Why attend the Legislative Summit?

-- Connect with your colleagues--legislators and legislative staff from the 50 states.
-- ‚ÄčInfluence Congress on federal legislation that affects your state.
Hear how other states are solving critical problems, and come away with ideas you can put into action.
Learn how state innovations are saving millions of dollars.
Take a deep dive into issues in interactive sessions
-- Sharpen your leadership, communication and professional skills.

When and where is the meeting?
August 3-6, 2015, at the Washington State Convention Center (800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA 98101).

Who attends?
More than 5,000 state legislators, legislative staff, government officials, business representatives, educators and others interested in public policy, along with their families.

How do I register and how much does it cost?
Visit the registration page for rates and registration details. You will be able to pick up your registration materials, badge and meeting program in the registration area of the Washington State Convention Center beginning Monday, Aug. 3. Badges will be required to attend all sessions and events.

How do I make my hotel reservation?
For complete instructions on how to make a hotel reservation at one of the conference hotels, visit the Housing and Travel page.

Is transportation provided to the hotels?
There will not be shuttle service available from the conference hotels to the convention center. Visit the Housing and Travel page for more information about getting around Seattle.

What should I bring to wear?
Business casual is the norm for the Legislative Summit. Remember, convention centers can be chilly depending on the room.

Will child care be provided?
There will not be a separate youth program with childcare. Some of the guest tours are open to registered children (5-17) accompanied by a registered adult. Attendees requiring assistance with childcare should contact their hotel concierge.

Who should I contact about exhibiting?
The Summit’s Exhibit Hall is the best place to connect with legislators and legislative staff. To learn more about our audience, the outstanding opportunities of exhibiting and the costs, visit the exhibitor page or contact LeAnn Hoff.

Who should I contact about an idea for a session?
Contact the NCSL staff expert on the topic, who may be able to incorporate your suggestion or speaker into a session. To find out who that is, contact NCSL at 303-364-7700 or

When does the Executive Committee and Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee meet?
On Sunday, Aug. 2. To attend, plan to arrive on Saturday, Aug. 1.

Can I host an event in conjunction with the Legislative Summit?
Any meetings held during the official hours of the Legislative Summit must be approved by NCSL in advance. Events held after normal event hours do not require permission, but NCSL asks to be informed so we can help delegates looking for your meeting or event. Contact NCSL for more information.

What and when is States' Night?
States' Night is an opportunity for delegates from each state to get together to discuss the Summit and explore Seattle. It will be on Tuesday, Aug. 4. All events are coordinated by state delegations. Please let us know if your state has organized an event.

Is there accommodation for people with disabilities?
Buses will be available with advanced scheduling for anyone requiring modified access vehicles. If you need a scooter or a wheelchair they can be ordered ahead of time. If you are in need of special accommodations at the convention center to ensure your complete participation, please contact NCSL.

The nation's largest gathering of legislators and legislative staff for more than 40 years.



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