NCSL to Live Stream Eight Legislative Summit Sessions


NCSL NewsViewers Can Watch Streamed Sessions on NCSL Website 

Denver—Would you like to know how states can escalate education performance to world class levels or how states are working to tackle cybersecurity? The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has you covered and will host live web streaming of select sessions from the 42nd annual Legislative Summit in Chicago on Aug. 8-11.

For 42 years, the Legislative Summit has brought legislators and staff together from both sides of the aisle to tackle critical problems and find solutions that work. Viewers can watch each streamed session for free. They will be webcast on

The selected sessions are as follows. All times are Central:

Protecting Legislative Data-Wherever It Is | Monday, Aug. 8 | 2:30-4 p.m.

Legislators and staff increasingly use smartphones and other mobile devices to store or access legislative data, along with professional and personal correspondence and information. Commercial cloud services also are commonly used for email or data storage. It’s no longer just the role of IT to protect that data, however. Explore and discuss the challenges facing legislatures about security, public records and roles and responsibilities within legislatures.


  • Sharon Crouch Steidel, Information Systems & Telecommunications, Virginia House of Delegates


  • Brett Ferguson, Texas Legislative Council
  • Soren Jacobsen, Legislative Services, Idaho Legislature

Medicaid Innovations | Tuesday, Aug. 9 | 9-10:15 a.m.

Medicaid continues to take up a large portion of state budgets and remains one of the biggest challenges for lawmakers in terms of anticipating and controlling costs. Hear about recent pilot programs and other innovations, such as payment reforms, that show promise in terms of helping states improve program efficiencies.


  • Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson, Oregon
  • Kathleen Nolan, Health Management Associates, Washington, D.C.
  • Senator Bo Watson, Tennessee

No Time to Lose: How to Build a World-Class Education System State by State |Tuesday, Aug. 9 | 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Legislators and staff serving on NCSL's International Education Study Group are releasing their groundbreaking recommendations with an overview of what they learned during two years of study from nations around the world and their call to immediate action.


  • Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos, Washington
  • Senator Howard A. Stephenson, Utah


  • Terry Holliday, former commissioner of education in Kentucky, North Carolina
  • Bruce Starr, iCitizen, Oregon
  • Marc Tucker, National Center On Education and the Economy, Washington, D.C.
  • Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers, Washington, D.C.

Second Chances: Public and Private Approaches to Offender Reentry |Tuesday, Aug. 9 | 3:30-5 p.m.

Nearly 11.5 million people cycle in and out of prison and jail each year. Explore steps lawmakers, executive agencies and the business community are taking to overcome the barriers to employment offenders’ face, and to expand second-chance opportunities.


  • J.J. Gentry, South Carolina General Assembly


  • Daryl Atkinson, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
  • Jenny Kim, Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC, Washington, D.C.
  • Senator Catherine E. Pugh, Maryland
  • Senator Craig Tieszen, South Dakota

Issue Session: Crystal Clear? State Efforts to Improve Water Planning |Wednesday, Aug. 10 | 9:15-10:30 a.m.

Water makes news, whether it's the algae bloom on Lake Erie, storm water runoff, lead poisonings in Flint, suits against upstream counties. States are working to bring together the agriculture industry, urban areas and clean water advocates to address efforts to maintain healthy water resources, and consider future demand and supply of this important resource.


  • Tom Curtis, former deputy executive director, American Water Works Association, Washington, D.C.


  • John Covington, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.
  • Greg Diloreto, American Society of Civil Engineers, Oregon
  • Chris Kolb, Michigan Environmental Council, Michigan

Issue Session: Building a Strong Workforce - The Role and Importance of Community Colleges | Wednesday, Aug. 10 | 2:45-4:15 p.m.

Community colleges are integral to growing state economies, educating the workforce and providing opportunities to thousands of students. But what makes a community college outstanding? Hear from recent recipients of the prestigious Aspen Prize on how they succeed in graduating and credentialing their students and what state policies have helped or hindered their efforts.


  • Juan Garcia, Amazon, Washington
  • Ramus Lynnerup, City Colleges of Chicago
  • Steven Van Ausdle, Walla Walla Community College, Washington

Issue Session: Cybersecurity Showdown - Challenges and Strategies for States |Thursday, Aug. 11 | 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Cyber threats have enormous implications for government security, economic prosperity and public safety. In rapid fire blasts, learn about key cybersecurity issues and perspectives: government, financial and consumer data, water and energy threats, IT security and law enforcement challenges—all with an eye toward collaborative strategies to combat these elusive and ever evolving threats.


  • Representative Max Tyler, Colorado


  • Andrew Bochman, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho
  • Joe Demarest, Ernst & Young LLP, New York
  • Ashwini Jarral, IJIS Institute, Virginia

Issue Session: The Electric Grid Revolution and the Clean Power Plan |Thursday, Aug. 11 | 10:45 a.m.-Noon

Amid the Supreme Court stay of EPA's carbon regulations, states are considering a range of potential energy futures based on new technologies and dramatically lower prices for natural gas and renewables. Hear leading energy analysts discuss a number of scenarios and how they may affect electricity generation, state economies, jobs and citizens.


  • Kari Bennett, Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc., Indiana
  • Francisco De La Chesnaye, Electric Power Research Institute, California
  • Christopher Van Atten, MJ Bradley & Associates, Washington, D.C.

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.