NCSL Kicks Off 42nd Annual Legislative Summit in Seattle | 2015 Legislative Summit


NCSL NewsSummit At Washington State Convention Center Is Aug. 3-6

Seattle – The National Conference of State Legislatures kicked off its 42ndannual Legislative Summit at the Washington State Convention Center on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015.

Some 5,000 state legislators, legislative staffers, federal officials and others are expected to attend this week’s meeting to gain invaluable knowledge from experts and fellow legislators to take back to their respective states. On Monday, attendees can expect an array of policy-producing committee meetings, while Tuesday and Wednesday will focus on issue forums and deep-dive sessions.

Current NCSL President Senator Debbie Smith (D-Nev.) said, “I have always found the NCSL Legislative Summit to be an important tool in forming relationships across state lines and creating new, innovative policy ideas. With the addition of deep-dive sessions at this year’s Summit, I look forward to understanding complex issues on their many levels.”

Later this week, NCSL’s president-elect, Senator Curt Bramble (R-Utah), will assume his position as NCSL president. “I’ve enjoyed my time as president-elect and look forward to this next year as president of NCSL. Though no two states are the same, many of the key issues state legislatures are facing are shared by their neighbors. The NCSL Legislative Summit is the perfect place for all state lawmakers and legislative staff to come together, learn from each other, and become a strong, unified voice in Washington, D.C.”

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

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 and highly encouraged. 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.