Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee’s 2019 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 April 25, and concluding June 27.

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.

What's the Outlook for Carbon Capture and Storage?

Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 3 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. CT /  1 p.m. MT / Noon PT

Although coal generation faces increasing economic, policy and technological challenges, carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies may offer new opportunities for the coal sector. CCS technologies have the potential to decrease carbon emissions from coal and gas-fired power plants, provide economic benefits, and maintain fuel diversity and reliability. Due to high upfront costs and risks, the deployment of CCS technologies has been slow, but recent federal funding may change the dynamics. In 2018, Congress expanded CCS tax credits and most recently, the Department of Energy announced $24 million in research grants for carbon capture technologies. Join us as we discuss the current challenges for CCS technologies as well as new opportunities for deployment.


  • Patrice Lahlum, Great Lakes Institute
  • John Litynski, Department of Energy


Helping States Prioritize Traffic Safety Injury Prevention Strategies

Thursday, May 9, 2019 | 3 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. CT/ 1 p.m. MT / Noon PT

States continue to grapple with the harmful impacts that motor vehicle crashes have on public safety and state resources. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention created the Motor Vehicle Prioritizing Interventions and Cost Calculator (MV PICCS) to inform states of the traffic safety interventions that may decrease injuries and save lives and the relative costs and benefits of those interventions.  Join us to learn more about the MV PICCS tool and the latest legislative trends related to traffic safety interventions. 


  • Annie Kitch and Douglas Shinkle, National Conference of State Legislatures
  • Erin Sauber-Schatz, Centers for Disease Control 


New Transportation Technology - Avoiding a Patchwork 

Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 3 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. CT/  1 p.m. MT / Noon PT

2018 featured some important milestones for unmanned aerial systems including the implementation of Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Integration Pilot Program and passage of the 208 FAA Reauthorization Act. While this technology represents significant breakthroughs, the question of how drones should be regulated is at the top of legislators minds. Join us to hear from two experts about what these, and other key updates mean for drones in 2019 and beyond. 


  • Scott Gore, Federal Aviation Administraiton
  • Jason Snead, Heritage Foundation


The Plight of Plastic

Thursday, June 6, 2019 | 3 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. CT/  1 p.m. MT / Noon PT

Plastic is a common component of everyday life. And increasingly, the target of legislation. In the past year alone, state legislatures have considered over 200 bills related to plastic bags, straws and foam containers. While most would ban single-use plastics, a significant number would impose a “ban on bans,” pre-empting any action at the local level. This webinar will explore the future of plastic from production to disposal, including various policy options.


  • Keith Christman, American Chemistry Council 
  • Angela Howe, Surfrider Foundation


The Emerging Regulatory and Legislative Landscape of Cell Cultured Meat

Thursday, June 20, 2019 | 3 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. CT /  1 p.m. MT / Noon PT

In five years, will your “meat” be raised from calf to steer in a green pasture, or grown from stem-cells in a petri-dish? The biotechnology enabling cell-cultured meat is becoming more prevalent and accessible, with federal regulators recently defining their roles with respect to regulation and oversight of the production and labeling of human food produced from cultured cells of amenable species.  Join us as we hear from policy experts to discuss some of the major issues at play in both the federal and state arena including state labeling requirements and federal regulation of the products.   


  • Doug Farquhar, National Conference of State Legislatures 
  • Matthew Michael, USDA Food and Inspection Service


The Need for an Electric Grid Transformation

Thursday, June 27, 2019 | 3 p.m. ET/  2 p.m. CT/  1 p.m. MT / Noon PT

Much of the nation’s electric grid network is aging and outdated, but rapid advancements in new technologies—along with shifting consumer preferences and a changing energy mix—may provide innovative and important opportunities to upgrade the nation’s electric system. Costs are plummeting for energy storage and renewable energy projects, while utilities are investing in smart metering infrastructure and demand management solutions—all of which require a rethinking of traditional grid investment and traditional grid operations. This webinar will explore the major elements of grid modernization and experts will discuss the policies that are shaping the future of the nation’s electric grid.


  • Steve Hauser, Gridwise Alliance
  • Beth Trombold, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio