Labor and Economic Development Committee Agenda and Handouts

2011 NCSL Legislative Summit

Monday, August 8 | Tuesday, August 9 | Wednesday, August 10 | Thursday, August 11

Monday, August 8, 2011

8:00 am-5:00 pm


9:00 am-2:30 pm

Economic Development in the Lone Star State
Economic development is the key to economic recovery and job creation. San Antonio has reaped great benefits from the Port of San Antonio and the development of a major Toyota plant that have brought jobs and increased revenue to the region. Learn about the leadership role the Texas legislature played in economic development. 

3:00 pm-4:15 pm

States Dig for Ways to Make Mines Safer
Mining fatalities in the United States significantly increased in 2010, in both underground and surface mining operations. This session will explore safety issues related to the mining industry. 


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


Dr. Greg Wagner  ► PowerPoint
U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Arlington, Virginia

Robert Butero   ► Remarks
United Mine Workers of America
Wheat Ridge, Colorado

Edward Green  ► PowerPoint
Crowell & Moring LLP
Washington, D.C.

4:15 pm-5:30 pm

Trade 101: A Legislators Guide to Trade
Trade makes the news all the time but what really goes into the effort to craft and promulgate international trade and what role do state legislators play? This session will explore the importance of international trade to states and highlight key issues for state legislators.

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

William A. Ramos  ► PowerPoint
U.S. Department of Commerce
Washington, D.C.

Bobby Richey, Jr. ► PowerPoint
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Washington, D.C.

Representative Roy Takumi, Hawaii
Chair, Education Committee

Representative Erick Hutchings, Utah ► PowerPoint
Chair, Utah International Trade Commission

Senator Michael MacDonald
Parliament of Canada

5:45 pm-6:45 pm

Steering Committee
The steering committee includes the overall standing committee officers and the legislator and staff chairs of each standing committee. At this meeting, the steering committee will review committee plans for the Legislative Summit, preview policies under consideration, and decide on joint and re-referrals of policy resolutions as necessary.


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

7:00 am-5:30 pm


7:45 am-8:45 am

Prayer Breakfast
Join your colleagues at the annual Prayer Breakfast for food, fellowship and inspiration.

9:00 am-10:30 am

General Session: From Good to Great
This year, Jim Collins, author of the mega-hit “Good to Great” and expert on how great businesses—led by great leaders—endure, grow and maintain top performance, will guide us in making the leap from good to great. Collins’ work has been featured in Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Harvard Business Review, and Fast Company.

10:45 am-12:00 pm

Labor and Economic Development Committee Business Meeting
Members of the Labor and Economic Development Committee will discuss and vote on six expiring policies and consider any new policies assigned under the Committee’s jurisdiction.

Presiding:  Representative Lana Gordon, Kansas, and Representative Brent Yonts, Kentucky
Co-chairs, Labor and Economic Development Committee

12:00 pm-1:30 pm

Arts and Tourism Equals Economic Development for San Antonio
Luncheon sponsored by Americans for the Arts
San Antonio is known as a rich cultural center and major tourist destination. The city is bursting with art museums, galleries, and historic sites that draw visitors from across the nation and around the world.  This session will highlight some of San Antonio’s major arts, cultural and historic treasures and their positive impact on economic development.  The session will also feature the presentation of the 2011 Public Leadership in the Arts Award to Kansas State Senator Roger Reitz, R-Manhattan.

Representative Anna Fairclough, Alaska
Vice Chair, Labor and Economic Development Committe

Jay Dick
Americans for the Arts
Washington, D.C.

William J. Chiego ► PowerPoint
McNay Art Museum
San Antonio, Texas

Felix Padrón ► PowerPoint
City of San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs
San Antonio, Texas

Dr. Steve Nivin ► PowerPoint
The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce/SABER
San Antonio, Texas

1:30 pm-3:15 pm

Is the American Dream Still a Reality?
Affordable housing is out of reach for millions of middle and lower income Americans.  This session will explore programs to make home ownership a reality, as well as the community benefits of vibrant and stable neighborhoods.

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

Francey Youngberg ► PowerPoint
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Washington, D.C.

Edward Garza ► PowerPoint
Zane Garway
San Antonio, Texas

Scott Norman ► PowerPoint
Texas Association of Builders
Austin, Texas

3:30 pm-5:00 pm

Let’s Talk UI: Legislators Address Trust Fund Solvency
Joint with Budgets and Revenue
States are still struggling with high unemployment, depleted trust fund accounts and repayment obligations to the federal government. Listen to legislators discuss the latest state actions to replenish trust fund accounts, deal with the interest waiver issue and continue to provide needed benefits for the unemployed.

Representative Patrick Long, New Hampshire
Vice Chair, Labor and Economic Development Committee

Senator Paul Campbell, Jr. ► PowerPoint
South Carolina

Representative Lana Gordon, Kansas ► PowerPoint
Co-Chair, Labor and Economic Development Committee

Representative Brent Yonts, Kentucky
Co-Chair, Labor and Economic Development Committee

Representative Kyle Yamashita ►PowerPoint

5:15 pm-6:15 pm

Steering Committee
NCSL’s Steering Committee will review policies reported from the standing committees and determine the calendar for the business meeting on Thursday, August 11.

6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Opening Social Event: An Evening In Old San Antonio!
Delight in the flavors, vibrant colors, sounds and tastes that make San Antonio unique. The historic downtown village of La Villita will be transformed into an authentic Mexican fiesta representing the diverse customs of the city. From brightly colored piñata poles, mariachi music and the delicious menu, you will salsa your way through the heritage-themed plaza and streets.


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

7:00 am-5:00 pm


6:30 am-8:00 am

Walk for Wellness
Walk or run through historic HemisFair in San Antonio on this sixth annual 5K dedicated to raising awareness of the devastating effects of chronic diseases.

7:00 am-8:30 am

Breakfast on the Grotto

8:30 am-9:45 am

General Session: Gov. Rick Perry - Fed Up! Our Fight To Save America From Washington
Texas Governor Rick Perry is “Fed Up” with Washington regulations, mandates and intrusion into state decisions. He’s written the book, Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America From Washington. Perry is the longest serving governor in Texas history, and is outspoken in his belief that states should have the freedom to determine their own policies in everything from taxes to health care to guns and prayer.

10:00 am-11:30 am

Issue Forum: State Pensions: The Financial and Legal Framework
Explore the current funding situation of state pensions, some of the efforts across the country to deal with their deeply troubled situation, and the legal framework that in many states limits policymakers' ability to revise state retirement plans as readily as the private sector can.

► Video and PowerPoint Handouts

10:00 am-11:30 am

Issue Forum: Creating Jobs By Rolling Back State Regulations
Corporate American and small businesses believe less government regulations would unleash new economic growth and create jobs, but how should state legislatures be working to streamline state regulations?

11:30 am-1:30 pm

Exhibit Hall Luncheon
NCSL invites delegates into the exhibit hall to enjoy a special lunch sponsored by Diesel Technology Forum.

1:00 pm-2:15 pm

Issue Forum: State Pensions: States Respond to Challenges
In 2010 and 2011, states have risen to the challenge of restructuring retirement plans to sustain them over the long haul through an unprecedented record of sweeping and innovative legislation.

► Video and PowerPoint Handouts

1:00 pm-2:15 pm

Issue Forum: The U.S. Economy: When Will It Return to "Normal"?
Examine important factors affecting the economic recovery and its implication for states.

1:00 pm-2:15 pm

Issue Forum: Building Skills and Creating Jobs
Recent initiatives with subsidized employment provide lessons on ways states can leverage limited resources and bring private sector employers to the table.

2:30 pm-3:45 pm

Issue Forum: The Special Case of Teacher's Pensions
In addition to the financial and policy issues all public retirement plans confront, there is growing concern about the ability of teacher's retirement plans to continue their important role in recruiting and retaining highly qualified professionals.

► Video and PowerPoint Handouts

2:30 pm-3:45 pm

Issue Forum: The Critical Link Between Higher Education and the Economy
As states consider public support for higher education, they are interested in strategies that have a clear "pay-off" in terms of return on investment–primarily in contributing to economic development, strengthening the workforce, and creating jobs.

2:30 pm-3:45 pm

Issue Forum: Growing Green: Fertilizing Job Growth and Local Economies
States are offering incentives to “green” industries to stimulate the economy and add jobs.

4:00 pm-5:30 pm

Legislators Roundtable
A special networking opportunity for America’s state legislators will be featured in this time slot. More information available soon.

5:00 pm-6:30 pm

2012 Illinois Reception
Our legislative colleagues from the great state of Illinois will host the kick-off reception for the 2012 Legislative Summit in Chicago.

6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Private After-Hours Tour of the Alamo
Join the Texas Host Committee in a private after-hours tour of the Alamo, the birthplace of the world-renowned battle cry “Remember the Alamo”, as Texas celebrates the 175th anniversary of the Texas Revolution and the storied battle at this shrine of liberty.

6:00 pm

States Night
State delegations gather for their private receptions.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

8:00 am-2:00 pm


6:30 am-8:00 am

Bipartisan Bike Ride
Ride along the beautiful San Antonio River and the historic Mission Trail for the seventh annual bipartisan bike ride. Pre-registration is required.

8:00 am-9:15 am

Issue Forum: The Changing Face of State Government
To plug record-high budget gaps, states are cutting programs, shifting costs to the public, furloughing workers and experimenting with a four-day work week.

8:00 am-9:15 am

Issue Forum: Maximizing State Economic Growth
While the effects of the recession linger and unemployment remains high in most states, there are successful strategies for positioning your state economy to foster long-term and sustainable economic growth.

9:30 am-10:30 am

General Session: Politics, Policy and Polls: What Americans Think Today
Pollsters Peter Hart and Neil Newhouse know better than anyone what's on the minds of Americans. This Republican and Democratic duo reveal the people's pulse on the economy, what's happening in Washington and who's likely to win in the next elections.

10:45 am-12:30 pm

NCSL Business Meeting
Attend the business meeting to vote on policy positions that guide NCSL’s advocacy efforts before Congress and the administration.

12:30 pm-2:00 pm

DLCC and RLCC Luncheons
Legislators are invited to the party lunches of their respective parties during this time slot. Contact the DLCC or RLCC for more information.

6:00 pm-9:30 pm

Closing Social Event: Texas Dancehall Revue
Grab your cowboy hat and get ready for a boot scootin' good time. The dancehall is a central part of Texas heritage, and we will honor its legacy by creating one of the biggest dancehalls you’ll ever see. The evening will be a true Texas experience with authentic chuck wagon barbeque and a star studded cast of Texas performers.