Denver—Criminal justice reform, redistricting, transforming education, and autonomous vehicles are just a few of the topics of sessions the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) will livestream from the 45th annual NCSL Legislative Summit in Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 5-8.
For 45 years, the NCSL 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 NCS’s official Facebook page.
The selected sessions are as follows. All times are Central
A Proactive Approach to School Safety | Monday, Aug. 5 | 3:15-5 p.m.
With instances of school violence on the rise, policymakers continue to grapple with ways to address what has become an all-too-common reality. As legislators have explored the issue, preventive measures—including assessing threats, coordinating mental health services, and improving infrastructure and security—have dominated the conversation. Hear from national experts on school violence prevention, as well as legislators from the NCSL School Safety Advisory Group.
Navigating Criminal Justice Reform |Tuesday, Aug. 6 | 10:15 a.m.-Noon
Policing, Pretrial, Sentencing, Supervision, Release and Reentry. Whether you are just starting to work on criminal justice reform or are thinking about the next phase, this session is for you. Hear from the champions leading their state’s efforts, learn from experts who are analyzing data and interact with organizations providing support to states.
- Van Jones, Reform Alliance, New York
- Senator Jeff P. Brandes (R), Florida
- Governor Phil Bryant (R), Mississippi
- Senator Shelley Hughes (R), Alaska
Redistricting Basics|Tuesday, Aug. 6 | 2-3:15 p.m.
State approaches to public input may be the coming thing this legislative cycle. Input can come from meaningful hearings or from providing public mapmaking options. Learn your options. (CLE)
- Miles Rapoport, Harvard Kennedy School
- Alexis Stangl, Minnesota Legislature
No Time to Lose: States Transforming Their Education Systems | Tuesday, Aug. 6 | 3:30-5 p.m.
In its groundbreaking report, “No Time to Lose,” NCSL’s International Education Study Group warned of the effects of mediocre education systems and laid out the elements they discovered in highly effective ones. Join state policymakers as they discuss their state’s use of this blueprint to begin significant transformations in education, and learn from an international education expert how this can, in turn, transform state economies.
- Rachel Hise, Maryland General Assembly
- Anthony Mackay, National Center on Education and the Economy, Washington, D.C.
The Family First Prevention Services Act: Reforming Foster Care | Wednesday, Aug. 7 | 9-10:15 a.m.
With passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018, state lawmakers are grappling with new federal requirements and funding changes for child welfare systems. Under the law, states can use federal foster care money for programs that prevent children’s entry into care and must significantly limit institutional or group care. Hear experts discuss state policy implications, implementation strategies and examples for lawmakers to consider adopting in their states.
A New World: Blockchain: What it Means for the Digital World | Wednesday, Aug. 7 | 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Blockchain, the distributed-ledger technology originally designed for digital currencies like Bitcoin to function, is growing its roots. Hear an overview of this nascent technology and discuss its enormous potential for making our world more effective, efficient and safe.
- Amy Davine Kim, Chamber of Digital Commerce, Washington, D.C.
View from Rocky Top: Tennessee’s Higher Education Success | Wednesday, Aug. 7 | 2-3:15 p.m.
From the first outcomes-based funding model to the first state “promise” program, Tennessee has led the nation in innovative legislation to dramatically increase postsecondary attainment. Learn from Tennessee legislators and agency leaders as they discuss how more Tennesseans are accessing postsecondary education and the impact on Tennessee’s economy and communities.
- Randy Boyd, University of Tennessee
- Senator Dolores Gresham (R), Tennessee
- Kenyatta Lovett, Complete Tennessee
- Representative Mark White (R), Tennessee
Supreme Court Roundup | Wednesday, Aug. 7 |3:30 - 5 p.m.
The Supreme Court’s current term contains many cases with significant ramifications for states. Issues include the separation of church and state, whether there should be a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, partisan gerrymandering, and whether courts should defer to an agency’s interpretation of an ambiguous regulation. Learn about these cases’ legal arguments and holdings, and be privy to a behind-the-scenes look at the justices and high court dynamics.
- Lisa Soronen, State and Local Legal Center, Washington, D.C.
Moving Forward with Autonomous Vehicles | Thursday, Aug. 8 | 11:15 a.m.-Noon
Autonomous vehicles picked up speed in 2018 and 2019, from testing and deployment of self-driving technology to new state laws to updated federal guidance. Hear from experts working to provide a consistent regulatory framework that balances public safety with vehicle innovations that are helping pave the way for this potentially game-changing technology.
- April Sanborn, Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles
- Bryant Walker Smith, University of South Carolina School of Law
Reflective of its national membership, NCSL’s Legislative Summit is held in a different city each year. This year’s Summit is projected to generate more than $8 million in economic activity in Nashville. 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 July 26; on-site registration for media is available between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Nashville Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S. 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.