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  • Jane Andrade
    Director of Public Affairs
  • Jon Kuhl
    Director of Public Affairs
    Washington, D.C.
July 23, 2013

From Public Policy Powerhouses to a Drone Demonstration: A Sample of NCSL 2013 Summit Speakers and Sessions

Navigating the Affordable Care Act, helping military veterans find jobs, improving the election process and regulating drones are among the wide variety of topics state lawmakers will tackle during the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) 39th annual Legislative Summit Aug. 12-15 in Atlanta.
NCSL’s Summit is the largest and only gathering of its kind where legislators and staff come together to promote bipartisan dialogue on some of the most pressing concerns facing states. Approximately 5,000 attendees are expected at the meeting, which will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center.
In addition, a two-day preconference—2013 Health Summit: Emerging Changes in Medicaid & the Insurance Marketplace—will be held at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center Aug. 11 and 12. Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will update health summit attendees about how states, insurers, employers, consumers and providers are responding to the changing health care landscape. The session will be from 11:15 a.m.-noon Monday, Aug. 12.
Highlights of other sessions and speakers include:

Monday, Aug. 12

General Session: Our Constitutional Legacy
Sandra Day O’Connor, retired U.S. Supreme Court justice, will share her views representative democracy, civic education and fair courts, 1:30-2:45 p.m., Thomas Murphy Ballroom.
Creating Financial Pathways for Military Veterans
Holly Petraeus, assistant director of Servicemember Affairs Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will share innovative approaches to help returning men and women in uniform transition to life at home, 3-4:5 p.m., Level 3-B314.
State Transportation Leaders Summit
State Senators Bruce Starr of Oregon and Scott Dibble of Minnesota will co-chair a robust agenda that looks at how states can fund and maintain safe, efficient, quality transportation systems into the future. Topics include how to generate sustainable revenues, next generation funding and finance tools, and achieving cost efficiencies, 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Level 3-B312.
Tuesday, Aug. 13
General Session: America’s Retirement Crisis
TIAA-CREF's CEO Roger Ferguson will share his beliefs that America needs to rethink, repair and restart America's retirement system so individuals can better ensure their own lifetime financial security, 8:30-9:45 a.m., Thomas Murphy Ballroom.
Shining the Light on Independent Spending: Campaign Finance Disclosure
Examine competing points of view on whether money in politics is a problem, the role stronger disclosure requirements can play, and pitfalls that disclosure may present, 11 a.m.-noon, Level 3-B316.
Investing in Prevention luncheon
Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will speak about strengthening the partnership between the states and the nation’s number one public health institution to make America safer and more healthy, noon-1:30 p.m., Level 3-B203/303.

Wednesday, Aug. 14
General Session: Economic Recovery—Great Expectations
Standard & Poor's Deputy Chief Economist Beth Ann Bovino will give her perspective on where the U.S. economy stands today and its prospects in the future, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Thomas Murphy Ballroom.
Speak Out: The Presidential Commission on Election Administration is Listening
The president’s commission is coming to Atlanta to hear from state lawmakers about state-based best practices on voter registration lists, voting technology, poll worker recruitment and training, the use of provisional ballots, and everything else related to efficiency in elections, 9:45-10:45 a.m., Level 3-B304.
Supreme Court Key Cases
Lawmakers will discuss the recent U.S. Supreme Court's decisions in several cases with implications for states and states' rights, including constitutional scrutiny of the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act, affirmative action, and other cases with federalism implications, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Level 3-B313.
Brain Science and Kids: New Policy Approaches
A growing body of research on brain development and behavioral science is directing legislators to address policies to tackle risky behavior, prevent youth crime and reduce costs. Learn how states are reforming health care and justice systems and identifying ways to reduce teen pregnancy, drop-out rates, delinquency and crime, 11 am.-12:15 p.m., Level 3-B308/309.
Immigration: Finally a Federal Fix?
Learn about the possible implications of federal immigration reform on state laws, policies, services and budgets, demographic trends and the role of immigrants in the workforce, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Level 2-B203.        
Casino Royale: From Brick and Mortar to Zeroes and Ones
States are leading the charge into the next frontier of online gaming. Learn about the lingering threat of federal preemption and how states are implementing new laws to move from traditional "brick and mortar" casinos to virtual casinos made up of "zeroes and ones," 1:45-3 p.m., Level 2-B203.
Thursday, Aug. 15
All About Drones
Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also commonly called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones have captured the attention of government officials, the media and the general public. Forty-three states have introduced drone legislation in 2013 that address their practical use, economic impact and privacy concerns. See a demonstration and explore the capabilities of drones and the regulations being proposed and implemented for their use at the state and federal levels, 8:30-9:45 a.m., Level 3-B308/309.
Legal Implications of Social Media
Hear about emerging issues raised by social media, including information about social media policies and state laws protecting the privacy of employee passwords, 8:30-9:45 a.m., Level 3-B303.
General Session: Lakes, Lunch and Politics
CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen advisor to four presidents (of both parties) and director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, will share his views on leadership in today’s partisan climate, the state of the nation and why things are the way they are in Washington, D.C., noon-1:30 p.m., Thomas Murphy Ballroom.
A full agenda of the Summit’s more than 100 sessions is available on NCSL’s website and its 2013 Summit app. All meetings held in conjunction with NCSL’s Legislative Summit are open to the press. Registration is required, but free to credentialed members of the media. Online registration is open through Aug. 4. Please review NCSL’s media policy before registering.

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.