NCSL Capitol Forum Slated for Coronado, Calif.


December Meeting Will Focus on Issues Key to State Policymakers

NCSL press release Washington, D.C.—Federal tax reform, transportation funding and financing, workforce development, 2020 Census, autonomous vehicles regulation and cybersecurity and wildfire mitigation are just a few of the topics on the agenda at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) 2017 Capitol Forum, Dec. 10-13 in Coronado, Calif.

Following are some of the featured sessions. All times are Pacific Time Zone. Please check the full agenda for more details, room location and potential time change:

Sunday, Dec. 10

  • NCSL Task Force on Immigration and the States discusses federal and state activity related to immigrants and refugees: Ajay Chaudry, author of “Cradle to Kindergarten,” reviews the demographic changes in the population of young children in the U.S. and explores the opportunities and capacities of all children to succeed and contribute to a stronger economy. Sunday, Dec. 10 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • What is Happening with Health Insurance Now?: What can states do to make sense of the health insurance market? How does state outreach and marketing, rate review, and subsidized coverage, or broader redesign, fit in? A recent survey report by The Commonwealth Fund can help us know where coverage policies are going. Sunday, Dec. 10 | Noon-1:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 11

  • Wildfire Response: Best Practices for an Ever-Growing Disaster: How can states effectively manage to mitigate potential disasters and successfully respond when a fire breaks out. Is a federal solution just around the corner or will states be left to their own devices? Monday, Dec. 11 | 9-10:15 a.m.
  • What Could Federal Tax Reform Mean for the States? Learn how potential federal tax changes could affect state budgets and whether states may need to adjust their own tax codes. Monday, Dec. 11 | 9-10:15 a.m.
  • State and Federal Response to the Equifax Breach: Participants will discuss how states and the federal government are responding to help consumers, given the breadth and depth of information collected by credit reporting agencies. Monday, Dec. 11 | 9-10:15 a.m.
  • Occupational Licensing: Meeting Challenges of Specific Population Groups: Differences and disparities in occupational licensing laws across states can create barriers for those looking to enter the labor market or relocate across state lines. Learn what state lawmakers can do to ease the burdens for these population groups. Monday, Dec. 11 | 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Redistricting 2020: Questions Legislators Should Be Asking Now: Few political exercises have more impact on the legislative institution and its members than redistricting. Find out the key questions legislators and staff should be asking as Redistricting 2020 approaches. Monday, Dec. 11 | 9-10:15 a.m.
  • The Future of Sports Betting: State Regulation? With the future of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in doubt, states may soon be faced with regulating sports betting. Hear the latest. Monday, Dec. 11 | 1:30-2:45 p.m.
  • Principles of Effective Juvenile Justice State Policy: The NCSL Juvenile Justice Principles Work Group will release a report, “Principles of Effective Juvenile Justice Policy.” Hear about approaches, practices, challenges and successes in enacting cost-effective juvenile justice policies that protect public safety, reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for juveniles, families and communities. Monday, Dec. 11 | 2:45-4 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 12

  • Plenary Breakfast: The Next Ten Years: What You Need to Know: The iPhone is 10 years old, we have apps for everything and we can talk with Siri, Bixby and Alexa when we need something. What’s next? What do the next 10 years—and beyond—portend for technology and how will it continue to change our world and affect the role of state policymakers? Tuesday, Dec. 12 | 8-9:30 a.m.
  • The Intersection of Cybersecurity and Autonomous Vehicles: How can states, the federal government and the automotive industry work together to ensure a robust cybersecurity environment for autonomous vehicles? Tuesday, Dec. 12 | 9:45-10:45 a.m.
  • Defending Democracy Against Cybersecurity Attacks: The federal government has declared elections to be “critical infrastructure.” What do state legislators need to know about cybersecurity to defend democracy? Tuesday, Dec. 12 | Noon-1:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 13

  • Managed Lanes, Congestion Pricing and Transit: Opportunities and Challenges: Participants will learn about equity, taxation and funding issues associated with building new highway capacity and managing demand. Wednesday, Dec. 13 | 10:15-11:45 a.m.
  • State Policy and Research for Early Education (SPREE) Working Group Report Release: The SPREE Working Group will release a new report that provides an in-depth summary of ECE research, its implications for policy, actionable strategies and state examples. Wednesday, Dec. 13 | 10:15-11:45 a.m.

A complete list of this year’s speakers can be found on our website along with the full agenda. All meetings held in conjunction with NCSL’s 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 Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, 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.