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  • Meagan Dorsch
    Director of Public Affairs
  • Jon Kuhl
    Public Affairs Specialist
    Washington, D.C.
July 18, 2011

Legislators Gather to Discuss Pressing Issues Facing States

DENVER - As thousands of newly elected legislators filled state capitols across the country for the 2011 legislative sessions, the sluggish economy still drove the legislative agenda in almost every state.

Lawmakers continue to look for innovative and effective policy ideas and the 37th annual National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit in San Antonio, Aug. 8-11, will provide many opportunities to discover cost-saving solutions for persistent problems.

“Money is the starting and stopping point for virtually every state program and service,” says William T. Pound, executive director of NCSL. “In addition to balancing budgets, state legislatures saw a flurry of activity in 2011 legislative sessions over issues such as voter ID, collective bargaining, health care and redistricting."

These hot issues and many more will be addressed in the 150 policy sessions held during NCSL’s Legislative Summit. Reporters are welcome to attend these sessions to put their state’s issues into a national context, along with gathering dozens of new story ideas.

NCSL’s Legislative Summit is the largest and only venue of its kind where legislators and staff come together to promote and encourage bipartisan dialogue on some of the most pressing concerns facing states. 

Members of the media must register onsite in NCSL’s press room 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.

Some sessions of interest include:   

Monday, August 8

7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Energy Policy Summit (all day conference)
CC 217C, Concourse Level - 2

7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. What Works: Improving Latinos' Success in College
CC 201, Concourse Level - 2

12:45 – 2 p.m. Online Sales Taxes:  Can They Be Collected?
CC 217A, Concourse Level – 2

1 - 2:35 p.m. State Revenue Forecasting
CC 217B, Concourse Level – 2

3 - 4:15 p.m. Getting Voter Registration Right
CC 006A, River Level

3 - 4:15 p.m. States Dig for Ways to Make Mines Safer
CC 006D, River Level

4:15 - 5:30 pm Can States Stage More Efficient Elections?
CC 006A, River Level

Tuesday, August 9

7:30 - 8:45 a.m. Bullying, Schools and Mental Health
CC 213B, Concourse Level - 2

9 - 10:30 a.m. General Session: Going From Good to Great
CC Lila Cockrell Theater 

2:45 - 4 p.m. Evidence-Based Care: Better Bang for the Buck?
CC 008, River Level

3:15 – 4:30 p.m. Nuclear Energy Policy: Where Do We Go From Here?
CC 214A, Concourse Level – 2

Wednesday, August 10

10 - 11:30 a.m. Testing the Constitution: State Immigration Laws and the Courts
CC 217BC, Concourse Level - 2

10 - 11:30 a.m. The 2010 Redistricting Cycle--Unlike any Before
CC 214B, Concourse Level - 2

10 - 11:30 a.m. Return on Investment: Improving Results and Saving Money
CC 213, Concourse Level – 2

10 - 11:30 a.m. State Pensions: The Financial and Legal Framework
CC 212, Concourse Level - 2 

1- 2:15 p.m. Pain at the Pump
CC 216, Concourse Level - 2

1 - 2:15 p.m. The U.S. Economy: When Will it Return to "Normal?"
CC 217BC, Concourse Level - 2

2:30 - 3:45 p.m. Preparing for Bringing Home the Troops
CC 218, Concourse Level - 2

2:30 - 3:45 p.m. Crisis Leadership
CC 217BC, Concourse Level – 2

2:30 – 3:45 p.m. Growing Green: Fertilizing Job Growth and Local Economies
CC 214C, Concourse Level – 2

2:30 - 3:45 p.m. States Transforming Medicaid
CC 217A, Concourse Level – 2

2:30 - 3:45 p.m. The Critical Link Between Higher Education and the Economy
CC 214D, Concourse Level – 2

4 - 5:30 p.m. iPads and Tablets in the Legislature
CC 216, Concourse Level - 2

Thursday, August 11

7  -8 a.m. Food and Farm Issues Forecast
CC 205, Concourse Level – 2

8 - 9:15 a.m. Education Reform Through Choice, Charters and Vouchers
CC 217BC, Concourse Level - 2

8 - 9:15 a.m. Maximizing State Economic Growth
CC 213, Concourse Level - 2

8 - 9:15 a.m. The Changing Role of State Government
CC 214B, Concourse Level - 2

8 - 9:15 a.m. Is it Possible to Craft a Sensible Energy Policy?
CC 216,Concourse Level – 2

8 - 9:15 a.m. Here and Now: States Respond to Health Insurance Reform
CC 214D, Concourse Level - 2

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. General Session: Politics, Policy and Polls: What Americans Think Today
CC Lila Cockrell Theater

4 - 5:30 p.m. Social Media and Mobile Technologies: Legislative Game-Changers
CC 217BC, Concourse Level - 2

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.

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.