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June 18, 2010

Health Reform, Jobs and the Economy Remain Top Issues for States

National meeting brings together state legislators to discuss solutions.

Pensions, job creation, federal health reform and economic development are just a few of the unprecedented challenges facing states.

At the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) 36th annual Legislative Summit, state legislators will have the opportunity to share successful strategies from their states with colleagues on both sides of the aisle. This year’s Legislative Summit is July 25 to 28 in Louisville, Ky., and includes more than 150 sessions that will provide valuable information, success stories and candid discussion.

“By giving legislators a forum to exchange information, lawmakers and staff are able to bring home ideas that often result in significant budget savings or new policy options that help state residents,” said NCSL Executive Director William T. Pound.

Lawmakers serving on NCSL’s 12 standing committees will develop policy resolutions that guide NCSL’s actions representing states before Congress and the administration. At the forefront is extending federal Medicaid money for states, online sales tax collection and comprehensive federal immigration reform.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will discuss how his state focused on providing high-quality education to every student in Florida during tough economic times. This effort reversed a generation of decline in public schools.

As states prepare for legislative elections, pollsters Peter Hart and Neil Newhouse, who have different political leanings, will give candid opinions on how Americans view the economy, the direction of the country, and how political wrangling will play out at the voting booth in November. Also, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will share his insights with state lawmakers on pressing federal issues.

All meetings held in conjunction with NCSL’s Legislative Summit are open to the press. Although registration is required, NCSL does not charge a fee to credentialed members of the media. Please review NCSL media policy before registering. Online registration is open until July 12. After that time, members of the media must register onsite in NCSL’s press room, 113 at the convention center.

NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.