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2015 Legislative Summit Sunday, August 2
8:00AM- 2:00PM
Agriculture Task Force Tour Sunday, August 2
8:00AM- 5:00PM
Summary: Enjoy a tour the Skagit Valley, home to many of Washington State's leading agriculture facilities. Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Task Force
NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
NCSL Task Force on Agriculture
Agriculture & Rural Development
Task Force on Energy Supply Sunday, August 2
8:00AM- 3:00PM
Sheraton Willow AB
Summary:

7:30 – 8:15 a.m.
Breakfast

8:15 – 8:30 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks

Task Force Co-Chairs:
• Representative Al Carlson, North Dakota
• Representative Jeff Morris, Washington

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Waste-to-Energy
New technologies allow cities to turn household waste into energy, often while meeting renewable electricity standards and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Converting waste to energy can be cleaner, more efficient, and cheaper than simply burying trash in a landfill. Explore technologies and drivers behind the growth of waste to energy power plants.

Speakers:
• Larry Hiner, Babcock & Wilcox Company
• David McConnell, Vice President of Business Development, Enerkem

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Planning for a Distributed Grid
Distributed energy resources—including rooftop solar, energy storage, electric vehicles, and combined heat and power systems—can lower costs by reducing utility expenditures on transmission and other infrastructure. When combined with technologies that provide accurate information on customer energy production and consumption, these resources can also help meet customer demand, improve reliability and defer expensive capital investments. Explore the effects of distributed resources on the electric grid and how state policy influences the integration of distributed resources.

Speakers:
• Ken Nichols, Principal, EQL Energy
• Jeffrey Roak, Technical Executive in Power Delivery and Utilization Sector, Electric Power Research Institute
• Jan Ahlen, Regulatory Affairs Specialist, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.
Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Protecting the Nation’s Energy Infrastructure
Hurricanes, attacks on energy substations, severe cold, drought and cyber threats continue to demonstrate the importance of creating resilient energy infrastructure. Energy system failures and disruptions have serious economic and human welfare consequences. Federal regulatory actions also pose risks in how we plan our energy mix. Examine the major threats to the grid and how states can develop a more robust and reliable energy supply.

Speakers:
• Alice Lippert, Senior Technical Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy Infrastructure Modeling and Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy
• Robert W. Bradish, Vice President of Transmission Grid Development, American Electric Power

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Natural Gas, Air Quality and Federal Regulation
The policy environment for the U.S. natural gas market is rapidly evolving. One focal point is the federal government’s plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the electric power sector, where natural gas has played an increasingly prominent role during the last decade, and to cut methane emissions from oil and gas operations. Examine how new and evolving policy affects the U.S. energy system; how businesses make decisions in new policy environments; and the consequences of the interactions of these policies with the existing energy system.  (Lunch will be provided.)

Speaker:
• Richard Meyer, Manager, Policy Analysis, American Gas Association 

1:15 – 2:00 p.m.
Task Force Business Meeting

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Third Party Solar Financing
A majority of rooftop solar system growth is now being driven by third party ownership, where the home or building owner does not own the system, but leases it or buys the electricity from a company that owns and maintains the system. The dramatic rise in third party ownership raising questions about the role of third party solar companies, incentives, loan alternatives and consumer protection. Explore these questions and how state policymakers are addressing them.

Speakers:
• Carolyn Davidson, Economic Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
• Senator Debbie Lesko, Arizona

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.
Depart for Steam Plant Tour (Task Force members and partners only)

3:15 – 5:00 p.m.
Seattle Steam Company Tour (Task Force members and partners only)
Visit the steam plant that provides heat for approximately 200 buildings in Seattle's Central Business District. The plant uses primarily biomass to generate steam that is distributed through 18 miles of pipe to many of the city's office buildings, hospitals, hotels and college campuses for heating buildings and heating water. Explore the steam plant technology and its role in providing low cost, low emissions energy for Seattle.

Speaker:
• Stan Gent, President, Enwave Seattle

Track: NCSL Task Force
NCSL Task Force on Energy Supply
Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
LSCC Staff Section Officers Work Group Sunday, August 2
9:00AM-10:00AM
Sheraton Cedar B
Track: Legislative Staff
Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee
LSCC Standing Committees Work Group Sunday, August 2
9:00AM-10:00AM
Sheraton Juniper
Track: Legislative Staff
Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee
LSCC Strategic Planning Work Group Sunday, August 2
9:00AM-10:00AM
Sheraton Cedar A
Track: Legislative Staff
Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee
LSCC Legislative Institution Subcommittee Meeting Sunday, August 2
10:00AM-11:00AM
Sheraton Cedar B
Track: Legislative Staff
Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee
LSCC Programs, Professional Development and Outreach Subcommittee Meeting Sunday, August 2
10:00AM-11:00AM
Sheraton Cedar A
Track: Legislative Staff
Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee
LSCC Information Technology Issues Subcommittee Meeting Sunday, August 2
10:00AM-11:00AM
Sheraton Juniper
Track: Legislative Staff
Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee
Full Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee (LSCC) Meeting Sunday, August 2
11:00AM-12:00PM
Sheraton Redwood AB
Track: Legislative Staff
Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee
NCSL Legislative Staff Nominating Committee: Members Briefing Sunday, August 2
12:00PM- 1:00PM
Sheraton Eagle Boardroom
Track: Executive Committee
National Caucus of Native American State Legislators 2015 Annual Meeting Sunday, August 2
12:00PM- 8:00PM
Sheraton Jefferson AB
National Asian Pacific American Caucus of State Legislators (NAPACSL) Annual Meeting Sunday, August 2
12:00PM- 8:00PM
Sheraton Metropolitan Ballroom A
Member Outreach and Communications Subcommittee Meeting Sunday, August 2
1:00PM- 2:15PM
Sheraton Redwood AB
Track: Executive Committee
Task Force on State and Local Taxation Sunday, August 2
1:00PM- 5:00PM
Sheraton Metropolitan Ballroom B
Summary:

Our nation's economy is evolving from a primarily state-based system into a more integrated national and global economy. With that shift comes the need for state tax systems to adapt in a way that does not impede economic growth, provides clarity and simplicity to taxpayers, and to ensure necessary revenues for appropriate government functions. Hear about the important and timely tax policy issues facing state legislators as they address the emerging taxation issues in the 21st century economy. Register on the Task Force Home Page Here.

1:00 – 1:05 p.m.
Welcome
Overview of the task force meeting and attendee introductions.

Co-Chairs:
• Senator Pam Althoff, Illinois
• Delegate Shelia Hixson, Maryland
• Representative Chris Perone, Connecticut

1:05 – 1:30 p.m.
Federal Legislation: e-Fairness
Update and discussion of federal legislation that would enable states to collect the sales and use taxes they are owed on remote transactions.

Panelists:
• Max Behlke, National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
• Joe Rinzel, Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)
• Craig Johnson, Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board (SSTGB) 

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.
State Efforts: e-Fairness
Update and discussion of state efforts to collect the sales and use taxes they are owed on remote transactions.

Panelists:
• Stephen Kranz, McDermott Will & Emery
• Joe Crosby, Multistate Associates
• Leslie Fox, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Business Meeting
Task force members discuss, review and vote on policies and resolutions up for consideration.

Presiding:
• Senator Pam Althoff, Illinois
• Delegate Shelia Hixson, Maryland
• Representative Chris Perone, Connecticut

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Property Taxation
During the November task force meeting in Scottsdale, the members heard from panelists about property tax administration. Discuss strengths and weaknesses of the property tax and options states can consider to improve their property tax systems. Discuss revenue trends and political pressure in states in 2016 as they relate to real property taxes. Hear Ed Noonan of United Rentals provide a five minute update on personal property taxes.

Panelists:
• Joe Crosby, Multistate Associates
• Ed Noonan, United Rentals
• Adam Langley, Lincoln Land Institute

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Property Taxation of Communications Infrastructure
At the Scottsdale meeting in November, members heard an update on the project to provide a primer for legislatures on property taxation of communications infrastructure. During this session, task force staff and members of the communications industry provide an update on the document for consideration.

Panelists:
• Max Behlke, National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
• Jeff Hurley, National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
• Scott Mackey, KSE Partners
• Deborah Bierbaum, AT&T
• Ellen Berenholz, Comcast

4:00 – 5:00 pm
Taxation of Marijuana
Twenty-three states, the District of Columbia and Guam have legalized medicinal marijuana and four states and the District of Columbia have approved recreational use. As more states consider legalization, those that have continue to grapple with how it is taxed. Examine the issues around assessment, enforcement and remittance of taxes on a substance the federal government classifies as a Schedule 1 drug.

Panelists:
• John Schochet, Deputy Chief of Staff, Seattle Attorney’s Office
• Hillary Bricken, Harris Moure PLLC
• Randy Simmons, Washington Liquor Control Board
• Andrew Freedman, Colorado Governor's Office of Marijuana Coordination (via phone)

Track: NCSL Task Force
NCSL Task Force on state and Local Taxation
Budget, Tax & Pensions
International Registration Sunday, August 2
1:00PM- 5:00PM
Exhibit Hall C
Summary: All badges will be distributed onsite. You can pick up your badge, registration materials and meeting program from the Registration Area in the Convention Center. Track: International
Budget, Finance and Rules Meeting Sunday, August 2
2:30PM- 3:45PM
Sheraton Redwood AB
Track: Executive Committee
Women's Legislative Network Board Meeting Sunday, August 2
4:00PM- 5:30PM
Sheraton Ballard
Summary: Join the Women's Legislative Network of NCSL for the summer board meeting to review the year's activities, discuss the Network's 30th anniversary, and plan for the future. All are welcome. Track: Women's Legislative Network
Full Executive Committee Meeting Sunday, August 2
4:00PM- 5:30PM
Sheraton Grand Ballroom A
Track: Executive Committee
NALIT Dutch Treat Dinner Sunday, August 2
6:30PM- 8:30PM
Summary: Join legislative IT colleagues from around the country for a great evening at a local restaurant. Spouses and guests are welcome, but space may be limited, so advance reservations are required. Contact Pam Greenberg at pam.greenberg@ncsl.org to RSVP. Track: Legislative Staff
National Association of Legislative Information Te
Registration Monday, August 3
7:00AM- 5:00PM
Task Force on State and Local Taxation Monday, August 3
7:00AM-12:00PM
Sheraton Metropolitan Ballroom B
Summary:

Our nation's economy is evolving from a primarily state-based system into a more integrated national and global economy. With that shift comes the need for state tax systems to adapt in a way that does not impede economic growth, provides clarity and simplicity to taxpayers, and to ensure necessary revenues for appropriate government functions. Hear about the important and timely tax policy issues facing state legislators as they address the emerging taxation issues in the 21st century economy. Register on the Task Force Home Page Here.

7:00 – 7:55 a.m.
Breakfast

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Transportation Funding
In recent years, transportation funding has become one of the most significant issues at both at the federal and state levels. Rising construction costs, the emergence of alternative fuel vehicles, and increased fuel efficiency of gasoline powered vehicles mean existing revenue streams aren’t cutting it. Explore the history of transportation revenue streams and what states can do to generate the necessary money to maintain and upgrade the nation’s roads and bridges.

Panelists:
• Bill Kramer, Multistate Associates
• Ben Husch, National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
• Carl Davis, The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP)
• Senator Bruce Starr, Oregon 

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Between a Rock and a Hard Place—Class Action versus Qui Tam
Discuss how consumer protection, unfair trade practice, and qui tam statutes are being used to override and distort state tax policy, and examine efforts to develop a solution.

Panelist:
• Deborah Bierbaum, AT&T

9:15 – 9:45 a.m.
Tax Expenditure Reports
The primary goal of state tax expenditure reports (or budgets) is to provide information to the public and policymakers about preferential tax provisions that reduce overall tax revenue. But defining what is “normal” in tax expenditure reports can be open for interpretation. Hear a discussion that provides clarity on how to understand the baseline, or defining the “normal tax base,” for state tax expenditures.

Panelists:
• Joe Crosby, Multistate Associates
• Joe Henchman, Tax Foundation
• Michael Mazerov, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Virtual Currency
During the January meeting, the task force heard about virtual currency and issues regarding its regulation and taxation. Hear what's happened since then, and the tax implications of what states should consider in this policy arena.

Panelists:
• Joel Waterfield, Grant Thornton LLP
• John Collins, Coinbase

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.
Transfer to Washington State Convention Center

11:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Fraud Alert! A New Wave of Federal and State Tax Return Fraud – Luncheon
While no one enjoys paying taxes, everyone likes to receive a tax refund. So, when thousands of taxpayers this year learned that their refunds had already been paid to someone else, they were understandably confused and incensed. Dive into this 21st century form of tax fraud, what the federal government is doing about, and learn about options for states to address this problem and protect the taxpayers.

NCSL gratefully acknowledges American Coalition for Taxpayer Rights (ACTR) for sponsoring this session.

Moderator:
• Representative Jay Kaufman, Massachusetts

Panelists:  
• Steve Ryan, McDermott Will &Emery
• Paul Mamo, Submission Processing, Internal Revenue Service
• Corey Smith, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice
• David Sullivan, Rhode Island Department of Revenue
• Senator Curt Bramble, Utah

Track: NCSL Task Force
NCSL Task Force on state and Local Taxation
Budget, Tax & Pensions
International Program Monday, August 3
7:30AM- 3:30PM
Sheraton Grand Ballroom A
Summary:

7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
International Attendee Registration
All badges will be distributed onsite.  You can pick up your badge, registration materials and meeting program from the Registration Area in the Convention Center.
NOTE:  Registration is located at the Washington Convention Center.

8:15 – 9:15  a.m.
International Delegation Welcome & Introductions
International legislators and staff meet colleagues and counterparts from across the globe. Each delegation will introduce its members.

Coffee will be available.

9:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Managing Your Online Image: Social Media Platforms in the Legislature
Participate in small group discussions with U.S. state legislators and legislative staff following a briefing on social media and online platform techniques.  A U.S. facilitator and list of suggested questions are at each table and main discussion points are shared with the room. Take this opportunity to network and exchange ideas with counterparts from around the world.

Speakers:
Andrew McVicar, Deputy Communications Director, House Democratic Caucus, Washington State Legislature
Sarah Stewart, Public Information Officer, Web and Social Media Coordinator, House Republican Caucus

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Mechanics of Trade:  The Role of Infrastructure in Supporting Economic Growth
Given the world's increasing reliance on trade for spurring economic growth, it is essential that countries, regions, and states are looking at the infrastructure necessary to remain competitive and to reach trade goals.  Key infrastructure, such as highways, ports, rail and air, in addition to workforce development, are critical components to a robust economy.  Join us for a discussion and hear from experts and practitioners on the role that infrastructure plays in supporting economic growth goals around the world. 

Speakers:
Sam Kaplan, President, Seattle Trade Development Alliance, Washington
The Honorable Michael Sutherland, Speaker, Parliament of Western Australia
The Honorable Michael L. MacDonald, Senator, Parliament of Canada

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
International Attendee Luncheon with Deputy Mayor of Seattle, Hyeok Kim
Hear from the Honorable Hyeok Kim, deputy mayor of Seattle, about the important role that Seattle holds in the state and its rich history of multiculturalism.

Speakers:
The Honorable Hyeok Kim
, Deputy Mayor of Seattle, Washington

 

1:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Visit to Nintendo of America Inc. Headquarters

Buses will depart promptly at 1:15 p.m. from the Washington State Convention Center and will arrive back at the Convention Center around 3:30 p.m. Participate in a visit to Nintendo of America Inc. Headquarters in Redmond, Washington. You will hear from two of the company’s top executives of Nintendo. Attendees will participate in a briefing on the history of the company, showcasing its products, innovations and entrepreneurship over the past 35 years.  You will also be given a tour of Nintendo’s new headquarters building, designed with features qualifying the structure as environmentally friendly. Participation will be on a first come, first serve basis. We will order buses based on the number of RSVPs we receive for the tour. RSVP to courtney.bjorgaard@ncsl.org by Thursday, July 16th. 

 

Speakers:

Mr. Don James, Executive Vice President, Operations, Nintendo of America, Inc.

Mr. Flip Morse, Senior Vice President, Corporate Resources, Nintendo of America, Inc.

Track: International
Agriculture Task Force Meeting Monday, August 3
7:30AM- 1:00PM
WC617
Summary: Enjoy a tour the Skagit Valley, home to many of Washington State’s leading agriculture facilities. Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Task Force
NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
NCSL Task Force on Agriculture
Agriculture & Rural Development
NCSL's Environmental Health Science Preconference Monday, August 3
7:30AM- 1:15PM
WC615-616
Summary:

The 2015 Environmental Health Workshop explores the relationship between the environment and its impact on public health. The plenary sessions highlight three major policy concerns--hydraulic fracturing, water resources and a breakfast discussion on environmental justice--providing an open forum with experts in the field on their health impacts. Enjoy a lunch session afterward, with experts from several fields of environmental health policy. Discuss approaches to address toxics and chemicals, indoor air quality, U.S. Mexico border health concerns, environmental public health labs, and PCBs in schools. For further information, please contact Doug Farquhar (doug.farquhar@ncsl.org or 303-856-1397).

7:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Breakfast Session – Environmental Justice
Environmental justice remains a challenging issue for vulnerable communities and state policy makers. Join and participate in an open dialogue on one of the most challenging issues in environmental health with legislators, government officials, academics, advocates and members of the environmental community. 
Breakfast will be provided.

Speakers:
• Dr. Robin Fuchs-Young, COEC Director, NIEHS Center (CTEHR), Texas A&M University
• Dr. Johnnye Lewis, Director, Community Environmental Health Program, University of New Mexico
• Dr. Elena Craft, Environmental Defense Fund, Austin, Texas
• Dr. Clarita Lefthand-Begay, Department of American Indian Studies, University of Washington

9 – 10:15 a.m.
Hydraulic Fracturing and Environmental Health – Plenary Dialogue Session
Hydraulic fracturing has provided economic revitalization to many communities, but it has also brought on the impact it is having on the public’s health. Learn from scientific experts about the potential health concerns and options to avoid them.

Speakers:
• Dr. Erin Haynes, University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, NIEHS Center
• Dr. Elena Craft, Environmental Defense Fund, Austin, Texas
• Dr. Gretchen Onstad, Department of Environment and Occupational Health Sciences, NIEHS Center (CEEH), University of Washington
• Representative T.J. Berry, Missouri

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.
Break

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Water and Health: Quality and Quantity– Plenary Dialogue Session
From the drought in the far West, to chemical spills in West Virginia, to algal outbreaks in the Midwest, water is the critical resource for both the public health, economic development and agricultural communities. Explore efforts to maximize water resources, hear how states are addressing agricultural runoff in water, and learn about efforts to maintain healthy water resources.

Speakers:
• Professor David Osterberg, College of Public Health, Co-Director, Research Translation Core, Superfund Research Center, NIEHS Center (EHSRC), University of Iowa
• Representative Gary Scherer, Ohio 
• Assemblyman Adam Gray, California
• Ann K. Aquillo, Vice-President, The ScottsMiracle-Gro Company

12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch: Roundtable Discussion
Join the discussion on environmental health science concerns during this interactive session with experts from the academic and public health community.  Box lunches will be provided.

Topics include:
• Environmental Public Health Labs – Ruhiyyih Degeberg, APHL
• PCBs in Schools – Professor David Osterberg, College of Public Health, Co-Leader Research Translation Core, Superfund Research Center, NIEHS Center (EHSRC), University of Iowa
• U.S.–Mexico Border Environmental-Health Concerns – Dr. Robin Fuchs-Young, COEC Director, NIEHS Center (CTEHR), Texas A&M University
• Mining and Health – Dr. Johnnye Lewis, Director, Community Environmental Health Program, University of New Mexico
• Toxics and Chemicals – Dr. Terrence Kavanagh, Director, NIEHS Center (CEEH), University of Washington
• Indoor Air Quality/Radon – Professor Bruce Snead, Director, Engineering Extension, Kansas State University and Pat Daniels, Illinois Emergency Management Agency


 

Sponsored by: NCSL gratefully acknowledges the NIEHS Center for Translational Environmental Health Research (CTEHR) at Texas A&M University and NIEHS grant (R13ES026046) for sponsoring this preconference. Track: Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
Health & Human Services
Task Force on Innovations in State Health Systems Monday, August 3
7:30AM-12:00PM
WC607
Panelist: Heather Howard, State Health Reform Assistance Network, New Jersey
Panelist: Charles Siler, Foundation for Government Accountability, Florida
Track: NCSL Task Force
NCSL Task Force on Innovations in State Health Sys
Health & Human Services
Military and Veterans Affairs Task Force Monday, August 3
7:30AM- 1:15PM
Sheraton Redwood A
Summary:

Examine issues affecting military-community relations and the health and well-being of veterans. Discuss veteran employment, education and mental health, female veterans, and the impact of defense budget cuts.

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast

8:00 – 8:10 a.m.
Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs Convenes

Opening Remarks by Task Force Co-Chairs:
• Representative Dan Flynn, Texas
• Representative Ken Ito, Hawaii

Pledge of Allegiance

Introductions:  Task Force Members and Guests

8:10 – 8:20 a.m.
Welcome to Washington

Speaker:
• Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty, Adjutant General, Washington National Guard

8:20 – 8:35 a.m.
Discussion of Proposed Policy Resolutions

Sponsor:
• Representative Tom Sloan, Kansas

8:35 – 9:15 a.m.
From Military Service to "Green" Service: Lessons from the Washington State Veterans Conservation Corps 

Presiding:
• Kristin Thomasgard-Spence, Program Director for Policy, Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations and Environment)

Speakers:
• Hannah Anderson, Program Manager, Center for Natural Lands Management, Olympia, Washington
• Jason Alves, Program Manager, Veterans Conservation Corps, Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs
• Matt West, Intern Coordinator, Veterans Conservation Corps, Olympia, Washington

9:15 – 9:30 a.m.
Update from the DoD-State Liaison Office

Presiding:
• Representative Ken Ito, Hawaii

Speaker:
• Thomas Hinton, Senior State Liaison, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness)

9:30 – 10:10 a.m.
Potential Impacts from Defense Budget Cuts and Available Resources

Presiding:
• Representative Dan Flynn, Texas

Speakers:
• Gary Willis, Program Director, U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment, Washington, D.C.
• Kristine Reeves, Governor Inslee's Military and Defense Sector Lead, Washington

10:10 – 10:25 a.m.
Break

10:25 – 10:55 a.m.
U.S. Army Reserve: "Twice the Citizen"

Presiding:
• Representative Dan Flynn, Texas

Speaker:
• Maj. Gen. Glenn Lesniak, Deputy Chief of the Army Reserve

10:55 – 11:15 a.m.
Veterans Hiring Commitments in the Private Sector

Presiding:
• Representative Ken Ito, Hawaii

Speaker:
• Bill McSherry, Vice President of State and Local Government, and Global Corporate Citizenship, Boeing Company, Washington

11:15 a.m. – Noon
Military Suicide Prevention

Presiding:
• Representative Tina Orwall, Washington

Speakers:
• Lourdes E. "Alfie" Alvarado-Ramos, Director, Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs
• Sue Eastgard, Director of Training, Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention, Seattle, Washington
• Paul Quinnett, President and CEO, QPR Institute, Inc., Spokane, Washington
• Scot Pondelick, President, National Alliance to End Veteran Suicide; Chair, King County Veterans Advisory Board; Co-Founder, The Veterans Resource Fair

Noon – 1:15 p.m.
State Support for Female Veterans
Joint with Women’s Legislative Network of NCSL
Sponsored by Easter Seals.

Examine how states are addressing the unique needs of female veterans regarding education, employment and reintegration.  (Lunch will be provided.)

Speakers:
• Col. David W. Sutherland, U.S. Army (Ret.), Chairman and Co-Founder, Easter Seals Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services, Washington, D.C.
• Kimberly M. Mitchell (Former U.S. Navy), President and Co-Founder, Easter Seals Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services, Washington, D.C.

1:15 p.m.
Adjournment

Sponsored by: NCSL gratefully acknowledges the Easter Seals for sponsoring the lunch. Speaker: Kristine Reeves, Washington Department of Commerce, Washington
Speaker: Gary Willis, Department of Defense (OEA), Virginia
Track: NCSL Task Force
NCSL Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs
Task Force on Immigration and the States Monday, August 3
7:30AM- 1:15PM
Sheraton Ravenna ABC
Summary:

If you plan to attend the Task Force on Immigration & the States Pre-Conference Meeting, please register here. More information about the Task Force can be found here.

State legislators continue to be innovators in developing immigration solutions appropriate to their states, such as education/language assistance, driver's licenses, instate tuition, and economic integration of skilled immigrants. Hear about fiscal and economic impacts of immigrants, state efforts to capitalize on immigrant talent, and federal programs that support business development and entrepreneurship. Find out about the White House Task Force on New Americans and efforts to promote citizenship and immigrant integration. More information about the Task Force can be found here. The meeting is sponsored by the Task Force on Immigration and the States but open to legislators and legislative staff conference-wide and other registrants.

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions
Discussion of Task Force business and 2015 activities; highlights from the release of NCSL's report on state immigration laws enacted in 2015. 

Moderators:
• Senator Ellen Roberts, Colorado
• Senator Mo Denis, Nevada

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Immigration and Economic Development
Both federal and state governments are crafting new ways to strengthen skills of immigrant workers and support business development by immigrant entrepreneurs.  Panelists will include a representative from the U.S. Small Business Administration and a local immigrant business.  

Speakers:
• Brian Surratt, Director, Office of Economic Development, City of Seattle
• Taylor Hoang, Small Business Owner, Washington
• Mark Giralt, Immigration Program Manager, Embassy of Canada

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Innovations in Immigrant Integration
State legislators have been leading the way in supporting immigrant families and workers, from driver's licenses to health care access to professional licensing.  The White House Task Force on New Americans is creating a strategic plan on refugee and immigrant integration and seeks recommendations how to effectively engage with partners in state government.  

Speakers:
• Juliet Choi, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Chief of Staff
• Senator Ricardo Lara, California
• Representative Joe Miro, Delaware

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Working Lunch/Immigration Focus Group
Discuss recent activity on immigration in their states, review the task force questionnaire and identify priorities for 2015-16 task force activities. 

Sponsored by:  NCSL gratefully acknowledges The Pew Charitable Trusts for sponsoring this lunch.

Sponsored by: NCSL gratefully acknowledges the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trust for sponsoring this convening. Track: NCSL Task Force
NCSL Task Force on Immigration and the States
Immigration
Catch a Ride: How the Sharing Economy is Shaping the Future of Transportation Monday, August 3
8:00AM- 1:00PM
WC3AB
Summary: Learn more about the rapid proliferation of shared-use mobility services such as transportation network companies (i.e. ride-sharing or ride-hailing services), car-sharing, bike-sharing and other emerging shared-use innovations. Hear from legislators, companies and academic experts on how legislatures can encourage these transportation options while ensuring consumer protection and safety, and discuss their larger impact on congestion, traffic safety and transportation planning and access. Sponsored by: NCSL gratefully acknowledges Uber, the Reason Foundation, Zipcar and the Natural Resources Defense Council for sponsoring this preconference. Moderator: Douglas Shinkle, NCSL
Speaker: Senator Kari Dziedzic, Minnesota
Speaker: Amanda Eaken, Urban Solutions at Natural Resources Defense Council, California
Speaker: Justin Holmes, Zipcar, Massachusetts
Speaker: Adrian Moore, Reason Foundation, Florida
Speaker: Robert Passmore, Personal Lines Policy, Illinois
Speaker: Susan Shaheen, Transportation Sustainability Research Center, University of California, Berkeley
Speaker: Representative Ed L. Soliday, Indiana
Track: Transportation
Energy Policy Summit Monday, August 3
8:00AM- 1:15PM
Sheraton Metropolitan Ballroom A
Summary:

7:30 – 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast

8:00 – 8:15 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions

8:15 – 9:45 a.m.
Smart, Efficient and Clean—Why Businesses are Engaging in Energy Policy
A number of industry and business leaders are leveraging clean energy technology and policy opportunities to save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and spur investment. More companies are adopting clean energy strategies to improve their bottom line and meet the needs of investors, customers and consumers. What does this mean for energy policy in the states? How can policymakers engage with the private sector on state energy policy? Hear from companies investing in this area and discuss what’s driving these changes.

Moderator:
• Representative Jeff Morris, Washington 

Speakers:
• Jonas Kron, Senior Vice President, Director of Shareholder Advocacy, Trillium Asset Management
• Jim Hanna, Director, Environmental Impact, Starbucks Coffee Company
• Anna Pavlova, Vice President of Government Relations, Schneider Electric
• Rob Bernard, General Manager, Chief Environmental and Cities Strategist, Microsoft

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.
Break

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Changing the Mix with EPA Climate Regulations
The proposed EPA greenhouse gas emissions rules have the potential to create massive changes in the electric energy industry. Discuss how the nation’s fuel and energy producers adapt and what role they paly in helping states meet these requirements. Examine the challenges the energy industry faces and what state policies will influence them.

Moderator:
• Representative Tom Sloan, Kansas

Speakers:
• Susan Mathiascheck, Senior Director, Environmental Policy, Nuclear Energy Institute
• Matt Stanberry, Vice President of Market Development, Advanced Energy Economy
• Erica Bowman, Vice President of Research and Policy Analysis, America's Natural Gas Alliance
• Margaret Hodnik, Vice President of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, Minnesota Power/ALLETE 

11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Exporting Coal, Oil and Natural Gas
The slowing demand for coal, along with the increasing production of natural gas and crude, is increasing the interest in exporting these products outside the U.S. Supporters claim this will help American products reach higher demand markets, while some critics are concerned about the impact on domestic energy prices and the environment. Explore the motivations, policy implications, benefits and challenges to increasing the export of the nation’s fossil fuel resources. (Lunch will be provided.)

Moderator:
• Representative Al Carlson, North Dakota

Speakers:
• Bill Chapman, Chief Executive Officer, Millennium Bulk
• Joe Ritzman, Vice President of Business Development, SSA Marine
• Johan Hellman, Executive Director of State Government Affairs, BNSF Railway
• Ross MacFarlane, Senior Advisor for Business Partnerships, Climate Solutions
• American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers

Track: Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
Fire Ops 101 Monday, August 3
8:00AM- 1:15PM
Offsite
Summary: The International Association of Fire Fighters, in conjunction with Bellevue, Washington Fire Fighters Local 1604 and the Bellevue Fire Department, will host a FIRE OPS 101. The program puts elected and appointed officials directly in the smoke and the heat. Participants will don firefighter protective clothing, strap-on self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and go to work, fighting actual fires. For more information, contact Matthew Vinci, IAFF Director of Education, at mvinci@iaff.org. http://www.iaff.org/fireopsncsl/index.html
National Legislative Services and Security Association (NLSSA) (Offsite) Monday, August 3
8:00AM- 5:00PM
Summary: Meet at East Entrance, First Floor, Convention Center. Track: Legislative Staff
National Legislative Services and Security Associa
Guest Tour: Seattle City Highlights Tour Monday, August 3
8:30AM-12:30PM
Summary: This is your chance to see the sites of the city! A local expert will take you through Seattle's must-see attractions. The tour begins with a drive through downtown en route to Seattle's International District and historic Pioneer Square, the city's oldest residential area and now a major visitor attraction. Next is a ride along Seattle’s bustling Elliott Bay waterfront to view the maritime activities and the Seattle Aquarium.

Next is a stop at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, where you will have time to explore the grounds and watch boats travel between the saltwater of the Puget Sound through the freshwater of the Ship Canal and on to Lake Union and Lake Washington. In addition to the botanical garden, a highlight of this stop is the fish ladder, built to allow salmon to pass between fresh and saltwater. Finally, the coach will embark on a scenic tour of Seattle's best neighborhoods, then on to Pike Place Market, a celebrated treasure among locals and tourists alike. There will be time to shop and explore this fascinating area.

Cost is $30.
Courageous Conversations: Digging Deep for Success Monday, August 3
9:00AM-12:00PM
Sheraton Cedar AB
Summary:

Explore one important factor that often holds women back from being the most effective leaders we could be: ourselves. Using humor and examples, we will explore how closely tied our success is with our ability to initiate and navigate courageous (A.K.A. difficult!) conversations. Discuss how to give feedback to a colleague, address the seemingly intractable challenge within your caucus, propose the bold idea you've been sitting on, or acknowledge the "elephant in the subcommittee" that everyone has been avoiding. In this lively, thought-provoking session, you’ll learn how to:
• Identify the factors that are holding you back from speaking up
• Increase your skills and confidence in how to identify and prepare for important conversations
• Articulate strategies to navigate high-stakes conversations effectively
• Connect with your peers to access the collective wisdom in the room, sharing success stories and lessons learned

Facilitator: Sara Lawson, Shorthand Consulting, Washington Track: NCSL Legislative Effectiveness Committee
Legislator/Staff Training Track
Women's Legislative Network
Legislative Process
NCSL Foundation Board of Directors Meeting Monday, August 3
9:00AM-10:30AM
Sheraton Willow AB
Track: NCSL Foundation for State Legislatures
Mason's Manual Commission Monday, August 3
9:00AM- 1:00PM
Sheraton Issaquah AB
Summary: The full Mason's Manual Commission and its subcommittees meet. Presiding: Alfred Speer, House of Representatives, Louisiana Track: Legislative Staff
American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secreta
Legislative Process
Telehealth Partnership Monday, August 3
9:00AM-12:00PM
Sheraton Seneca
Track: NCSL Foundation for State Legislatures
Health & Human Services
Field Trip: King County Election Office Monday, August 3
9:00AM-11:30AM
Summary: We'll bus over to the local election office—but don't think of an office; think of a mail processing facility. Washington sends ballots to all voters, so processing them on the return is a bit like running a factory. While there, we'll learn about how ballots submitted electronically by overseas voters are handled.

Meet at the east entrance of the Convention Center on Convention Place for a 9:00 a.m. departure; call Dan Diorio (570-236-0683), Katy Owens Hubler (720-662-3922) or Wendy Underhill (303-802-6673) for assistance.
Facilitator: Sherril Huff, King County Elections Office, Washington Track: Elections & Civic Education
Guest Tour: Private Ride the Ducks City Tour Monday, August 3
9:30AM-11:00AM
Summary: The Duck Tour is reserved private just for NCSL! The DUKW or Duck, is an amphibious landing craft developed by the U.S. Army during World War II. It was designed to maneuver with great agility and deliver cargo from ships at sea directly to the shore. Now visitors can tour Seattle by land and by sea in these historic vessels. This interactive tour is led by entertaining Coast Guard Certified Maritime Captains who will make touring Seattle a riot for all ages. The tour will begin in downtown Seattle, and will include historic Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, as well as Seattle's Harbor. Next, it's onto funky Fremont before splashing into Lake Union to see Seattle's houseboat community up close.

Cost is $32 (adult and youth). 
NCSL Legislative Staff Nominating Committee: Candidate Interviews Monday, August 3
10:00AM- 5:00PM
Sheraton Eagle Boardroom
Track: Executive Committee
Child Support and Incarceration Monday, August 3
10:00AM-11:30AM
WC310
Summary:

Did you know that approximately half of people who are incarcerated have a child under the age of 18? States struggle to balance the need to enforce child support orders and provide for children, with the potentially damaging consequences that incarceration can have on the parent’s ability to pay. Hear what states are doing to keep parents out of jail, reduce recidivism, and improve the employment prospects of formerly incarcerated parents.

Speaker: David Johnson, Office of Child Support Enforcement, Region X, Washington
Speaker: Susan Leavell, Washington State Department of Corrections
Speaker: Debbie Moen, King County Prosecutor's Office, Washington
Track: Law, Criminal & Juvenile Justice
Health & Human Services
Fraud Alert! A New Wave of Federal and State Tax Return Fraud Monday, August 3
11:00AM- 1:15PM
WC611-614
Summary: While no one enjoys paying taxes, everyone likes to receive a tax refund. So, when thousands of taxpayers this year learned that their refunds had already been paid to someone else, they were understandably confused and incensed. Dive into this 21st century form of tax fraud, what the federal government is doing about, and learn about options for states to address this problem and protect the taxpayers. Sponsored by: NCSL gratefully acknowledges American Coalition for Taxpayer Rights (ACTR) for sponsoring this session. Moderator: Representative Jay R. Kaufman, Massachusetts
Panelist: Senator Curt Bramble, Utah
Panelist: Paul Mamo, Submission Processing, Internal Revenue Service
Panelist: Steve Ryan, McDermott Will & Emery
Panelist: Corey Smith, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Panelist: David Sullivan, Rhode Island Department of Revenue
Track: NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Task Force
NCSL Task Force on state and Local Taxation
Budget, Tax & Pensions
New Members Roundtable Monday, August 3
11:30AM- 1:15PM
WC204
Track: Young and New Professionals
Legislative Summit Orientation Monday, August 3
11:30AM-12:45PM
WC609
Health and Human Services Committee Luncheon Monday, August 3
12:00PM- 1:30PM
WC606
Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
Health & Human Services
States Support Female Veterans Monday, August 3
12:00PM- 1:15PM
Sheraton Aspen
Summary:

Examine how states are addressing the unique needs of female veterans regarding education, employment and reintegration.

Speaker:
• Col. David W. Sutherland, Chairman, Easter Seals Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services, Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by: NCSL gratefully acknowledges the Easter Seals for sponsoring the lunch. Track: NCSL Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs
Women's Legislative Network
NCSL 50-State Bill Information Service Training Monday, August 3
1:00PM- 1:30PM
WC214
Summary: Learn the basics of NCSL's 50-State Bill Information Service (BIS). The BIS, available exclusively to state legislators and legislative staff, provides access to the full-text of legislation in the 50 states, DC, and the U.S. Congress. The BIS was developed in partnership with LexisNexis® StateNet®. Track: Legislator/Staff Training Track
Guest Tour: Boutique Wineries of Washington Tasting Tour Monday, August 3
1:00PM- 5:00PM
Summary: Woodinville Wine Country is only 40 minutes from Seattle and offers a combination of small town charm, natural beauty, and more than 90 world-class wineries, tasting rooms, craft breweries, and distilleries. Knowledgeable guides will escort you on an exceptional wine tour experience, with unparalleled access to boutique wineries and their winemakers, private tastings, wine releases, and barrel samplings. You will visit three labels and sample their exquisite selection of wines. Possible winery visits include JM, Woodhouse, Patterson Cellars, Mary Ryan, Bookwalter or DeLille.

Cost is $110 (adult).
Update on the President's Executive Actions on Immigration Monday, August 3
1:30PM- 3:00PM
WC602-604
Summary: The Department of Homeland Security is rolling out a new priority enforcement program. Hear how it aims to improve border management, and learn about federal engagement with state and local law enforcement, child migrants and unaccompanied minors, and other issues affecting states. Moderator: Representative Curtis M. Oda, Utah
Panelist: Assistant Secretary Heather Fong, Office of State and Local Law Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C.
Panelist: Timothy S. Robbins, Office of Enforcement & Removal Operations, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C.
Panelist: Peter Verga, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C.
Respondent: Senator Mo Denis, Nevada
Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Commi
Law, Criminal & Juvenile Justice
Immigration
State Debt Situation: An Update and Discussion Monday, August 3
1:30PM- 2:45PM
WC607
Summary: Municipal debt issuance has undergone a significant transformation in recent years. Once a primary tool for capital infrastructure investment, state debt issuance has now become a refinancing mechanism for addressing existing debt. What is driving this change in policymaking and what are the long-term implications for state and local governments? Speaker: Natalie Cohen, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, New York Track: NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
NCSL Standing Committee
Budget, Tax & Pensions
Oregon’s Automatic Voter Registration (and Other Registration Innovations) Monday, August 3
1:30PM- 2:30PM
WC204
Summary: Examine the ins and outs of Oregon's brand new automatic voter registration legislation that automatically adds any citizen over the age of 18 who has a driver’s license from the Beaver State. Find out the technological challenges and the risks and discuss whether more people will vote as a result. Many other states have similar legislation this year—and still more are taking action on online voter registration, seamlessly connecting the motor vehicle agencies with voter registration and cleaning voter registration rolls. Learn all about it. Speaker: David Becker, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, D.C.
Speaker: Professor Paul Gronke, Reed College, Oregon
Speaker: Christy McCormick, U.S. Election Assistance Commission, Washington, D.C.
Speaker: Jim Williams, Elections Division, Oregon Secretary of State
Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Redistricting and Elections
Continuing Legal Education
Elections & Civic Education
International Trade and Export Promotion Discussion Monday, August 3
1:30PM- 3:45PM
WC618-620
Summary: With topics like new trade deals, "fast track" authority, and the future of the Export-Import Bank at the forefront of political discourse, come learn about the impacts of trade and export and discuss their implications for states. Panelist: Andrew Crowder, Clean Technology Business Development, Washington Department of Commerce
Panelist: Celeste Drake, AFL-CIO, Washington, D.C.
Panelist: Robert Hamilton, Governor Jay Inslee's Office, Washington
Panelist: Luis Jimenez, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Washington, D.C.
Panelist: Eric Schinfeld, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Washington
Panelist: Stan Sorscher, SPEEA IFPTE, Washington
Panelist: Robin Twyman, UK Government Office, Washington
Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
Labor, Employment & Econmic Development
Returning to Trust Workshop: A Process for Rebuilding a Critical Infrastructure Monday, August 3
1:30PM- 4:00PM
WC201
Summary:

The culture of the legislature is changing, and most people believe it is a change for the worse. At the heart is decreasing trust among members, staff, and the people they serve, and the belief that legislatures can effectively solve complex social problems. The Returning to Trust program is a facilitator-led, interactive learning experience designed to teach participants how to reestablish the connections, practices, values and organizational culture that build trust.

What you'll learn:
--Thorough discussions and exercises get at the reasons that people say the "fun" has gone out of legislative service.
--Identify values critical to the effectiveness of state legislatures.
--Learn how to set goals and take actions that foster a culture of civility, respect and trust within our treasured institutions.
--Take home new tools, skills and an action plan to begin similar discussions in your state capitol.

 

Welcome: Senator Elaine Bowers, Kansas
Welcome: Connie F. Ridley, Office of Administration, Tennessee General Assembly
Facilitator: Senator Elaine S. Bowers, Kansas
Facilitator: Ted Celeste, Next Generation, Ohio
Panelist: Diane Douglas, Seattle City Club, Washington
Panelist: Representative Sam W. Hunt, Washington
Panelist: Carolyn Lukensmeyer, National Institute For Civil Discourse, Arizona
Panelist: Darren Nichols, William D. Ruckelshaus Center, Washington
Panelist: Representative Hans Zeiger, Washington
Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Legislative Effectiveness Committee
Legislator/Staff Training Track
Women's Legislative Network
Legislative Process
Young and New Professionals
Facial Recognition Technology in the Modern World Monday, August 3
1:30PM- 2:30PM
WC608
Summary: Learn what it is, how to address privacy concerns, whether there should be restrictions on how companies collect and use this information, and who should regulate the market. Discuss whether there are legitimate national security interests in utilizing it to fight terrorism. Moderator: Russell Humphrey, Tennessee General Assembly
Panelist: Alvaro Martin Bedoya, Center on Privacy and Technology, Georgetown Law, Washington, D.C.
Panelist: Daniel Castro, ITIF, Washington, D.C.
Track: NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Intersta
NCSL Standing Committee
IT & Telecommunications
Next Generation Accountability Systems Monday, August 3
1:30PM- 3:15PM
WC2AB
Summary: Hear a report on next generation accountability systems from legislators who attended the Education Committee meeting in May and their plans for this work in their states. Hear an update on state legislative action on accountability, standards and assessments. Presiding: Bennett Boggs, Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky Legislature
Presiding: Senator John W. Ford, Oklahoma
Moderator: Michelle Exstrom, NCSL
Speaker: Andy Coons, National Education Association, Washington, D.C.
Speaker: Lucille Davy, The Hunt Institute, New Jersey
Speaker: Adriana Martinez, Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, D.C.
Speaker: Lee Posey, NCSL
Speaker: Daniel Thatcher, NCSL
Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Education Committee
Education
Health and Human Services Committee Federal Update/Business Meeting Monday, August 3
1:45PM- 2:45PM
WC611-614
Summary:

-- Welcome and Introductions
-- Federal Update: Committee staff review key federal regulatory, legislative and court actions related to health and human services programs.
-- Review of the NCSL Policy process
-- Review of Proposed Consent Calendar
-- Review of Policies to be debated on Tuesday
-- Request for amendments to policies to be debated on Tuesday

Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
Health & Human Services
Ethics in Public Service: The Communication Connection (Deep Dive Session) Monday, August 3
2:00PM- 5:00PM
WC3AB
Summary:

Brian Baird, former six term U.S. representative and a clinical psychologist, is an avid proponent of ethical conduct in the legal and legislative professions. Baird discusses how the ability to effectively communicate relates to ethical practice and conduct for legislators, legislative staff and legislative attorneys. This engaging and entertaining presentation provides best practices to develop strong, strategic and ethical communication in your legislature.

What you'll learn:

• The six essential elements of communication and how they affect ethical thinking and conduct.
• Practical application of communication principals to those situations that appear to be ethically ambiguous.
• The power of ethical reasoning and choosing to do what is right.

Moderator: Mark Quiner, NCSL
Speaker: Brian Baird, Ph.D., Washington
Track: Legislative Staff
Legislative Research Librarians
Leadership Staff Section
Legal Services Staff Section
National Legislative Program Evaluation Society
Research and Committee Staff Section
Continuing Legal Education
Ethics
Legislative Process
ASLCS "A" Committee: Bylaws and Standing Orders Monday, August 3
2:00PM- 3:00PM
Sheraton Willow A
Summary: Track: Legislative Staff
American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secreta
ASLCS "A" Committee: Inside the Legislative Process Monday, August 3
2:00PM- 3:00PM
Sheraton Willow B
Summary: Track: Legislative Staff
American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secreta
ASLCS "A" Committee: Site Selection Monday, August 3
2:00PM- 3:00PM
Sheraton Redwood A
Summary: Track: Legislative Staff
American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secreta
State Tax Reform Monday, August 3
2:00PM- 3:00PM
WC617
Summary: Attend a discussion on tax reforms in the states and discuss the fiscal impact of various types of tax reforms and the challenges this presents for revenue estimating. Facilitator: Mandy Rafool, NCSL Track: Legislative Staff
National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices
Distance Is Not a Barrier: Remote Public Testimony Monday, August 3
2:00PM- 2:45PM
WC615-616
Summary: This year, two states began pilot projects to give citizens from across their states the opportunity to testify remotely at committee hearings. Hear how the projects were planned, implemented by legislators and legislative staff and how they were received by citizens and lawmakers. Moderator: Joel Redding, Kentucky General Assembly
Panelist: Elizabeth Burger, Legislative Council, Colorado General Assembly
Panelist: Brad Hendrickson, Washington State Senate
Panelist: Susan Howson, Senate Committee Services, Washington Legislature
Track: Legislative Staff
National Association of Legislative Information Te
IT & Telecommunications
ASLCS "A" Committee: Technology Monday, August 3
2:00PM- 3:00PM
Sheraton Redwood B
Track: Legislative Staff
American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secreta
Top Ways to Combat Financial Crimes Monday, August 3
2:30PM- 3:15PM
WC608
Summary: Bad actors are involved in hacking, identity theft, privacy invasions and financial exploitation. Are there laws states can enact to help consumers and combat financial crimes? Learn about actions legislatures are taking to combat these new challenges and the complex issues they raise. Facilitator: Mike Sunseri, Public Information Office, Kentucky General Assembly Track: NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Intersta
NCSL Standing Committee
Banking, Financial Services & Insurance
Funding Campaigns: What Have the Courts Said? Monday, August 3
2:40PM- 3:45PM
WC204
Summary: The Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case in 2010 dramatically changed the landscape for campaign finance across the country. But that’s merely one case among earlier and more recent cases. You’ll get an understanding of court decisions that affect state laws on contribution limits and disclosure requirements—and where independent expenditures fit in the picture. Moderator: Lisa Soronen, State & Local Legal Center, Washington, D.C.
Panelist: Jessica Karls-Ruplinger, Legislative Council, Wisconsin Legislature
Panelist: Eric Wang, Wiley Rein LLP, Washington, D.C.
Panelist: Daniel Weiner, Brennan Center For Justice At New York University, New York
Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Redistricting and Elections
Continuing Legal Education
Elections & Civic Education
Ethics
Budgets and Revenue Committee Business Meeting Monday, August 3
3:00PM- 4:00PM
WC607
Summary: Review, discuss and vote on policies under jurisdiction of the Budgets and Revenue Committee. Moderator: Senator Richard S. Madaleno, Maryland
Moderator: Senator Ryan Silvey, Missouri
Track: NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
NCSL Standing Committee
Budget, Tax & Pensions
Data Visualization Monday, August 3
3:00PM- 5:00PM
WC615-616
Summary: A picture is worth a thousand words. This is proving true for legislative fiscal offices around the country. Hear from two states experimenting with data visualization tools that help bring data to life for legislators and the public. Moderator: Troy Adkins, House of Delegates, Virginia General Assembly
Speaker: Steven Allred, Legislative Fiscal Analyst Office, Utah Legislature
Speaker: Ivan Djambov, Legislative Fiscal Analyst Office, Utah Legislature
Speaker: Tom Jensen, Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program Committee, Washington
Speaker: Michael Mann, LEAP, Washington Legislature
Track: Legislative Staff
National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices
National Association of Legislative Information Te
Budget, Tax & Pensions
IT & Telecommunications
ASLCS "B" Committee: International Communication and Development Monday, August 3
3:00PM- 4:00PM
Sheraton Willow A
Track: Legislative Staff
American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secreta
ASLCS "B" Committee: Legislative Administrator Monday, August 3
3:00PM- 4:00PM
Sheraton Willow B
Track: Legislative Staff
American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secreta
ASLCS "B" Committee: Membership and Communication Monday, August 3
3:00PM- 4:00PM
Sheraton Redwood A
Track: Legislative Staff
American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secreta
ASLCS "B" Committee: Support Staff Monday, August 3
3:00PM- 4:00PM
Sheraton Redwood B
Track: Legislative Staff
American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secreta
Better Approaches to Addressing Mental Illness in Criminal Justice Systems Monday, August 3
3:15PM- 5:00PM
WC611-614
Summary: Many people with mental illness come into contact with the criminal justice system, often exacerbating their health needs and challenging crime systems and personnel not equipped to respond adequately. Explore both health care and criminal justice system approaches to better handle these interactions. Presiding: Representative John Tilley, Kentucky
Panelist: KiDeuk Kim, Urban Institute, Washington, D.C.
Panelist: Justin Volpe, Florida Courts, 11th Judicial Criminal Mental Health Project
Respondent: Senator Michael R. Crider, Indiana
Respondent: Representative James A. Dunnigan, Utah
Respondent: Senator Delores G. Kelley, Maryland
Respondent: Representative Walt Leger, Louisiana
Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
NCSL Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Commi
Continuing Legal Education
Law, Criminal & Juvenile Justice
Health & Human Services
Key Questions About Charter School Authorizers Monday, August 3
3:15PM- 4:45PM
WC2AB
Summary: Why are authorizers important? What can states do to make them better? How do authorizers evaluate charter schools? When is it time to close a charter school and how do you do it effectively?  Hear experts address these questions and how the answers can have a big impact on the quality of your state's charter schools. Moderator: Josh Cunningham, NCSL
Speaker: Robin Lake, Center On Reinventing Public Education, Washington
Speaker: Alex Medler, National Association of Charter School Authorizers, Illinois
Speaker: Dana Peterson, Louisiana Recovery School District
Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Education Committee
Education
FirstNet Update Monday, August 3
3:15PM- 3:30PM
WC608
Summary: Attend a briefing from an expert from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to get an update on next steps as they relate to states. Speaker: Edward Parkinson, First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), Washington, D.C. Track: NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Intersta
NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Commi
Law, Criminal & Juvenile Justice
IT & Telecommunications
Disaster Insurance: Are States and Insurance Companies Prepared? Monday, August 3
3:30PM- 4:45PM
WC608
Summary: The past several winters have seen record warm temperatures and dry weather in the West, bitter cold and record snows in the East. How are states coordinating with insurance companies to ensure the best response? What impact do these weather events have on property insurance and are insurance companies changing their risk management calculations to adjust for extreme weather? Hear from experts in disaster insurance and mitigation and learn how to better prepare your region and state. Moderator: Representative Curtis M. Oda, Utah
Speaker: Chara Bradstreet, National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Washington, D.C.
Speaker: Nicole Mahrt Ganley, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, California
Speaker: Roy Wright, Office of the Deputy Associate Administrator for Insurance and Mitigation, FEMA, Washington, D.C.
Track: NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Intersta
NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Commi
Banking, Financial Services & Insurance
Law, Criminal & Juvenile Justice
When the Voters Decide: The Role of Ballot Measures in Making Law Monday, August 3
4:00PM- 5:00PM
WC204
Summary: Marijuana, abortion, guns, gambling—what do they all have in common? They all have appeared on statewide election ballots in recent years. Ballot measures are particularly common in the Pacific Northwest. Find out how states manage this process, including citizens’ review processes—and what impact they may have on turnout. Moderator: Jennie Drage Bowser, Political Consultant, Oregon
Panelist: Senator Joe Fain, Washington
Panelist: Tyrone Reitman, Healthy Democracy, Oregon
Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Legislative Effectiveness Committee
NCSL Redistricting and Elections
Elections & Civic Education
Legislative Process
Labor and Economic Development Committee Business Meeting Monday, August 3
4:00PM- 5:00PM
WC618-620
Summary: Discuss and vote on the reauthorization of the Military and Veterans' Affairs Resolution. Review, discuss and vote on any other policies as determined by the committee. Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
Labor, Employment & Econmic Development
State Budget Update / Federal Budget Update Monday, August 3
4:00PM- 5:00PM
WC607
Summary: Discuss NCSL's latest report on state budget and tax actions and the most recent federal budget activity and its effect on states. Discuss your state’s fiscal situation. Speaker: Marcia Howard, Federal Funds Information for States, Washington, D.C.
Speaker: Jeff Hurley, NCSL
Speaker: Arturo Perez, NCSL
Track: NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
Budget, Tax & Pensions
ASLCS "C" Committee: Canadian-American Relations Monday, August 3
4:00PM- 5:00PM
Sheraton Willow A
Track: Legislative Staff
American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secreta
ASLCS "C" Committee: Professional Journal Monday, August 3
4:00PM- 5:00PM
Sheraton Willow B
Track: Legislative Staff
American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secreta
ASLCS "C" Committee: Program Development Monday, August 3
4:00PM- 5:00PM
Sheraton Redwood A
Track: Legislative Staff
American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secreta
ASLCS "C" Committee: Roster Monday, August 3
4:00PM- 5:00PM
Sheraton Redwood B
Track: Legislative Staff
American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secreta
Leadership Staff Section (LSS) Reception Monday, August 3
5:00PM- 5:45PM
Summary:

Come and meet your fellow LSS-ers at the Summit! This low-key dutch-treat reception will be at the Tap House Grill – an easy, right-around-the-corner walk from the convention center. Leadership staff will meet in the Billiards Lounge. Then, you and your new friends can head back to the opening social event!

Tap House Grill: 1506 6th Ave, Seattle

Steering Committee Monday, August 3
5:00PM- 5:30PM
WC607
Summary: The steering committee includes the overall standing committee officers and the legislator and staff chairs of each standing committee. Members will preview policies for consideration and decide on joint and re-referrals of policy directives and resolutions as necessary.
Social Event: A Taste of Washington Monday, August 3
5:30PM- 7:00PM
Atrium Lobby
Summary: Take a whirlwind tasting tour of Washington and experience what makes this state such a great place to visit. Catch up with old friends and get to know new ones while you enjoy the tastes, sights and sounds of the Evergreen State. Vintners from all over the world have made Washington their home, and some will share their award-winning wines with you. Sample chardonnay from Walla Walla, syrah from Woodinville, blush rose' from the Columbia River Gorge, and more! Washington is also home to America's very first brewpub and more than 240 breweries. So if wine's not your cup of tea, you can enjoy the art of craft-brewing from a wide variety of local, small-batch superstars. And, before you head out for a night in the Emerald City, be sure to grab a cup of the state’s other world-famous beverage—coffee!
LRL Informal Dinner Monday, August 3
7:00PM- 9:00PM
Summary: What better place for legislative librarians to gather than the Bookstore Bar & Cafe? Join your LRL colleagues at 7:00 p.m. for a fun and informal evening. The restaurant is located at1007 1st Avenue, Seattle, in the Alexis Hotel. Track: Legislative Staff
Legislative Research Librarians
Registration Tuesday, August 4
7:00AM- 5:00PM
Preparing Principals for Today's 21st Century Schools (Building Strong School Leaders Breakfast) Tuesday, August 4
7:00AM- 8:15AM
WC2AB
Summary: School principals have traditionally been authority figures and managers. But today's principals are instructional leaders, managers and the ones who shape the schools climate and vision. Discuss how traditional university preparation programs have adapted their curricula to meet the demands of today's K-12 schools. Sponsored by: NCSL gratefully acknowledges The Wallace Foundation for sponsoring this breakfast. Moderator: Phillip McCarthy, Ed.D., Office of Policy & Legal Analysis, Maine Legislature
Speaker: Ann O'Doherty, Danforth Educational Leadership Program, College of Education, University of Washington
Speaker: Representative Dennis J. Roch, New Mexico
Speaker: Keisha Scarlett, Principal Leadership Coach for Seattle Public Schools, 2014 Washington Middle Level Principal of the Year, Washington
Track: Education
National Association of Jewish Legislators Breakfast Tuesday, August 4
7:00AM- 8:30AM
Sheraton Madrona
Summary: Jewish legislators from across the country come together to meet, eat and hear from speakers on legislating as it relates to being both policy leaders and leaders in the Jewish Community. Speakers: Jeff Wice, WA State Rep. Tana Senn, Keith Dvorchik and Rabbi Danny Weiner
Fly-Over: An Examination and Discussion of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Tuesday, August 4
7:15AM- 8:30AM
WC609
Summary: In partnership with NCSL's Foundation for State Legislatures Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Steering Committee, join a wide-ranging discussion of the many uses for UAS and how to create a regulatory framework that addresses privacy, safety and other concerns. Enjoy a hot breakfast. Moderator: Douglas Shinkle, NCSL
Speaker: Ryan Gammelgard, State Farm, Illinois
Speaker: Travis Mason, Google, Washington, D.C.
Speaker: Alex Pietsch, Washington State Department of Commerce
Track: NCSL Foundation for State Legislatures
NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
Transportation
Research and Committee Staff Section Business Meeting Tuesday, August 4
7:30AM- 8:30AM
WC309
Summary: Research and Committee staff gather for their annual business meeting, including election of officers, presentation of awards and discussion of staff section activities. Track: Legislative Staff
Research and Committee Staff Section
Reviewing Administrative Rule: The Legislature's Role Tuesday, August 4
7:30AM- 8:30AM
WC310
Summary: What is the relationship between laws and administrative rules? Once an agency promulgates administrative rules, what is the approval process? Who has the authority to review administrative rules? Panelist: Jessica Karls-Ruplinger, Legislative Council, Wisconsin Legislature
Panelist: Peter McHugh, Parliament of Western Australia
Panelist: Julie Pelegrin, Legislative Legal Services, Colorado General Assembly
Track: Legislative Staff
Legal Services Staff Section
Continuing Legal Education
NLPES Executive Committee Meeting Tuesday, August 4
7:30AM- 8:30AM
WC301
Summary: The National Legislative Program Evaluation Society Executive Committee is holding its summer meeting. Presiding: Wayne Kidd, Legislative Auditor General's Office, Utah Legislature Track: Legislative Staff
National Legislative Program Evaluation Society
Legislative Process
LRL Business Meeting Tuesday, August 4
7:30AM- 8:30AM
WC214
Summary: Attend the annual business meeting, including presentation of the Legislative Staff Achievement Award and the 2015 Notable Documents Awards. Presiding: Sonia Gavin, Legislative Services Division, Montana Legislature Track: Legislative Staff
Legislative Research Librarians
Annie E. Casey Kids Count Tuesday, August 4
7:30AM- 8:30AM
WC201
Summary: The KIDS COUNT Data Book is published annually by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and assesses child well-being across the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The report provides national trends, comparing the latest data with mid-decade statistics. Discuss the most recent findings at this breakfast briefing. Sponsored by: NCSL gratefully acknowledges The Annie E. Casey Foundation for sponsoring this session. Speaker: Lisa Hamilton, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Maryland Track: Health & Human Services
NALFO Business Meeting and Breakfast Tuesday, August 4
7:30AM- 8:30AM
WC607
Summary: Join us for NALFO's annual business meeting to discuss upcoming NALFO events and elect new officers. The winner of the 2015 NALFO Staff Achievement Award will be announced. Track: Legislative Staff
National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices
Budget, Tax & Pensions
NALIT Business Meeting and Breakfast Tuesday, August 4
7:30AM- 8:30AM
WC304
Summary: Enjoy breakfast, elect new officers and recognize the winners of the NALIT Legislative Staff Achievement Awards. Presiding: Joel Redding, Kentucky General Assembly Track: Legislative Staff
National Association of Legislative Information Te
IT & Telecommunications
LSS Business Meeting Tuesday, August 4
8:00AM- 8:30AM
WC210
Summary: Discuss the business of the staff section. Track: Legislative Staff
Leadership Staff Section
Tuesday General Session | Redefining Corporate Responsibility: A Perspective from Starbucks Tuesday, August 4
8:30AM- 9:30AM
Ballroom 6ABC
Summary: What is the role and responsibility of a for-profit, public company? Starbucks' answer is both aspirational and global. Its ambitious efforts include helping veterans and their spouses find jobs, helping employees achieve a college degree, hiring 10,000 opportunity youth in three years, and partnering with government in other civic efforts under the direction of John Kelly, senior vice president of Global Responsibility and Public Policy. Speaker: John Kelly, Starbucks, Washington Track: General Session
National Legislative Services and Security Association (NLSSA) Tuesday, August 4
9:00AM- 2:00PM
Offsite
Summary: Meet at East Entrance, First Floor, Convention Center. Track: Legislative Staff
National Legislative Services and Security Associa
Guest Tour: Waterfalls, Chocolate and Wine Tasting Lunch Tuesday, August 4
9:00AM- 3:00PM
Summary:

The day begins with a visit to one of Washington's most popular scenic attractions, Snoqualmie Falls. Here, the Snoqualmie River cascades 270 feet through a spectacular rock gorge into a 65-foot-deep pool. On top of the falls sits one of Seattle’s most romantic getaways, the Salish Lodge & Spa, which may look familiar to fans of "Twin Peaks," as it was featured in the '90s TV hit.

The tour will continue to Boehm's Candy Kitchen, where you will sample the region's premier Swiss chocolates, watch the candy-making process and tour the property. The tour will continue to Januik Winery where guests will enjoy a wine tasting lunch. The final stop of the day is nearby Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. Here you will learn the fine art and science of wine-making, enjoy a wine tasting and stroll the beautiful, arboretum-like grounds.

Cost is $105.

International Program - Visit to the Washington State Capitol Tuesday, August 4
9:45AM- 3:30PM
Summary:

International parliamentarians and parliamentary staff travel to the Washington State Capitol in Olympia, Washington. Hear from Washington legislators and legislative staff and enjoy a tour of the Washington Legislature. Lunch will be provided.

10:00 a.m.
Busses depart for the Washington State Capitol Building

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tour of the Capitol Building

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch and Welcome at Pritchard Cafe, Washington State Capitol Building

Welcome Remarks:

  • The Honorable Brad Owen, Lieutenant Governor and President of the Senate, Washington

1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
U.S. Legislative Process and Mock Floor Debate, House Chambers

Speaker:

  • Bernard Dean, Deputy Chief Clerk (invited)
  • Barbara Baker, Chief Clerk (invited)

2:15 p.m.
Busses Depart Washington State Capitol

3:30 p.m.
Busses arrive at the Seattle Convention Center

Track: International
Supreme Court Roundup Tuesday, August 4
9:45AM-11:30AM
WC602-604
Summary: Hear an overview of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent term, and decisions in several cases with implications for states and states' rights. Presiding: Representative John Tilley, Kentucky
Speaker: Lisa Soronen, State & Local Legal Center, Washington, D.C.
Track: Legislative Staff
NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Commi
Legal Services Staff Section
Continuing Legal Education
Law, Criminal & Juvenile Justice
Education Committee Federal Update and Business Meeting Tuesday, August 4
9:45AM-12:15PM
WC2AB
Summary: Receive an update on federal legislative and regulatory activity and NCSL's work in DC. Discuss, reviewand vote upon any policies and resolutions up for consideration. Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Education Committee
Education
Budgeting to the Edge: State Finances in the Post-Great Recession Era Tuesday, August 4
9:45AM-11:15AM
WC607
Summary: A slow growing revenue base coupled with rising program costs have tested state policymakers across the country. Following multiple years of small reserves, structural deficits, and little to no significant change in the revenue outlook, what are states expected to do? Discuss the budget challenges states are facing in the post-Great Recession Era. Track: NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
NCSL Standing Committee
Budget, Tax & Pensions
U.S. Census Bureau: Update on Major Design Changes for 2020 and Redistricting Data Office Prototype Data Tuesday, August 4
9:45AM-10:45AM
WC204
Summary: The U.S. Census Bureau is preparing to roll out major design changes for the 2020 census that will utilize new technology to improve canvassing and encourage online census responses. Hear about these changes from representatives from the Bureau and the Redistricting Data Office and how the Census can help prepare redistricting boundary models for states. Moderator: Debra Levine, Reapportionment Task Force, New York Legislature
Panelist: Lisa Blumerman, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, D.C.
Panelist: James Whitehorne, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, D.C.
Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Redistricting and Elections
Elections & Civic Education
Health and Human Services Committee Business Meeting Tuesday, August 4
9:45AM-12:30PM
WC611-614
Summary: The legislator committee members vote on policies scheduled for consideration. Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
Health & Human Services
Mentoring in a Legislative Environment Tuesday, August 4
9:45AM-11:15AM
WC201
Summary: New legislators and staff enter the fast-paced legislative environment with unique experiences and expertise, but still need to become acclimated to their legislature and its processes, procedures, customs and traditions. One-on-one mentoring programs are one strategy to help legislators and staff learn about formalized procedures and unspoken rules. Learn about existing mentoring programs and examine the benefits and challenges of establishing mentoring relationships. Moderator: Assemblymember Irene Bustamante Adams, Nevada
Panelist: Representative Rosie M. Berger, Wyoming
Panelist: Mary Quaid, House Legislative Services, Louisiana Legislature
Panelist: Dan Schmidt, Legislative Council, Wisconsin Legislature
Track: Legislative Staff
NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Legislative Effectiveness Committee
National Legislative Program Evaluation Society
Legislator/Staff Training Track
Women's Legislative Network
Legislative Process
Young and New Professionals
Broadband Changes Tuesday, August 4
9:45AM-11:00AM
WC608
Summary:

Municipal Broadband
In light of the FCC’s recent Municipal Broadband Order, should states be concerned about continuing to allow this process?

Net Neutrality
What is it? How does it affect you? And is this set of rules here to stay?

Broadband in 2016
What should legislators have their mind on for next session?

Moderator: Repressentative Blair Thoreson, North Dakota
Moderator: Representative Angela Williams, Colorado Legislature, Colorado
Panelist: Chuck Davidson, Advanced Communications Law & Policy Institute, New York Law School
Panelist: Patrick Halley, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, Washington, D.C.
Panelist: Corynne McSherry, Electronic Frontier Foundation, California
Track: NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Intersta
NCSL Standing Committee
Continuing Legal Education
IT & Telecommunications
Exhibit Hall Tuesday, August 4
10:00AM- 4:00PM
Exhibit Hall 4EF
NRI Committee Business Meeting Tuesday, August 4
10:00AM-12:30PM
WC618-620
Summary: NRI Committee members debate and vote on new and existing policies and amendments to policies. Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
Agriculture & Rural Development
Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
Transportation
Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act Update Tuesday, August 4
10:00AM-11:30AM
WC615-617
Summary: Since WIOA was passed into law last summer, states have been working to prepare for the changes in the workforce system. Come hear about the status of federal rules and how they will need to be addressed in the states. Panelist: Amy Anderson, Association of Washington Business
Panelist: David Casey, MAXIMUS, Virginia
Panelist: Virginia Hamilton, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, California
Panelist: Caitlyn Jekel, Washington State Labor Council
Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
Labor, Employment & Econmic Development
Redistricting: A Mid-Decade Review Tuesday, August 4
11:00AM-12:15PM
WC204
Summary: The 2010 redistricting cycle, and particularly court cases that came out of it, set the stage for the next cycle. Take a look back and forward at redistricting in different states across the country. Expect to learn about technology, commissions, politics and more. Moderator: Senator Daniel A. Ivey-Soto, New Mexico
Panelist: Ted Booth, PEER Committee, Mississippi Legislature
Panelist: Senator John Murante, Nebraska
Panelist: Jeffrey Wice, State Assembly, New York Legislature
Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Redistricting and Elections
Continuing Legal Education
Elections & Civic Education
Crowdfunding 101 Update Tuesday, August 4
11:00AM-12:15PM
WC608
Summary: Some states are actively shaping equity crowdfunding to suit their investments needs. Hear about and learn from states' experiences including lessons learned, local business and entrepreneur impact, and essential state partnerships. Moderator: Representative Martha Jane King, Kentucky
Panelist: Bill Beatty, Washington Department of Financial Institutions
Panelist: Anya Coverman, North American Securities Administrators Association, Washington, D.C.
Panelist: Representative Cindy S. Ryu, Washington
Track: NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Intersta
NCSL Standing Committee
Banking, Financial Services & Insurance
Continuing Legal Education
IT & Telecommunications
Guest Tour: Tillicum Village -- Spirit of the Pacific Northwest Tuesday, August 4
11:00AM- 4:00PM
Summary: Tillicum Village presents an authentic view of the indigenous Coast Salish people and their culture. Your adventure begins with a scenic cruise across Puget Sound to Blake Island. On the cruise you will enjoy views of the bustling waterfront and one of the world's largest shipping terminals.

You will be welcomed with an appetizer of freshly steamed clams and hot clam nectar. As you explore Tillicum Village, you’ll see totem poles, masks and other Native American works. Lunch takes place in an authentic cedar longhouse featuring artifacts and woodcarving displays, and you’ll be able to watch whole salmon being cooked over an alder-wood fire in the traditional Northwest Coast Indian Style. After lunch, the lights dim and myth and magic come to life in a spellbinding performance highlighting the customs, beliefs and dances of the Coast Salish.

Cost is $98 (adult) and $58 (youth).
Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee Business Meeting Tuesday, August 4
11:30AM-12:15PM
WC602-604
Summary: Discuss the potential renewal of several current policies. Presiding: Representative John C. Tilley, Kentucky Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Commi
Law, Criminal & Juvenile Justice
Pardon the Payment: Are Tax Amnesties Good Tax Policy? Tuesday, August 4
11:30AM-12:30PM
WC607
Summary: Many states have offered tax amnesties to forgive tax scofflaws and bring in revenue that may not otherwise be collected. Is this policy simply a short-term budget solution with long-time repercussions on tax compliance? Discuss the benefits and consequences of collecting previously uncollected cash from tax delinquents. Moderator: Randy Dowell, Senate Majority Office, Oklahoma Legislature
Panelist: Senator Clark Jolley, Oklahoma
Panelist: Justin Ross, School of Public & Environmental Affairs, Indiana University
Panelist: Vikki Smith, Washington State Department of Revenue
Track: NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
NCSL Standing Committee
Budget, Tax & Pensions
Legislative Effectiveness Committee Business Meeting and Lunch Tuesday, August 4
11:30AM- 1:00PM
WC201
Summary: Hear a briefing on NCSL's Hewlett Foundation-sponsored study of polarization and policymaking. Review current activities and discuss agenda options for the committee's December meeting in Washington, D.C. Presiding: Senator Elaine S. Bowers, Kansas
Presiding: Assemblymember Irene Bustamante Adams, Nevada
Presiding: Connie Ridley, Office of Administration, Tennessee General Assembly
Speaker: Brian Weberg, NCSL
Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Legislative Effectiveness Committee
Legislative Process
Special Briefing: Community Housing Associations and their Roles in the States Tuesday, August 4
11:45AM-12:15PM
WC615-617
Summary: Community housing associations – often known as homeowners associations, condominium communities, and cooperatives – represent roughly 25% of U.S. homes. With their numbers on the rise, come discuss CHAs' place in state policy, fiscal implications, and growth prospects with industry experts. Speaker: Michael Hedge, Jr., Community Associations Institute, Virginia Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
Labor, Employment & Econmic Development
ASLCS Business Meeting and Luncheon Tuesday, August 4
12:00PM- 2:00PM
Summary: Participate in annual Business Meeting and enjoy lunch. Reservations are required for this meeting. Contact Jeanne.Mejeur to RSVP. Sponsored by: ASLCS and NCSL gratefully acknowledge the support of International Roll-Call Corporation for sponsoring the luncheon. Track: Legislative Staff
American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secreta
Legislative Staff Directors' Luncheon Tuesday, August 4
12:00PM- 1:30PM
WC304
Summary: This luncheon is for legislative staff agency directors. Attendance is by invitation only. RSVP is required. (Send email to Laura Rose). Sponsored by: NCSL gratefully acknowledges Lexis/Nexis for sponsoring this luncheon. Track: Legislator/Staff Training Track
Increasing Independents: Looking at the Rise of Unaffiliated Voters (Luncheon) Tuesday, August 4
12:15PM- 1:30PM
WC204
Summary: Independent or unaffiliated voters have been the fastest growing bloc of voters for several years now. As more voters are decided to reject party labels, what effect does this have on access to primary elections, state legislature demographics and campaigns themselves? Speaker: Michael Dimock, Pew Research Center, Washington, D.C. Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Redistricting and Elections
Elections & Civic Education
Ethics
The Future of Recycling Tuesday, August 4
12:30PM- 1:45PM
WC609
Summary: Enjoy lunch while we discuss the future of recycling, from electronic waste to recycled paper, and the hot topics of reduction, reuse and recycling. Sponsored by: NCSL gratefully acknowledges the Consumer Electronics Association and American Forest and Paper Association for sponsoring this luncheon. Moderator: Representative Ed Orcutt, Washington
Speaker: Jan Cleiland, Kapstone Paper & Packaging, Washington
Speaker: Allison Schumacher, Consumer Electronics Association, Virginia
Respondent: Willie Cade, PC Rebuilders & Recyclers, Illinois
Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
The Arts and Well-Being Across the Military Continuum Tuesday, August 4
12:30PM- 1:45PM
WC606
Summary: This lunch session will provide a brief overview of the current literature and programs surrounding arts therapy with our military veterans and what you can do in your state to promote this initiative. Sponsored by: NCSL gratefully acknowledges the Americans for the Arts for sponsoring this luncheon. Speaker: Jay Dick, Americans for the Arts, Washington, D.C.
Panelist: Marete Wester, Americans For the Arts, New York
Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
Labor, Employment & Econmic Development
Evidence-Based Policymaking: Achieving Efficient and Effective Programs (Luncheon) Tuesday, August 4
12:30PM- 1:45PM
WC611-614
Summary: Balancing needs with limited resources remains a challenge in crafting state budgets. Find out how the Pew-MacArthur "Results First Initiative" helps states use an innovative cost-benefit analysis approach to identify which programs work, and which don't. Learn how policymakers can rank programs based on their projected benefits, costs and investment risks and how two states have used the model. Speaker: Representative Herb D. Frierson, Mississippi
Speaker: Charles Sallee, Legislative Finance Committee, New Mexico Legislature
Speaker: Gary VanLandingham, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, D.C.
Track: NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
Budget, Tax & Pensions
Health & Human Services
Cloud Computing Now and Looking Forward Working Lunch Tuesday, August 4
12:30PM- 1:45PM
WC608
Summary: Learn from the experts how to harness technology to maximize government productivity, achieve cost savings and help foster business innovation. Examine best practices for cloud computing solutions that can be leveraged by businesses to create jobs and how technology and re-imagined uses of data and analytics can create new sources of revenue for states, entrepreneurs, or both today. Sponsored by: NCSL gratefully acknowledges IBM for sponsoring this luncheon. Moderator: Curtis Clothier, Legislative Affairs Agency, Alaska Legislature
Panelist: Cate Richards, IBM Corporation, Illinois
Panelist: Doug Robinson, National Association of State Chief Information (NASCIO), Kentucky
Track: NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Intersta
NCSL Standing Committee
IT & Telecommunications
The International Education Comparative and Imperative Tuesday, August 4
12:30PM- 1:45PM
WC2AB
Summary: In international comparisons of student achievement, the U.S. continues to lag dramatically against other industrialized countries. Hear from experts about the results on recent international exams and discuss why it matters for the U.S. to improve its education system. Sponsored by: NCSL wishes to thank the National Education Association for the support of the luncheon and NCSL’s International Education Study Group. Presiding: Assemblymember Elliot T. Anderson, Nevada
Presiding: Edgar Cabral, Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO), California Legislature
Speaker: Yuri Belfani, Head of Division of the Directorate for Education and Skills Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, France
Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Education Committee
Education
Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee Luncheon -- Police-Worn Body Cameras: Technology, Cost and Impact Tuesday, August 4
12:30PM- 1:45PM
WC602-604
Summary: Learn from industry how state legislative policies for police-worn body cameras can impact the cost of implementing the technology. Sponsored by: NCSL gratefully acknowledges TASER’s Axon Brand for sponsoring this luncheon. Moderator: Senator Delores G. Kelley, Maryland
Speaker: Steve Tuttle, TASER Axon, Arizona
Track: NCSL Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Commi
Law, Criminal & Juvenile Justice
Designing Constituent Meetings Tuesday, August 4
1:15PM- 3:15PM
WC201
Summary: Legislators have the power to convene constituents and stakeholders and engage them in meaningful conversations. However, in today’s world, leading effective public meetings has become increasingly difficulty. Controversial topics, increased polarization and tight economic times heighten the stakes when citizens come together to tackle public policy issues. A lack of confidentiality, the role of the media and evolving technology further complicate the process. Designing and facilitating effective public meetings requires coolness, clarity, courage and skill. Learn how to address the challenges of engaging impassioned constituents in constructive conversation. Moderator: Representative Susan Westrom, Kentucky
Presenter: Dave Joseph, Public Conversations Project, Massachusetts
Track: Legislative Staff
NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Legislative Effectiveness Committee
National Legislative Program Evaluation Society
Legislator/Staff Training Track
Legislative Process
Early Voting, Absentee Voting and Voting by Mail: Is Giving Voter More Options a Good Idea? Tuesday, August 4
1:45PM- 2:45PM
WC204
Summary: Over the past 15 years, states have rapidly expanded the options for voters to avoid the booth on Election Day. Whether it's early voting, no excuse absentee voting, or vote-by-mail, voters now have a variety of ways to cast their ballot in the name of convenience. Look at these alternatives and discuss their impact—if any—on voter turnout and state and local budgets. Moderator: Representative William C. Denny, Mississippi
Panelist: Assemblymember Gordon M. Johnson, New Jersey
Panelist: Professor Charles Stewart, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Panelist: Frank Strigari, Legal Counsel, Ohio General Assembly
Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Redistricting and Elections
Elections & Civic Education
Health and Human Services Committee Business Meeting Tuesday, August 4
1:45PM- 2:30PM
WC611-614
Summary: Vote on policies scheduled for consideration. Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
Health & Human Services
Redistricting Working Session Tuesday, August 4
1:45PM- 2:45PM
WC301
Summary: Join a core group of your fellow legislators to help NCSL provide the most comprehensive redistricting information available. Be prepared to work on NCSL's Redistricting Law 2020 book (also known as the "Red Book"), help restructure and organize NCSL's redistricting webpages, and plan for future discussions as states prepare for the 2020 redistricting cycle. Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Redistricting and Elections
Elections & Civic Education
Economic Engines: Women-Owned Businesses Keep the American Dream Alive Tuesday, August 4
2:00PM- 3:15PM
WC304
Summary: Firms owned by women grew at 1.5 times the national average in the past 15 plus years. Learn about strategies to ensure women have access to financing they need to become business owners, improve employment and gain a foothold in industries such as construction and transportation. Moderator: Representative Jane E. Powdrell-Culbert, New Mexico
Panelist: Connie Evans, Association For Enterprise Opportunity, Washington, D.C.
Panelist: Jennifer Teehan, Washington Women's Business Center
Panelist: Dr. Kristina Trujillo, Ph.D., Exovita Biosciences, New Mexico
Panelist: Julie Weeks, Womenable, Michigan
Track: Women's Legislative Network
Budget, Tax & Pensions
Labor, Employment & Econmic Development
EPA 111(d) Regulation: Public Hearing Tuesday, August 4
2:00PM- 4:30PM
WC618-620
Summary:

Formatted as a legislative committee hearing, participants will hear from a series of panelists on EPA's greenhouse gas emission proposed standards. NRI Committee members will be at the helm, directing the panelists' statements and asking in-depth questions.

Panel 1:
• Kate Kelly, Director, Region 10, Office of Air, Waste and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Washington
• Dennis McLerran, Region 10 Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Washington 

Panel 2:
• Honorable Tony Clark, Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
• Kathleen Robertson, Sr. Environmental & Fuels Policy Manager, Exelon
• Craig Glazer, Vice President, Federal Government Policy, PJM Interconnection

Panel 3:
• Roger Martella, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
• David Hoppock, Senior Policy Associate, Duke University Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
• Doug Scott, Vice President Strategic Initiatives, Great Plains Institute

Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
Eyes on Crime: Police Body-Worn Cameras Tuesday, August 4
2:00PM- 3:15PM
WC602-604
Summary: Officials of the Seattle Police Department discuss their pilot program on body-worn cameras. See use of cameras, view video records and learn about and discuss the potential benefits and drawbacks of body-worn cameras in addressing public confidence in policing. Moderator: Senator Michael R. Crider, Indiana
Panelist: Susan Parnas Frederick, NCSL
Panelist: Dr. Michael Wagers, Ph.D., Seattle Police Department, Washington
Panelist: Senator Royce West, Texas
Panelist: Rich Williams, NCSL
Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Commi
Continuing Legal Education
Law, Criminal & Juvenile Justice
New Capital Opportunities for State Investments Tuesday, August 4
2:00PM- 3:15PM
WC615-617
Summary: New market tax credits and state-sponsored equity investments are being examined in the states. Come learn about what works and what doesn’t for state growth. Moderator: Katherine Schill, House of Representatives, Minnesota Legislature
Speaker: Eric Cromwell, Cromwell Schmisseur, LLC, Tennessee
Speaker: Dan Schmisseur, Cromwell Schmisseur, Tennessee
Track: NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
Budget, Tax & Pensions
Labor, Employment & Econmic Development
CFI Committee Business Meeting Tuesday, August 4
2:00PM- 3:30PM
WC608
Summary: Committee members discuss and vote on committee business, and consider, review policies and vote on any new policy resolutions submitted for consideration. Presiding: Senator Thomas Alexander, South Carolina
Presiding: Representative Joe Atkins, Minnesota
Presiding: Curtis Clothier, Legislative Affairs Agency, Alaska Legislature
Track: NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Intersta
NCSL Standing Committee
Banking, Financial Services & Insurance
IT & Telecommunications
NCSL's International Education Study Group: A Progress Report Tuesday, August 4
2:00PM- 3:15PM
WC2AB
Summary: A group of legislators and legislative staff have been studying education systems in the top 10 highest performing countries to better understand how we might improve education in the U.S. Hear from members of the study group about what they have learned and observed and the changes they hope to make in their own states based on this experience. Presiding: Representative Harry Brooks, Tennessee
Moderator: Julie Davis Bell, NCSL
Speaker: Representative Robert W. Behning, Indiana
Speaker: Senator Joyce Elliott, Arkansas
Speaker: Senator John W. Ford, Oklahoma
Speaker: Senator David P. Sokola, Delaware
Speaker: Anita Thomas, Legislative Council, North Dakota Legislature
Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Education Committee
Education
Waivers and Block Grants and States…Oh My! Tuesday, August 4
2:30PM- 3:45PM
WC611-614
Summary: Everything you wanted to know and were afraid to ask in a fast paced 90 minutes about Section 1115 Demonstration Waivers; Section 1332 State Innovation Waivers, authorized in the Affordable Care Act; and health and human services block grants. Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
Health & Human Services
NCSL 50-State Bill Information Service Training Tuesday, August 4
2:30PM- 3:00PM
Summary: Learn the basics of NCSL's 50-State Bill Information Service (BIS). The BIS, available exclusively to state legislators and legislative staff, provides access to the full-text of legislation in the 50 states, DC, and the U.S. Congress. The BIS was developed in partnership with LexisNexis® StateNet®. Track: Legislator/Staff Training Track
Exhibit Hall Break Tuesday, August 4
3:00PM- 4:00PM
Exhibit Hall 4EF
Marketing the Citizen Legislator Tuesday, August 4
3:30PM- 5:00PM
WC201
Summary: In the constant communications cycle, legislators need to get out their own message using traditional and new media platforms. Hear from marketing professionals about the best communication tools and strategies for effective outreach and promotion and learn how marketing-savvy legislators build their brand and maintain their exposure. Moderator: Representative Mike K. McKell, Utah
Facilitator: Kimburly Ervin, Pyramid Communications, Washington
Panelist: Barbara Cairns, Pyramid Communications, Washington
Panelist: Senator Aaron D. Ford, Nevada
Panelist: Representative Matt Hudson, Florida
Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Legislative Effectiveness Committee
Legislator/Staff Training Track
Legislative Process
Young and New Professionals
Legislative Staff University | Rock Star Communication: Take it To the Next Level! With Sari de la Motte Tuesday, August 4
3:30PM- 5:00PM
WC6E
Summary: Ready to go from good to great—to actual rock star status—as a communicator? The key is non-verbal communication--how you use your voice, body, eyes and breathing to get your message across. How receptive people are to our message depends in large part on what we say without words. You’ll learn how to increase your nonverbal presence so that you can be, do and have more! But don't be fooled: This isn't manipulative body language "gimmicks." Know how to show up, be noticed and influence the people around you. You'll learn:
• Four concrete ways to increase your nonverbal PRESENCE
• The #1 communication skill all rock stars know and use
• How to increase receptivity with everyone you meet
• And more!
Speaker: Sari de la Motte, FORTE, Oregon Track: Legislative Staff
Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee
Legislative Education Staff Network
Legislative Health Staff Network
American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secreta
Legislative Information and Communications Staff
Legislative Research Librarians
Leadership Staff Section
Legal Services Staff Section
National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices
National Association of Legislative Information Te
National Legislative Program Evaluation Society
National Legislative Services and Security Associa
Research and Committee Staff Section
Legislator/Staff Training Track
Marijuana and Federalism Tuesday, August 4
3:30PM- 5:00PM
WC602-604
Summary: As states move forward with medical and adult-use recreational marijuana policies, the struggle intensifies among federal, state and local governments for control of marijuana law. Learn about the legal issues associated with intergovernmental marijuana authority and enforcement; and hear about interstate litigation and states' rights. Moderator: Representative Roger E. Goodman, Washington
Panelist: Professor Robert Mikos, Vanderbilt Law School, Tennessee
Panelist: Representative Lewis H. Moore, Oklahoma
Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Commi
Continuing Legal Education
Law, Criminal & Juvenile Justice
Internet Voting: Do Security Concerns Preclude Voting Over the Web? Tuesday, August 4
3:30PM- 5:00PM
WC204
Summary: It's easy to say, "Why don't we vote online?" Such a system might make it easier for overseas citizens, voters with disabilities or emergency workers who are called away from home to still have their votes count. It’s not so easy to do it securely, though. Learn about the pressures moving us toward Internet voting, the dangers it may entail, and systems that are under development to secure a (future) online vote. Moderator: Wendy Underhill, NCSL
Panelist: Josh Benaloh, Microsoft Research, Washington
Panelist: Senator Bill Coley, Ohio
Panelist: Representative Sam W. Hunt, Washington
Panelist: Merle King, Center for Election Systems, Kennesaw State University, Georgia
Panelist: Katy Owens Hubler, NCSL
Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Redistricting and Elections
Elections & Civic Education
Next Step: Building Teaching Career Ladders and Supporting Teacher Leaders Tuesday, August 4
3:30PM- 5:00PM
WC2AB
Summary: Defined career ladders for teachers and support for teacher leaders are common in countries with high performing students. Learn more about how it works in other countries and learn about similar efforts in the U.S. Presiding: Senator Mimi Stewart, New Mexico
Speaker: Senator Tod R. Bowman, Iowa
Speaker: Wendy Miller, Washington Middle School
Speaker: Angela Minnici, American Institutes For Research, Washington, D.C.
Speaker: Mary Cathryn Ricker, American Federation of Teachers, Washington, D.C.
Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Education Committee
Education
Paving the Way to a Secure Retirement for Private Sector Workers Tuesday, August 4
3:30PM- 5:00PM
WC3AB
Summary: Amid mounting concern over retirement security for all Americans, a growing number of states are considering stepping in to establish and administer savings plans aimed at private sector workers. Sponsored by: NCSL gratefully acknowledges AARP for sponsoring refreshments at this session. Moderator: Senator Richard S. Madaleno, Maryland
Speaker: State Treasurer Michael Frerichs, Illinois
Speaker: Sarah Mysiewicz Gill, AARP, Washington, D.C.
Speaker: Melvin Sorensen, Carney Badley Spellman, Washington
Speaker: Representative Larry S. Springer, Washington
Track: NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
Budget, Tax & Pensions
Labor, Employment & Econmic Development
Small Dollar Lending: Are the Feds Moving In? Tuesday, August 4
3:45PM- 5:00PM
WC608
Summary: States have taken the lead role in regulating payday loans and other small-dollar credit products. These can be a controversial because of their interest rates and concerns over whether borrowers are able to repay the loans on time. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau plans to propose federal regulation affecting payday and other loans. Learn about the outline of the rule-making proposal and what impact it will have on state laws. Moderator: Senator Thomas C. Alexander, South Carolina
Moderator: Representative Derek S.K. Kawakami, Hawaii
Panelist: Nick Bourke, Pew Center On the States, Washington, D.C.
Panelist: Daniel Brown, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Washington, D.C.
Panelist: Andrew Morrison, Brundage Management Company, Texas
Panelist: Dennis Shaul, Community Financial Services Association of America, Virginia
Track: NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Intersta
NCSL Standing Committee
Banking, Financial Services & Insurance
Continuing Legal Education
Women's Legislative Network Roundtable Policy Discussions Tuesday, August 4
4:00PM- 5:00PM
WC304
Summary: Join us for informal roundtable discussions about women in politics, hot topics, and anything else on your mind. Track: Women's Legislative Network
NCSL Legislator Nominating Committee: Executive Committee Meet the Candidates Reception Tuesday, August 4
4:00PM- 6:00PM
WC205
Summary:

4:30 – 5 p.m. 
Vice Presidential Candidates

5 – 6 p.m.
All NCSL Executive Committee Candidates 

Track: Executive Committee
Clearing the Air About E-Cigarettes Tuesday, August 4
4:00PM- 5:00PM
WC611-614
Summary: Many policy questions have been raised about electronic cigarettes and other vapor products. While states have largely banned their sale to minors, questions remain about federal regulation and about their relative health risks compared with traditional cigarettes. Moderator: Casey Kline, Legislative Services Agency, Indiana General Assembly
Panelist: Cynthia Hallett, Americans For Nonsmokers' Rights, California
Panelist: Karmen Hanson, NCSL
Panelist: Jack Henningfield, Pinney Associates, Maryland
Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
Health & Human Services
Meet the Energy Industry Experts Tuesday, August 4
4:30PM- 5:00PM
WC618-620
Summary: Directly following a robust public hearing on EPA's power plant regulations, join the committee and energy experts representing a variety of energy sources, players and interests for an informal networking reception. Pick the brains of leading energy industry experts on the future of their field and interaction with legislatures. Sponsored by: American Gas Association; Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute; Nuclear Energy Institute; Edison Electric Institute Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
Women's Legislative Network 30th Anniversary Gala Reception Tuesday, August 4
5:00PM- 6:00PM
3AB Lobby - N. Galleria
Summary: Join the Women's Legislative Network for a reception celebrating our 30th Anniversary. Track: Women's Legislative Network
Young and New Professionals and New Attendee Networking Reception Tuesday, August 4
5:15PM- 6:30PM
2AB Lobby - N. Galleria
Summary: Join fellow YNPs and first-time attendees to the Summit for a lively reception of networking and entertainment. Sponsored by: NCSL gratefully acknowledges Red Bull for sponsoring this event. Track: Young and New Professionals
Steering Committee Tuesday, August 4
5:15PM- 6:30PM
WC607
Summary: The steering committee will review the policies reported from the standing committees at the Summit and determine the calendar for the NCSL Business Meeting on Thursday, Aug. 6, at 10:15 a.m.
NBCSL African American Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee Meeting (AALSCC) Tuesday, August 4
5:15PM- 6:30PM
Sheraton Grand Ballroom A
Summary: Join us for an informal social gathering, meet our members and view video highlights of some of our events.
International Attendee Reception Tuesday, August 4
5:30PM- 7:00PM
Sheraton Metropolitan Lobby
Sponsored by: NCSL gratefully acknowledges the Consulate General of Canada in Seattle for sponsoring this reception. Track: International
NALFO Reception Tuesday, August 4
5:30PM- 6:30PM
Summary: Please join the National Association of Legislative Fiscal Officers (NALFO) for a happy hour at The Pike Pub and Brewery at 1415 1st Avenue, Seattle WA 98101. NALFO will provide light appetizers and drinks will be available for purchase. Track: Legislative Staff
National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices
Research and Committee Staff Section Dutch Treat Dinner Tuesday, August 4
6:30PM- 8:30PM
Summary: Join RACSS friends and colleagues from across the nation for dinner and lively discussion at a local restaurant. Spouses and guests are welcome. Advance reservations are required. RSVP to Kae Warnock at kae.warnock@ncsl.org. Track: Legislative Staff
Research and Committee Staff Section
Legal Services Staff Section Dutch Treat Dinner Tuesday, August 4
6:30PM- 8:30PM
Summary: Join legal services friends and colleagues from across the nation for dinner and lively discussion at a local restaurant. Spouses and guests are welcome. Advance reservations are required. RSVP to Kae Warnock at kae.warnock@ncsl.org. Track: Legislative Staff
Legal Services Staff Section
LRL Dutch Treat Dinner Tuesday, August 4
7:00PM- 8:00PM
Summary: Join your fellow legislative librarians for our annual LRL Dutch Treat Dinner. We'll meet at 7:00 at the Palomino Restaurant and Bar, 1420 Fifth Avenue in Seattle. RSVP to Jeanne Mejeur. Track: Legislative Staff
Legislative Research Librarians
Walk for Wellness Wednesday, August 5
6:30AM- 8:00AM
Summary: Join your friends and colleagues for the 10th annual Walk for Wellness! This 5K fun run or walk in beautiful Myrtle Edwards Park along the Seattle waterfront is a great way to start your day. There will be bus transportation from the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. Buses will leave from the Sheraton (6th Avenue and Union Street) at 6:15 a.m. and return at the end of the event. Note: Pre-registration is not required, and the Walk is open to all Summit attendees. Track: Legislative Staff
Women's Legislative Network
Health & Human Services
Transportation
Registration Wednesday, August 5
7:00AM- 5:00PM
Education Committee and Early Learning Fellows Breakfast Wednesday, August 5
7:00AM- 8:00AM
WC204
Summary: This breakfast session will introduce participants to the topic of early mathematics education. Hear a brief introduction to existing and innovative research, discuss pertinent enacted legislation and challenges and successes in implementation at the state level. Sponsored by: NCSL gratefully acknowledges the Heising-Simons Foundation for sponsoring this breakfast session. Speaker: Representative Cathy Connolly, Wyoming
Speaker: Representative Scott Kawasaki, Alaska
Speaker: Senator Howard Stephenson, Utah
Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Education Committee
Education
Prayer Breakfast Wednesday, August 5
7:00AM- 8:00AM
WC2AB
Summary: Join the morning worship prayer breakfast. Sponsored by: NCSL gratefully acknowledges the National Prayer Breakfast for sponsoring this breakfast.
Food and Farm Breakfast: The Agricultural Age Conundrum Wednesday, August 5
7:15AM- 8:30AM
WC606-607
Summary: The agriculture industry is facing an "over-the-hill" battle--farmers are retiring with no strong next generation behind them. The federal government and states are promoting New Farmer programs and showing millenials and gen-xers the benefits of involvement in the agricultural community. Hear from experts on what the ag industry, states and the federal government can do to engage the next crop of farmers. NCSL is thankful to ADM for its continued support of this annual event.

Track:  Hunger Project
Sponsored by: NCSL gratefully acknowledges ADM for sponsoring this breakfast session. Speaker: Lilia McFarland, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. Track: NCSL Standing Committee
NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
Agriculture & Rural Development
Young and New Professionals
Wednesday General Session | Big Trends, Big Opportunities with Ford futurist Sheryl Connelly, Amazon executive Andy Jassy and economist Christopher Thornberg Wednesday, August 5
8:00AM- 9:00AM
Ballroom 6ABC
Summary: Innovation, technology and the economy shape the world where we live and work. What’s on the horizon for these major global influences? Attend this session to hear three provocative perspectives on what’s in store for people, business and government.

Presenters: Sheryl Connelly, head of global consumer trends and futurist for Ford; Andy Jassy, head of Amazon Web Services, the pioneer in cloud computing; Christopher Thornberg, leading economist and expert in forecasting, employment and labor markets.
Moderator: Steve Rauschenberger, Rauschenberger Partners, LLC, Illinois
Speaker: Sheryl Connelly, Ford Motor Company, Michigan
Speaker: Andy Jassy, Amazon, Web Services, Washington
Speaker: Christopher Thornberg, Beacon Economics, California
Track: General Session
Exhibit Hall Wednesday, August 5
9:00AM- 4:00PM
Exhibit Hall 4EF
Summary: Complimentary coffee available in the Exhibit Hall from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Legalizing Marijuana: Potholes and Possibilities (Deep Dive Session) Wednesday, August 5
9:15AM-11:30AM
WC611-614
Summary:

Colorado and Washington are trailblazers in legalized marijuana, but the potholes and blind curves are plenty. Among them: the potential for revenue, licensing businesses, regulating practices and products, enforcement and more.

What you'll learn:
-- All the matters you might not anticipate, regulation of edibles and new cannabis products.
--The money—how much to expect, tax rates, and revenue estimates.
-- What drugged driving looks like from the experts enforcing it in the field.

Panelist: Sergeant Mark Crandall, Drug Evaluation and Classification Program, Washington
Panelist: Joseph Henchman, Tax Foundation, Washington, D.C.
Panelist: Senator Jeanne E. Kohl-Welles, Washington
Panelist: Representative Polly Lawrence, Colorado
Panelist: Daniel Mossinghoff, Mossinghoff Mangnall, P.C., Colorado
Panelist: Jody Newby, Cowlitz County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Washington
Panelist: Representative Daniel Pabon, Colorado
Panelist: Senator Ann Rivers, Washington
Track: Continuing Legal Education
Law, Criminal & Juvenile Justice
Health & Human Services
The Future of Everything (Deep Dive Session) Wednesday, August 5
9:15AM-11:30AM
WC608-609
Summary:

Society is moving at break-neck speed. It's difficult to keep up with rapid change and nearly impossible to stay ahead of it. Take a glimpse into the future and what’s in store for people, jobs and commerce. How will you and your state face the future—seen and unforeseen? Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be an exciting ride!

What you'll learn:
--Where society is headed and how you can take advantage of imminent changes by being innovative and nimble with new technology.
--What are the jobs of the future?
--What it means for you, your constituents and the policy you craft.

Panelist: Sheryl Connelly, Ford Motor Company, Michigan
Panelist: David Limp, Amazon, Washington
Panelist: Mark Schneider, College Measures, Maryland
Track: Labor, Employment & Econmic Development
A Better Way to Fund Higher Education? Wednesday, August 5
9:45AM-11:15AM
WC3AB
Summary: One state has shifted its entire higher education system to a new model that funds colleges and universities based on outcomes, such as the number of diplomas earned, not the number of students enrolled. Find out how it is working and if it could work for your state. Speaker: Russ Deaton, Tennessee Higher Education Commission
Speaker: Martha Snyder, HCM Strategists, Washington, D.C.
Speaker: Senator Bo Watson, Tennessee
Track: Education
Volatile Oil Prices: Optimism and Anxiety in the States Wednesday, August 5
9:45AM-11:15AM
WC615-617
Summary: Cheaper gasoline may be a boon for consumers, but tumbling oil prices have dramatic impacts on oil and gas producers, the U.S. shale boom, the global economy and state budgets. Find out how your state could be affected. Speaker: Kurt Barrow, IHS Energy, Texas
Speaker: Representative Al H. Carlson, North Dakota
Speaker: Aakash Doshi, Citigroup Global Market, New York
Track: Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
What’s Next with States and the Affordable Care Act? Wednesday, August 5
9:45AM-11:15AM
WC602-604
Summary: The Supreme Court has spoken and decisions again rest with the states. Find out how a growing number are seeking flexibility and experimenting in several areas by changing, limiting or expanding Medicaid, by including market-based health insurance approaches and other alternatives. Learn what's happening next with health exchanges. Hear state experts discuss how some may seek waivers to take a different approach in addressing coverage, cost and quality. Moderator: Steve Rauschenberger, Rauschenberger Partners, LLC, Illinois
Speaker: Joseph Antos, Wilson Taylor Scholar in Health Care Policy, American Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C.
Speaker: Joel Ario, Manatt Health Solutions, New York
Panelist: Assemblymember Herb Conaway, New Jersey
Panelist: Senator Michael Gronstal, Iowa
Panelist: Senator Ellen S. Roberts, Colorado
Panelist: Senator Charles K. Scott, Wyoming
Track: Health & Human Services
U.S. Economic Outlook: Will Slow and Steady Win the Race? With Christopher Thornberg Wednesday, August 5
9:45AM-11:15AM
WC618-620
Summary: The national economy has shown some promising signs, but wages are stagnant and uncertain overseas economies are casting a long shadow. Hear from a leading economist on how all of this might affect state budgets. Track: Budget, Tax & Pensions
Labor, Employment & Econmic Development
Sizzle and Substance: Delivering Brain Friendly Presentations that Persuade Wednesday, August 5
9:45AM-11:15AM
WC2AB
Summary: When information is presented in brain-friendly ways, listeners become participants, increase their retention and spread contagious enthusiasm. Find out how to improve your presentations. Track: Legislator/Staff Training Track
The Power of Stories With Evelyn Clark Wednesday, August 5
9:45AM-11:15AM
WC606-607
Summary: To get buy-in from colleagues, constituents and people you work with, you need a narrative people can relate to. Learn the value and human connection that stories can have on your communication, and how you can identify and shape a message that will stick and help you achieve the results you want. Track: Legislator/Staff Training Track
NCSL Executive Committee Nominating Committee: Candidate Interviews Wednesday, August 5
10:00AM- 5:00PM
WC209
Summary: Track: Executive Committee
Guest Tour: Lakes Cruise and Shopping in downtown Kirkland Wednesday, August 5
10:30AM- 4:00PM
Summary: Travel through Lake Washington and Lake Union and learn the fascinating history of the surrounding area. Cruise alongside the world's longest floating bridge while viewing beautiful scenery, from the University of Washington Husky Stadium to Mt. Rainier to the Seattle skyline. You'll get a close-up view of the homes of the area's rich and famous, including Bill Gates' waterfront mansion. In Lake Union, you will cruise by kayakers and float planes taking off and flying overhead. Highlights include Seattle’s historic houseboat community and famous glass artist Dale Chihuly's Houseboat and Studio.

After the Lakes Cruise, you will have time to explore the picturesque town of Kirkland. With its downtown waterfront along Lake Washington's shoreline and its many wonderful shops, art galleries, public parks, beaches and famous bronze sculptures, Kirkland is a must see for locals and visitors.

Cost is $75 (adult) and $57 (youth).
NCSL 50-State Bill Information Service Training Wednesday, August 5
11:15AM-11:45AM
WC214
Summary: Learn the basics of NCSL's 50-State Bill Information Service (BIS). The BIS, available exclusively to state legislators and legislative staff, provides access to the full-text of legislation in the 50 states, DC, and the U.S. Congress. The BIS was developed in partnership with LexisNexis® StateNet®. Track: Legislator/Staff Training Track
Wednesday General Session | Robert Gates: The Challenge of Politics and America’s Global Standing Wednesday, August 5
11:45AM-12:30PM
Ballroom 6ABC
Summary: Robert Gates served as the 22nd secretary of defense (2006-2011) and is the only secretary of defense in U.S. history to be asked to remain in that office by a newly elected President. President Barack Obama is the eighth president Gates has served. He previously served under President George W. Bush. On Gates' last day in office, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor. An Eagle Scout and president of the Boy Scouts of America, Gates is the author of Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, a profoundly personal story and an insightful look into two administrations and the wars that defined them. Speaker: Robert Gates, Author and Former Secretary of Defense Track: General Session
Legislative Staff Luncheon | There's Nothing Trivial About It! With Ken Jennings Wednesday, August 5
12:30PM- 2:00PM
WC6E
Summary: Ken Jennings is the biggest winner ever on "Jeopardy," the champion who won 74 games and $2.52 million and became a TV folk hero. The co-inventor of two trivia games and book author, Jennings knows you can’t put a price on knowledge in a world where nothing is trivial. Hear how you, too, can be a knowledge superstar—and why it’s so important. Speaker: Ken Jennings, Author, Washington Track: Legislative Staff
Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee
Legislative Education Staff Network
Legislative Health Staff Network
American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secreta
Legislative Information and Communications Staff
Legislative Research Librarians
Leadership Staff Section
Legal Services Staff Section
National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices
National Association of Legislative Information Te
National Legislative Program Evaluation Society
National Legislative Services and Security Associa
Research and Committee Staff Section
Legislator/Staff Training Track
Women's Legislative Network 30th Anniversary Lunch Wednesday, August 5
12:30PM- 2:00PM
WC2AB
Summary: Celebrate the Network's history, women in state legislatures and politics at the luncheon and participate in the business meeting and elections. Facilitator: Debbie Walsh, Center For American Women and Politics, New Jersey
Panelist: Chancellor Lisa Brown, WSU Spokane, Washington
Panelist: Shirley Hankins, Washington
Panelist: Louise Miller, Washington
Track: Women's Legislative Network
Exhibit Hall Luncheon Wednesday, August 5
12:30PM- 2:00PM
Exhibit Hall AB
Summary: Enjoy a delicious buffet in the Exhibit Hall, sponsored by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries. While dining, you'll explore the world of scrap recycling where materials are sorted, baled, shredded, broken down and transformed into raw materials essential to the manufacturing of new products that make up America's second largest export. As one of the oldest green industries and the first link in the manufacturing supply chain, scrap recycling has been a key contributor to the U.S. economy, global trade, and resource sustainability for more than 200 years. It's enough to satisfy anyone's appetite! Sponsored by: NCSL gratefully acknowledges the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) for sponsoring this luncheon.
Guest Tour: Wines of Washington Tasting Tour Wednesday, August 5
12:30PM- 5:00PM
Summary: Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Winery and Novelty Hill | Januik are three of the area’s top attractions. These vineyards run grape-producing operations throughout Washington. You will enjoy private tours and tastings at these amazing locations.

Novelty Hill | Januik
The tour begins at Novelty Hill | Januik, two independent wineries that share a tasting room and production facility. Here you will sample wines from distinguished winemaker Mike Januik, who has been producing wine in the Columbia Valley since 1984.

Chateau Ste. Michelle
Chateau Ste. Michelle is Washington State’s founding winery, with some of the oldest and most acclaimed vineyards in the Columbia Valley. See where winemaker Bob Bertheau creates award-winning whites, witness the art and science of wine-making, and visit the wine and gift shop.

Columbia Winery
Columbia Winery is one of Washington’s first premium wineries, producing distinctive Washington wines from European vinifera grapes since 1962. Guests will enjoy a private 30-minute tutorial, learning about the history of the winery and how to taste and enjoy wine.

Cost is $70.
Guest Tour: Cruising the Locks on the Puget Sound Wednesday, August 5
1:30PM- 5:00PM
Summary: Enjoy live narration of Seattle's history and learn how locks operate as you cruise through the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Built early in the 20th century, the locks connect the saltwater of Elliott Bay in the Puget Sound—a port for ships from around the world—with the freshwater of Lake Union and Lake Washington. Along the way, you’ll view the historic waterfront, city skyline, one of the world's largest shipping terminals and the majestic Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. On Lake Union, you will see charming fishing communities, the "Sleepless in Seattle" houseboat community, and sometimes even the "Deadliest Catch" boats.

Cost is $68 (adult) and $49 (youth).
Filling Up the Tank: Funding Transportation (Deep Dive Session) Wednesday, August 5
2:00PM- 4:30PM
WC611-614
Summary:

Funding transportation is a perennial problem. And there are myriad reasons: construction costs are rising, travel patterns are changing, electric cars are emerging, and gas tax revenue isn't cutting it. Legislatures have to do something—and quick. Attend this session and you’ll create a roadmap to a sound transportation plan that creates sustainable revenue, prepares for the future and meets immediate transportation needs.

What you'll learn:
--Methods to meet short-term needs for funding your state's transportation system.
-- The newest, bold ideas from states to create long-term, sustainable transportation revenues.
-- How measuring performance, prioritizing projects and strategic spending can stretch existing transportation money.

Moderator: Representative Judy Clibborn, Washington
Moderator: Senator Mike Vehle, South Dakota
Moderator: Senator Mike Vehle, South Dakota
Speaker: Carl Davis, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), Washington, D.C.
Speaker: Don Hunt, Former Executive Director, Colorado Department of Transportation , Colorado
Speaker: Brian Lagerberg, Washington Department of Transportation
Speaker: Jason Powell, Virginia Senate Finance Committee
Speaker: Alex Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Lab, Colorado
Speaker: Ted Trepanier, INRIX, Washington
Speaker: Jim Whitty, Office of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding, Oregon Department of Transportation
Track: Budget, Tax & Pensions
Transportation
Beating the Odds: Tapping Brain Potential (Deep Dive Session) Wednesday, August 5
2:00PM- 4:30PM
WC608-609
Summary:

Kids become adults and then run the world. If they have brilliant brains—because we've invested in them early on—we can move from preschool to prosperity as a nation. Scientific and economic research shows that directing money into the health and education of children when they're very young can solve some of our most intractable problems.

What you'll learn:
--How brain science works.
--The economics of early childhood investment—and the pay-off.
--What's the proof—lower crime, better health, higher graduation rates.
--How pioneering states, like Washington's, are building human capital and a stronger workforce.

Sponsored by: NCSL gratefully acknowledges the American Academy of Pediatrics for sponsoring the break. Panelist: Jackie Bezos, Bezos Family Foundation, Washington
Panelist: RJ Gillespie, MD, Children's Clinic Portland, Oregon
Panelist: Rob Grunewald, Federal Reserve Bank of Minnesota
Panelist: Representative Ruth L. Kagi, Washington
Panelist: Senator Steve Litzow, Washington
Panelist: Deborah Phillips, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
Track: Education
Health & Human Services
Corrections Reflections: A Conversation with Piper Kerman Wednesday, August 5
2:00PM- 3:15PM
WC618-620
Summary: Best-selling author of Orange is the New Black, also an award winning Netflix series, Piper Kerman will share her first-hand experience as a convicted drug offender, and her ideas about rehabilitation, reentry services and other corrections and sentencing policies. Moderator: Representative Jane E. Powdrell-Culbert, New Mexico
Moderator: Representative John C. Tilley, Kentucky
Speaker: Piper Kerman, Author, New York
Track: Women's Legislative Network
Law, Criminal & Juvenile Justice
New Medicines: Opportunities and Challenges Wednesday, August 5
2:00PM- 3:15PM
WC615-617
Summary: The latest breakthrough biologic and "specialty" medicines, treat the same conditions as traditional pharmaceuticals but increasingly using non-identical living cells. Find out what states can do to make innovative pharmaceutical products accessible, affordable and most effective for all patients who need them. Facilitator: Senator Linda Evans Parlette, Washington
Facilitator: Delegate Don Perdue, West Virginia
Panelist: Dr. William Chin, MD, Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America, Washington, D.C.
Panelist: Jerry Dubberly, PharmD, Myers and Stauffer LC (formerly Georgia Medicaid), Georgia
Respondent: Dana Malick, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Washington, D.C.
Respondent: Chad Murphy, Premera Blue Cross, Washington
Track: Health & Human Services
A Better Way to Ensure Smart Tax Incentives Wednesday, August 5
2:00PM- 3:15PM
WC3AB
Summary: Hear how cutting-edge policies in some states are changing the conversation about what constitutes smart tax incentives and how other states can adapt them to ensure that incentives meet the public policy goals for which they are intended. Panelist: Darrene Hackler, Smart Incentives, California
Panelist: Senator Brandt Hershman, Indiana
Panelist: Senator Brandt Hershman, Indiana
Panelist: Representative Steve Tharinger, Washington
Track: Budget, Tax & Pensions
Labor, Employment & Econmic Development
Cost Efficiencies of Defined Benefit Pension Plans Wednesday, August 5
2:00PM- 3:15PM
WC602-604
Summary: Do defined benefit plans provide a better bang for states' pension benefit buck or do defined contribution plans deliver comparable retirement income at the same cost? Join the discussion. Sponsored by: NCSL gratefully acknowledges The Pew Charitable Trusts for supporting this session. Moderator: Luke Martel, NCSL
Speaker: Josh B. McGee, Ph.D., Vice President of Public Accountability, Laura and John Arnold Foundation and Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute, Texas
Speaker: Diane Oakley, National Institute On Retirement Security, Washington, D.C.
Track: Budget, Tax & Pensions
Legislator Roundtable: How Technology and Governing Intersect Wednesday, August 5
2:00PM- 3:15PM
WC606-607
Summary: Join the discussion on the ever-expanding world of technology and how it offers exciting options for constituent participation, makes government more accessible and saves money. Moderator: Reid Wilson, Morning Consult, Washington, D.C.
Panelist: Representative Beth K. Fukumoto Chang, Hawaii
Panelist: Senator Cyrus Habib, Washington
Panelist: Russ Reeder, Icitizen, Tennessee
Track: National Association of Legislative Information Te
Legislator/Staff Training Track
Young and New Professionals
ASLCS Executive Committee Meeting Wednesday, August 5
2:00PM- 3:30PM
WC301
Summary: The ASLCS Executive Committee will meet to discuss plans, budgets and activities for the staff section. Presiding: Russell Humphrey, Tennessee General Assembly Track: Legislative Staff
American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secreta
Exhibit Hall Break Wednesday, August 5
3:00PM- 4:00PM
Exhibit Hall 4EF
The Power of Photos Wednesday, August 5
3:30PM- 4:45PM
WC214
Summary: With the proliferation of smartphones, prevalence of social media and advances in technology, everyone's a photographer. The old adage remains true: A picture is worth a thousand words. So bring your phone or camera to this interactive session and learn how to ramp up your skills to make your photos stand out. Facilitator: Mike Sunseri, Public Information Office, Kentucky General Assembly Track: Legislative Staff
Legislative Information and Communications Staff
Education
A Better Way to Keep Kids Out of Prison Wednesday, August 5
3:30PM- 4:45PM
WC618-620
Summary: Learn about proven policies and interventions that provide alternatives to costly facility placements for kids in trouble. Moderator: Sarah Brown, NCSL
Speaker: Steve Aos, Washington State Institute For Public Policy (WSIPP)
Speaker: Dan Satterberg, King County Prosecutor's Office, Washington
Speaker: Senator Alan D. Solano, South Dakota
Track: Continuing Legal Education
Law, Criminal & Juvenile Justice
Beyond the Status Quo: Tackling Medicaid Systems Reform Wednesday, August 5
3:30PM- 4:45PM
WC602-604
Summary: Enjoy a dialog between legislators and Medicaid officials from two states about promising practices, challenges, and opportunities to reform Medicaid to make it more efficient and effective. Moderator: Joan Henneberry, Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, State of Colorado
Panelist: Senator Randi Becker, Washington
Panelist: Emma Chacon, Division of Medicaid and Health Financing, Utah Department of Health
Panelist: Representative James Dunnigan, Utah
Panelist: Nathan Johnson, Washington State Health Care Authority
Track: Health & Human Services
Rolling Out State Cash Balance, Hybrid and Defined Contribution Plans Wednesday, August 5
3:30PM- 4:45PM
WC3AB
Summary: Several states are fundamentally redesigning public employee pension funds as hybrid or cash balance plans. Find out about varying participation rates, asset and contribution levels, educating employees and other challenges. Sponsored by: NCSL gratefully acknowledges The Pew Charitable Trusts for supporting this session. Moderator: Luke Martel, NCSL
Speaker: Jill Bachus, Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System
Speaker: Phyllis Chambers, Nebraska Public Employees Retirement Systems
Speaker: David Draine, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, D.C.
Speaker: Howard Greene, TIAA-CREF, New York
Track: Budget, Tax & Pensions
Leadership Roundtable Wednesday, August 5
3:30PM- 4:45PM
WC2AB
Summary: Join a group of experienced leaders to discuss the issues, challenges and opportunities leadership brings. Moderator: Tim Storey, NCSL
Panelist: Sari de la Motte, FORTE, Oregon
Panelist: Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill, Idaho
Panelist: Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, Colorado
Panelist: Lieutenant Governor Ronald L. Ramsey, Tennessee
Track: Legislator/Staff Training Track
A Dash of Humor May Be the Secret Sauce of Communication Wednesday, August 5
3:30PM- 4:45PM
WC606-607
Summary: Effectively employing humor makes you more approachable and memorable. Learn the top ways to integrate humor into your legislative life. Moderator: Stacy Householder, NCSL
Speaker: Randy Charach, Synergy Talent Agency, British Columbia
Track: Legislator/Staff Training Track
Young and New Professionals
Effective Research Strategies: Finding and Presenting Information Wednesday, August 5
3:30PM- 5:00PM
WC310
Summary: Explore the best sources and processes for gathering 50-state information on key policy issues and learn about innovative ways to present information to legislators and key staff. Moderator: Sonia Gavin, Legislative Services Division, Montana Legislature
Speaker: Mark Andrews, Office of Legislative Research & General Counsel, Utah Legislature
Speaker: Brian Bean, Legislative Research & General Counsel, Utah Legislature
Speaker: Bryant Howe, Legislative Research & General Counsel, Utah Legislature
Speaker: Cheryl Rae Nyberg, University of Washington School of Law Library
Track: Legislative Staff
Legislative Research Librarians
Research and Committee Staff Section
Revitalizing Performance Measurement and Budgeting Wednesday, August 5
3:30PM- 4:45PM
WC213
Summary: Discuss new performance measurement and budgeting practices and how the development of such performance measures can enhance legislatures' processes. Moderator: Linda Triplett, PEER Committee, Mississippi
Panelist: Wayne Kidd, Legislative Auditor General's Office, Utah Legislature
Panelist: Nathalie Molliet-Ribet, Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, Virginia
Track: Legislative Staff
National Legislative Program Evaluation Society
Legislative Process
Legal Lessons Learned in the 2015 Legislative Session Wednesday, August 5
3:30PM- 4:30PM
WC204
Summary: The 2015 legislative session has ended in most states. What lessons did legislative attorneys learn this year? Explore some of the drafting, legal and constitutional issues encountered by legislative legal staff. Panelist: Jennifer Gilroy, Legislative Legal Services, Colorado General Assembly
Panelist: Eric Weeks, Legislative Research & General Counsel, Utah Legislature
Track: Legislative Staff
Legal Services Staff Section
Continuing Legal Education
Slow Revenue Growth - The New Normal? Wednesday, August 5
3:30PM- 4:45PM
WC201
Summary: Revenue growth in the states has been stubbornly sluggish since the end of the Great Recession, and at the same time spending pressures are increasing. When will states see revenues rebound to their pre-recession levels? Discuss the fiscal picture in the states and the future of state budgets. Speaker: Amy Carlson, Legislative Fiscal Division, Montana Legislature
Speaker: Stephen Klein, Joint Fiscal Office, Vermont General Assembly
Speaker: Debbie Rubisoff, Joint Legislative Budget Office, Mississippi Legislature
Track: Legislative Staff
National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices
Budget, Tax & Pensions
National Legislative Services and Security Association (NLSSA) Staff Section Meeting Wednesday, August 5
3:30PM- 4:45PM
WC302
Summary: National Legislative Services and Security Association (NLSSA) Staff Section Meeting Track: Legislative Staff
National Legislative Services and Security Associa
Data Breaches: Not If, But When Wednesday, August 5
3:30PM- 4:45PM
WC307-308
Summary: State websites increasingly are targets of cyber threats, so it’s important to have a plan in place to deal with a security breach. Learn how legislatures can create such a plan and mitigate damages if a breach occurs. Moderator: David Coles, Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky
Panelist: Vinay Dattu, Legislative Information Services, Tennessee General Assembly
Panelist: Doug Robinson, National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), Kentucky
Track: Legislative Staff
National Association of Legislative Information Te
Legislative Process
IT & Telecommunications
ASLCS Strategic Planning Committee Wednesday, August 5
3:30PM- 5:00PM
WC301
Summary: Meet to discuss ASLCS projects and activities. Presiding: Susan Clarke Schaar, Senate Clerk's Office, Virginia General Assembly Track: Legislative Staff
American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secreta
2016 Exhibit Space Selection Wednesday, August 5
4:00PM- 5:00PM
WC615-617
Summary:
Legal Services Staff Section Business Meeting Wednesday, August 5
4:30PM- 5:00PM
WC304
Summary: Legal services staff gather for their annual business meeting, including election of officers, presentation of awards and discussion of staff section activities. Track: Legislative Staff
Legal Services Staff Section
Investments in Oral Health: State Policy Options for Improving Care Outcomes and Reducing Costs Wednesday, August 5
4:45PM- 6:00PM
WC213
Summary: Oral health is an important—but often neglected—component of overall health for both children and adults, and the costs to individuals and states are significant. States have taken several steps to improve child and adult oral health and make wise use of state funds. Hear about promising and cost-effective strategies for preventing dental disease and improving health outcomes. Sponsored by: NCSL gratefully acknowledges the DentaQuest Foundation for sponsoring this session. Speaker: Andrew Snyder, National Academy For State Health Policy, Washington, D.C. Track: Health & Human Services
LSMI Alumni Reception Wednesday, August 5
5:00PM- 6:00PM
3AB Lobby - N. Galleria
Summary: This informal gathering is for staff who have attended the NCSL Legislative Staff Management Institute and is an opportunity to reflect and comment on the LSMI experience. Facilitator: Dr. Steve Boilard, Center for California Studies
Social Event: Washington Block Party Wednesday, August 5
6:30PM-10:00PM
Summary: The Space Needle is one of the world's most famous landmarks, and, for this one night, it's reserved just for us. Breathtaking views of Mt. Rainier, Puget Sound, and the beautiful Seattle skyline are just an elevator ride away. But that's not all that awaits you as you step into a block party, Seattle style. Stroll through the walkways and you'll enjoy a variety of street performers, musicians and artists as you sample delicious local foods and wines. Wander through the gorgeous Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit and you'll simply be amazed by the wonderland of colorful, jaw-dropping glass sculptures—a one-of-a-kind way to experience the genius of artist Dale Chihuly. Come and enjoy Seattle's block party, a not-to-be-missed adventure for the whole family!
Bus Schedule for Wednesday Night Social Event: Washington Block Party Wednesday, August 5
6:30PM-10:00PM
Summary: Route 1 – Blue Route
Sheraton Seattle Hotel – Loading Zone: Union Street
Motif – Loading Zone: Union Street (Sheraton)

Route 2 – Green Route
Grand Hyatt – Loading Zone: 7th Avenue
Hyatt Olive 8 – 7th Avenue (Grand Hyatt)

Route 3 – Red Route
Fairmont Olympic Hotel – Loading Zone: Seneca Street
W Hotel – Loading Zone: Seneca Street (Fairmont)
Hilton Seattle – Loading Zone: Seneca Street (Fairmont)

Route 4 – Orange Route
Renaissance – Loading Zone: 6th Avenue
Crowne Plaza Hotel Seattle – Loading Zone: 6th Avenue

Route 5 – Black Route
Hilton Garden Inn – Loading Zone: Boren Street
Springhill Suites – Loading Zone: Yale Avenue
Holiday Inn Express – Loading Zone: Dexter Avenue

Monorail
Westin Hotel – Loading Zone: Cross street to Monorail
Hotel Max – Loading Zone: Monorail Station
Bipartisan Bike Ride Thursday, August 6
6:30AM- 8:00AM
Summary: Hop on a bike for a picturesque ride through Seattle. The 11th annual Bipartisan Bike Ride is an excellent opportunity to casually chat with legislators and see the sights of the city at a leisurely 10 miles an hour. Co-hosted and organized by BikeTexas and NCSL. All skill levels and ages are welcome to join this guided ride. For more information, contact Doug Shinkle. Sponsored by: NCSL gratefully acknowledges the American Society of Civil Engineers for sponsoring this bike ride.
Registration Thursday, August 6
7:30AM-12:00PM
The Future of Work: Six Radical Changes Disrupting the Next Decade (Breakfast) (Deep Dive Session) Thursday, August 6
8:00AM-10:15AM
Ballroom 6A
Summary: Today is dramatically different than 10 years ago, and during the next 10 years, six radical mega trends will disrupt traditional work. Adapting to them is imperative for success. Will you be nimble enough to change? Attend this staff Deep Dive session and find out:
--How these changes might benefit or hinder your work
--How to take advantage of the opportunities hidden within these radical disruptors.
Track: Legislator/Staff Training Track
Republican Breakfast With William Kristol Thursday, August 6
8:30AM-10:00AM
WC606
Sponsored by: NCSL gratefully acknowledges GOPAC for sponsoring this breakfast. Speaker: Bill Kristol, Political Analyst
Democratic Breakfast with Mark Schauer Thursday, August 6
8:30AM-10:00AM
WC611-614
Sponsored by: NCSL gratefully acknowledges the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee for sponsoring this breakfast. Speaker: Mark Schauer, DLCC, Michigan
Guest Tour: Boeing Future of Flight Tour Thursday, August 6
8:30AM- 1:00PM
Summary: Don't miss the only public tour of a commercial jet assembly plant in North America. Soar into the world of commercial aviation in the home of The Boeing Company – one of the world’s greatest aviation dynasties. At Boeing's newest high-tech facility, the Future of Flight Aviation Center, you will enjoy everything from exhibits and interactive stations to digitally designing your own jet. Then watch the world's largest jets—including the 747, 767, 777 and 787—be assembled at the Boeing Assembly Plant. (Children must be at least 4 feet tall to attend the Boeing Everett Plant Tour).

Cost is $55 (adult) and $48 (youth).
Exhibit Hall Thursday, August 6
9:00AM-12:00PM
Exhibit Hall 4EF
National Legislative Services and Security Association (NLSSA) Thursday, August 6
9:00AM- 2:00PM
Offsite
Summary: Meet at East Entrance, First Floor, Convention Center. Track: Legislative Staff
National Legislative Services and Security Associa
NCSL Business Meeting Thursday, August 6
10:15AM-12:15PM
WC6E
Summary: All legislators and legislative staff are encouraged to attend the Business Meeting and consider Policy Directives and Resolutions that will guide NCSL's advocacy efforts before Congress and the administration, amendments to the Bylaws and Rules of Procedure, election of NCSL officers and approval of the Conference budget. All other meeting participants are welcome to observe. Track: NCSL Standing Committee
Thursday General Session Luncheon | Leadership Lessons With Jon Meacham Thursday, August 6
12:15PM- 1:45PM
Ballroom 6ABC
Summary: Thomas Jefferson embodied the aspirations of a young nation in ways that reverberate still today. New York Times best-selling author Jon Meacham paints a portrait of Jefferson as a flawed, contradictory, elusive man who embodies an eternal drama—and one we confront today: The struggle of leadership to achieve greatness in a difficult and confounding world. Speaker: Jon Meacham, Author, New York Track: General Session
Seattle Public Library Services: Program and Tour Thursday, August 6
2:00PM- 4:00PM
Summary: Learn about the services and collection of the Seattle Public Library and enjoy a tour of this unique public building. Track: Legislative Staff
Legislative Research Librarians
State Budget Update Roundtable Thursday, August 6
2:00PM- 3:30PM
WC201
Summary: Get a preview of NCSL's preliminary findings from the State Budget Actions summer survey and join a NALFO roundtable discussion on state finances. Facilitator: Arturo Perez, NCSL Track: Legislative Staff
National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices
Budget, Tax & Pensions
Technology: It's Not Magic Thursday, August 6
2:00PM- 3:00PM
WC307-308
Summary: Consumer electronic devices and technologies are widespread, affordable and user friendly, raising expectations that all types of information systems should be easy to develop and use. Learn what questions to ask of IT staff and customers when looking for new solutions, how to bridge technical and non-technical communication gaps, and how to balance competing demands for IT services. Facilitator: Kevin Kumpf, Legislative Research Council, South Dakota Legislature
Panelist: Terri Clark, Legislative Computer Services, Kansas Legislature
Panelist: Susan Kannarr, House of Representatives, Kansas
Panelist: Ronda Tentarelli, Legislative Service Center, Washington Legislature
Track: Legislative Staff
American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secreta
Legal Services Staff Section
National Association of Legislative Information Te
Research and Committee Staff Section
IT & Telecommunications
National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL): Executive Committee Meeting Thursday, August 6
2:00PM- 4:00PM
Sheraton Grand Ballroom C
Innovations in Preparing Tomorrow’s Workforce: A Seminar for Legislative Education Staff Thursday, August 6
2:30PM- 5:30PM
WC304
Summary: This professional development seminar for the Legislative Education Staff Network (LESN) focuses on new ways states are preparing students for jobs through business partnerships, apprenticeships, STEM programs and adult training. Track: Legislative Staff
Legislative Education Staff Network
Education
The Good, the Bad, the Cloud Thursday, August 6
3:15PM- 4:15PM
WC307-308
Summary: Cloud computing, in which hardware, software and information resides on a remote machine, can offer many benefits and cost efficiencies. However, it also comes with challenges. Learn from the experiences of legislatures that are taking different approaches to going to the cloud. Panelist: Rustynne Dalton, Legislative Service Center, Washington Legislature
Panelist: Glenn Harris, Legislative Services Office, Idaho Legislature
Track: Legislative Staff
National Association of Legislative Information Te
IT & Telecommunications
National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL): Corporate Roundtable Meeting Thursday, August 6
4:00PM- 6:00PM
Sheraton Grand Ballroom C
NALIT Executive Committee Meeting Thursday, August 6
4:30PM- 5:00PM
WC301
Summary: Discuss association services, meetings and outreach efforts. All NALIT members are welcome to attend. Track: Legislative Staff
National Association of Legislative Information Te
LESN Workforce Tour Friday, August 7
8:00AM- 2:00PM
Track: Legislative Education Staff Network
Education

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