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March 29, 2011

Legislators Help Set the Agenda for States

Continued budget constraints are forcing state legislatures to act on a host of cost-cutting measures and find new and ingenious solutions to very challenging problems. In just a few weeks, state legislators from across the country will convene at a bipartisan meeting in Washington, D.C., to collaborate and discuss solutions to the states’ most pressing issues and help set the states' agenda in Washington.

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Spring Forum and Meeting of the Standing Committees, April 14 – 15, will bring together the best ideas and most knowledgeable speakers on some of the toughest issues facing states, including:

  • State pensions
  • Voter ID regulations
  • Nuclear energy update
  • State corporate income taxes
  • Federal health reform
  • Transportation finance
  • Cybersecurity
  • Immigration policy
  • Cuts to education budgets

States are currently addressing no less than $82 billion in FY 2012 budget gaps. To combat these ongoing challenges, the meeting will feature some of the nation’s leading policy experts on budgets, energy, health care, transportation and a host of other issues.

The 2011 Spring Forum and Meeting of the Standing Committees will provide an opportunity for state legislators and legislative staff who sit on NCSL’s 12 standing committees to benefit from each other’s experiences in shaping public policy, learning what works, and managing the legislative institution. Committee members explore common concerns in the states, but committees do not recommend policy to specific legislatures. Committees may develop policy on state-federal issues to guide NCSL's lobbying efforts on behalf of states in Washington, D.C.

The 2011 Spring Forum and Meeting of the Standing Committees will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in the Woodley Park area of Washington, D.C. A complete agenda is posted online.

Members of the media can register online through Apirl 11, 2011, or on site. There is no registration fee for reporters. Reporters are asked to pick up badges at the NCSL registration desk and work out of the Press Room at the hotel. Please review NCSL's media policy before registering for Spring Forum.

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.