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  • Meagan Dorsch
    Director of Public Affairs
  • Jon Kuhl
    Public Affairs Specialist
    Washington, D.C.
Nov. 21, 2011

Legislators Learn Impact of Super Committee Failure

DENVER – State lawmakers and legislative staff from across the country are heading to Tampa, Fla., to brainstorm and share ideas on how to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing states in their upcoming legislative sessions. The Fall Forum of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) will give policymakers an opportunity to learn from the experiences of other states. NCSL , however, does not craft model legislation for state legislators to use back home.

This three-day meeting will be the first opportunity for lawmakers to receive an in-depth briefing on the effect the automatic cuts, due to the failure of the super committee, will have on states. The cuts are scheduled to go into effect in 2013. In addition, state lawmakers serving on NCSL's 12 Standing Committees will also develop policy resolutions to guide NCSL's advocacy efforts on behalf of states before Congress and the administration.

NCSL will host its Fall Forum from Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel. Credentialed members of the media may attend for free; journalists must register onsite at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel.

Some of the sessions of interest to lawmakers and journalists include:


8:30 - 10 am Mobile Health

8:30 - 10:30 am Public-Private Partnerships for Transportation

1 - 2:15 pm Bush vs. Gore, Revisited

2:15 - 3:30 pm Voter ID: What’s Next?

2:45 - 4:00 pm State Sovereignty in the Regulation of Online Gaming

4:15 - 5:30 pm Opening General Session: John Rutledge


7:45 - 9:15 am Drugged Driving: Addressing a Growing Threat

8:30 - 10 am Social Media: What Do You Need to Know?

8:30 - 9:30 am State Budget Update

10:15 am - 11:30 am Synthetic Drug Threats

11:45 am - 1:15 pm General Session Luncheon -- A Model for State Pension Reform

1:30 - 3 pm Smart Phone Meets the 4th Amendment

3:15 - 4:45 pm Employment Support for Military Families

3:15 - 4:45 pm When a Child is Missing: “Caylee’s Law” Interests


8:30 - 10:30 am General Session Breakfast -- How the Current Budget Crisis Might Reinvent K-12 Education

10:30 am - 12 pm Fall Forum Business Meeting

Please be prepared to show your media credentials to obtain your press identification. 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.