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  • Meagan Dorsch
    Director of Public Affairs
  • Jon Kuhl
    Public Affairs Specialist
    Washington, D.C.
Aug. 6, 2012

State Legislators Get Down to Business in the Windy City

CHICAGO – More than 1,200 state legislators and staff members from across the nation are in Chicago this week to learn and share information about what actions policymakers are taking on some of the pressing issues facing states.

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) is hosting its 38th annual Legislative Summit Aug. 6-9 at McCormick Center West in Chicago. Governor Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will welcome legislators and staff to the Windy City during the opening session, Monday, Aug. 6 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

The Legislative Summit will feature more than 100 policy sessions on a range of issues, including criminal justice, elections, voter ID, deficit reduction, education, ethics, and regulatory reform. In addition, legislators will vote on policy positions that guide NCSL's advocacy on behalf of states in Washington, D.C.

Onsite registration for members of the media is required in NCSL’s press room, W474b at the McCormick Place West Convention Center. Journalists must present valid press credentials from a capitol press corps, official press organization or the U.S. Congress on site before obtaining NCSL press credentials. Please review NCSL media policy.

The following reports will be released in conjunction with NCSL's Legislative Summit:


2012 Immigration-Related Laws and Resolutions in the States - A comprehensive report details immigration legislation introduced, enacted and vetoed during the first six months of the 2012 legislative sessions. A press conference will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. in room 474A of McCormick Place West.

State Transportation Policies “On the Move” -  Examines the shifting trends underlying recent policy developments across the states.


State Budget Report - This accurate, comprehensive and nonpartisan data on state finances will show that state budgets are much improved since the end of the Great Recession, but they still face considerable challenges. A press conference will be held from 8:30 to 9 a.m. in room 474A of McCormick Place West.

Juvenile Justice Trends Report - Examines how state legislatures have worked to distinguish juvenile offenders from adults and how to save money when budgets are tight.


State Tax Update: August 2012 - This year has been notably quiet for state taxes with only five states reporting sizable net tax changes. This story may change in November, when California voters decide on three separate ballot measures. Two of them, including one initiated by Governor Jerry Brown, would result in large broad-based tax increases and up to $10 billion in new revenues, while the third would cut business taxes.


A Lessons in Ethics - Term limits, no revolving door, no gifts. These reforms are touted by America’s best-known lobbyist/felon, Jack Abramoff. A press conference with Jack Abramoff is scheduled from 1:15 to 1:45 in room 474A of McCormick Place West. Immediately following, Mr. Abramoff will defend his ideas before a panel of experienced legislators who will talk about ethics reforms in their states and challenge Abramoff on what makes sense. Members of the media are also invited to attend this session.

NCSL's Legislative Summit is the nation’s premiere meeting, where legislators and staff from both political parties gather to discuss the challenging issues facing state governments. Meetings held in conjunction with NCSL’s Legislative Summit are open to the press. As a reporter you will be able to gather information on dozens of story ideas, put local issues into a national context, and have numerous opportunities to interview legislators and keynote speakers from across the country. NCSL is a bipartisan champion of state legislatures, serving as an unparalleled resource for unbiased research, information, training and education for all state legislators and legislative staff.

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.