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NCSL 2018 Legislative Summit Begins Monday in Los Angeles

NCSL press release Denver—More than 5,500 state legislators, legislative staff, federal officials and others from across the nation and the world will be making their way to Los Angeles for the annual National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit July 30- Aug. 2.

Distinguished speakers will include NerdWallet CEO Tim Chen, pollsters Margie Omero and Kristen Soltis Anderson, TODAY show editor Jean Chatzky, former Oakland Raiders CEO Amy Trask, Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile, former U.S. Representative and current Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz, U.S. Health and Human Services Director Dr. Brian Shinozawa, and many more.

For more than 40 years, the NCSL Legislative Summit has brought together legislators and staff from both sides of the aisle to tackle, and discuss difficult problems and find reasonable solutions. Legislators will vote on important policies at the annual business meeting, and set the framework for the States’ Agenda, which guides NCSL’s advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C., for the upcoming year.

“I have always found the NCSL Legislative Summit to be an important tool in forming relationships across state lines and creating new, innovative policy ideas,” said NCSL President Deb Peters (R) of South Dakota. “The Summit is also the perfect place for all state lawmakers and legislative staff to come together, learn from each other, and become a strong, unified voice in Washington, D.C.”

The NCSL Summit creates a platform for leading discussion around some of our nation’s most pressing issues surfacing around the nation. More than 100 sessions are on tap, dealing with such topics as ‘‘The Future of Gaming and Sports Betting,” “At a Crossroads: States, the Federal Government and Marijuana,” “The Future of Online Sales Tax,” and many more.

The Summit takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles.

While in Los Angeles, legislators and legislative staff will interact with  leading experts in numerous policy issues and will be provided with tools to take home to develop into even more transformational leaders. The Summit also will host more than 200 attendees from 20 foreign countries. During the week, international participants, many of whom are elected officials and legislative staff, will participate in sessions and activities.

Reflective of its national membership, NCSL’s Legislative Summit is held in a different city each year. This year’s Summit is projected to generate more than $8 million in economic activity in Los Angeles. 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 July 25; on-site registration for media is available between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, Calif. 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.