Streaming sessions

The six streamed sessions, courtesy of the Ohio Channel, are now available.

Wednesday | Aug. 20

Sessions will stream live at Times are Central. Archived videos of each session will be available shortly after the session is held. 

Small Business Development and Growth | 2-3:15 p.m. 

Discover innovative ways for your state to develop and utilize resources for expanding job growth. 

Senator Gary D. LeBeau, Connecticut

Jon Lieber, Thumbtack, California
Terry Richards, Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce, District of Columbia
Mihailo Temali, The Neighborhood Development Center, Minnesota

Bridging the Ideological Divide | 3-5 p.m. 

The problem of gridlock can't be laid at the feet of one political party or the other. So what is causing it? Former U.S. Representative Mickey Edwards, (R-Okla.), former state legislator Tom Berg, former Wisconsin Speaker Tom Loftus and former Iowa Speaker Christopher Rants draw from their experiences and offer ideas on specific reforms that might help improve our system of government, overcome ideological roadblocks and avoid unnecessary conflict based on party rather than principle. 

Tom Loftus, former Wisconsin House speaker and U.S. ambassador to Norway

Tom Berg, former state legislator and U.S. attorney, Minnesota
Mickey Edwards, former U.S. representative, Aspen Institute, Oklahoma
Christopher Rants, sormer speaker of the House, Iowa

THURSDAY | Aug. 21

New Online Threats and Dangers: Can the Law Keep Up? | 10:15-11:15 a.m.

Bad actors are involved in revenge porn, mug-shot extortion, online impersonation, privacy invasions, harassment and hacking. Learn about actions legislatures are taking to combat these new challenges and the complex issues they raise. 

Representative Jeff Morris
, Washington
Representative H.B. Zuber, Mississippi

Jim Halpert
, DLA Piper, Washington, D.C.
Lee Rowland, ACLU, New York
Jeff Williams, Dell Secureworks, Washington

Alternatives for State Health Innovation | 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Many state legislators don't believe recent national health reforms are the best or only solution to the nation's health care problems. States have proposed alternative initiatives for insurance reforms and Medicaid programs that contain costs, provide high quality care, coordinate care and services and focus on personal responsibility and preventive health. Hear about and share opinions on state initiatives that can move the country toward a more sustainable health care system. 

Steve Rauschenberger
, Rauschenberger Partners, LLC, Illinois

Representative James A. Dunnigan
, Utah
Representative Michael Fisher, Vermont
Senator Patricia Miller, Indiana
Professor Raymond Scheppach, State Health Care Cost Containment Commission; Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia

Reading by Third Grade: It's Critical | 2:15-3:30 p.m.

Kids who are behind in reading often never catch up and struggle to succeed in school and work. Explore a range of strategies to ensure every child can read by the end of third grade, including strengthening early learning, identification, remediation, and retention as a last resort.

Stephen M. Saland
, New York, Past NCSL President

Cari Miller
, Foundation For Excellence In Education, Florida
General Mark Musick, major general, Air Force (Ret.), Mission: Readiness, Washington, D.C.
Ralph Smith, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Maryland

The Ethical Challenges of Dark Money | 3:45-4:45 p.m.

The term "dark money" is increasingly used to describe campaign funds that come from unknown sources. States have attempted to crystallize ethical values of transparency and openness into law through disclosure and reporting requirements. With recent campaign finance rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, what options exist for states to retain and strengthen disclosure laws? What are the ethical challenges presented by dark money? What impact do independent expenditures have on the outcome of state elections? Explore attempts to regulate dark money and consider the legal limits of disclosure. 

Tamara Dodge
, Wisconsin Legislature

Allen Dickerson
, Center For Competitive Politics, Virginia
Gary Goldsmith, Campaign Finance & Public Disclosure Board, Minnesota
Larry Noble, Campaign Legal Center, Washington, D.C.

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