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  • Meagan Dorsch
    Director of Public Affairs
  • Jon Kuhl
    Manager of Public Affairs
    Washington, D.C.
Nov. 2, 2012

State Lawmakers Descend on D.C. — NCSL 2012 Fall Forum

State Legislators and Legislative Staff From Across the Country Will Brainstorm How States Will Weather the ‘Fiscal Cliff,’ Push Congress to Pass the Marketplace Fairness Act and Discuss How to Combat Human Trafficking

Washington, D.C. – The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) will host its annual Fall Forum for state legislators and legislative staff from across the country to find out how federal policies will affect states in the coming year, as well as share innovative solutions to pressing state issues.

The 2012 NCSL Fall Forum will be held in the nation’s capitol from Dec. 5-7 at the Hilton Washington. Credentialed members of the media may attend for free. You can register online until Nov. 23. After that, you must register onsite. To register online, click here.

The three-day conference brings together dynamic speakers and knowledgeable experts to tackle the toughest challenges facing states, including:
  • Former U.S. Senators Trent Lott (R) and Byron Dorgan (D) will discuss whether Republicans and Democrats can overcome the partisan divide and work together in the next Congress.
  • Mira Sorvino, United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and Academy Award-winning actress, will discuss state and federal efforts to combat human trafficking.
  • House and Senate sponsors of the Marketplace Fairness Act will stress the importance of passing the bill in order to level the playing field for small businesses.
  • NCSL budget experts will discuss what’s in store for states as America faces the "fiscal cliff."
  • Key stakeholders will analyze the recently updated CAFE standards, explaining the potential impact of these sweeping regulations on the transportation, energy, environment and agriculture sectors.
  • NCSL experts will provide an update on state redistricting litigation, highlighting some of the major pending legal challenges and evaluating the potential for a big ruling on Texas’ challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.
  • Do school choice programs improve student achievement? Experts will examine that question with a review of fresh findings on how students in school choice programs perform in the classroom.
  • National and state experts will explore innovative strategies to improve women’s health, including examples of policy options from across the states.

Although NCSL does not craft model legislation for state legislators to use, state lawmakers serving on NCSL's 12 Standing Committees will develop policy resolutions that guide NCSL's advocacy efforts before Congress and the administration.

Journalists who meet NCSL credentials may register online and can pick up their media credentials onsite. All requests to record sessions at Fall Forum must be made through the NCSL Media and Public Affairs office.

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.