NCSL Kicks Off 42nd Annual Legislative Summit in Chicago

8/8/2016

NCSL NewsLegislators and Legislative Staff Will Gather to Develop Solutions to Pressing Issues 

ChicagoThe National Conference of State Legislatures kicked off its 42nd annual Legislative Summit at the McCormick Place West on Monday, Aug. 8.

About 5,000 state legislators, legislative staffers and others interested in state government are expected to attend this week’s meeting to learn, gain knowledge, and participate in discussion to take back to their respective states. Throughout the duration of the Summit, attendees can expect an array of policy committee meetings, forums and best practice discussions.

Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal (D), president-elect of NCSL, says the annual NCSL Summit is a perfect opportunity to learn about a host of issues, but is also a great time to “network together to share ideas with one another, and to be able to discuss with other legislators to find out how they manage coalitions.”

Additionally, legislators and staffers who are not able to attend the Summit can stream a selection of sessions this week. The eight presentations can be accessed for free on the NCSL homepage and later will be available in an archive. 

South Dakota Senator Deb Peters (R), vice president of NCSL, says the annual NCSL Summit is a, “perfect opportunity for legislators to come together and share ideas on a variety of issues” and “is also an important time as we meet and set the states agenda for our federal efforts in Washington.”

All meetings held in conjunction with NCSL’s Legislative Summit are open to the press. Registration is required but free to credentialed members of the media. Online registration is open through Aug. 11; onsite registration for media is available between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at McCormick Place. Please review NCSL’s media policy before registering.


NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.