Helping States Get Back on Track.

Gain insights and practical knowledge to help you drive results for your state.


Broaden your learning with more than 100 sessions featuring national policy experts covering a wide range of issues.


Look at the issues through the lens of national thought leaders.


Network with your fellow legislators and legislative staff, share experiences and take home fresh ideas.

At A Glance

Sunday, Aug. 9

8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Task Force Meetings

8.30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee Meetings

1-3:15 p.m.
Executive Committee Subcommittee Meetings

3:30-5:15 p.m.
Full Executive Committee Meeting

Monday, Aug. 10

7:30 a.m.-Noon
Pre-Conference NCSL Task Force Meetings

Noon-1 p.m.
New Attendee Orientation

11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Steering Committee Meeting

1:30-3 p.m.
General Session

3:15-5 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 11

Exhibit Hall: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

7:30-8:45 a.m.
Ancillary Meetings

8:45-10 a.m.
General Session and State Meet and Greet

10:15 a.m.-Noon

Noon-1:45 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Luncheon

Salute to Legislative Staff Luncheon

2-3:15 p.m.

3:30-5 p.m.
Legislative Staff University

5:30-6:30 p.m.
Ancillary Meetings

Wednesday, Aug. 12

Exhibit Hall: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

7:30-8:45 a.m.
Committee Business Meetings

9-10:15 a.m.

10:30-11:45 a.m.
General Session

Noon-12:30 p.m.
Steering Committee Meeting

Noon-1:45 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Luncheon

2-3:15 p.m.

3:30-5 p.m.

5-6 p.m.
Ancillary Meetings

Thursday, Aug. 13

Exhibit Hall: 9 a.m.-Noon

8:30-9:45 a.m.
Legislative Staff Breakfast
Republican/Democrat Breakfasts

10-11 a.m.
Business Meeting

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

12:30-2 p.m.
General Session Luncheon

2-5 p.m.


John Median

John Medina, Ph.D.
Brain Scientist and Author

John Medina is a developmental molecular biologist at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Author of The New York Times bestseller, “Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving at Work, Home and School,” Medina uses neuroscience to provide insight into real-world challenges facing the workplace, classroom, health care, home life and more.

Mitch Daniels

Mitch E. Daniels Jr.
President, Purdue University

Mitch Daniels is the 12th president of Purdue University and the former governor of Indiana. During his two terms as governor (2004-12), Indiana went from an $800 million deficit to its first AAA credit rating. Prior to becoming governor, Daniels served in both the Reagan and Bush administrations.

Bakari Sellers

Bakari Sellers
CNN Analyst and Former South Carolina Legislator

Bakari Sellers made history in 2006 when, at just 22 years old, he defeated a 26-year incumbent state representative to become the youngest member of the South Carolina General Assembly and the youngest African American elected official in the nation. Sellers regularly provides commentary and analysis on CNN and MSNB.


All meetings will take place at the Indiana Convention Center unless otherwise noted: 100 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46225.

All meetings will take place at the Indiana Convention Center unless otherwise noted: 100 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46225.

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All attendees will be required to present a photo ID to pick up their badge. Badges are required to attend sessions and events.

International Attendees

If you require special assistance, please contact Kathy Wiggins

Full Conference Registration Includes:
  • Admission to all sessions
  • Admission to the exhibit hall
  • Two exhibit hall luncheons
  • One social events
Guest Registration Includes:
  • Admission to the exhibit hall
  • Two exhibit hall luncheons
  • One social events

Guest registration is for spouses and immediate family members only.

Registration Fees
Categories Early Bird
by June 1 
by July 15
July 15
Legislator, Legislative Staff $625 $685 $750 $450
International $700 $800 $900 $500
NCSL Foundation Sponsor $950 $1,050 $1,150 $675
Attendee (Business, Government, University, Charitable and All Others) $1,100 $1,235 $1,375 $800
Guest/Spouse $125 $125 $125 n/a
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) $99 | All attendees (must be paid with registration)
Note about COVID-19: Our top priority is the health and safety of our members and participants. As such, we are closely monitoring the evolving status of COVID-19. In the event that it is necessary to cancel this year’s Legislative Summit, we will immediately notify everyone registered and refund any registration fees.


Book Your Hotel in Two Steps

To reserve a hotel room for the 2020 NCSL Legislative Summit you must first:

Register for the Meeting

After registering, you will receive a meeting confirmation email with a unique link to our housing site and information on the hotels featured below.

To modify or change a reservation please contact:

Customer Service

Customer Service 800-967-8852

International Registrants 847-996-5832

Hotel Deadline: July 15, 2020. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis until sold out.

Experient is the official housing provider for the NCSL Legislative Summit.

NCSL and Experient will never call or solicit attendees to book reservations. Please note that rooms booked through any other source are at your own risk.

Courtyard Indianapolis Downtown

601 W. Washington St.,

Embassy Suites Downtown

110 W. Washington St.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Downtown

501 W. Washington St.

Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites

120 W. Market St.

Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

One S. Capitol Ave.

Indianapolis Marriott Downtown

350 W. Maryland St.

JW Marriott Indianapolis

10 S.West St.

Omni Severin Hotel

40 W. Jackson Place

Springhill Suites by Marriott Downtown

601 W. Washington St.

The Westin Indianapolis

241 W. Washington St.


About the NCSL Legislative Summit
When and where is the meeting?

Aug. 10-13, 2020 at the Indianapolis Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium.

Who attends?

State legislators, legislative staff, government officials, business representatives, educators and others interested in public policy.

What is the dress code?

Business casual is the norm for the Legislative Summit. We suggest bringing a light sweater or jacket with you during the day as the rooms are air conditioned.

Who should I contact about an idea for a session?

Contact the NCSL staff expert on the topic, who may be able to incorporate your suggestion into a session. To find out who that is, contact NCSL at 303- 364-7700 or

When do the NCSL Executive Committee and Staff Coordinating Committee meet?

On Sunday, Aug. 9. To attend, please plan to arrive on Saturday, Aug. 8.

What and when is States' Night?

States' Night, on Tuesday, Aug. 11, is an opportunity for delegates from each state to discuss the Summit and explore Indianapolis. All events are coordinated by state delegations. Please let us know if your state has organized an event at

Will Child Care be Provided?

Attendees requiring assistance with child care should contact their hotel concierge. There will not be a separate youth program with childcare.

Can I host an event in conjunction with the Legislative Summit?

Any meetings held during the official hours of the Summit must be approved by NCSL in advance. Events held after normal event hours do not require permission, but NCSL asks to be notified so we can help delegates looking for your event.

Is there accommodation for people with disabilities?

Buses will be available with advanced scheduling for anyone requiring modified access vehicles. If you need special accommodations to ensure your complete participation, please contact us at

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