Cherry Blossoms 2010 NCSL Spring Forum, April 8 - 10, 2010, Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.

Labor and Economic Development Committee Agenda

 Thursday | Friday | Saturday

Thursday, April 8, 2010

7:30 am - 5:30 pm

Registration A, Mezzanine Level


1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Wilson C, Mezzanine Level

Home Grown Solutions: Job Growth and Economic Development
Joint with Budgets and Revenue Committee

The recession has shown that there are no one-size-fits-all approach to creating jobs and spurring economic development.  In fact, it is quite difficult to be successful in one element without involving the other.  This session will explore strategies aimed at creating jobs with limited resources.


Representative Juan C. Zapata, Florida
Chair, Labor and Economic Development Committee


John Fernandez, U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, Washington, D.C.

Jeff Finkle, International Economic Development Council, Washington, D.C.

Stephen Moore, Economic Development Partnership, Washington, D.C.

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Wilson C, Mezzanine Level

Employee Misclassification: Hurting Workers, Businesses and the States

When workers are wrongly categorized as independent contractors, they lose the protections of workers compensation and unemployment insurance.  Businesses who play by the rules are hurt by unfair competition from employers who pay their workers under the table.  States are harmed by employee misclassification, as they lose out on revenue generated by employment taxes.  This session explores the growing problem of employee misclassification and what states and the federal government are doing to curb the practice. 


Representative Brent Yonts, Kentucky
Immediate Past Chair, Labor and Economic Development Committee


Anita Bartels, IRS - Employment Tax, Florida

Bill Rys, National Federation of Independent Business, Washington, D.C.

Handouts and Presentations:

IRS Handout
Anita Bartels Presentation

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 

Thurgood Southwest, Mezzanine Level

Opening General Session

Presiding Officer Alex Fergusson of the Scottish Parliament brings greetings from Scotland to the Spring Forum. The Scottish Parliament is a member of NCSL. Mr. Fergusson has the duty of presiding over sessions of the Parliament in a politically impartial fashion, and the additional responsibility of representing the Parliament abroad.

U.S. Secretary of Energy and Nobel Prize winner Steven Chu is the speaker at this opening general session. Secretary Chu is charged with leading the administration’s agenda to invest in alternative and renewable energy sources, reduce our use of foreign oil, and address issues of climate change. He brings us his views of the energy challenges facing the United States.

5:15 pm - 6:00 pm 

Maryland B, Lobby Level

Steering Committee Meeting

The Steering Committee is comprised of the overall standing committee officers and the legislator chair and staff chair, or their designee, of each standing committee. Members will review the committees' plans for the Spring Forum, preview any policies anticipated for debate, and make determinations regarding joint and re-referral of the policy resolutions if necessary.

6:15 pm - 7:30 pm  

Thurgood Northeast, Mezzanine Level

Welcome Reception at Marriott Wardman Park

Friday, April 9, 2010

7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Registration A, Mezzanine Level


8:00 am - 9:45 am

Wilson C, Mezzanine Level

Breakfast Session: Economic Bright Spot: Health Care Jobs

While manufacturing, construction and retail sectors have lost thousands of jobs, the health care sector has shown job growth in almost every month since the beginning of the recession in 2007.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the healthcare workforce is expected to grow, generating 3 million jobs between now and 2016. This session will explore how the health care sector maintains its current workforce during the recession and how it is preparing to expand to meet future economic and workforce needs.


Representative Lana Gordon, Kansas
Vice Chair, Labor and Economic Development Committee


Carol Eustis, School of Health Professionals, Community College of Baltimore County, Maryland
Emily Richards, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Washington, D.C.
Elizabeth Royal, Service Employees International Union, Washington, D.C.

NCSL gratefully acknowledges the support of SEIU.

Handouts and Presentations:

American Hospital Association
Center for Health Workforce Studies
Carol Eustis
Emily Richards

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Wilson C, Mezzanine Level

Labor and Economic Development Committee Business Meeting

Members of the committee will discuss and act on committee business, including a review of two policies scheduled to expire (Free Trade and Federalism and Employment Security System Funding). Please review the policies and NCSL Policymaking Process prior to the Spring Forum.


Representative Juan C. Zapata, Florida
Chair, Labor and Economic Development Committee

11:30 am - 1:00 pm 

Thurgood Southwest, Mezzanine Level

General Luncheon Session

Remarks from Gary Doer, Ambassador of Canada to the United States.

Before taking up his current post in Washington, Ambassador Doer served as Premier of Manitoba for 10 years. During that time, he worked extensively with U.S. governors to enhance Canada-U.S. cooperation on trade, agriculture, water protection, climate change and renewable energy.

Presentation by Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Since his departure from the U.S. House of Representatives, Mr. Gingrich has served as a consultant, film producer and television commentator, and has authored 19 books including 11 fiction and non-fiction New York Times best sellers. Mr. Gingrich’s interests and expertise span a wide spectrum of issues including world history, military issues, health care, environmental studies, basic science research, national security and volunteerism. He serves in a variety of leadership positions on government and industry commissions and boards that address these topics. Newt Gingrich is Chairman of the Gingrich Group, a communications and consulting firm that specializes in transformational change.

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm 

Wilson C, Mezzanine Level

Big Savings From a Four-Day Workweek?

Working for a state hardly conjures up images of regular three-day weekends. But that's the case in Utah, where the majority of state employees now work four 10-hour days and most state offices are closed on Fridays. The "Working 4 Utah" plan was designed to save money, reduce energy costs and increase public access to state services. Learn how the plan has worked out in this informative session.


Gilbert Loredo, Texas
Staff Vice Chair, Labor and Economic Development Committee


Lisa Horn, Society for Human Resource Management, Virginia
Andrea Wilko, Ph.D., Legislative Fiscal Analyst Office, Utah
Staff Chair, Labor and Economic Development Committee

Handouts and Presentations:

Utah Presentation
Society for Human Resource Management

2:45 pm - 5:00 pm  

Transportation will be provided

Special Briefing at the U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) administers and enforces more than 180 federal labor laws regulating 10 million employers and 125 million workers.  Committee members will meet with key officials at the Department to share information, discuss state and federal priorities and explore how DOL can better coordinate with state legislatures.

*Space is limited.  Please contact Robert Strange by Friday, April 2, 2010 to RSVP.

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Thurgood North, Mezzanine Level


Steering Committee Meeting

The Steering Committee will review policies reported from the standing committees and determine the calendar for Saturday's business meeting. 

Saturday, April 10, 2010

7:00 am - 10:00 am 

Registration A, Mezzanine Level


8:30 am - 11:30 am 

Thurgood Southwest, Mezzanine Level

General Session Breakfast and Spring Forum Business Meeting

Hear an overview of state transportation funding issues as to where we are and the outlook from Joung Lee, Associate Director for Finance and Business Development, at AASHTO. He will update you on lessons learned from Recovery Act implementation, what’s happening with federal transportation funding, and what states are doing. Legislators on the panel will comment on issues of national interest from their states, and the session will be opened to comments and responses from the audience.


Senator D. Scott Dibble, Minnesota


Representative Terri J. Austin, Indiana
Representative Linda Harper-Brown, Texas
Senator Bruce Starr, Oregon

The NCSL Business Meeting will follow.