Frequently Asked Questions
Who attends the Annual Legislative Summit?
We're expecting 5,000 legislators, legislative staffers, families, government officials, business representatives, union members, foundation representatives and others interested in public policy.
When and where is the meeting?
July 25-28, 2010, in Louisville at the Kentucky International Convention Center. Some pre-conference sessions and ancillary events will take place at the Louisville Marriott Downtown (connected to the Convention Center). More information about where sessions take place will be in the online agenda as we get closer to the event.
When should I arrive in Louisville?
Plan to arrive on Sunday, July 25. Check our at-a-glance schedule to determine if you need to arrive earlier for committee, task force, pre-conference or NCSL governance meetings. Our opening general session will be Monday morning at the Convention Center.
How long should I stay?
Stay through Wednesday night, July 28! You won’t want to miss the closing event at Churchill Downs.
How many sessions will there be?
You can choose from some 150 sessions on topics that you, your legislature and the citizens of your state care most about. The online agenda will be available soon.
What topics will be covered?
We'll hold sessions on the economy, transportation, education, health care, human services, energy, environment and professional development for legislators and staff. Read more about our Issue Forums now.
This is my first Legislative Summit, what should I expect?
Never has it been more important to attend NCSL's Legislative Summit. The meeting will give you cost-saving ideas from other states and professional development opportunities you can't get anywhere else. Each day, the conference features new material, new subjects and the nation's best public policy experts.
What is the dress code?
Business casual is the norm for the Legislative Summit.
How do I make my hotel reservation?
Hotel reservations are linked to your conference registration. Therefore, you cannot make a hotel reservation until you’ve registered for the conference.
I'm interested in exhibiting. Whom should I contact?
We offer outstanding opportunities for exhibitors. To learn more about our audience, the benefits of exhibiting at the Legislative Summit and the costs, visit our Exhibitor page or contact LeAnn Hoff.
When does the Executive Committee and Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee meet?
They will meet on Sunday, July 25. Plan to arrive on Saturday, July 24.
How do I register?
The easiest way to register is online. For complete information on registration dates and rates, or to download a paper form, please visit our attendee registration page.
Members of the Media and Exhibitors, please link to your respective registration information.
When will I receive my registration materials?
Materials will not be mailed in advance. You can pick up your badge, registration materials and program onsite beginning Sunday morning, July 25, in Hall 1A of the Kentucky International Convention Center. Please see our program at-a-glance for registration hours. A photo ID will be required to pick up your materials at registration. Badges will be required to attend sessions, board all shuttle buses and attend off-site events.
Whom should I contact about hosting an event in conjunction with the NCSL Legislative Summit?
Any meeting held during the hours of the Summit must be approved by NCSL in advance. Events held after normal event hours do not require permission, but NCSL asks that you let us know so we can help delegates who may be looking for your meeting or event. Contact us for more information, or view the program at-a-glance to view ancillary time slots.
Whom should I contact about an idea for a session?
Call the NCSL staffer who researches your topic. That person may be able to incorporate your suggestion or speaker into a committee or Issue Forum. To find out who to contact, call us at 303-364-7700 or send us an e-mail.
When is the Business Meeting?
This important meeting, in which delegates direct NCSL's advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C., is held right after the General Session on Wednesday, July 28, from 11 am until 12:30 pm.
What is States' Night?
It's an opportunity for delegates from each state to get together to compare notes, catch up on the week's activities and explore Louisville. States' Night this year is Tuesday, July 27. Events are coordinated by individual state delegations and not by NCSL. We invite you to let us know when and where your State is meeting so that we can assist others who inquire.
Is transportation provided from the airport to the hotels?
No, but we do provide shuttle service throughout the conference to registered attendees staying at most conference hotels. More information is available at our travel page about getting around in Louisville.
Is there accessibility for people with disabilities?
Buses will be available with advanced scheduling for anyone requiring modified access vehicles. If you have any requests for special accommodations, let us know! Contact us, and we’ll direct your inquiry to the appropriate staff member.