NCSL Capitol Forum | Thursday Sessions


NCSL NewsWashington, D.C.—Trends on telehealth, pay-to-play fantasy sports, drones and religious freedom are a few of the sessions that will take place on Thursday, Dec. 10., at the National Conference of State Legislatures’(NCSL) 2015 Capitol Forum.

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

Thursday, Dec. 10

Police-Community Relations: 8:30-10:15 a.m., Marriott Wardman Park, Washington 3
At national, state and local levels, dialogue is underway on how to improve relationships between police and the diverse communities they serve and protect. This session will include commissions, task forces and membership groups at the forefront of these conversations.

Speakers include:

  • J. Thomas Manger, Major Cities Chiefs Association, chief of police for Montgomery County Police Department, Maryland
  • Senator Catherine Pugh, Maryland
  • Senator Ellen Roberts, Colorado
  • Laurie Robinson, Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, George Mason University, Virginia


Trends in Telehealth: Reimbursement, Licensure and Patient Safety: 8:30-10 a.m., Marriott Wardman Park, Lincoln 6
This session will examine the issues faced by states in implementing telehealth, including reimbursement for telehealth encounters, provider licensure, and patient privacy and safety concerns. During this session The NCSL Telehealth Project will release its white paper about these very issues and discuss the report at this meeting.

Speakers include:

  • Representative Diane Franklin, Missouri
  • Mario Gutierrez, Center For Connected Health Policy, California


Out of Bounds? A Legal Analysis of Pay-to-Play Fantasy Sports: 8:30-9:45 a.m., Marriott Wardman Park, Washington 2
People have been playing traditional fantasy sports for decades, but daily fantasy sport sites have become big business in the U.S. Recently, DraftKings and FanDuel have been accused of “insider trading” and both companies have been named in a new class action lawsuit alleging negligence, fraud and false advertising. The session will discuss more about fantasy sports’ legal standing, the validity of these accusations, and what states can do to regulate this new industry.

Speakers include:

  • Representative Joe Atkins, Minnesota
  • Assemblymember Maggie A. Carlton, Nevada
  • Jeremy Kudon, partner, Public Policy Group, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, New York


Drones and the Future of the Skies: 8:45-9:45 a.m., Marriott Wardman Park, Wilson ABC
In what seems like one of the fastest moving issues of public policy, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), better known as drones, have implications across countless industries. With safety and privacy concerns at the top of legislators and regulators concern, what can we expect the future of the skies to look like?

Speakers include:

  • Mark Dombroff, Dentons US LLP, Virginia
  • Amanda Essex, NCSL
  • Douglas Shinkle, NCSL

Who Governs? Legislator Demographics in 2015: 10:30-11:45 a.m., Marriott Wardman Park, Hoover
Learn the latest trends in ethnicity, age, gender and occupations of state legislators from the national release of new research and data on the demographics of lawmakers in 2015 from NCSL and The Pew Charitable Trust. During this session NCSL will release its survey results regarding legislative demographics and discuss the findings.

Speakers include:

  • Assemblymember Irene Bustamante Adams, Nevada
  • Representative Kristin A. Conzet, South Dakota
  • Scott Greenberger, Stateline, Washington, D.C.
  • Karl Kurtz, Legis Matters, Colorado
  • Dr. Kira Sanbonmatsu, Rutgers University, New Jersey


General Session | When Religious Freedom and Anti-Discrimination Collide: 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Marriott Wardman Park, Thurgood
Proponents argue the government shouldn’t infringe on the right to exercise one’s religious beliefs, but opponents of religious freedom acts contend they allow legal discrimination. Indiana brought the debate into national focus. Is there middle ground? Utah may be the model.

Speakers include:

  • Robin Fretwell Wilson, College of Law, University of Illinois
  • Senator David Long, Indiana
  • Senator J. Stuart Adams, Utah

For more information about the NCSL Capitol Forum click here. 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. Onsite 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.

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