NCSL Capitol Forum | Friday Lineup


NCSL NewsWashington, D.C.—The sharing economy, the Cadillac Tax, and the shrinking middle class are a few of the sessions that will take place on the final day of the National Conference of State Legislatures’(NCSL) 2015 Capitol Forum.

Check out a full list of the sessions happening tomorrow below. All times are Eastern:

Friday, Dec. 11

General Session | The Sharing Economy: 8-9:15 a.m., Marriot Wardman Park, Thurgood
The popularity and meteoric success of Uber, AirBnB and Lyft has made them economic powerhouses and challenged the culture and structure of prevailing business models. But fascination has given way to serious concerns about public safety, regulation, worker exploitation, and serious implications for legislative policy.

Speakers include:

  • Adam Thierer, Mercatus Center of George Mason University, Virginia
  • Gabe Klein, XXX

The Affordable Care Act’s Excise Tax on “Cadillac” Health Plans: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Marriot Wardman Park, Lincoln 5
Scheduled to take effect in 2018, the ACA's "Cadillac tax" is a 40 percent, non-deductible excise tax on employer-sponsored health coverage—including coverage by state and local governments for their employees—that provides high-cost benefits. Most states and cities offer healthcare plans to their employees, as well as healthcare coverage in retirement, and will be affected by the tax. Join a discussion on the implications of full implementation of the excise tax and policy considerations before Congress to lessen its impact.

Speakers include:

  • Kathryn Bakich, senior vice president, National Health Compliance, Segal, Washington, D.C.
  • Len Nichols, Ph.D., director, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, Fairfax, Virginia


More on the Sharing Economy: 9:30-11 a.m. Marriot Wardman Park, Lincoln 3 and 4
While the emergence of the Sharing Economy has been felt across numerous industries, its impact is perhaps no more prevalent than in the areas of housing and transportation. Experts from the lodging and transportation industries will share their perspectives on what state policymakers need to know about these new forms of travel.

Speakers | Panel 1

  • Senator Curt Bramble, NCSL President, Utah
  • Representative Brian Kennedy, Rhode Island
  • Gabe Klein
  • LYFT

Speakers | Panel 2

  • Steve Shur, The Travel Technology Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Vanessa Sinders, American Hotel and Lodging Association,  Washington, D.C.


What States Can Learn about Education Reform from the Top Performing Countries: 9:30-11 a.m. Marriot Wardman Park, Lincoln 6
Over the past two years, NCSL's International Education Study Group examined how top performing countries organize and implement education reform to better understand strategies that dramatically improve student outcomes. The bipartisan study group includes 24 experienced state legislators and six legislative staff. They have developed a first-ever, thoughtful, fact-based and bipartisan set of ideas for states to consider that might take education reform in a new direction. Join members of the study group to talk about their observations and hear from some of the international experts who have helped inform their thinking.

Speakers include:

  • Tony Mackay, NCEE, National Institute for School Leadership, Washington, D.C.
  • Betsy Brown Ruzzi, National Center on Education and the Economy, Washington, D.C.


General Session | The Shrinking Middle Class: Implications for the Future: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Marriott Wardman Park, Thurgood
From the halls of Congress to the campaign stump to Main Street, the discussion of income, wealth and prosperity has major implications for politics and policy. Will a strengthening economy put the debate to rest, or are reform strategies required to improve the prospects of the middle class and those at the bottom?

Speakers include:

  • Elise Gould, Economic Policy Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • Ramesh Ponnuru, American Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C.

More information about the NCSL Capitol Forum.

All meetings held in conjunction with the NCSL Capitol Forum are open to the press. Registration is required but free to credentialed members of the media. On-site registration for media is available at the Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Rd., NW, Washington, D.C. 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.