The July-August issue looks at partisanship in legislatures, renovating capitols, pay for lawmakers, the challenging job of chief of staff, the costs of legislation and much more.
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The Spring Executive Committee and Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee Meeting will be held in Anchorage, Alaska, May 29-31, 2014, at the Hotel Captain Cook. Platinum sponsors receive five complimentary registrations, gold two and silver one. read more
Legislative leaders will meet July 23-25, 2014, in Washington, D.C., at the JW Marriott. Leaders will meet again at the end of the year, Dec. 15-17, 2014, in New York City at the Hilton Times Square. Platinum sponsors are invited to send two representatives to both of these events.
NCSL's Legislative Summit has been the largest gathering of legislators and staff for 40 years. Start planning now for the 2014 Legislative Summit in Minneapolis, Minn., Aug. 19-22. read more
Remember that the Our Sponsors' Views is a benefit available to all sponsors. We encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to make your organization's policy statements and studies available to NCSL's constituents via our website. To submit your documents, contact Robert Williams
Everybody Wins—Driving Economic Growth and Energy Efficiency with on Bill Financing: Energy efficiency financing policies, such as on-bill financing, help home and building owners overcome the upfront costs that often put energy efficiency improvements out of reach. This webinar will explore state on-bill financing programs enacted through legislation and utility on-bill financing programs. read more
Technology to Combat Drunken Driving: Ignition Interlocks: Today, all 50 states have some sort of ignition interlock law that is used as a tool to stop those convicted from driving after drinking. NHTSA has recently released a Model Guideline for State Ignition Interlock Programs that provides practical strategies to help improve interlock program features including legislation, education, program administration, and criminal and administrative sanctions. read more
Medicaid Spending Trends and Cost Drivers: A 50-State View: States’ total Medicaid spending varies widely because of several factors, only some of which are in state policymakers’ control. Sharing new insights from the Pew Charitable Trusts’ State Health Spending Project research, this webinar will examine state Medicaid spending across states and highlight areas where legislators can influence these costs. read more
Coverage Options: Outreach and Enrollment: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is expected to provide health insurance to millions of newly-insured Americans through Medicaid expansion and/or the Health Benefit Exchanges (commonly referred to as health insurance marketplaces). This webinar will describe requirements for health exchanges, summarize outreach and enrollment efforts across the country, and highlight lessons learned about effective outreach and enrollment approaches. read more
A Cost-Benefit Look at Renewable Energy Standards: State renewable energy mandates, also called renewable portfolio standards (RPS), are helping to drive substantial increases in renewable energy production. As the share of electricity produced by renewable sources rises, many are interested in the effect that these policies are having on retail electricity rates. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) have gathered and analyzed cost and benefit data from programs across the U.S. and will present their findings. read more
The Foundation is undertaking an exciting new partnership project on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Through this one-year project, lawmakers will have a unique opportunity to work with industry leaders, researchers and safety experts as they discuss legislation addressing UAS use by law enforcement and for business and economic development. By creating specialized educational resources and facilitating candid discussions between state policymakers, industry leaders and end-users, this project will identify options for maximizing the benefits of UAS while also addressing 4th Amendment privacy and safety concerns. As the Federal Aviation Administration works to integrate UAS into American airspace, state policymakers and their constituents are working to tap the potential of UAS for public and private applications. NCSL’s new unmanned aircraft systems partnership is an important step in informing those efforts. Fundraising efforts are taking place now and Amazon is the first partner to join the effort.
New technologies provide a range of opportunities for government to strengthen services to citizens, improve efficiency and security, and fight fraud and abuse. This latest public-private partnership will focus on the following topics in the coming year: IT procurement, IT governance, cybersecurity and harnessing data to improve services. Current partners include Esri, Hewlett-Packard, SAS Institute and Mob Advocacy. The partners will meet again in June 2014 for a site visit to the SAS campus in Cary, North Carolina.
The Jobs Summit II invitational meeting will take place Sept. 17-19, 2014, in San Jose, Calif., on eBay's north campus. The conference will focus on four main topics: workforce development, manufacturing, entrepreneurship and tax incentives. In addition, there will be tours of the eBay Commerce Innovation Showcase. The Jobs Partnership publications are all in the design phase and will be published on the NCSL website soon. Publications include a LegisBriefs on entrepreneurship, workforce development and manufacturing.
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