Live Web Streaming From 2015 Legislative Summit


NCSL NewsSupreme Court Roundup, Police Body Cameras Among Sessions Offered on Web

SEATTLE – Would you like to know what states are doing to improve the safety of both police and citizens or how state legislators are navigating marijuana legalization? The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has you covered and will host live Web streaming of select sessions from the 41st annual Legislative Summit in Seattle on Aug 3-6.

For 41 years, the Legislative Summit has brought legislators and staff together from both sides of the aisle to tackle critical problems and find solutions that work. Viewers can watch each streamed session for free. They will be webcast on

The selected sessions are as follows. All times are Pacific:

Supreme Court Roundup | Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 | 9:45-11:30 a.m.

Hear an overview of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent term, and decisions in several cases with implications for states and states' rights.


  • Representative John Tilley, Kentucky


  • Lisa Soronen, State and Local Legal Center, Washington, D.C.

Eyes on Crime: Police Body-Worn Cameras| Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 | 2-3:15 p.m.

Officials of the Seattle Police Department discuss their pilot program on body-worn cameras. See use of cameras, view video records and learn about and discuss the potential benefits and drawbacks of body-worn cameras in addressing public confidence in policing.


  • Senator Michael R. Crider, Indiana


  • Susan Parnas Frederick, NCSL
  • Michael Wagers, Ph.D., Seattle Police Department, Washington
  • Senator Royce West, Texas
  • Rich Williams, NCSL

Marijuana and Federalism | Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 | 3:30-5 p.m.

As states move forward with medical- and adult-use recreational marijuana policies, the struggle intensifies among federal, state and local governments for control of marijuana law. Learn about the legal issues associated with intergovernmental marijuana authority and enforcement, and hear about interstate litigation and states' rights.


  • Representative Roger E. Goodman, Washington


  • Professor Robert Mikos, Vanderbilt Law School, Tennessee
  • Representative Lewis H. Moore, Oklahoma

What’s Next With States and the Affordable Care Act? | Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 | 9:45-11:15 a.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court has spoken and decisions again rest with the states. Find out how a growing number are seeking flexibility and experimenting in several areas by changing, limiting or expanding Medicaid, by including market-based health insurance approaches and other alternatives. Learn what's happening next with health exchanges. Hear state experts discuss how some may seek waivers to take a different approach in addressing coverage, cost and quality.


  • Steve Rauschenberger, Rauschenberger Partners, LLC, Illinois


  • Joseph Antos, Wilson Taylor Scholar in Health Care Policy, American Enterprise Institute
  • Joel Ario, Manatt Health Solutions, New York
  • Assembly member Herb Conaway, New Jersey
  • Senator Michael Gronstal, Iowa
  • Senator Ellen S. Roberts, Colorado
  • Senator Charles K. Scott, Wyoming

Beyond the Status Quo: Tackling Health System Reforms | Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 | 3:30-4:45 p.m.

Enjoy a dialog between legislators and Medicaid officials from two states about promising practices, challenges, and opportunities to reform Medicaid to make it more efficient and effective.

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 and highly encouraged. 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.