NCSL 2018 Legislative Summit Coming to Los Angeles


Connecting legislative peers and policy innovators and exploring the constantly changing work of state legislatures

NCSL press release Denver—More than 5,500 attendees hailing from every state are expected at the National Conference of State Legislature (NCSL) annual Legislative Summit July 30–Aug. 2 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, Calif. 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 44th annual Legislative Summit will hear from a variety of speakers, including:

  • Margie Omero, political pollster and analyst.
  • Johnny Taylor Jr., president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management,
  • Donna Brazile, veteran Democratic political strategist.
  • Tim Chen, founder and CEO of NerdWallet.
  • Marco Zappacosta, cofounder and CEO of Thumbtack.
  • Former Congressman Jason Chaffetz, a Fox News Channel contributor and a former fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University.
  • Dr. Brian Shinozawa, regional director of intergovernmental and external affairs for Region 8 of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Other Summit highlights include:

  • A Federal Infrastructure Funding Package: Who Gets What?
  • Supreme Court Roundup.
  • Opioids: Lessons Learned from the States.
  • Tax Implications of the Evolving Retail Industry.
  • Medicaid: Follow the Money!
  • Childhood Trauma: The Everyday Problem That Is Running States Dry.
  • World-Class Teaching: How to Get It and Keep It.
  • Big Data: How Information Can Help Create Good Policy.
  • The Rural-Urban Divide.
  • Sexual Harassment: Getting It Right on Policy, Training and Investigation.

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 $8 million in economic activity in Los Angeles. 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 Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, Calif. 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.