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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about the Legislative Summit? You're in the right place. We answer many of the questions you may have about the Legislative Summit in Minneapolis, and if your question is not here, get in touch.

Why should I attend the Legislative Summit?
The meeting will give you all kinds of ideas, information and solutions from other states, public policy experts and well-known speakers. It also provides professional development opportunities and a chance to network with colleagues from around the country.

Who attends?
More than 5,000 legislators from both sides of the aisle, legislative staff, government officials, business representatives, union members, foundation representatives and others interested in public policy, along with their families.

When and where is the meeting?
Aug. 19-22, 2014, in Minneapolis, Minn., at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The opening general session will be on Tuesday, Aug. 19, in the afternoon. Check out the At-a-Glance Schedule to determine if you need to arrive earlier for a committee, task force, pre-conference or other meeting. Stay through Friday, Aug. 22, so you don't miss any valuable sessions.

How many sessions will there be?
There will be more than 100 sessions on topics you, your legislature and your citizens care about most:  budgets and taxes, jobs and the economy, transportation funding, health reform, energy development, education funding, environmental regulations, privacy issues, pension reform, and many, many more, including professional development sessions.

Who should I contact about an idea for a session?
Call the NCSL staff expert on the topic, who may be able to incorporate your suggestion or speaker into a session. To find out who that is, call NCSL at 303-364-7700 or send an email to

When does the Executive Committee and Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee meet?
On Monday, Aug. 18. To attend, plan to arrive on Sunday, Aug. 17.

When is the Business Meeting?
This important meeting, where delegates vote on the policies that will direct NCSL's advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C., will be on Friday, Aug. 22, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

How do I register and how much does it cost?
For complete information on rates and registration, visit the Attendee Registration page. With a photo ID, you will be able to pick up your registration materials, badge and the program in the registration area of the Minneapolis Convention Center beginning Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 8 a.m. Badges will be required to attend all sessions and events and board shuttle buses.

How do I make my hotel reservation?
For complete instructions on how to make a hotel reservation at one of the conference hotels, visit the Housing and Travel page.

Is transportation provided to the hotels?
There will be shuttle service to and from some of the hotels and the convention center for registered attendees, but there will not be transportation provided from the airport. Shuttle schedule and routes are subject to change. Visit the Housing and Travel page for more information about getting around in Minneapolis.

Can I host an event in conjunction with the Legislative Summit?
Any meetings 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 to be informed so we can help delegates looking for your meeting or event. Contact for more information.

What and when is States' Night?
It's an opportunity for delegates from each state to get together to discuss the Summit and explore Minneapolis. It will be on Wednesday, Aug. 20. Events are coordinated by state delegations, not by NCSL. Please let NCSL know at if your state has organized an event.

Who should I contact about exhibiting?
The Summit’s Exhibit Hall is the best place to connect with NCSL members! To learn more about our audience, the outstanding opportunities of exhibiting and the costs, visit the Exhibitor page or contact LeAnn Hoff.

What should I bring to wear?
Business casual is the norm for the Legislative Summit. Remember, convention centers can be chilly depending on the room!

Is there accommodation for people with disabilities?
Buses will be available with advanced scheduling for anyone requiring modified access vehicles. If you need a scooter or a wheelchair they can be ordered ahead of time. See here for more information. If you have any requests for special accommodations at the convention center to ensure your complete participation, please let us know at

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