NCSL 2017 Legislative Summit Coming to Boston


Innovative Ideas, Fresh Perspectives, and Developing Solutions to Pressing Issues

NCSL press release Denver—More than 6,000 attendees hailing from every state are expected at the National Conference of State Legislature (NCSL) annual Legislative Summit Aug. 6-9 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston.. The Summit is the largest gathering of state lawmakers and legislative staff in the country.

NCSL’s Legislative Summit provides a platform for legislators, staff and other public policy professionals to learn from experts, as well as each other, about solutions to the country’s most pressing state issues.  With more than 100 sessions, attendees will be able to learn and engage in topics ranging from criminal justice, education and health care to taxes, technology and transportation.

Attendees at the NCSL 43rd annual Legislative Summit will hear from a variety of speakers, including:

  • Charlie Baker, governor of Massachusetts
  • John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador
  • Beth Ann Bovino, U.S. chief economist at Standard & Poor's Ratings Services
  • Anthony Chan, chief economist for Chase
  • William Evans, police commissioner of Boston
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
  • Frank Luntz, political commentators and pollster
  • Catherine Pugh, mayor of Baltimore
  • Dan White, senior economist at Moody’s Analytics

Other Summit highlights include:

  • Disruptive Innovation in Higher Education
  • Fixing Health Care: What’s Next?
  • Police Community Relations
  • Beyond the Horizon: U.S. Economic Outlook
  • The Changing Nature of Jobs: Is Our Workforce Prepared?
  • How Financing Can Help Address America's Infrastructure Crisis
  • Taxation and The Sharing Economy

The agenda also includes sessions on the economy, elections, the criminal justice system, poverty, small business development, education and much more.

Reflective of its national membership, NCSL’s Legislative Summit is held in a different city each year. This year’s Summit is projected to generate more than $10 million in economic activity in Boston.

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. 2; on-site registration for media is available between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Boston Convention & Exhibition 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.