NCSL to Host Capitol Forum Dec. 5-7 in Washington D.C


NCSL press release

Meeting Will Focus on Issues Key to State Policymakers

Washington, D.C.—Federal tax reform, rising health care costs, sports betting, school safety, cybersecurity in elections and autonomous vehicles are just a few of the topics on the agenda at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) 2018 Capitol Forum, Dec. 5-7 in Washington, D.C. at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.

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

Wednesday, Dec. 5

  • State-Federal Convening on Natural Disasters: The State-Federal Convening on Natural Disasters will bring state legislators and legislative staff together with federal and state leaders in emergency management to discuss the federal-state nexus in disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery following a record-setting 2017-2018 disaster season.  | 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • NCSL Task Force on Immigration and the States will review current federal immigration actions, including proposals to expand public charge ("dependence" on welfare), the proposed rule on the Flores settlement regarding the detention of children and state immigration laws. It will also hold a roundtable with the Bipartisan Policy Center. | 12:30-5 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 6.

  • 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? | 9-10:15 a.m.
  • Post-PASPA: An Examination of Sports Betting in the States: This hearing will examine the national landscape of sports betting following the May Supreme Court decision in Murphy v. NCAA. This hearing will examine state trends and discuss the future of state laws as they relate to sports betting, and will address whether there is a role for a federal framework. | 8-10 a.m.
  • Cybersecurity and Elections: Where We Are Now: A year ago, election cybersecurity was just starting to pop up on policymakers’ radar. Since then, it’s been white-hot, and experts have been at work. Hear from those who have produced user-friendly reports on this key topic. | 9-10:15 a.m.
  • Addressing Rising Health Care Costs: The American health care system continues to outpace the rest of the world in rising costs. This panel’s experts will discuss how health care costs can be reined in from the administrative, consumer protection and provider sides. | 10:15-11:15 a.m. 11:15 a.m.
  • Checking in on Autonomous Vehicles: When will the public be able to ride in an automated vehicle? Next year? Five years? 2030? Join us for a discussion with a panel of state, federal and industry experts to help explain the road ahead for this game-changing technology. | 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Federal Resources and Tools to Improve School Safety: In 2018, more than 200 bills and resolutions addressing school safety were introduced by state legislators in 39 states. This must-attend session will provide state legislators and legislative staff with critical and timely information from federal agencies to help improve school safety. | 1-2:15  p.m.
  • Federal Tax Reform and the Impact on 2019 Legislative Sessions: While each state has its own approach to taxation, all states draw upon the federal tax code to some degree. This session will discuss the details of federal tax reform that have affected states, how states have already responded and what others may do in the coming year. | 1:30-2:45 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 7

  • Plenary Breakfast: Lawrence Yun is Chief Economist at the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Yun provides commentary on real estate market trends, creates NAR's forecasts and participates in economic forecasting panels, among them the Blue Chip Council and the Wall Street Journal Forecasting Survey. He appears regularly on financial news outlets and has testified before Congress. | 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.
  • NCSL Business Meeting: legislators consider the policy directives and resolutions reported from the NCSL Standing Committees. If approved, they will form the States' Agenda, guiding NCSL's advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C. | 8:30-10 a.m.
  • The Census: What’s All the Fuss About?: The next decennial census is fast approaching, and your state’s budget (and your representation in Congress) depend on it! Here is your chance to learn about census preparations, the complicated history of the citizenship question, the threat of disinformation, and policy options to support a complete count. | 10:15 a.m.-noon.

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 Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington. 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.