Highlights From Summit


Looking Back at Nashville

NCSL’s 45th annual Legislative Summit in Nashville had it all, from engaging, full-house policy sessions to country music legend Dolly Parton talking about her Imagination Library project, which distributes books to kids. Oh, and she sang. You can find recorded sessions and other resources here.

And plan now to join us next year in Indianapolis, Aug. 10-13.

NEW OFFICERS: Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos became NSCSL’s 47th president; outgoing president Illinois Senator Toi Hutchinson greets Vos, who will serve until next year’s Summit in Indianapolis. Outgoing staff chair Jon Heining, general counsel for the Texas Legislative Council, passes the gavel to Martha Wigton, director of Georgia’s House Budget and Research Office.

Wes MooreON BEING MOORE: Wes Moore, a combat veteran, Rhodes Scholar, White House Fellow, business leader and author of “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Faces,” spoke about transformational leadership.



SUMMIT EXHIBIT HALL AND SESSIONS: Top, every booth in the Exhibit Hall was filled, and many exhibits, like this on virtual reality, drew enthusiastic crowds. Above, the audience at one of this year’s many standing-room-only policy sessions.









Presidential historian Jon Meacham, left, said that, even in turbulent times, “History has the capacity to bring us together,” and U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee displayed a student loan application form in all its lengthy glory as a way of urging lawmakers to simplify the process.


Country music legend Dolly Parton sang and spoke about her Imagination Library project, which has distributed nearly 125 million books to kids 5 and younger. 

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