NCSL 2014 Legislative Summit: 40 Years of Teaching, Learning and Networking


NCSL NewsNCSL 2014 Legislative Summit: 40th Year of Teaching, Learning and Networking

Denver— Nearly 5,000 state legislators, legislative staff, general attendees from across the country and world are making their way to the “City of Lakes,” Minneapolis. 

For the next week, Aug. 19-22, the city will host the NCSL 2014 Legislative Summit, which is the largest meeting of its kind. The four-day Legislative Summit is expected to have an economic impact of about $9 million on the Minneapolis area. More than 100 sessions are scheduled for this week’s summit, with speakers such as cellist Yo Yo Ma, philanthropist Cindy McCain and best-selling authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. General sessions also will feature former prosecutor and Minnesota U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar; two of the most respected political pollsters in the nation, Neil Newhouse and Geoffrey Garin; and education expert Sir Ken Robinson. 

“We have a stellar lineup of speakers and presenters discussing important topics including education and health care, transportation, criminal justice and technology,” NCSL President and Oregon State Senator Bruce Starr (R) said. “This week will provide state legislators from around the country an opportunity to share ideas about what works and what doesn’t for some of the most pressing issues facing our state legislatures in decades.”

The Summit is taking place at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Betsy Hodges, mayor of Minneapolis said: “Hosting events like the NCSL summit puts Minneapolis in the national spotlight and pumps millions into our local economy. I am confident at the end of the Summit, you will all walk away eager to make a return trip to Minneapolis. I extend a warm welcome to NCSL attendees and encourage you all to make yourselves at home.”

While in the “City of Lakes,” legislators and legislative staff will be given tools and invaluable knowledge to take home to become transformational leaders. For 40 years, the Legislative Summit has brought together legislators and staff on both sides of the aisle to tackle difficult problems and find solutions that work. 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 coming year. 

The Summit also will host attendees from 25 countries. During the course of the week, international participants, many of whom are elected officials and legislative staff, will participate in sessions and activities.

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 Aug. 15; on-site registration for media is available between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. in Room 201B at the Minneapolis Convention Center. 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.