Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee's 2018 Spring Webinar Series

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NCSL's Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee is pleased to present you with its annual Spring Webinar Series. This year the committee will be hosting a total of five webinars beginning May 3, and concluding June 28. 

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

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The Next Farm Bill: A Primer

Thursday, May 3, 2018 | 3 p.m. ET/ 2 p.m. CT/  1 p.m. MT/ Noon PT

The Farm Bill represents one of the most important pieces of legislation for the agriculture community. With the 2014 Farm Bill soon coming to a close, Congress is in the middle of a debate over the next reauthorizaiton. Join us for a presentation on some of the key programs included in the Farm Bill affecting farmers and agricultural production, and what can be expected over the rest of 2018 and beyond. 


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Wheels in Motion: VW Settlement Funds

Thursday, May 17, 2018 | 3 p.m. ET/ 2 p.m. CT/  1 p.m. MT/ Noon PT

With $2.7 billion up for grabs for beneficiaries to Volkswagen AG's settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, just how are beneficiaries looking to spend their pot of gold? Join us as we explore the settlement, review a host of projects that reduce NOx emissions from the transportation sector, and see how states are planning to spend their funds!


  • Cassie Powers, National Association of State Energy Officials
  • Senator Michael Dembrow, Oregon and Kevin Downing, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
  • Christine Hoefler, Colorado Department of Public Health


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Sharing the Sun: State Policies for Community Solar

Thursday, June 7, 2018 | 3 p.m. ET/ 2 p.m. CT/  1 p.m. MT/ Noon PT

Consumers with barriers to installing their own solar panels now have a new option called shared or community solar. This new sector has grown quickly, adding more than 250 megawatts of capacity in 2017. Shared solar provides access to commercial and residential customers who have old or shaded roofs, rent their home or business, or have limited access to capital and financing. A growing number of state policymakers and utilities are creating these programs since they can offer solar to a broader array of income levels, while allowing the siting of solar generation in places where it can stabilize the grid and lower distribution costs. This webinar will explore this emerging sector, outline the opportunities and challenges it presents, and discuss state policy options for creating effective shared solar programs.


  • Autumn Proudlove, NC Clean Energy Technology Center
  • Medha Surampudy, Smart Electric Power Alliance
  • Kerry Klemm, Xcel Energy

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Multilateral Mitigation: State-Federal Collaboration to Build Disaster Resiliency

Thursday, June 14, 2018 | 3 p.m. ET/ 2 p.m. CT/  1 p.m. MT/ Noon PT

In the wake of 2017's record-setting natural disasters numerous state and federal agencies are mobilized to work collaboratively to better prepare and protect natural and built infrastructure to reduce the human and economic impacts of extreme weather events. Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Maria are among the top five costliest disasters in US history, creating a renewed sense of urgency around disaster planning. However, these threats are not new to states like Texas, Florida, and Louisiana, that are well-versed in the unique risks they face and what's necessary to address them. This webinar will explore examples of approaches states are currently implementing around disaster mitigation, as well as recent actions the federal government has taken to help lessen disaster impacts and improve collaboration.


  • Matt Cowles, National Emergency Management Association
  • Mike Grimm, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Resources
  • Representative Holly Raschein (R), Florida Legislature


Federal Infrastructure Funding for States: An Update While We Wait ...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 | 3 p.m. ET/ 2 p.m. CT/  1 p.m. MT/ Noon PT

One of the most talked-about possibilities for federal action in 2018 is a new infrastructure bill that aims to inject what nearly all experts agree is a significant boost of funds for many of our national infrastructure systems. However, it remains unclear if such a package will be approved by this Congress or the next. In the meantime, let's examine some smaller, but just as important, federal infrastructure funding boosts recently passed as part of the FY 2018 omnibus.


  • Mattthew Reese, Federal Funds Information for States
  • Alison Premo Black, American Road and Transportation Builders Association


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