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  • Meagan Dorsch
    Director of Public Affairs
  • Jon Kuhl
    Public Affairs Specialist
    Washington, DC
Oct. 28, 2011

State Lawmakers to Gather in Tampa for NCSL Fall Forum

Lawmakers Brainstorm Plans to Repair Budgets, Fix Infrastructure and Implement Health Reform

DENVER – Balancing state budgets, implementing Caylee’s Law and repairing crumbling infrastructure are just some of the challenging issues facing the state of Florida and nearly every state across the nation.

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) is providing a forum for legislators and legislative staff from across the country to share innovative solutions to pressing issues, and to find out how Congress will affect Florida and other states in the coming year.

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. You can register online until Nov. 16. After that, you must register at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel. To register online, click here.

This will also be a great opportunity for legislators to learn what effect the recently released recommendations from the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction will mean for states.
This three-day conference brings together the best ideas and the most knowledgeable speakers to confront some of the states’ most critical concerns, including:

  • The costs of a crumbling transportation infrastructure.
  • Reducing the cycle of crime while saving money.
  • Progress on Caylee's Laws in the states.
  • Health care reform: What's required and when?
  • Reinventing K-12 education under tight budgets.
  • Helping veterans find jobs back home.
  • Drugged driving: The next big traffic safety concern.

Although NCSL does not craft model legislation for state legislators to use, state lawmakers serving on NCSL's 12 Standing Committees will develop policy resolutions that guide NCSL's actions before Congress and the administration.

Journalists who register online will be able to pick up their media credentials onsite. 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.