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July 21, 2010

Logistical Information for Reporters at NCSL's 2010 Legislative Summit

DENVER - If you are covering the nation's largest annual gathering of state legislators and policy experts, here is some logistical information to guide you through the three-day, 150-session Legislative Summit.

Below, you'll find out how to register onsite or obtain your press credentials, where to find the press room and when press conferences will take place at the National Conference of State Legislatures' Legislative Summit.

Around 4,500 legislators, staff, members of the private sector and reporters are expected to attend NCSL's Legislative Summit. It kicks off Monday, July 26 and will conclude Wednesday, July 28. The majority of sessions will be held at the Kentucky International Convention Center in downtown Louisville. A handful of sessions will be held at the Marriott  Downtown. The location of each session will be printed in NCSL's Legislative Summit program and updated on NCSL's online agenda.

Credentials and Registering

Credentialed members of the media may register for free to attend the Legislative Summit. To qualify, please read NCSL Media Policy. If you have questions, please contact our Communications Division. After that, members of the media must register at the Kentucky International Convention Center in the Press Room. The media registration desk in the press room will be open on Sunday, July 25 at 7:00 a.m. The press room is located in room 113 on the first floor of the convention center. If you already received confirmation from NCSL online, you may pick up your credentials in the press room. Reporters must present their media credentials. Any journalist, who wishes to record one of our 150 policy sessions or produce a live shot from the KICC must first obtain permission from NCSL's Communications Division. Permission for taping will not be granted onsite, but must be done before the start of the summit.

The Press Room

The press room is located on the first floor of the Kentucky International Convention Center in room 113. The onsite phone number is (502)-815-6870.

Hours of operation will be:
Sunday, July 25 7a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday, July 26 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday, July 27 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 28 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 
The NCSL Press Room will provide the following:

  •  Internet access
  •  Power sources for laptops, cell phone charges and other electronic equipment
  •  Coffee and soda

Press Conferences/Reports

The release of several reports of national significance are planned during the week. Unless otherwise noted, press conferences will be held in NCSL's Press Conference Room, 114, just next door to the press room. The tentative agenda includes:
 

Monday:
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Press Availability,  Meeting the Energy Challenges of the Future, NCSL

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Press Conference, GPhA:  Health Care Savings Study (hosted by the Generic Pharmaceutical Association)

3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Press Availability, College Completion Agenda, NCSL and College Board

Tuesday:

Press Availability State Budget Update

Wednesday:

9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Press Availability, Immigration Legislation in the States, NCSL

This is a tentative schedule. A final schedule will be posted in the press room and outside of the press conference room. Check daily for any changes.

Several NCSL reports will be released at our Legislative Summit. Copies (either in print or PDF format) will be available in the press room for members of the media. NCSL policy analysts or state legislators will be available for interviews.

Sunday:
Meeting the Energy Challenges of the Future: A Guide for Policymakers
This NCSL guide provides analysis of various fuel sources, energy efficiency, development and issues facing the current energy delivery infrastructure, including transmission. Highlights include a look at what new energy supplies will be needed in the next 20 years and the various options available to meet the new demand for electricity. It includes an exploration of how various energy resources affect the environment and the influence of climate change policies on planning for the future. There’s also a summary of policy options available to state legislators to address a broad array of energy issues, including transmission, cleaner coal technologies, renewable energy, natural gas, energy efficiency and nuclear energy. The release is in conjunction with the "Energy Policy Summit" from 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. in rooms CC 105-108.

Monday:

Biomonitoring: A Best Practices Report for State Legislators
This report lays out options for state legislatures to consider when crafting biomonitoring policies and programs to determine what chemicals actually make their way into humans, and at what levels. Biomonitoring can help legislators answer key public health questions, including: Do pesticides pose a risk to constituents who farm, live near farms or eat certain types of foods? Have the state’s no-smoking policies effectively reduced tobacco smoke exposure for non-smokers? Do increased levels of mercury, dioxin or polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in game fish threaten a community’s health? In the event of a terrorist or suspected terrorist attack, how do you know if the attackers used chemical or radiological weapons? How do you determine who was exposed and who needs medical treatment?

The College Completion Agenda:  State Policy Guide
This guide is for state legislators who want to increase the number of Americans who attain a postsecondary degree. In the last few years, state legislatures have worked hard to improve higher education productivity. But there is still much work to do. High school completion rates are dropping. Achievement gaps persist with significant disparities for low-income and minority students. More students are enrolling in U.S. colleges and universities, but not graduating. And the proportion of adults with postsecondary credentials is not keeping pace with other industrialized nations, potentially threatening our global competitiveness and economic future. The report is in conjunction with the "Coming to Our Senses: A P-20 Approach to Improving Student Success" session at 1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. in room CC 106.

Tuesday:
State Public Reporting of Healthcare-Associated infections: Lessons from the Pioneers
This NCSL report offers an in-depth analysis of nine state laws on reporting Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) reporting. These infections are among the leading causes of death in the United States, accounting for 99,000 deaths annually. In addition to the laws, this report reveals the challenges, successes and “lessons learned” from states that have pioneered public reporting. The release is in conjunction with the "Hospital Acquired Infections: States and Public Reporting" session from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. in room CC 203-204.

State Budget Update
This quarterly report by NCSL provides information on state budget and budget gaps for 47 states. It is based on data collected from legislative fiscal directors and includes each state’s revenue performance, revenue outlook for FY 2011, and projections of future budget gaps. This report continues NCSL's long tradition of providing accurate, comprehensive and nonpartisan data on state finances. This release is in conjunction with the "State Budget Update/Roundtable Discussion" session from noon - 1:30 p.m. in room CC 100.

Health Cost Containment and Efficiencies
NCSL’s health policy experts are releasing 10 briefs for state legislators that examine options for containing or reducing health costs and improving efficiency in health care. The cost of care for years has been a highly visible topic of discussion for consumers, employers, state and federal policymakers and the media. This series of briefs takes a fresh approach by describing a number of health cost containment and cost efficiency and program ideas. The release is in conjunction with the “Taming Health Costs” session at 10:30 - noon in room CC 109 - 112.

Wednesday:
State Immigration Related Bills
This comprehensive report by NCSL’s Immigrant Policy Project, is a overview of state laws introduced and enacted in the first half of 2010. It also outlines which states have introduced similar bills to Arizona’s immigration enforcement law. The release is in conjunction with the “Arizona Immigrant Trespassing Law: Cause for Preemption?” session at 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. in room CC 104.

Program Notes

Monday’s general session will now begin at 8:15 a.m. in the Cascade Ballroom on the lower level of the Kentucky International Convention Center. Wednesday’s general session will now being at 9 a.m. in the Cascade Ballroom on the lower level of the Convention Center.

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