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Bring home 1,000 ideas from the land of 10,000 lakes this summer at NCSL's 2014 Legislative Summit in Minneapolis, Minn., Aug. 19-22. The Legislative Summit is the nation's largest gathering of legislators and legislative staff. For 40 years, the Legislative Summit is where legislators and staff come together across the aisle to tackle critical problems and find solutions that work.
NCSL’s Children and Families Program covers issues of child welfare, child support and early care and education, in addition to welfare, poverty, and hunger and nutrition. Included in the lineup for Legislative Summit is a host of programming focusing on children and families, highlighted below.
With more than 100 sessions, the time to dig deep into issues you care about, and opportunities to make new friendships and connections, you’ll come home brimming with ideas. So plan to be in Minneapolis Aug. 19-22. We’ll see you there, and together Build Strong States.
Children and families staff can be reached at (303) 364-7700 or email@example.com.
View the Legislative Summit Agenda to view the full list of over 100 sessions and events, including social gatherings, tours, and a bike ride and walk. Filter by topic and NCSL Committees and Groupings to view sessions and events specific to the issues of most interest to you. Click here for the Human Services & Welfare agenda.
Also download the NCSL 2014 Legislative Summit App to create your personal schedule, get alerts on up-to-date changes and find out the latest on what is happening at this year's summit.
In addition to excellent issue forums on various topics affecting state legislatures, there will also be general sessions featuring the nation's leading experts on the topics from arts education to energy security. Cellist and Grammy-Winner Yo-Yo Ma will speak about arts in education and the workforce, Cindy McCain and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota will speak about ending human trafficking, political pollsters Neil Newhouse and Geoffrey Garin will give us a breakdown of polls, politics and what Americans really think. Sir Ken Robinson will inspire a new education revolution, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, authors of "Game Change" and "Double Down" will give an insider's view on politics and the upcoming election and General Wesley Clark will provide an update on energy security in the United States.
Check out the full Legislative Summit Agenda so you don't miss a minute!
For more information about NCSL's 2014 Legislative Summit, visit the Summit Homepage and don't forget to REGISTER!
WHAT: Celebrity chef and TV personality Andrew Zimmern is best known for his popular Travel Channel series but he is also committed to combating hunger in America. Come join this discussion to learn about innovative partnerships, initiatives and data-driven strategies such as Taste of the NFL and Hunger-Free Minnesota, and what state legislators can bring to the table to craft local solutions to hunger challenges.
WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
WHERE: Minneapolis Convention Center, Level 1- Ballroom A
WHO: Representative Dwight Evans of Pennsylvania and Senator Renee S. Unterman of Georgia will preside. Kim Nelson from General Mills and Andrew Zimmern from the Travel Channel, both from Minnesota, will be speaking.
WHAT: Hear an update on federal initiatives. Review the NCSL policy process and policy directives and resolutions scheduled to be considering during the business meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 20.
WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 3-5 p.m.
WHERE: Minneapolis Convention Center, Level 1-101ABIJ
WHAT: Human trafficking in the United States exploits tens of thousands of children and vulnerable victims each year. Two women, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and humanitarian Cindy McCain, are working with Congress, the states and through private initiatives to bring national focus on trafficking, ensure that victims are not treated as criminals and to develop policies to end it.
WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 9-10:15 a.m.
WHERE: Minneapolis Convention Center, Level 1-Auditorium
WHO: U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and humanitarian Cindy McCain
WHAT: Consider and vote on policy directives and resolutions and participate in an information session.
WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-101ABIJ
WHAT: Children's lives have changed over the past decade—for better and for worse. Hear how our kids are doing from Lisa Hamilton, vice president of external affairs, at the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
WHERE: Minneapolis Convention Center, Level 1-Ballroom B
WHO: Lisa Hamilton, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Maryland
WHAT: Abuse of prescription pain drugs and resurgence in heroin use has led to an alarming increase in drug overdose deaths. Hear about steps to address opioid abuse, and actions to provide limited immunity for those seeking help in overdose situations, including administration of antidote medication that can reverse an overdose before it becomes lethal.
WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 3:30-5 p.m.
WHO: Moderated by Senator Irene Aguilar of Colorado and Representative Curtis M. Oda of Utah. Speakers are Dr. Gavin Bart of Hennepin County Medical Center in Minnesota; Senator Chris A. Eaton of Minnesota; Robert Hill of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Virginia; and Senator Renee S. Unterman of Georgia.
WHAT: Over the last half century, advancements in agriculture technology have allowed rural farmers to increase the size of their farms and the rate of production. At the same time urban and metro areas have continued to gain a larger share of the population. While each group faces its own distinct set of policy issues, they also overlap in a number of common areas. Join us for a discussion on how urban and rural legislators can work together to benefit our nation's food and farm system.
WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 21, 7:15 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
WHERE: Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-200ABIJ
WHO: Speakers are Representative John J. Diehl of Missouri; and Representative Dwight Evans of Pennsylvania
WHAT: A lot has changed since President Johnson declared war on poverty in 1964. Our economy is different and families are more diverse, yet many still struggle to make ends meet. Learn how states can use research on the effects of poverty to shape programs and public-private partnerships to tackle this complex problem and ensure every American has the opportunity to succeed.
WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 21, 10:15-11:15 a.m.
WHERE: Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-101FG
WHO: Gregory Acs of the Urban Institute in Washington D.C. and Aparna Mathur of the American Enterprise Institute in Washington D.C. will be speaking.
WHAT: 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.
WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 21, 2:15-3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 2-205ABCD
WHO: Stephen M. Saland, Past NCSL President from New York will be moderating a discussion between Cari Miller of the Foundation for Excellence in Education in Florida; General Mark Musick, retired Major General in the United States Air Force, with Mission: Readiness in Washington D.C.; and Ralph Smith of the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Maryland.
WHAT: How can "immigrant capital" counter baby boomer retirement, support trade and economic development, and contribute to scientific and technological innovation? How can legislators better assess the economic and fiscal impact of immigrants in their local communities? Some contend that immigrants support housing growth and contribute to scientific and technological innovations while others argue that immigrants can add to the financial burden of state and local governments. Hear from business and political leaders on the competition for global talent and how to reform the nation's immigration system to benefit the American economy.
WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 21, 3:45-5 p.m.
WHO: Senator Donald K. Balfour of Georgia, Senator Mo Denis of Nevada, Mike Fernandez of Cargill in Minnesota and Matt Walker with the National Restaurant Association in Washington D.C. will be speaking.
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