NCSL 2019 Legislative Summit Begins Monday in Nashville


NCSL press release Denver—More than 6,000 state legislators, legislative staff, federal officials and others from across the nation and the world will be making their way to Nashville, Tenn., for the annual National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit Aug. 5-8, 2019.

Distinguished speakers will include living legend Dolly Parton, presidential historian Jon Meacham, The Robinhood Foundation CEO Wes Moore, The Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith, CNN political contributor Van Jones, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Emmy and Peabody award winner Evan Shapiro, and many more.

For more than 40 years, the NCSL Legislative Summit has brought together legislators and staff from both sides of the aisle to tackle and discuss difficult problems and find reasonable solutions. 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 upcoming year.

The NCSL Summit creates a platform for leading discussion around some of our nation’s most pressing issues surfacing around the nation. More than 100 sessions are on tap, dealing with such topics as ‘‘A Proactive Approach to School Safety,” “Navigating Criminal Justice Reform,” “View from Rocky Top: Tennessee’s Higher Education System,” “Redistricting Basics” and many more.

The Summit is taking place at Nashville Music City Center in downtown Nashville.

While in Nashville, legislators and legislative staff will interact with leading experts in numerous policy issues and be provided with tools to take home to develop into even more transformational leaders. The Summit also will host more than 250 attendees from 20 foreign countries. During the week, international participants, many of whom are elected officials and legislative staff, will participate in sessions and activities.

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 $5.3 million in economic activity in Nashville.

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 July 26; on-site registration for media is available between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Nashville Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S. 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.