NCSL 2015 Legislative Summit: Coming Together to Work on the Nation’s Pressing Challenges


NCSL NewsSummit Is Expected to Draw More Than 5,000 Legislators, Legislative Staff and Others 

Denver—More than 5,000 state legislators, legislative staff, federal officials and others from across the country and world will be making their way to Seattle for the annual National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit Aug. 3-6.

Attendees will be joined by distinguished speakers including Robert Gates, the 22nd secretary of Defense, best-selling political author Jon Meacham. General Sessions will also feature Piper Kerman, author and inspiration for the award-winning Netflix series, “Orange is the New Black,” all-time “Jeopardy” champion Ken Jennings, and the automobile industry’s only futurist, Sheryl Connelly.

For more than 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. 

“I’m honored to be able to share my beautiful state with fellow legislators from around the country and those attending the NCSL Summit,” said Washington Senator Randi Becker (R), who is is host committee co-chair. “I have no doubt the city of Seattle will be the perfect backdrop for attendees to network and share ideas. It is my hope that legislators and legislative staff will take full advantage of the resources that will be available.”

More than 100 sessions are scheduled ranging from criminal justice to education, health care to taxes, technology to transportation, and much more. The NCSL Summit continues to be the leading discussion ground for hot topic policy issues surfacing around the country. Some increasingly popular sessions include Police Body Cameras, Legalizing Marijuana, the Sharing Economy (Uber, Zipcar), and Transportation Funding, to name a few.

“The NCSL Summit is a place where legislators from up and down the political spectrum set aside partisanship and come together for open discussions of the issues that face states across the nation,” said Washington State Representative Jeff Morris (D), another host committee co-chair. “It’s a great opportunity to hear what other legislatures are trying, and to share Washington’s experiences.”

The Summit is taking place at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle.

 “As a former legislator and participant in NCSL conferences, I’ve seen first-hand the benefit that comes from sharing best practices and innovative policies from around the 50 states,” said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (D).  “We look forward to hosting legislators in Seattle at the peak of the summer season, knowing that you and your families can look forward to the best our city has to offer.”

While in Seattle, legislators and legislative staff will be in the midst of leading experts in numerous policy issues and will be provided with tools to take home to develop into even more transformational leaders. The Summit also will host more than 250 attendees from 25 foreign 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 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.