Fall Forum 2014 | Press Release



State Legislatures Bring Voices to D.C. at NCSL Fall Forum

State legislators and legislative staff from around the country will share innovative solutions to the pressing problems facing states, and lawmakers will meet with their congressional delegations to push for fiscal certainty on the federal budget and passage of the Marketplace Fairness Act.

Washington, D.C.—Former Governor Jon Huntsman (R-Utah) and former U.S. Senator Evan Bayh (D-Indiana) will be among the speakers addressing critical issues at the national and state levels during the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Fall Forum Dec. 4-6 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Rd. NW.

Huntsman and Bayh are the co-chairs of No Labels, a national organization working to bring the political parties together to address the challenges facing the nation and rebuild citizens’ trust in government. They will discuss their efforts during a plenary luncheon Friday, Dec. 6.

The full agenda includes sessions on drone regulations, education, elections, energy, immigration reform, transportation, the federal budget, international trade and states’ economies, climate action regulations, mobile payments and more. Highlights include:

  • Can an International Assessment Help Us Improve U.S. Schools? Just-released results from an education study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will offer attendees a snapshot into how 15-year-old students in the United States compare to students in 65 other countries in math, science and reading. Andreas Schleicher of the OECD will present the findings followed by a discussion with a panel of experts: Carlos Contreras from Intel, Marc Tucker of the Center on Education and the Economy, and Randi Weingarten from the American Federation of Teachers.
  • The Roles and Results of Health Marketplaces/Exchanges. After two months of operation for state-run and federally facilitated marketplaces, policymakers will explore the lessons learned, alternative models and next steps.
  • U.S. Supreme Court: The Power of Nine. An expert panel will preview the top cases expected before the court this year, sleeper issues that may emerge and federalism implications.
  • Taxing the Cloud and State and& Federal Tax Reform. This two-part session will explore how states define and tax digital services and products, along with recent state tax reform efforts and the implications of potential federal changes.

In addition, state lawmakers serving on the organization’s eight Standing Committees will consider policy directives and resolutions that guide NCSL’s advocacy efforts before Congress and the administration.

Credentialed members of the media may attend the forum at no cost. To register and for more information, contact the NCSL public affairs office.

NCSL is the bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staff 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.