Annual Meeting & Exhibition
August 5-9, 2007
Boston, Massachusetts
 
Labor and Economic Development Committee
Agenda & Handouts
 
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8:00 - 5:00
Registration
11:00 - 2:00
 
Community Preservation Site Visit: Newton Tour
Learn about Massachusetts's landmark Community Preservation Act, passed in 2000, and how it leverages state and local funds to acquire land for historic preservation, open space and affordable housing. Participants will discuss the law's effect with community leaders and see first hand how a walkable community provides housing, cultural and recreational opportunities to its residents. To obtain more information, contact Douglas Shinkle.
 
3:00 - 4:30
Room 208
Weighing the Pros and Cons: What's the Role of States in Divestment?
Growing concern over genocide in Sudan has prompted states to divest in companies doing business with Sudan and other terrorist sponsoring nations. Supporters hail state measures as an appropriate moral stand, while others contend that state action is unconstitutional and will harm investors in the long run. This session will examine the pros and cons of divestment and its impact on state investments.
Moderator: Senator Verna Jones, Maryland
Vice Chair, NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
Speakers:
Dan O'Flaherty, Vice President, National Foreign Trade Council, Washington, D.C.
Adam Sterling, Director, Sudan Divestment Task Force, Washington, D.C.  Presentation/Handout
Victoria Willard, Managing Director, State Retirement & Pension System of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland
 
4:30 - 5:30
Room 208
Charting New Trade Policy: The “Bipartisan Trade Deal,” TPA, and the States
The president's authority to fast-track trade agreements through Congress has expired, but many pacts remain unfinished. A “Bipartisan Trade Deal” alters areas of interest to states – labor, procurement, and environment – but with what effect on the U.S. trade agenda? Review the status of issues of interest to states and learn what's on the horizon for the U.S. trade agenda before considering NCSL policies on Free Trade & Federalism, NAFTA, and Gaming & GATS.
Moderator: Representative Steve Conway, Washington, Chair, NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
Speakers:
John Magnus, President, TRADEWINS, LLC, Washington, D.C.  Presentation/Handout
Doug Goudie, Director of Trade Policy, National Association of Manufacturers, Washington, D.C.
Jeff Vogt, Global Economic Policy Specialist, AFL-CIO, Washington, D.C.
 
5:45 - 6:45
Room 210A
NCSL Steering Committee
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 Annual Meeting, preview any policies anticipated for debate, and make determinations regarding joint and re-referral of the policy resolutions if necessary.
 
6:30 - 8:00
Third Annual Bipartisan Bike Ride
Pedal your way through history during the third annual NCSL Bipartisan Bike Ride. Free loaner bicycles will be provided on a first-registered, first-served basis, and new helmets will be distributed to all participants. More information on the bike route and sponsors will be forthcoming.
 
7:00 - 5:00
Registration
7:30 - 9:30
Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 10:15
Room 208
Committee Business Meeting
Presiding: Representative Steve Conway, Washington, Chair, Labor and Economic Development Committee
 
10:30 - 12:00
Grand Ballroom
General Session- The Big Squeeze: The Challenges to Higher Education
American higher education has been the envy of the world. But new pressures--a generation of new students that include many minorities, rising costs and strained state funding--are risking not only the tradition of quality, accessibility and excellence, but America's place in the global economy.
Speakers:
The Honorable Hank Brown, University of Colorado President, Former U.S. Senator
The Honorable Jim Hunt, Former Governor of North Carolina, The James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership, and Policy and The Institute for Emerging Issues, North Carolina
The Honorable Sara Martinez Tucker, Under Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.
 
12:15 - 1:30
Room 208
Working Lunch: The Creative Economy Advantage: How States are Cashing in on Culture
(Joint with the Women's Legislative Network)
Luncheon Sponsored by: Americans for the Arts
It’s no secret that states officials compete with each other to attract businesses and high paying jobs to their states. But the secret to success may lie in the ability to nurture and draw knowledge-based workers since many of these jobs follow the workforce. This session will look at how some states have accomplished this by developing the creative economy and what the impacts have been.
Moderator: Representative Sheryl Allen, Utah, Immediate Past Chair, NCSL Economic Development, Trade & Cultural Affairs Committee
Speakers:
Jay Dick, Director of State and Local Government Affairs, Americans for the Arts, Washington, D.C.  Presentation/Handout
Jane Preston, Director of Programs, New England Foundation for the Arts, Boston, Massachusetts  Presentation/Handout
 
1:45 - 2:45
Room 208
Family Leave Made Practical
Federal and state family leave laws have been helpful for families welcoming a new child or dealing with an illness. The downside is that many employees can’t afford to take time off without pay. The session will examine state initiatives, explore funding mechanisms and discuss business concerns related to paid family leave.
Moderator: Nelson Fox, Ohio, Staff Chair, NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
Speakers:
Representative Steve Conway, Washington, Chair, Labor and Economic Development Committee
Rona Sherriff, Consultant, Senate Office of Research, Sacramento, California  Presentation/Handout
Lisa Horn, Manager, Health Care, Society for Human Resource Management, Alexandria, Virginia  Presentation/Handout
Rachna Choudhry, Coordinator of Policy & Advocacy, Work & Family, National Partnership for Women and Families, Washington, D.C.
 
3:00 - 5:00
Room 208
Public Hearing: The Future of the Nation's Middle Class
Witnesses testifying before the Committee will have an opportunity to discuss state and federal policy issues facing the middle class, like employment services, health care coverage, collective bargaining, unemployment insurance and asset building, as well as provide insight on what state legislators can do to address them.
Presiding: Representative Steve Conway, Washington, Chair, NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
Overview provided by: Heather McCulloch, Principal, Asset Building Strategies, San Francisco, California  Presentation  State Policy Options for Building Assets
Witnesses (in order of appearance):
 - Fran Bernstein, AFSCME
 - Kevin Reynolds, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) ICSC Handout
 - Desiree Hoffman, SEIU
 - David Crowe, Ph.D., National Association of Home Builders
 - David Wluka, National Association of Realtors
 - David Kittle, Mortgage Bankers Association David Kittle's Testimony
 - Jay Wickersham, American Institute of Architects
 - Diane T. Georgopulos, American Institute of Architects
 - Naomi Walker, AFL-CIO
 - Madye Henson, United Way
 
5:15 - 6:15
Room 210A
Steering Committee
The Steering Committee will review policies reported from the standing committees and determine the calendar for Wednesday's business meeting.
5:30 - 9:00
Grand Slam at Fenway Park
5:30 - 6:30 : Family Friendly Fenway Tours
6:30 - 9:00 : Main Event
 
7:30 - 9:30
Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 5:00
Registration
8:30 - 10:00
Grand Ballroom
Our Place in History
David McCullough, America's most celebrated historical author and twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize, has a unique perspective on America’s history and its place in the world. Learn about the extraordinary men who founded this nation and set it on a course of greatness.
 
10:15 - 11:00
Room 208
State Economic Development in Research and Biotechnology
Biotechnology is a major sector in economic development, encompassing medical, chemical, pharmaceutical and agricultural research. Biotechnology industries are found in every state, employ 1.5 million workers, and generate millions of additional jobs. This session explores Texas' state-of-the-art cancer research initiative.
Moderator: Gilbert Loredo, Texas, Staff Vice Chair, NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
Speakers:
Senator Kirk Watson, Texas
Representative Jim Keffer, Texas
 
11:00 - 12:00
Room 208
Employment Issues for Returning Veterans
Federal law protects the jobs of those called to active military duty for a specific period but doesn't guarantee positions or benefits. Many states are considering initiatives on employment, supplemental rehabilitation health benefits, tuition assistance and job training programs to aid veterans on their return to the community. This session will explore these state and federal initiatives.
Moderator: Representative Brent Yonts, Kentucky, Vice-Chair, Labor and Economic Development Committee
Speakers:
William Offutt, Executive Director, HireVetsFirst Campaign, U.S. Department of Labor, Veterans' Employment and Training Services, Washington, D.C.  Presentation/Handout
Gina Klaus, Employment Coordinator, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service, Washington, D.C.  Presentation/Handout
William Greer, Administrative Support Director/CFO, Department of Workforce Services, Salt Lake City, Utah
 
11:30 - 1:30
Exhibit Hall Lunch
1:30 - 3:00
Issue Forums:
 
Climate Change: A World View
Greenhouse gas emissions are a problem for nations throughout the world. The international Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has issued a report on options to address energy supply, transportation, industry, agriculture and other concerns that affect emissions, with a wealth of scientific information and a discussion of how policies work or don't.
Speaker: Dr. Ronald Prinn, EPCO Professor of Atmospheric Science, Director, Center for Global Change Science at MIT, Massachusetts
 
Exotic Mortgages [CLE]
Low interest rates and so-called exotic mortgages have made it easier to own your own home, but foreclosure rates are climbing, and unscrupulous mortgage lenders have scammed homeowners. Hear about states' efforts to protect homeowners.
 
3:15 - 5:00
Special Briefings:
 
Early Investments in Economic Development: The Impact of Early Childhood Initiatives and the U.S. Economy Today and Tomorrow
States are dramatically increasing their investments in early childhood – with 31 states increase funding for prekindergarten in 2006. Also, new research is documenting the economic value to the states and the nation of children growing to be productive adults. This session will highlight state activity to get children off to a good start and report on the economic economic returns of pre-K.
Speakers:
James Rohr, Chairman and CEO, The PNC Financial Services Group, Pennsylvania
Dennis Winters, Chief, Office of Economic Advisors, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
 
The State Economic Outlook with David Wyss
While most state budgets are solid, state revenue performance may be starting to slow down. Hear from one of the nation's leading economists.
Speakers:
Senator Robert Burns, Arizona
Delegate Sheila Hixson, Maryland
David Wyss, Chief Economist, Standard & Poor's, New York
 
The Heat Is On: States Take on Climate Change
The year 2006 was recorded as the hottest year in U.S. history.  State lawmakers are considering their states' contribution to climate change with the purpose of evaluating the potential effects that a changing climate could have on their states. This session will explore the broad variety of state policy approaches and how federal initiatives will complement state efforts.
Moderator: Laura DeVivo, Office of the Speaker of the House, North Carolina
Speakers:
Senator Ellen Anderson, Minnesota
Peter Riggs, Director, Forum on Democracy and Trade, New York
 
5:00 - 6:00
Room 104A
Standing Committee Staff Officers and Staff Sections Officers Reception
An annual event hosted by the Staff Chair of the NCSL Standing Committees. This year’s chair, Marti Harkness, provides an opportunity for staff officers of the standing committees and staff sections to meet and greet.
 
6:30 - 8:30
Walk for Wellness
(Sponsored by the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators, National Black Caucus of State Legislators, National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, National Asian Pacific Americans Caucus of State Legislators and the Women's Legislative Network)
The Walk for Wellness is dedicated to raising awareness of the devastating effects of heart disease, diabetes and obesity, while drawing special attention to the health disparities that exist in minority and underserved communities. Registration is required.
 
7:30 - 9:30
Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 5:00
Registration
8:15 - 11:30
Grand Ballroom
General Session and NCSL Annual Business Meeting
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff will be the featured speakers during this varied set of programs, which will also include NCSL's Annual Business Meeting and a preview of the 2008 annual meeting in New Orleans. Secretary Chertoff will kick-off the morning with a look at DHS's plans for implementing the Real ID law. Speaker Pelosi will offer her thoughts about public policy challenges facing national and state lawmakers.
The NCSL Annual Business Meeting, which will be conducted in two parts, will feature debate over the resolutions that will guide NCSL's lobbying work over the next 12 months and beyond. Louisiana Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu will wrap things up with an invitation to come to Bayou country for next year's NCSL annual meeting.
Presiding: Senator Richard Moore, Massachusetts, Chair, NCSL Standing Committees
Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Texas, President, NCSL
Speakers:
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
The Honorable Michael Chertoff, Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
The Honorable Mitch Landrieu, Lieutenant Governor, Louisiana
 
11:00 - 1:00
Exhibit Hall
New Orleans Mardi Gras and All that Jazz Brunch
Our New Orleans-style jazz brunch will have you wishing you were in the Big Easy. Feast on familiar Creole favorites like gumbo, red beans and rice, beignets, bananas foster, grits and grillades. All is set in a French Quarter atmosphere with a roaming jazz band that will get your toes tapping. Saints alive, it’s fleur de-licious! From the Sugar Bowl to Mardi Gras to Jazz Fest, New Orleans is always a gracious host. Feel the excitement, and get ready to head way down yonder--Louisiana is expecting you in 2008!
 
1:00 - 2:30
Issue Forums:
 
Building a Workforce for the 21st Century
(Joint Session with the Education Standing Committee)
Businesses have difficulty finding qualified workers to fill high paying jobs. The National Center on Education and the Economy has ideas about what should be done.
Speakers: Robert Black, Dean, Government Audit Training Institute, Washington, D.C.
William Brock, Former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Washington, D.C.
Marc Tucker, President, National Center on Education and the Economy, Washington, D.C.
 
Employer Provided Health Care Competitive (Dis)Advantage
The cost of providing health care for employees has driven some businesses out of the market, while others have managed to provide affordable health care coverage and maintain a healthy bottom line. Explore employers' responses to the rising cost of providing health care to America's workforce.
Moderator: Representative Steve Conway, Washington, Chair, NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
Speakers:
Jonathan Gruber, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Chip Kahn, President, Federation of American Hospitals, Washington, D.C.  Presentation/Handout
Robert Graboyes, MSHA, Ph.D., Senior Health Care Advisor, National Federation of Independent Business, Washington, D.C.  Presentation/Handout
Jo Ann Volk, Legislative Representative, AFL-CIO, Washington, D.C.  Presentation/Handout
 
2:45 - 4:15
Issue Forums:
 
International Trade and the Services-Based Economy
The president's authority to negotiate trade agreements expires this summer while many pacts remain unfinished. This session will review the status of global and bilateral agreements of interest to state legislators.
Moderator: Representative Sheryl Allen, Utah
Speakers:
Chris Melly, Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Services, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Washington, D.C.  Presentation/Handout
Robert Vastine, President, Coalition of Services Industries, Washington, D.C. Presentation
Jeff Vogt, Global Economic Policy Specialist, AFL-CIO, Washington, D.C.
 
The Benefits and Pitfalls of Privatization
Conducting government services by outside contractors has been going on for decades. How do legislatures exercise oversight under privatization?
Presiding: Karl Spock, Senior Manager, Sunset Advisory Commission, Austin, Texas
Speakers: Dennis Houlihan, AFSCME International, Washington, D.C.
Geoffrey Segal, The Privatization Center, California
Gary VanLandingham, Director, Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, Florida
 
4:30 - 6:00
Room 102A
NCSL Economic Development Partners
Sound state economic development strategies lead to success for businesses, communities and families. Examine components of economic development strategies that this working group has identified as universally important.
Presiding: Representative Terri Austin, Indiana
 
8:00 - 11:00
Registration
8:30 - 10:00
Grand Ballroom
General Session Breakfast: The American Presidents
As Americans prepare to elect the 44th president of the United States in 2008, two distinguished presidential advisors will give their insights into what makes a president great. David Gergen, advisor to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton, and Andrew Card, who worked for Presidents Reagan, George H.W. Bush and the current president, will share an insider’s look at the White House.
 
10:15 - 12:15
Policy Forum:
Immigration Reform: The Federal Ship Has Sunk – 50 Lifeboats Are In The Water[CLE]
(Sponsored by the NCSL Task Force on Immigration and the States)
Despite the promising Grand Bargain in the Senate, Comprehensive Immigration Reform was abandoned at the federal level, and many indicators suggest that a renewed federal attempt to deal with this complex and emotional issue will not occur until after the 2008 presidential elections. So what happened to the reform? What role did the media play? And most importantly, how will states react in the continued absence of a much needed federal solution?
 
12:30 - 2:30
Legislative Staff Luncheon: Politics and the Internet
It's the newest, most innovative and interactive way to communicate. Learn how to use this new medium to make government more accessible from Jimmy Orr, the man named by the World Forum on E-Democracy as one of 25 people changing the world of the Internet and politics. Orr was White House e-communications director under President George Bush when he created "Ask the White House" and increased hits from one million to more than 20 million. Now he’s doing it for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
 
2:45 - 4:30
Extraordinary Sessions:
 
A Press Conference with Benjamin Franklin
Meet Ben Franklin in his Boston home town and learn first hand the enduring legacy of one of America's most remarkable Founders. You'll be able to ask him questions, too. Don't miss this opportunity to meet this scientist, philosopher, publisher and patriot on the 300th anniversary of his birth.
Speaker: Ralph Archbold, as Ben Franklin, Pennsylvania
 
Positive Approaches to Difficult People
(NCSL gratefully acknowledges the support of the USDA Graduate School for this session.)
Find out from one of the nation's leading experts how to deal effectively with the difficult people in your life.  Whether it's a personal or professional relationship, noted author and trainer Alexander Hiam will show you the way to turn troublesome relationships into positive ones.
Speaker: Alexander Hiam, Author, Trainer, Artist & Entrepeneur, Trainer's Spectrum, Massachusetts
 
6:30 - 9:00
Harbor Front Finale with the Boston Pops
6:30 : Pre-Concert Party
8:00 : Concert

Committee Officers
 
Chair:
Representative Steve Conway, Washington
 
Vice Chairs:
Senator Verna Jones, Maryland
Senator Gary LeBeau, Connecticut
Representative Ben Bridges, Georgia
Representative Philip Frye, North Carolina
Representative Brent Yonts, Kentucky
 
Immediate Past Chair:
Representative Sheryl Allen, Utah
 
Staff Chair:
Nelson Fox, Ohio
 
Staff Vice Chairs:
Jeffrey Finch, Virginia
Gilbert Loredo, Texas
Jeanne Schmedlen, Pennsylvania
 
Immediate Past Staff Chairs:
Nelson Fox, Ohio
Rona Sherriff, California
 
 Committee Staff Contacts