2012 Legislative SummitEnvironment Committee Agenda for 2012 Legislative Summit 
(As of May 16, 2012)

August 6 - 9, 2012 
McCormick Place Convention Center
  
Chicago, Illinois

 
NCSL 2012 Legislative Summit web site

Environment Committee Officers and Staff

 August 6 | August 7 | August 8 | August 9

 Monday, August 6

 7:30 am - 5:30 pm

Pre-Conference Workshops, Seminars, Task Forces, and Working Groups

8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Environmental Health Policy Preconference

NCSL Environment Committee members are invited to attend this preconference event to discuss environmental health policy in the states. Hear from experts, discuss pressing issues facing your communities, and network with fellow legislators and legislative staff. Please contact Scott Hendrick (scott.hendrick@ncsl.org; 303-856-1409) if you are interested in attending this event.

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm

New Attendee Orientation

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

General Session featuring Diane Swonk

3:15 pm – 5:00 pm

Environment Standing Committee Business Meeting

Members of the Committee will act on committee business reviewing existing policies scheduled to sunset and any new policies submitted for consideration. 
Including five new draft policy directives. More information about the policies to be considered is available on-line through the Environment Committee Policy Directive Overview webpage: www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?tabid=24361.

Presiding:

Senator Beverly Gard, Indiana, Co-Chair, Environment Committee

5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

Steering Committee Meeting

The steering committee consists of the overall Standing Committee officers and the legislators and staff chairs of the individual committees. Members will review plans for this Forum, and policies under consideration, and the rules of procedure in the committees and business meeting.

Tuesday, August 7

9:00 am – 10:15 pm

General Session featuring Peter Hart and Neil Newhouse

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Environment Standing Committee Business Meeting

Members of the Committee will act on committee business reviewing existing policies scheduled to sunset and any new policies submitted for consideration.
Including five new draft policy directives. More information about the policies to be considered is available on-line through the Environment Committee Policy Directive Overview webpage: www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?tabid=24361.

Presiding:

Senator Beverly Gard, Indiana, Co-Chair, Environment Committee
Representative Jeff Morris, Washington, Co-Chair, Environment Committee

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The Clean Coal Energy Future: What Does it Mean for the Domestic Economy?

Joint Committee Lunch: Agriculture and Energy Committee and the Environment Committee

As one of the most abundant U.S. sources of energy, coal provides nearly half the electricity that Americans use. While the industry faces a variety of challenges such as an uncertain regulatory future, evolving emission reduction goals and facility siting concerns there remains a strong potential for clean coal as a viable and cost efficient fuel into the future. This session will explore the long-term viability of coal as a fuel source and the impacts of clean coal technology on energy reliability, price and security as well as its broader impacts on jobs and the economy.

Speaker:

Frank Clemente Ph.D., Senior Professor of Social Science & Energy Policy, Penn State University

NCSL gratefully acknowledges Peabody Energy for providing lunch.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Environment Standing Committee Business Meeting

Members of the Committee will act on committee business reviewing existing policies scheduled to sunset and any new policies submitted for consideration.
Including five new draft policy directives. More information about the policies to be considered is available on-line through the Environment Committee Policy Directive Overview webpage: www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?tabid=24361.

Presiding:

Senator Beverly Gard, Indiana, Co-Chair, Environment Committee
Representative Jeff Morris, Washington, Co-Chair, Environment Committee

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Clean Air Regulations – A Conversation with EPA: What’s New & What’s Next for States?

Joint Session of the Agriculture and Energy Committee and the Environment Committee

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently taken significant steps to advance clean air regulations that will both put in place or update limits on emission of traditional pollutants, as well as propose first of its kind limits for greenhouse-gas emissions from new power plants. This session will allow legislators to engage in a discussion with key staff from EPA on just what is ahead for states who, as partners in implementing the Clean Air Act, will play a key role in implementing these programs. Legislators will also have an opportunity to discuss the rationale behind the agency’s regulatory decisions including such issues as the role of scientific review and cost benefit analysis.

Speaker:

Janet McCabe, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. EPA

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Beyond the Blue Bin - Recycling is Not Waste or Disposal

States are facing numerous issues that touch upon recycling but often not much is known about what happens to materials once they enter the recycling stream, and too often, laws and regulations lump recycling and waste disposal together, which can have the unintended consequence of making recycling more difficult for individuals and businesses.  Recycling is not a single activity. It is a process—a chain of activities that includes consumers and manufacturers—that's a lot bigger than your recycling bin at the curb. This session will highlight for state lawmakers what it takes to achieve the environmental goals behind recycling efforts and the interplay between recycling activities and local economies, while providing an overview of the recycling industry and the logistics of recycling that go beyond the curbside blue bin

Reception sponsored by ISRI following session

4:45 pm - 5:45 pm

Steering Committee

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

“Windy City Welcome” Reception at the Museum of Science and Industry

Wednesday, August 8

 9:30 am - 10:15 am

 Issue Forum

11:00 am - 12:15 pm

 Issue Forum

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

 “Atlanta Kick-Off” Exhibit Hall Luncheon

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

 Issue Forum

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

 Legislators Roundtable

Thursday August 9

8:30 am - 11:30 am

General Session 

10:30 am - 12:15 pm

Business Meeting

The business meeting features consideration of policy directives and resolutions of the 12 Standing Committees adopted earlier in the Summit. Come discuss and vote on policy directives and resolutions that guide NCSL's advocacy efforts before Congress and the administration.

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

General Session featuring Doris Kearns Goodwin

2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Issue Forums

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

“Musical Feast” Reception at Millennium Park

 

The NCSL Environment Standing Committee will next meet during
NCSL's 2012 Legislative Summit to be held in Chicago, IL, August 6-9, 2012.

Please plan to attend!

 

For additional information about the Committee, please contact:

Scott Hendrick (303-856-1409) or (scott.hendrick@ncsl.org)

Tamra Spielvogel (202-624-8690) or (tamra.spielvogel@ncsl.org)

Marcus Peterson (202-624-8670) or (marcus.peterson@ncsl.org)