Groups Report

July/August 2015 Highlights

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Annual Meeting | July 22-23
San Diego, California
Stateside Contact: Dusty Brighton at

ACCE, an ALEC initiative, will hold its second Annual Meeting in conjunction with the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) Annual Meeting; ACCE is an initiative of ALEC. Culpepper, Virginia Councilman and ACCE Director, Jon Russell (R) will lead the Orientation on July 22 followed by an opening welcome by ACCE National Chair and Stratford, Connecticut Mayor John Harkins (R).

The following workshops have been scheduled on July 22:

  • Body Cameras: Explore the Many Sides of This New Technology
  • Streamlining the Permit Process
  • Federalism and Local Control: Understanding State Preemption Laws

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) will be a featured guest at the ACCE meeting on July 23. A Plenary Lunch with former Governor Mike Huckabee (R) has also been scheduled.

Additionally, on July 23 a policy workshop entitled Payday Loans: Local Free Market Solutions for a Difficult Policy Problem.

The ACCE Business Meeting will take place July 23 followed by a reception in the evening.

More information about ACCE can be found at:


Legislative Summit | August 3-6
Seattle, Washington
Stateside Contact: Michael Behm at

The NCSL Legislative Summit is one of the largest meetings held by any state officials Group.

NCSL will hold its third full Executive Committee Meeting of the year on August 2 in conjunction with the Legislative Summit.

General Sessions will take place August 3-6. Featured speakers at the Summit include former Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates; best-selling author, Jon Meacham; futurist and manager of Global Consumer Trends for the Ford Motor Company, Sheryl Connelly; author and activist, Piper Kerman; and political analyst, William Kristol.

The NCSL Task Force on Energy Supply and the Task Force on State and Local Taxation will meet on August 2. The following Task Forces will convene on August 3:

  • Military and Veterans Affairs Task Force
  • Agriculture Task Force
  • Task Force on Immigration in the States
  • Task Force on State and Local Taxation
  • Task Force on Innovations in State Health Systems

The NCSL Foundation Board of Directors will meet on August 3. An Energy Policy Summit will take place the morning of August 3 and will feature sessions entitled:

Smart, Efficient and Clean—Why Businesses are Engaging in Energy Policy
Changing the Mix with EPA Climate Regulations
Exporting Coal, Oil and Natural Gas

NCSL’s nine (9) Standing Policy Committees are scheduled to meet during the Summit, primarily on August 3 and 4. The Standing Committees develop the official policy directives and resolutions for NCSL.

The annual States’ Night will be held on August 4.

NCSL has scheduled Republican and Democratic Caucus breakfasts for the morning of August 6.

The NCSL Business Meeting, at which policy directives and resolutions receive final approval, is scheduled for August 6.Over 100 Issue Sessions are being planned for the Summit, including the following:

  • Legalizing Marijuana: Potholes and Possibilities
  • The Future of Everything
  • Beating the Odds: Tapping Brain Potential
  • Filling Up the Tank: Funding Transportation
  • A Better Way to Fund Higher Education?
  • Eyes on Crime: Police Body-Worn Cameras
  • Food and Farm Breakfast: The Agricultural Age Conundrum
  • Volatile Oil Prices: Optimism and Anxiety in the States
  • A Better Way to Ensure Smart Tax Incentives
  • Top Ways to Combat Financial Crimes
  • Pardon the Payment: Are Tax Amnesties Good Tax Policy?
  • Paving the Way to a Secure Retirement for Private Sector Workers
  • Key Questions About Charter School Authorizers
  • What’s New with States and the Affordable Care Act?
  • U.S. Economic Outlook: Will Slow and Steady Win the Race?
  • Cost Efficiencies of Defined Benefit Pension Plans
  • Rolling Out New Cash Balance, Hybrid and Defined Contribution Plans in the States
  • Oregon’s Automatic Voter Registration (and Other Registration Innovations)
  • Funding Campaigns: What Have the Courts Said?
  • Redistricting Working Session
  • Catch a Ride: How the Sharing Economy is Shaping the Future of Transportation
  • Child Support and Incarceration
  • Clearing the Air About E-Cigarettes
  • Data Breaches: Not If, But When
  • Fly-Over: An Examination and Discussion of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

More information will become available at:


Annual Meeting | July 8-10
Indianapolis, Indiana
Stateside Contact: Mark Anderson at

The Annual Meeting will begin with the opening session featuring NLGA President and Connecticut Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman (D). Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R) will deliver the Keynote Address.

The following panels have been planned for July 8:

Perspective of the Office of Lt. Governor as a Competitive Advantage for States
Aligning a State’s Workforce with Business Demands

The NLGA Policy Resolutions Committee will also convene on July 8 to discuss and consider submitted resolutions. The following resolutions have been submitted by the Lt. Governors for consideration during the meeting:

  • Resolution Encouraging The Use Of ―Sound Science‖ In Evaluating Crop Protection Biotechnology And Nutrients
  • Resolution To Support The Gen ―I‖ State Challenge To Support Native Youth
  • Resolution To Promote International Exports
  • Resolution To Set A Sunset Clause Of Three Years On All NLGA Policy Resolutions
  • Resolution In Support Of Quality Youth Mentoring
  • Resolution In Support Of The Balance Calories Initiative
  • Resolution To Support CPR/AED Awareness and CPR In Schools
  • Resolution In Support Of Preventing And Effectively Treating Alzheimer’s Disease By 2025

The NLGA Conference Associate Partners (CAPs) will meet in the evening of July 8. The Executive Committee will hold a closed meeting on July 9.

Additionally, the following panels have been scheduled:

  • Capturing Energy for a Rainy Day
  • Stemming the Tide of Cyber‐Crime
  • Transportation – Roads, Rivers, and Rail (CAPs Planned Session)
  • The Age of Innovation at the Speed of Change

On July 10, the NLGA will hold its annual Business Meeting. Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds (R) will ascend to the NLGA Chair for the 2015-2016 year.

More information is available at: