By Mark Wolf
At a time when the role of state legislatures has never been more crucial to the nation's governance, NCSL's annual Legislative Summit convenes Sunday in Boston.
More than 6,000 state legislators, legislative staff, federal officials and others from across the country and world will attend a wide range of policy sessions spanning autonomous vehicles to immigration, elections technology, cybersecurity, redistricting, marijuana, infrastructure funding, drones, bail reform, police/community relations, fixing health care, opioid abuse and much more.
Sunday's opening session features the Democratic leaders of both houses of the Massachussets General Court and the Republican governor discussing how they reach consensus.
Featured speakers include historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin; political analyst and pollster Frank Luntz; Baltimore Mayor (and former member of the Maryland General Assembly) Catherine Pugh; Beth Ann Bovino, U.S. chief economist at Standard & Poor's Global; Colm Lydon, deputy superintendent of the Boston Police Department; and Goldieblox founder Debbie Sterling.
John Bolton, a diplomat and currently a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, will address the annual Republican breakfast while U.S. Representative Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) does the honors for the Democrats.
NCSL members will decide on a number of conference policies during the annual NCSL Business Meeting from 3:15 to 5 p.m. Monday.
South Dakota Senator Deb Peters (R) will be installed as NCSL's new president during the Summit.
If you can't join us in Boston, join us online as NCSL will stream nine of the sessions live.
Mark Wolf is editor of the NCSL Blog.