NCSL to Livestream Seven Legislative Summit Sessions


Sessions Ranging From Opioids to Cybersecurity Will Be Available

NCSL press release Denver—Would you like to know how states are tackling the opioid epidemic or addressing the ever-evolving cybersecurity threats to elections? The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has you covered and will host live web streaming of select sessions from the 44th annual NCSL Legislative Summit in July 30- Aug. 2 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles.

For 44 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

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

Cybersecurity for Elections: State Policy Option | Monday, July 30 | 3:15-5:30 p.m.

Learn about legislative options to secure elections, from voter registration through voting itself and on to election results reporting. Hear from legislators and experts who have delved deeply into cybersecurity as it applies to elections.


  • Matthew Masterson, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C.
  • Maurice Turner, Center for Democracy & Technology, Washington, D.C.
  • Kim Wyman, secretary of state, Washington state

At a Crossroads: States, the Federal Government and Marijuana  | Tuesday, July 31 | 11 a.m.-Noon

There is a longstanding conflict between the federal Controlled Substances Act and state laws legalizing marijuana. This year, with the release of the attorney general’s Memorandum on Marijuana Enforcement, states that have legalized marijuana in any context—whether decriminalizing small amounts or legalizing medical, recreational or both—face uncertainty over how the federal government will pursue enforcement. Learn how this new policy may affect states and how to proceed.


  • Representative Eric K. Hutchings (R), Utah


  • Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer Sr. (D), California
  • Senator Roger J. Katz (R), Maine
  • Robert Mikos, Vanderbilt Law School, Tennessee

New Models for American Higher Education | Tuesday, July 31 | 1:30-2:45 p.m.

How can America's public colleges and universities modernize to meet the changing demands of the technologically driven and globalized workforce of the future? Explore how systems in higher education might adapt to meet the needs of a diverse population of students, many of whom come in and out of higher education at different points in their lifetime. This session also includes an NCSL update on federal higher education activity.


  • Senator David Sokola (D), Delaware


  •  Ben Boggs, NCSL
  • Michael Crow, Arizona State University
  • Joan Wodiska, NCSL

Gerrymandering: Is It a Problem? Can It Be Fixed? | Wednesday, Aug. 1 | 10-11:30 a.m.

Gerrymandering has been in the spotlight this summer, this year and, well, continuously throughout this decade. Examine the Supreme Court’s June ruling about the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering. Can politics be removed or reduced in redistricting, and how?


  • Peter Wattson, Minnesota


  • Mark Braden, Baker & Hostetler, Washington, D.C.
  • Robert S. Lackner, Colorado General Assembly
  • Theresa Lee, American Civil Liberties Union, New York
  • Frank Strigari, Ohio Senate

Cryptocurrency: Currency of the Future or Just a Fad? | Wednesday, Aug. 1 | 2-3:15 p.m.

Bitcoin and Ether are examples of digital currencies, or cryptocurrencies, digital assets created by complex computer algorithms. Among other issues raised by this new type of currency, regulators are concerned about “initial coin offerings,” or using cryptocurrencies as capital in start-up formations. Hear an overview of this technology and discuss its enormous potential and challenges.


  • Andrew Beal, Ernst & Young, California
  • Lucinda Fazio, Washington Department of Financial Institutions
  • Michael Pieciak, Department of Financial Regulation, Vermont
  • Peter Van Valkenburgh, Coin Center, Washington, D.C.

Artificial Intelligence: The Future Is Here | Wednesday, Aug. 1 | 3:30-4:45 p.m.

As the science and technology of artificial intelligence continues to develop, more products and services are coming onto the market. For example, companies are developing AI to help consumers run their homes and allow the elderly to stay in their homes longer. Examine AI’s benefits and challenges, along with potential roles for policymakers.


  • Rich Ehisen, State Net Capitol Journal, California


  • Michael Hayes, Consumer Technology Association, Virginia

Opioids: Lessons Learned from the States | Thursday, Aug. 2 | 9:45-11 a.m.

The interactive session will cover the latest health and human services developments in efforts to address the opioid epidemic, which continues to claim lives and affect families across the nation. State legislators and experts will discuss new data, recent legislation and policy innovations in states.

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 Los Angeles. 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. 2; on-site registration for media is available between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, Calif. 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.