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  • Meagan Dorsch
    Director of Public Affairs
  • Jon Kuhl
    Public Affairs Specialist
    Washington, D.C.
Aug. 8, 2010

Thousands of State Policy Makers Converge on San Antonio for National Legislative Summit

An estimated 4,500 state lawmakers, legislative staff and policy experts are gathering in San Antonio, Texas, this week for the National Conference of Legislatures’ (NCSL) 2011 Legislative Summit.

NCSL’s Legislative Summit is the largest and only venue of its kind where legislators and staff can come together to promote and encourage bipartisan dialogue on some of the most pressing issues facing states. The more than 150 policy forums at the Legislative Summit have been a launching pad for new ideas in policy debates across the country, including budget conditions, pensions, job recovery, health care and education. In addition to state lawmakers, more than 200 international legislators and legislative staff from more than 20 countries will be in attendance.

The 2011 Legislative Summit kicks off Monday, Aug. 8 through Thursday, Aug. 11. The Summit is expected to bring in $6 million for the city of San Antonio and the state of Texas.

Some of the speakers at the Summit include:

  • Texas Governor Rick Perry
  • The crew of space shuttle Atlantis
  • Author and motivational speaker Jim Collins
  • Academy Award winner and U.N. Goodwill Ambassador Mira Sorvino
  • John Hofmeister, former president of Shell Oil
  • Kevin Concannon, USDA undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services

To view a full schedule of policy sessions, visit NCSL’s 2011 Legislative Summit website.

Members of the media must register onsite in NCSL’s press room, room 209, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Please review NCSL media policy before registering. Members of the media must present valid press credentials from a capitol press corps, official press organization or the U.S. Congress onsite before obtaining NCSL press credentials. NCSL credentials will only issue credentials in the press room during normal business hours. 

NCSL press room
Room 209, San Antonio Convention Center

Founded by state legislators in 1975, NCSL is regarded nationally for its leadership and for serving as an effective and respected voice for the states. NCSL is an unbiased, comprehensive source for research, publications, consulting assistance, meetings and seminars.

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.