Groups Report

October 2015 Highlights

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2015 STEP Conference: The Clean Power Plan & More | October 21

Washington, D.C.

Stateside Contact: Mark Anderson at

This year’s STEP Conference will focus on the Clean Power Plan and will begin with opening remarks from Martha Rudolph, ECOS President and Director of Environmental Programs at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The Keynote Address delivered by former U.S. EPA Administrator William Reilly and will explore the current state of clean air regulatory matters and the political barriers that can affect change.

A lunch session has been planned with U.S. EPA Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, Janet McCabe.

The following panels have been scheduled for the conference:

  • Holding Our Breath: State Perspectives on Air Regulatory Challenges
  • Waiting to Exhale: Perspectives on Regulatory and Economic Challenges
  • Innovative Strategies for the Near-and Long-Term
  • Moving Forward: Strategies and Ideas for the Future



Eastern Region Meeting | October 29-30

New York, New York

Fall Consumer Protection Meeting | November 2-4

St. Louis, Missouri

Stateside Contact: Steve Arthur at

The Eastern Region Meeting theme is Combatting the Heroin and Prescription Opioid Epidemic: Opportunities for Attorney General Collaboration. Opening remarks will be delivered by NAAG Eastern Region Chair and Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin (D) and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D).

A session entitled Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP) and Engaging with the Medical Community followed by an overview of New York’s PDMP will take place October 29.

The following panels will take place October 30:

  • Policy Initiatives to Combat Opioid Abuse
  • Generating and Capturing Intelligence
  • Social Media and Investigations

The public portion of the Fall Consumer Protection Meeting will take place in the afternoon of November 2.

Early draft session topics include:

  • Debt Buying Issues
  • Herbal Supplements
  • The First Amendment and Consumer Protection

A private sector roundtable has been scheduled in the evening.

More information will become available at:



Annual Conference | October 18-21

Nashville, Tennessee

Stateside Contact: Meghan Holihan at

The Annual Conference will begin with a luncheon on October 17.

Sessions on pension reform entitled Actuarial Determined Contribution and Assumed Rate of Return: An Actuarial and Policy Perspective and Private Equity & Hedge Funds: Fee Transparency, Accountability and Standardized Disclosures in Agreement with General Partner will also take place on October 17.

The Executive Committee and Corporate Affiliate Committee will convene on October 18 followed by the following NAST Committees:

  • Financial Literacy
  • Long-Range Planning
  • Pension
  • Legislative

The following plenary sessions have been scheduled for October 19:

  • Government Retiree costs on the books: How new accounting rules for state and local governments can change things
  • Defined Contribution Plan Design: Can Security be Built in?
  • Best Practices in Local Government Investment Pools
  • ABLE Act Update: Implementation, Opportunities and Challenges Facing the States

The Keynote Speech will be delivered October 19 by Chief U.S. Economist at Standard & Poor’s, Beth Ann Bovino.

NAST Regional meetings have been scheduled for October 20. The NAST Business Meeting will also take place in the afternoon, followed by a Treasurers’ Roundtable.

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