Women's Legislative Network of NCSL

NCSL Spring Forum

May 1-4, 2013

Denver, Colorado

Hyatt Regency Denver

Preliminary schedule with selected sessions highlighted. Complete Forum schedule and information here.

Wednesday, May 1
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Level 3, Mineral DE
Jobs in America: What States are Doing to Prepare the Workforce
NCSL Foundation Jobs Partnership

There is a lot of talk these days about the changing nature of jobs in the global economy. What does this mean for the workforce and what can states do about it?  Hear national jobs and workforce experts share their insights and discuss the various ways states can successfully prepare workers for jobs of the future.  
  • Speaker: Eric Seleznow, National Skills Coalition, Washington, D.C.

Facilitated Discussion
Delve further into the ideas just presented and capitalize on speakers' knowledge. You'll have an opportunity for meaningful dialogue among all of the participants in this facilitated discussion to come to agreement on the priorities of the Partnership and provide some take-away for the states.
Thursday, May 2
10:30 am -12:00 pm
Level 4, Marble
New Attendee Orientation

First time attendee? Don't miss this informative introduction to NCSL and the Spring Forum.  Find out what the committees are all about and what policy will be discussed.
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Level 3, Mineral FG

Moving from Campaigning to Legislating
NCSL Legislative Effectiveness Committee

Legislators often have a tough time putting a contentious campaign behind them and transitioning to an attitude of respect and consensus-building that is necessary to solve problems and create strong legislation. Animosity can linger, even between members of the same party. What can legislatures do to move beyond the campaign mindset once they turn to legislative business.

  • Speaker:
  • Representative P. Eric Turner, Indiana
  • Speaker Terie Norelli, New Hampshire, NCSL President
  • Nancy Cyr, Nebraska, Staff Vice Chair, NCSL Standing Committees
  • Kyle Bozentko, The Jefferson Center, Minnesota
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Level 3, Centennial H

Revisiting Mental Health Needs and Services
NCSL Health Committee & NCSL Human Services and Welfare Committee

The recent tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary and in the Aurora movie theater have spurred states to re-examine their mental health policies and services as one piece of a larger public policy debate. Hear a national overview and about recent activities in Colorado to improve mental health services.

  • Speakers: Donald Mares, Mental Health America of Colorado
  • Lisa Clements, Colorado Department of Human Services
  • Sheriff Grayson Robinson, Arapahoe County Colorado
4:30 pm - 5:45 pm
Level 3, Centennial DE

Opening General Session: The Silver Tsunami

The baby boomer retirement has been called the “graying” of America. The first baby boomer turned 65 on Jan. 1, 2011, and with almost 11,000 people a day turning 65, 79 million baby boomers could exit the workforce by 2030. This will transform America’s economy and workforce while placing a heavy burden on Medicare, Social Security and other government programs. Hear insights on the challenges ahead.

  • Speaker: Dr. James Johnson, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, North Carolina
5:45 pm - 7:00 pm
Level 3, Centennial Foyer

Opening Reception

Friday, May 3
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Level 3, Centennial DE

General Session Luncheon: The Natural Gas Bonanza

The combined use of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling has unlocked a bounty of natural gas, often in regions unaccustomed to oil and gas extraction. Explore the domestic natural gas picture and issues states are confronting as they work to ensure safe, responsible natural gas development.

  • Presiding:
  • Senator Curtis S. Bramble, Utah, Co-Chair, NCSL Standing Committees
  • Nancy Cyr, Nebraska, Staff Vice Chair, NCSL Standing Committees
  • Speakers:
  • Former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr., Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University
  • Tisha Conoly Schuller, Colorado Oil and Gas Association
  • Dan Grossman, Environmental Defense Fund, Incorporated, Colorado
  • Scott Moore, Anadarko Petroleum Company, Colorado


2:45 pm - 4:45 pm
Level 3, Centennial ABC

General Session: Federal Deficit Reduction
Hear economist Alison Felix share her perspective on the impact of the continued federal budget crisis – the fiscal cliff, sequestration, the continuing budget resolution – on states and the nation. Following her presentation, participate in a town hall meeting where legislators share their approaches to dealing with cuts and uncertainty.

  • Presiding:
  • Senator Richard Devlin, Oregon, Vice Chair, NCSL Standing Committees
  • Jan Yamane, Hawaii, Staff Co-Chair
  • Speaker:
  • Michael Bird, NCSL
  • Corina Eckl, NCSL
  • Alison Felix, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City – Denver Branch, Colorado


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Level 3, Agate C

Women's Legislative Network Roundtable Discussion
Join the Women's Legislative Network for an informal discussion of top issues in 2013 and to plan for the Legislative Summit.

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Level 3, Centennial Foyer
Saturday, May 4
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Level 3, Centennial DE

General Session Breakfast: Higher Education
A former Colorado legislator, congressman and U.S. Senator, Hank Brown has been the president of two Colorado institutions—the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Colorado. He will provide his view from the top on the state of education.

  • Presiding:
  • Assemblyman Herb C. Conaway, Jr., New Jersey, Vice Chair, NCSL Standing Committees
  • Julie Pelegrin, Colorado, Staff Vice Chair, NCSL Standing Committees
  • Speaker:
  • Hank Brown, Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber & Shreck LLP, Colorado
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Level 3, Centennial DE

NCSL Business Meeting
Attend the NCSL Spring Forum business meeting immediately after the general session. Vote on policy that will direct the states' agenda in Washington. All are welcome to attend.

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Level 3, Centennial F

Special Briefing: State Options to Help Returning Veterans
Veterans coming home from recent conflicts face a host of challenges. Learn how states are meeting the growing need for effective treatment and services through new initiatives, coordination and efficiency measures, and partnerships with federal, local and private entities.

  • Presiding:
  • Representative Thomas Sloan, Kansas
  • Panelist:
  • Representative Tim M. Cosgrove, Utah
  • Hilda Heady, Atlas Research, Washington, D.C.
  • Manuel Urbina, California Department of Health Care Services and PARIS Board of Directors
  • Kevin Cavanaugh, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs


12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Level 3, Mineral FG

NCSL Task Force on Military and Veterans' Affairs
NCSL’s Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs continues its work in assisting military service members and veterans by sharing best practices and innovations while working closely with military installations on cross-jurisdictional issues.