By Mark Wolf
Los Angeles—Throw a dart at the nation's public policy target board and you're certain to hit one of the topics on tap at the 2018 NCSL Legislative Summit, opening Monday at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Legislators and staff from across the country and the world will convene to discuss a dizzying array of issues spanning immigration, the Supreme Court, infrastructure, Medicaid, workplace diversity, the census, legal marijuana, sports gambling, redistricting, improving schools, juvenile justice, cryptocurrency, drinking water, artificial intelligence, elections and much more.
Monday's opening general session will feature leading technology CEOs discussing tech's role in dealing with both opportunities and challenges facing the U.S. and the world.
Featured speakers during the Summit include NerdWallet CEO Tim Chen, pollsters Margie Omero and Kristen Soltis Anderson, TODAY show editor Jean Chatzky, former Oakland Raiders CEO Amy Trask, U.S. Health and Human Services Director Dr. Brian Shinozawa, and many more.
Political strategist Donna Brazile will address the annual Democratic breakfast while former U.S. Representative and current Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz does the honors for the Republicans.
NCSL members will decide on a number of conference policies during the annual Setting the States' Agenda NCSL Business Meeting from 8 to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday.
Illinois Senator Toi Hutchinson (D) will be installed as NCSL's new president during the Summit.
If you can't join us in Los Angeles, join us online as NCSL will stream seven of the sessions live.
Mark Wolf is editor of the NCSL Blog.