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  • Meagan Dorsch
    Director of Public Affairs
  • Jon Kuhl
    Public Affairs Specialist
    Washington, D.C.
May 31, 2012

Lawmakers Come Together to Build Strong States

How are state legislatures tackling issues such as pensions, health care exchanges, energy, and transportation? Credentialed members of the media can find out at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) 38th annual Legislative Summit in Chicago, Ill., from Aug. 6–9, 2012.

This is the nation’s premiere legislative meeting, where lawmakers and legislative staff from both political parties gather every year to discuss the challenging issues facing state governments. The Legislative Summit will feature more than 100 policy sessions on a range of issues, including criminal justice, state budgets, the environment, social media, education, ethics and regulatory reform. At NCSL's business meeting, state legislators will vote on policy positions that shape the states' agenda, which will be the voice of the states in our nation’s capitol.

As a reporter, you will be able to gather dozens of story ideas, put local issues into a national context, and have numerous opportunities to meet and learn from legislators and keynote speakers from across the country. Meetings and events held in conjunction with NCSL’s Legislative Summit are open to the press. Although registration is required, NCSL does not charge a fee to credentialed members of the media.

Please review the NCSL media policy before registering. Online registration is open until July 16. After that, members of the media must register at the meeting in NCSL’s press room at the McCormick Place West Convention Center. Members of the media must present valid press credentials from a capitol press corps, official press organization, or the U.S. Congress before obtaining NCSL press credentials.

For 38 years, NCSL has been the bipartisan champion of state legislatures, serving as an unparalleled resource for unbiased research, information, training and education for all state legislators and legislative staff.

For more information, please contact our public affairs division.

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.