NCSL Kicks Off 40th Annual Legislative Summit in Minneapolis


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Minneapolis— The National Conference of State Legislatures kicked off its 40th annual Legislative Summit at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. 

Some 5,000 state legislators and legislative staffers are expected to attend this week’s meeting to learn and gain invaluable knowledge to take back to their respective states. On Tuesday, attendees can expect an array of policy-producing committee meetings, while Wednesday and Thursday will focus on issue forums and best practice discussions. 

Current NCSL President Senator Bruce Starr (R-Ore.) says  the annual NCSL Summit is a perfect time for legislators from  across the country to come together to share ideas with one another. “The line-up of speakers for this conference is as A-List as you can get and I am looking forward to taking back ideas to my home state of Oregon as well,” Starr said. 

Later this week, NCSL’s president-elect, Senator Debbie Smith (D-Nev.), will assume her position as NCSL president. “I am looking forward to this next year as NCSL president” Smith said. “The states play a critical role in advancing ideas and innovations and moving the country forward.  NCSL is the perfect organization to help us do that and to ensure that states speak with one strong, unified voice before Congress and the administration.”

Legislators and staffers not able to attend the Summit can stream a selection of sessions this week starting on Wednesday. The six presentations can be accessed for free on the NCSL homepage and later will be available in an archive.  

“This is shaping up to be such a great week in Minneapolis and I can’t wait to see what all we accomplish,” outgoing President Starr said. Although he will no longer serve as president, the state senator will serve as immediate past president and president of the NCSL Foundation for State Legislatures. 

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 Aug. 15; on-site registration for media is available between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. in Room 201B at the Minneapolis Convention Center. 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.