states are considering state-run retirement savings plans for private workers without an employer-provided pension. Some would mandate employer participation, others would be voluntary. These proposals raise several questions – do private employers and workers currently lack access to cost effective private retirement plans? Would these state proposals offer new options, lower costs or incentives not available from private sector providers? How would a state plan mesh with the federal framework of worker protections and income taxation? Explore the merits of state, federal and private sector savings reforms.

  • Speaker:
  • Jeffrey Brown, University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign
  • Sarah Mysiewicz, AARP, Washington, D.C.

Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges the American Council of Life Insurers and the Minnesota Insurance and Financial Services Council for sponsoring this luncheon.
 

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Municipal Bankruptcy: What are States to Do When A Locality Heads South?

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-Ballroom B
Continuing Legal Education
Municipal finance distress can have dire consequences on states. Learn what legislatures can do to prevent municipal bankruptcies and how to make sure near- and long-term obligations are met.

  • Moderator:
  • Frank Shafroth, Center for State & Local Leadership, George Mason University, Virginia
  • Speaker:
  • Thomas Bennett, U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Alabama
  • Kil Huh, State and Local Fiscal Health, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, D.C.
  • Richard Ravitch, State of New York, New York

Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges The Pew Charitable Trusts for supporting this session.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

 

10:15 AM to 11:15 AM

Public Pension Investment Policy – What's the Role for Alternative Investments?

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-Ballroom B
Legislatures play a key role in setting investment policy for their public plans. Hear from the various perspectives—from advocating for high-risk alternative investments to promoting only lower risk, low-fee investments.

  • Moderator:
  • David Draine, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, D.C.
  • Speaker:
  • Chris Tobe, Stable Value Consultants, Kentucky

Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges The Pew Charitable Trusts for supporting this session.
 

11:30 AM to 12:45 PM

New Policies in the World of Pensions

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-Ballroom B
Recent rule changes that divorced accounting standards from funding standards have created a new world of public pension plan accounting. Learn what it means for you and your state.

  • Moderator:
  • Dana Bilyeu, NASRA, Kentucky
  • Speaker:
  • Paul Angelo, Segal Consulting, California
  • Karen Carraher, Ohio Public Employees Retirement System

Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges The Pew Charitable Trusts for supporting this session.