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2024 NCSL Legislative Summit Featured Sessions

Here's a sampling of the exclusive sessions set to take place. Full agenda coming soon!

At-A-Glance Agenda

Sunday, Aug. 4

8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Preconferences; NCSL Task Forces
8-11:30 a.m.
Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee
11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
NCSL Foundation Meeting; Lunch
1:30-3:45 p.m.
Executive Committee; Subcommittee Meetings
4-5:30 p.m.
Full Executive Committee
4:30-6 p.m.
New Attendee Orientation

Monday, Aug. 5

8:30-10 a.m.
Opening General Session
10:15-11:45 a.m.
Noon-1:15 p.m.
Sponsored Lunches
1:30-3:45 p.m.
4-5 p.m.
Sessions; Legislative Staff University
5:30-7 p.m.
Opening Reception at The Kentucky Center

Tuesday, Aug. 6

9-10:15 a.m.
General Session
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Exhibit Hall
10:30-11:45 a.m.
Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Lunch; Salute to Legislative Staff Lunch
1:15-3:45 p.m.
Sessions, Tours
4-5 p.m.
General Session

Wednesday, Aug. 7

8-9 a.m.
Party Breakfasts; Legislative Staff Breakfast; Foundation Lounge
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Exhibit Hall
9:15-10:30 a.m.
Business Meeting
10:45 a.m.-Noon
12:15-1:15 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Lunch
1:30-2:45 p.m.
3-4:30 p.m.
General Session
6:30-9 p.m.
Closing Reception at Churchill Downs

A Healthier Way to View Political Opponents

Professional Development

In the heat of a campaign or an impassioned floor debate, it’s easy to see a political opponent as the enemy. World-renowned brain science expert John Medina shares insights about the wiring that shapes the way we think about political opponents and how we can train ourselves to have a more positive perspective.

Artificial Intelligence, Explained 

Technology and Communications

Join us for lunch to learn about the current landscape of AI regulation in the U.S.; the benefits and risks of deploying AI in certain sectors; and considerations for policymakers as they determine how best to balance privacy concerns without stifling innovation. 

Elections: Protecting the People and the Processes 

Elections and Redistricting

Secure elections are an American expectation—and states deliver. To do that, the focus is on protection for the technology surrounding elections and the ballots themselves, as well as the people in the polling place, voters and election workers. Join us to explore some of possible safeguards in the election process going into this critical election season.

The Future of Education: Creating a Vision for Excellence


What does the future of teaching and learning look like? What's needed, what's possible and what's happening across the country and the world that is innovative, engaging and preparing students for the future of work? Join us as experts lay out a vision for teaching and learning, and the policies and practices that support future-ready students and schools. 

True Crime: Behind the Trends

Law and Public Safety

Crime often grabs the headlines, but what's really going on? Join us for this session to examine the complex and disparate causes and rates of crime. Come hear researchers and criminologists discuss the statistics, trends in crime and how accurate criminal justice data can inform policymaking. 

The Challenges of Reentry and Medicaid

Health and Human Services

People released from jails and prisons are 12 times more likely to die in their first two weeks of freedom, particularly from overdose. Recent federal policy permits states to provide Medicaid benefits up to 90 days pre-release—a change that brings hope for improved long-term outcomes along with complex implementation challenges. Learn how states are connecting Medicaid and state corrections systems to improve care for this population.   

Housing the Nation's Workforce

Economic Development and Labor

Increasing costs and supply challenges have limited affordable housing options for workers, putting a strain on economic and workforce growth. Join us to hear how state and local policymakers are implementing strategies to ensure workforce housing. 

Charging Ahead: Strategies for Growing Reliable EV Infrastructure

Natural Resources, Energy and Environment

As more electric vehicles hit the road, how can the nation’s EV charging network meet the growing demand? Join us to learn about efforts to expand charging infrastructure, the impact on the grid and how state legislatures can help ensure a reliable and efficient EV charging system. Hear about funding opportunities to help states achieve these goals.

What Telling Stories Means for Great Policymaking

Professional Development

Stories bring to life important policy issues in ways that other forms of communication cannot. Come learn from an expert how to harness the power of effective storytelling for the strategic benefit of an organization and society as a whole. Learn how to develop your personal storytelling skills as well as build a culture of storytelling in your legislature.

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