NCSL Offers Live Webcast of Legislative Summit Sessions


NCSL NewsSessions Ranging From Business Development to Dark Money Available at NCSL Website

Denver—Would you like to know what states are doing to tackle literacy improvements among children or how state legislators are confronting health care concerns? The National Conference of State Legislatures has you covered and will host a live stream of select sessions from the 40th annual Legislative Summit in Minneapolis on Aug 19-22.

For 40 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:

Small Business Development and Growth | Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, 2-3:15 p.m. CST

  • Discover innovative ways for your state to develop and utilize resources for expanding job growth.

Bridging the Ideological Divide | Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, 3:30-5 p.m. CST

  • The problem of gridlock can’t be laid at the feet of one political party or the other. So what is causing it? Former U.S. Representative Mickey Edwards (R-Okla.); former speaker of the Iowa House, Christopher Rants; and former Minnesota state legislator and U.S. attorney Tom Bergl draw from their experiences and offer ideas on specific reforms that might help overcome ideological roadblocks and avoid unnecessary conflict based on party rather than principle. Tom Loftus, former Wisconsin House speaker and U.S. ambassador to Norway, is the moderator.

New Online Threats and Dangers: Can the Law Keep Up? | Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, 10:15-11:15 a.m. CST

  • Bad actors are involved in revenge porn, mug-shot extortion, online impersonation, privacy invasions, harassment and hacking. Learn about actions legislatures are taking to combat these new challenges and the complex issues they raise.

Alternatives for State Health Innovation | Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. CST

  • Many state legislators don’t believe recent national health reforms are the best or only solution to the nation’s health care problems. States have proposed alternative initiatives for insurance reforms and Medicaid programs that contain costs, provide high quality care, coordinate care and services and focus on personal responsibility and preventive health. Hear about and share opinions on state initiatives that can move the country toward a more sustainable health care system.

Reading by Third Grade: It’s Critical | Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, 2:15-3:30 p.m. CST

  • Kids who are behind in reading often never catch up and struggle to succeed in school and work. Explore a range of strategies to ensure every child can read by the end of third grade, including strengthening early learning, identification, remediation and retention as a last resort.

The Ethical Challenges of Dark Money | Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, 3:45-4:45 p.m. CST

  • The term “dark money” is increasingly used to describe campaign funds that come from unknown sources. States have attempted to crystallize ethical values of transparency and openness into law through disclosure and reporting requirements. With recent campaign finance rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, what options exist for states to retain and strengthen disclosure laws? What are the ethical challenges presented by dark money? What impact do independent expenditures have on the outcome of state elections? Explore attempts to regulate dark money and consider the legal limits of disclosure.

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. 15; on-site registration for media is available between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. in Room 201B at the Minneapolis Convention Center. 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.