Political disunity, health reform, drones, immigration, the cloud and  the three E’s—education, elections and energy—will all be top-shelf agenda items during the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Fall Forum Dec. 4-6 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Rd. NW.

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman

Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman and former U.S. Senator and Indiana Governor Evan Bayh will headline a plenary luncheon Thursday, Dec. 5, to discuss their efforts as co-chairs of No Labels, a national organization working to bring the political parties together to address the challenges facing the nation and rebuild citizens’ trust in government.

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Grace-Marie Turner

Health reform will be explored with Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute, offering a free-market perspective on the topic during the Health Reform Task Force meeting Wednesday, Dec. 4.

The full agenda includes sessions on drone regulations, education, elections, energy, immigration reform, transportation, the federal budget, international trade and states’ economies, climate action regulations, mobile payments and more. Highlights include:

  • Can An International Assement Help Improve U.S. Schools? Just-released results from an education study by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OCED) will offer attendees a snapshot into how 15-year-old students in the United States compare to students in 65 other countries in math, science and reading. Andreas Schleicher of the OECD will presentsthe findings followed by a discussion with a panel of experts: Carlos Contreas from Intel, Marc Tucker of the Center on Education and the Economy, and Randi Weingarten from the American Federation of Teachers.
  • The Roles and Results of Health Marketplaces/Exchanges. After two months of operation for state-run and federally facilitated marketplaces, policymakers will explore the lessons learned, alternative models and next steps. 
  • U.S. Supreme Court: The Power of Nine. An expert panel will preview the top cases expected before the court this year, sleeper issues that may emerge and federalism implications.
  • Taxing the Cloud and State & Federal Tax Reform. This two-part session will explore how states define and tax digital services and products, along with recent state tax reform efforts and the implications of potential federal changes.

In addition, state lawmakers serving on the organization’s eight Standing Committees will consider policy directives and resolutions that guide NCSL’s advocacy efforts before Congress and the administration.

Credentialed members of the media may attend the forum at no cost. To register and for more information, contact the NCSL public affairs office.

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