NCSL Agriculture and Energy and Environment Committees 2012 E-Learning Webinar Series


webinar graphicNCSL Webinars allow attendees to participate in meetings taking place around the world from the comfort of their desk. They are collaborative, interactive and easy to use.

These webinars will be recorded for those who are unable to attend the live meeting.

Webinar Series

This is a series of three webinars presented by the NCSL Agriculture and Energy and Environment Committees.

System Requirements

PC-based attendees required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Mac®-based attendees required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
Mobile attendees required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

The Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012 (Farm Bill): Congressional Update and What it Means for States

June 29, 2012

Legislators and some legislative staff walk an ethical fine line in balancing life on the campaign trail and life in the legislature. Laws and rules can assist a candidate or campaign staffer in the transition to a public servant, but they can’t govern every situation. Our panel will discuss their best post-election tips for making that switch. Listen as they lend insight into how you can put your best ethical foot forward as you embark on a new legislative session.

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Key congressional committee staff will provide an update on the Farm Bill as it moves through Congress. The second speaker, Nathan Bowen, of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture will focus on those provisions of interest to state legislators and how such language could impact states.


  • Jonathan Coppess, chief counsel, Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee
  • Erik Johnston, association legislative director, National Association of Counties
  • Nathan Bowen, director, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture
  • Sheri Steisel, senior committee director, Human Services and Welfare Committee, NCSL

Emerging Energy Technologies: What Do They Mean for Supply, Cost, the Environment and Economies?

July 13, 2012

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A wide range of new technologies are moving from the research and development stage to the deployment stage that can have a potential impact on energy planning, reliability as well as economic development and environmental compliance.  One such area of emerging technology includes both the new nuclear reactor designs recently approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and small modular reactors (nuclear reactors with an electricity output of less than 300 MW). What does the emergence of these new energy options mean for state legislators and where can we go from here? 


  • David Matthews, director, Division of New Reactor Licensing, Office of New Reactors, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Dr. Kathyrn J. Jackson, senior vice presdient and chief technology officer, Westinghouse Electric Company

EPA Regulations – What’s New and What’s Next?

July 20, 2012

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Join us for an update on recent regulatory action by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and related congressional response activity. The discussion will provide legislators an opportunity to examine where in the process key pieces of the regulatory framework stand as well as the role of legislative oversight, scientific review and cost benefit analysis.

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