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December 7, 2010

State Policymakers Share Solutions, Innovations

Lawmakers discuss ways to spur jobs, balance budgets, reform pensions and prepare for redistricting.

PHOENIX — Health care reform, affordable higher education, balancing state budgets and the cost of corrections are tough issues facing the state of Arizona and almost every other state across the nation.

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) is providing a forum this week where legislators and legislative staff from across the country will collaborate and discuss solutions to pressing issues, and find out how Congress will affect Arizona and states in the coming year.

NCSL will host its Fall Forum from Dec. 7-11 at the Biltmore Hotel. Credentialed members of the media may attend for free. You can register online until Dec. 7. After that, you must register in the McArthur Building at the Arizona Biltmore. To register online, click here.

This three-day conference brings together the best ideas and the most knowledgeable speakers on some of the most pressing state issues including:

  • State Immigration Laws: Crossing the Constitutional Border?
  • How to Accomplish Redistricting Successfully
  • State Debt: How Much is Too Much?
  • Not For Sale: End the Trafficking of Children
  • Ethics: Becoming the Problem Solvers
  • Offender Reentry and Collateral Consequences
  • State Budget Update
  • Public Private Partnerships: What Makes for a Good (or Not-So-Good) Transportation PPP Project?
  • Update on Federal Activity
  • New Energy Technologies: Electric Cars and Hydrogen Fuel Cells
  • Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: State Actions to Boost Employment
  • Funding Higher Education in Tight Fiscal Times

Thursday's keynote speaker, Christopher Thornberg, is a founding principal of Beacon Economics and widely considered to be one of California’s leading economic forecasters. He will share his insights with lawmakers and staff into the prospects for economic recovery now.

Friday's keynote speaker, Lou Cannon, is author of the critically acclaimed biography " President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime." This former Washington Post writer will give his insights into the November election, what it means for Congress and the impact on the states.

During the meeting, state legislators serving on NCSL's 12 Standing Committees will develop policy resolutions that guide NCSL's actions before Congress and the administration. NCSL does not create model legislation for state legislators to use.

Journalists who register online will be able to pick up their media credentials on-site. Below is the list of times and locations to pick up credentials, or to register on-site.

Wednesday, Dec. 8: 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Biltmore Conference Center
Thursday, Dec. 9: 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. McArthur Building
Friday, Dec. 10: 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. McArthur Building

Please be prepared to show media credentials to obtain your press credentials. All requests to record sessions at Fall Forum must be made through the  NCSL Media and Public Affairs office.

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.