imgSix sessions were streamed live from the Summit on Wednesday and Thursday. Archives are available.
Six sessions were streamed live from the Summit on Wednesday and Thursday. Archives are available.
imgSummit Online Resources
Summit Online Resources
Check out NCSL's online resources for the Legislative Summit , including speaker bios, presentations, handouts, links to streaming sessions and more.

Tuesday's Highlights


Minneapolis Hosting Annual Gathering

Yo-Yo Ma, Sir Ken Robinson Among Summit's Top Speakers

Summit Kicks Off Today

Online Resources

Today’s Summit Agenda

General Session

Guest Tour
A tour of the Mall of America kicks off at 9:30 a.m. for Summit guests.

New Attendees
First time at the Summit. Attend this orientation to learn about the sessions that will get you involved with NCSL, including the business meeting and standing committees. Noon-1:15 p.m. | Room 103ABC

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. 1:30–2:45 p.m. | Auditorium

Opening Reception:
Catch the Pioneer Spirit Explore at the Mill City Museum, one of the most spectacular venues in Minnesota on the banks of the beautiful Mississippi River. 6-7:30 p.m. | Mill City Museum


Wednesday's Highlights


NCSL Reports on 2014 Immigration Legislation

Yo-Yo Ma, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Cindy McCain Higlight Wednesday's Speakers

Lace Up Your Sneakers for the Walk for Wellness

Online Resources

Today’s Summit Agenda

Summit Photo Gallery

General Session

Guest Tour:
The St. Paul City Tour and Scenic Riverboat Lunch Cruise runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Streaming Sessions:
Two of today’s issue sessions will be webcast live on You can watch them live today or visit the website later to watch an archived version. Learn more.

General Session
Ending Human Trafficking: Human trafficking in the United States exploits tens of thousands of children and vulnerable victims each year. Two women, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and humanitarian Cindy McCain, are working with Congress, the states and through private initiatives to bring national focus on trafficking, ensure that victims are not treated as criminals and to develop policies to end it. 9-10:15 a.m. | Auditorium

Legislative Staff University
Communicate Like a Rock Star: If you’re ready to go from good to great as a communicator, check out this session with communications expert Sari de la Motte, who has coached Fortune 500 executives, trial attorneys and others on how to boost their influence and enhance their leadership with silent signals. 3:30-5 p.m. | L100ABC

Thursday's Highlights

General Session

Walk for Wellness
Join your colleagues on this morning for the Walk for Wellness, a 5K run or walk through one of Minneapolis’ most beautiful Friday spaces. 6:30 a.m. | Loring Park

Streaming Sessions
Four of today’s issue sessions will be webcast live on You can watch them live today or visit the website later to watch an archived version. Learn more.

Guest Tour
Check out the Minnesota State Fair on this tour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

General Session
Polls, Politics and What Americans Really Think: Neil Newhouse and Geoffrey Garin are two of the most respected political pollsters in the nation. Their different political stripes make for a lively discussion of what Americans think about their country, which party is likely to win in the upcoming election, and what that will mean for the nation. 9-10 a.m. | Auditorium

Brrrrrr! Oregon Senator Bruce Starr, NCSL president, takes on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with a little help from Utah Senator Curt Bramble, NCSL vice president.

Legislative Staff Achievement Luncheon
Staff work hard every day to effectively run our most important institution— the state legislature. Roger Moe, Minnesota's Senate majority leader for 22 years, knows that every lawmaker is indebted to the talented staff who are at the very heart of democracy. Enjoy a luncheon celebrating the talents, achievements and triumphs of the nation's legislative staff. 12:30-2 p.m. | Ballroom A

Exhibit Hall Luncheon
Enjoy a delicious Italian buffet in the Exhibit Hall, sponsored Tuesday by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries. 12:30-2 p.m. | Exhibit Hall C

Social Event
Minnesota Proud, Nicollet Island: Experience the beauty of Nicollet Island, smack dab in the middle of the Mississippi River with its historic St. Anthony Falls, just north of the birthplace of Minneapolis. The night will be capped off by a performance by Minnesota's own Soul Asylum set on a stage with the city skyline as a back drop. 6:30-9 p.m. | Nicollet Island

Friday's Highlights


Managing authors, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, are Friday's Speakers

NCSL Staff Chair Tom Wright presents the Online Democracy Award to Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser and House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart.

John Snyder, Kentucky, and Jennifer Jones, Texas, receiving the Standing Committees' Legislative Staff Achievement Award.

General Session

Bipartisan Bike Ride
Join us as we cruise the streets and trails of Minneapolis for the 10th annual NCSL Bipartisan Bike Ride. Touted by Bicycling Magazine as the nation's number one bicycle city, the ride around Minneapolis will be a great way to start the conference day and see the sights of the city at a leisurely 10 miles an hour. Online registration is closed. Email Douglas Shinkle with questions about the ride.

Republican and Democratic Breakfasts
Enjoy breakfast with your colleagues from around the country to share ideas and hear about perspectives on Congress and the election. 8:30-10:15 a.m. | GOP breakfast 200ABIJ | Democratic breakfast M100F.

NCSL Business Meeting
All legislators and legislative staff are urged to attend the Business Meeting and consider Policy Directives and Resolutions that will guide NCSL's advocacy efforts before Congress and the administration, amendments to the Bylaws and Rules of Procedure, election of NCSL officers and approval of the Conference budget. All other meeting participants are welcome to observe. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 101ABCDEFGHIJ

General Session
Seattle, Salmon and Politics: Feast on Washington’s superb salmon and a hearty portion of insider politics at the 2015 Washington State Legislative Summit Kick-Off lunch. The Washington Host Committee will dazzle you with the beauty of the state, and the art, culture and ambiance of one of America’s great cities. You’ll hear the insiders’ view of the other Washington – D.C., that is, from John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, managing editors of Bloomberg Politics and authors of “Game Change.” 12:30-2 p.m. | Ballroom AB


  • Pollsters: Political Environment Worst in Memory

    Republican pollster Neil Newhouse started off with a grabber: How many in the audience are running for office, he asked. Next, he wanted to know, how many of those races are competitive?

  • What We Convey is More Than We Say

    In case you’re wondering, the rock concert yesterday afternoon was in room L100ABC, during the Legislative Staff University course on communication skills.

  • States on Front Lines of Drug Death Epidemic

    A Minnesota state lawmaker who lost her 23-year-old daughter to a heroin overdose in 2007 carried legislation this past spring to help prevent similar deaths.

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