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Cohort Membership

Meet the Cohort

Alaska:

  • Sen. Shelley Hughes (R)

Arizona:

  • Paul Bergelin, research analyst, Arizona House of Representatives

Iowa:

  • Joe Simpson, legal counsel, Iowa General Assembly

Georgia:

  • Rep. Lynn Smith (R)

Hawaii:

  • Sen. Mike Gabbard (D)

Louisiana:

  • Sen. Mike Fesi (R)

Maine:

  • Rep. Lori Gramlich (D)

Maryland:

  • Del. Courtney Watson (D)

Minnesota:

  • Brad Hagemeier, fiscal analyst, Minnesota House of Representatives

Mississippi:

  • Sen. Jenifer Branning (R)

Montana:

  • Rep. Steve Gunderson (R)

New Jersey:

  • Carrie Ann Calvo-Hahn, principal research analyst, New Jersey Legislature
  • Assemblymember Robert Karabinchak (D)

North Carolina:

  • Sen. Norman Sanderson (R)
  • Sean Hamel, fiscal analyst, North Carolina General Assembly

South Carolina:

  • Samantha James Allen, staff attorney, South Carolina

Texas:

  • Jon Heining, general counsel, Texas Legislature

Virginia:

  • Sen. Lynwood Lewis, Jr., (D)

Washington:

  • Rep. Cindy Ryu (D)

Meeting Schedule
January-March:
  • Kickoff meeting (virtual).
  • Discussion on state resilience legislation states may be considering (virtual).
April-June:
  • Legislative Roundtable discussion on scenario planning or other topics of interest to the cohort. (virtual)
  • In-person meeting with federal officials and industry experts.
July-September:
  • Optional gathering for those attending NCSL’s Legislative Summit in Denver in early August.
  • Discussion of state and federal financing mechanisms (virtual).
October-December:
  • Review work to date and identify model resilience concepts for state legislatures (virtual).
  • Sharing of case studies/policy options/report.
  • Closing meeting of the cohort (virtual).
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