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April 16, 2013

State Lawmakers to Tackle Top Issues at NCSL Spring Forum

DENVER—America’s changing demographics, higher education, federal deficit reduction, health reform, natural gas, returning veterans and pension funding are just some of the issues legislators will tackle during the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Spring Forum. State lawmakers from across the country will gather at the Hyatt Regency Denver May 2-4 to listen to experts and share their experiences on the top issues facing the country.

Speakers and sessions at the event include:

•    James Johnson, Jr., a business professor at the University of North Carolina, will discuss the coming labor shortages and health care needs of retiring baby boomers during the opening general session, “The Silver Tsunami,” from 4:30-5:45 p.m. May 2.
•    Hank Brown, a former Colorado state legislator, U.S. representative and senator who served as president of the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Colorado, will speak at a general session breakfast from 8:30-10 a.m. May 4. He will address what states can do with less money to invest in higher education at a time when a college degree is more important than ever.
•    Economist Alison Felix, assistant vice president and Denver Branch executive at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, will share her perspective on the impact of the federal budget crisis during a session on “Federal Deficit Reduction,” from 2:45-4:45 p.m. May 3.
•    Colorado Lt. Governor Joe Garcia, who heads the state’s Department of Higher Education, will speak during NCSL’s joint Education Committee and Labor and Economic Development Committee session, “K-12, College and the Workforce: Improving Connections in the Education Pipeline,” from 2:45-4:15 p.m. May 2.

The full agenda can be found here. Journalists who meet NCSL credentials may register online and can pick up their media credentials onsite. All requests to record sessions at Spring Forum must be made through the NCSL Media and Public Affairs office. And be sure to join the conversation on Twitter! #NCSLSpringForum.

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.