NCSL 2019 Legislative Summit Coming to Nashville


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NCSL press release Denver—With more than 100 in-depth educational sessions on topics ranging from criminal justice and health care to taxes and transportation, the National Conference of State Legislature’s (NCSL) annual Legislative Summit convenes Aug. 5-8 at the Nashville Music City Center.

More than 5,500 attendees hailing from every state make the NCSL Legislative Summit the largest gathering of state lawmakers and legislative staff in the country. The 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.

Attendees at the 45th annual Legislative Summit will hear from a variety of speakers, including:

  • Dolly Parton, who will address the opening session with the inspiring story of how she launched her Imagination Library and how attendees can start a chapter in their home county and state.
  • Phil Bryant, Mississippi’s 64th governor.
  • Van Jones, CNN political contributor and host of the “Van Jones Show” and “The Redemption Project.”
  • Jon Meacham, presidential biographer, Pulitzer Prize winner and one of America’s most prominent historians.
  • Wes Moore, author of "The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates" and chief executive of The Robin Hood Foundation.
  • Evan Smith, CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune.

Other Summit session highlights include:

  • A Proactive Approach to School Safety
  • Lessons from the State Occupational Licensing Learning Consortium
  • Moving Forward with Autonomous Vehicles
  • All About the Census
  • Navigating Criminal Justice Reform
  • Transportation Infrastructure for the 21 Century
  • Redistricting Basics
  • What States Need to Know about the 2018 Farm Bill
  • No Time to Lose: States Transforming Their Education Systems
  • A New World: Blockchain: What it Means for the Digital World
  • View from Rocky Top: Tennessee’s Higher Education Success
  • The Future of Capital Punishment
  • Supreme Court Roundup
  • Addressing America’s Growing Water Quality Crisis

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 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.