2013 Top Issues Webinar Series 

NCSL’s Top Issue webinars will give you the insight and analysis you need on the most important issues confronting you this session. You’ll come away with a strong understanding of the trends in policy, the newest innovations and how states are solving difficult problems. NCSL has some of the finest state policy experts in the nation. Take the opportunity to ask them questions and plan to attend this series of webinars, free to legislators and legislative staff.

  • Education and Higher Ed
  • Medicaid
  • Health Reform
  • Federal Budget
    • Criminal Justice
    • Budget/Tax/Job Creation
    • School Reform
    • Energy and Transportation - RESCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 4:00 P.M. EST

Education and Higher Ed: Getting from Dollars to Diplomas  (Jan. 28)

In this era of tight state budgets, legislators are more concerned than ever about how to get the best return on the state's higher education investment. Strategies legislators are considering include funding reform, improving college completion rates, and bolstering higher education productivity. [Archived recording now available]

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Medicaid: The Health Reform Expansion, Taming Costs and More  (Feb. 1)

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act expanded Medicaid to people with incomes at or below 133 percent of federal poverty guidelines. But the June 2012 Supreme Court ruling effectively made this expansion optional for states. Learn how states are dealing with issues related to the act, and hear about state innovations aimed at improving the value of Medicaid for both the taxpayer and beneficiaries.  [Archived recording now available]

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Health Reform: Moving Ahead:  What’s Next for States? (Feb. 4)

With provisions of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act moving forward, states face fast-approaching deadlines. By the end of this year, insurance exchanges will start enrolling people and insurance plans must comply with additional requirements. State legislators face key decisions about expanding Medicaid eligibility and must comply with numerous other Medicaid requirements. Explore these topics as well as provisions designed to address workforce readiness, rising costs and prevention and wellness.  [Archived recording now available]

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Federal Budget: Tip-Toeing Along the Cliff  (Feb. 8)

This webinar will update you on the FY 2013 and FY 2014 federal budget process, actions taken by Congress to reduce the federal deficit and how this will impact federal aid states. [Archived recording now available]

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Criminal Justice: Reinvestment and Realignment  (Feb. 11)

Learn about policy innovations in adult corrections and sentencing, juvenile justice and pretrial release.  Legislative interests and strategies include risk and needs assessments, improved community supervision, and state-local funding mechanisms. [Archived recording now available]

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Budgets/Taxes/Jobs (Feb. 15)

While most states continue to report stable conditions—with solid revenue performance and spending in line with budgeted estimates through the first few months of fiscal year (FY) 2013—state legislatures continue to face tough choices. Many will be looking for ways to create more jobs by offering tax credits, supporting the growth of small businesses, increasing the availability of capital. [Archived recording now available]

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School Reform: Drilling Down to Education’s Common Core  (Feb. 22)

Education will again be a big issue for state legislators in 2013. You’ll get an overview of the issues, including resource reallocation strategies, efforts to improve educator effectiveness, implementation of Common Core State Standards and new assessments, improving school choice, and implementing new digital learning.  [Archived recording now available]

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Energy and Transportation: Energy Development and Transportation Priorities  (RESCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 4:00 p.m. EST)

Energy and transportation issues will be significant topics for states legislatures in 2013. Join this February 25 webinar to hear about impending developments in energy development policy and how states are attempting to pay for much-needed transportation investments, particularly rural safety improvements. [Archived recording now available]

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