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  • Meagan Dorsch
    Director of Public Affairs
  • Jon Kuhl
    Public Affairs and Media Specialist
    Washington, DC
July 20, 2011

Top Policy Makers and Experts to Speak at NCSL Legislative Summit

DENVER – Some of the most well known policy makers and experts will discuss possible solutions and trends on some of the toughest issues facing state legislatures at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) 2011 Legislative Summit. State legislators, legislative staff and members of the media will hear from a broad range of top policy makers and experts on issues such as state budgets, pensions, corrections, social media, health care, the current political climate and the 2012 elections.

Speaking events will take place throughout the week of August 8-11 at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.

NCSL’s Legislative Summit is the largest and only venue of its kind where legislators and staff from both political parties can come together to discuss the challenging issues currently facing state governments.  As a reporter, you will be able to gather dozens of story ideas, put local issues into a national context,  listen to solutions being debated in a bipartisan manner and have several opportunities to meet and learn from other reporters, legislators and key note speakers from across the country.

Our general session speakers include:

Jim Collins, Author
Author of the mega-hit Good to Great, Collins will be discussing how good organizations can be transformed into great organizations with powerful and sustained results. Collins’ work has been featured in Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Harvard Business Review, and Fast Company. General Session: Tues., Aug. 9, 9 a.m.

Rick Perry, Governor of Texas
Texas Governor Rick Perry is “Fed Up” with Washington regulations, mandates and intrusion into state decisions. Author of Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America From Washington, Perry is a staunch advocate of the 10th Amendment, believing that states should have the freedom to determine programs that best fit their respective state. General Session: Wed., Aug. 10, 8:30 a.m.

Peter Hart and Neil Newhouse, Pollsters
Hart is one of the leading analysts of public opinion in the United States. The National Journal named Hart to its select list of leaders who shape federal government policy, describing him as "the foremost Washington pollster for the Democratic Party and its centrist candidates. Newhouse is a partner and co-founder of a national political and public affairs research firm that The New York Times describes as "the leading Republican polling company" in the country. Together, these two will discuss the political divide in our country and what lies ahead in the 2012 election season. General Session: Thursday, Aug. 11, 9:30 a.m.

A sampling of other speakers include:

All meetings held in conjunction with NCSL’s Legislative Summit are open to the press. Although registration is required, NCSL does not charge a fee to credentialed members of the media. Please review NCSL media policy before registering. Online registration is open until July 15th. After that time, members of the media must register onsite in NCSL’s press room (209 at the convention center).

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.