PRELIMINARY AGENDA
Updated: 9/12/2017

 

All sessions will take place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.  Session/Events are open to all registered attendees and guest of the CSG 2017 National Conference unless noted as "invitation only".

 

Wednesday  Thursday |   Friday   Saturday 

 


 Wednesday, Dec. 13
 
 
1-5 p.m.
 
 
CSG Registration/Information Desk Open
 
2-5 p.m.
 
CSG 21st Century Foundation
 (invitation only)
 

 

 Thursday, Dec. 14

 

 
7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
 
CSG Registration/Information Desk Open
7-9 a.m.
 
Buffet Breakfast
Note: Breakfast seating will be in the session rooms.

 
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
 
 
CSG Policy Academy: Hiring and Retaining Workers with Disabilities
(open to all registered national conference attendees)
 
This full-day event will cover innovative state practices on hiring and retaining workers with disabilities, including how the state can be a model employer, how to engage and support the business community and best practices on providing employment supports for people with disabilities. The policy academy will include success stories from Kentucky, Massachusetts, Nevada and Oregon on the policies and practices of states that lead to higher labor market engagement by people with disabilities. 

 

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Whitehouse at (859) 244-8142 or ewhitehouse@csg.org.

 

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
 
CSG Policy Academy: Making Waves with State Water Policies
(open to all registered national conference attendees)
 
Water issues are some of the most important policy questions facing state officials across the nation. Hurricane Harvey unleashed more than 9 trillion gallons of water and dumped more than an average year’s worth of rainfall in some places—leaving underwater as much as 30 percent of Harris County, home to Houston, our nation’s fourth largest city. Science tells us that flooding is becoming more common and severe, meaning that hurricanes like Harvey and Irma are likely harbingers of disasters to come. The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, resulted in an estimated $385 billion in social costs, stemming from toxic levels of lead in the city’s drinking water. Other water issues, including water quality improvements, droughts, water resource management, integrated water planning and the impacts of new federal regulations, raise a host of policy concerns for state leaders now and in the future. This one-day policy academy will explore a variety of these topics and highlight innovative policies being adopted across the country.
 
For more information, please contact (800) 800-1910 or registration@csg.org.

 

8 a.m. - Noon
 
CSG Shared State Legislation Part I

 

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

 

 

Growing a Consensus on Marijuana Policy
 
More than half of states have now legalized marijuana use—recreational or medicinal. That’s a massive shift in policy from just a decade ago. With this shift comes a slew of legislative, regulatory and fiscal questions for state policymakers to tackle. This day-long policy forum will provide an overview of the current legal landscape and best practices for taxation, regulation and licensing. The forum will discuss emerging trends and provide attendees direct exposure to Nevada’s marijuana legalization experience.
 
 
10 a.m.- Noon
 
CSG Investment Subcommittee

 

  Noon - 1:30 p.m.

 

CSG National Conference Committee Working Lunch 
(invitation only)

 

 

1:30-5 p.m.

 

 
CSG Leadership Council 
(invitation only)

 

5 - 6 p.m.
 
CSG Executive Committee Reception 
(invitation only)

 

 
6 p.m.
 
Evening Event

 

Friday, Dec. 15

 

 

7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

CSG Registration/Information Desk Open
7:30-8:30 a.m.

 

Buffet Breakfast

 

 
8:30-10 a.m.
 
Steps to Success with the Every Student Succeeds Act
Presented by CSG Education & Workforce Development Public Policy Committee
 
This 90-minute session will be a helpful tool for state leaders to learn about state ESSA plans and the innovative education practices and policies each state proposed. Speakers from the U.S. Department of Education and the Education Commission of the States will lead a discussion on the shared challenges and possible policy solutions that are addressed through ESSA. This session will also cover the projected top five issues in education and workforce for 2018.

 

 

8:30-10 a.m.

 

 
The Who, Watt, When of Modernizing Power Grids
Presented by CSG Energy & Environment Public Policy Committee
 
In states across the country, few topics are as hot with state policymakers as grid modernization. From California and New York to Ohio and Nevada, states and utilities are investigating how best to upgrade the electric power grid to enhance its efficiency and integrate more clean energy technologies. At the same time, large scale investment in grid modernization triggers key questions: Is it worth it? How can states maximize the potential benefits of grid modernization? As utilities come to the table for grid modernization funds, state policymakers have an opportunity to plan now to get ahead of the process and generate the most benefits from those investments. This session will explore strategies for wisely designing a grid modernization program that can guide utility investment and increase the chances that customers get the most out of grid modernization efforts.

 

8:30-10 a.m.
 
Finance Committee

 

8:30-10 a.m.
 
Developing a Cybersecurity Strategy
CSG Policy Workshop
 
Technology is constantly changing and evolving. In tandem, cybersecurity threats are evolving and becoming more sophisticated—and states are under attack. This session will explore several proven ways that your state can be more prepared to face the cybersecurity threat from both an offensive and a defensive position.

 

8:30-10 a.m.
 
NCIC Summit of the States Opening Session:
Interstate Compacts 101

NCIC sessions are open to all registered CSG 2017 National Conference attendees
 
This panel will examine the evolution and current use of interstate compacts, discuss the history of interstate compacts and examine the scope of interstate problems states now tackle through compacts.  Additionally, this panel will explore other forms of multistate cooperation and discuss why compacts are generally viewed as a superior solution to foster interstate cooperation, protect consumers and guard state sovereignty. As policy makers confront issues from health care delivery to infrastructure revitalization, interstate compacts allow states to work collaboratively across state lines to bring resolution to some of America’s most pressing issues with innovation and a unified voice. 
 

 

 
10-10:30 a.m.

 

 

Break

 

10:30 a.m.-Noon
 
All Trade is Local
Presented by CSG International Committee
 
International trade and investments from foreign nations are major contributors to the United States economy and help support millions of good-paying jobs throughout state and local communities. In today’s global economy, it is imperative that state and local governments play a leading role in coordinating and developing an international trade and investment strategy that gets their community ready to engage and compete in the global marketplace. This session will highlight how state leaders can further engage in international trade, including trade policy and trade promotion. 

 

10:30 a.m.-Noon
 
CSG Associates Advisory Committee

 

10:30 a.m.-Noon
 
Professional Licensing from Plumbers to Physicians
CSG Policy Workshop
 
More than a quarter of U.S. workers now require a license to do their jobs, with
most of these workers licensed by the states. States across the country are striving to engage more people in the workforce and at the same time protect the public interest.  This session will cover innovative and successful models of state licensure for professions, as state leaders balance consumer protections, flexibility and accessibility for workers.

 

 

10:30 a.m.-Noon

 

 
The Business Incentives Trap
Presented by CSG Fiscal & Economic Development Public Policy Committee

States spend billions each year on tax and financial incentives and in some states, tax expenditures can exceed revenues. The costs can also be unpredictable. The costs of some state tax incentive programs have increased quickly and unexpectedly by tens or hundreds of millions of dollars. With every public dollar being scrutinized, it is important to ask—are these incentives getting the scrutiny they deserve?

 

 
10:30 a.m.-Noon

 

 
NCIC Summit of the States:
Best Practices for Administering Interstate Compacts

Open to all registered CSG 2017 National Conference attendees
 
This panel will feature a wide-ranging discussion with interstate compact administrators about the best practices they have discovered including general governance, funding, data sharing, appointment of commissioners, engaging partners with MOUs, transparency, administrative rulemaking, and interaction with state executive and legislative branch officials. It will feature distinct perspectives from established compacts and compacts that have recently created their administrative structure. 
 

 

 

Noon-2 p.m.

 

Opening Session & Luncheon
 
2-2:30 p.m

 

Break
2:30-3:45 p.m.
 
NCIC Summit of the States:
Interstate Compacts and State Legislatures

Open to all registered CSG 2017 National Conference attendees
 
This session will cover updates on what happened with interstate compact legislation in 2017 and what is coming up in 2018. The panel will also examine best practices for educating legislators and legislative staff about interstate compacts and maintaining that knowledge in the face of legislative transition. The panel will discuss the growing importance of legislatures in overseeing compact agencies and discuss whether states can meet the minimum standards required by an interstate compact, while permitting additional protections or accommodations.
 

 

2:30-4 p.m.
 
CSG Interbranch Committee

 

2:30-5:30 p.m.
 
CSG Shared State Legislation Part II

 

 
2:30-4 p.m.
 
 
The Uncertain Future of Health Care
Presented by CSG Health Public Policy Committee
 
As Congress worked to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in 2017, it became clear that Americans across the political spectrum care deeply about health care policy—and that state leaders are not willing to stand by and wait. Top issues identified in public opinion polling include high prescription drug costs, rising health insurance premiums, unsustainable Medicaid spending and the alarming opioid epidemic gripping the nation. While states must necessarily accommodate federal health policy, state leaders are actively involved in working across partisan lines and developing state solutions to these issues that are results-oriented and evidence-based. This session will examine the ways in which states are both reacting to federal efforts and leading the charge to create sound health policy.

 

2:30-4 p.m.
 
Nevada Drives Transportation Policy into the Future
Presented by CSG Transportation & Infrastructure Public Policy Committee
 
Nevada is home to the Tesla Gigafactory, where lithium-ion batteries for electric cars are being manufactured. The state is a test bed for Hyperloop One technology, for unmanned aerial systems and for connected and automated vehicles. Nevada was the first to pass autonomous vehicle legislation in 2011. With Project NEON, Nevada has undertaken the largest public works project in its history, which will widen the busiest stretch of highway in Las Vegas. The director of the Nevada Department of Transportation, Rudy Malfabon, will discuss how these and other initiatives are driving his state forward. Plus, the committee will engage in interactive policy discussions on the takeaways from this summer’s CSG Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Policy Academy in Detroit and a busy year for state transportation funding efforts around the country.

 

4-5:15 p.m.
 
NCIC Summit of the States:
Federalism and Interstate Compacts

Open to all registered CSG 2017 National Conference attendees
 
This panel will examine federalism and the use of interstate compacts, as well as discuss federal, state, local and international participation in interstate compacts. This panel will also take a closer look at how federal agencies interact with and participate on interstate compact governing bodies.
 

 

4-6:30 p.m.

 

CSG Henry Toll Fellow Alumni Session & Reception

 

6:30 p.m.
 
Evening Event: Michael Jackson ONE
Presented by Cirque du Soleil

 

Hailed by Rolling Stone as “A virtual parade of ‘wow’ moments,” Michael Jackson ONE is an electrifying fusion of acrobatics, dance and visuals that reflects the dynamic showmanship of the King of Pop, immersing the audience into the world of Michael's music. Driven by his biggest hits heard like never before in a riveting, state-of-the-art surround-sound environment Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil performs exclusively at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

 

ONE TICKET WILL BE PROVIDED TO EACH PAID ATTENDEE OF THE CONFERENCE. YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE ON YOUR 2017 NATIONAL CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FORM TO PARTICIPATE. TICKETS MUST BE RESERVED BY NOV 10.

 

 

Saturday, Dec. 16

 

 

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

CSG Registration/Information Desk Open
7:30-8:30 a.m.

 

Buffet Breakfast

 

 
8:30-10 a.m.

 

 
CSG Campaign Against Hunger Service Project
 
According to Feeding America, 394,910 people are struggling with hunger in Nevada, and of them 149,460 are children. That is why The Council of State Governments is hosting a Campaign Against Hunger event to benefit people struggling with hunger in Nevada. Join us as we package 35,000 meals for the hungry!

 

10 a.m.-Noon
 
CSG Midwestern Legislative Conference Executive Committee

 

 

10-10:30 a.m.

 

Break
10:30 a.m.-Noon
 
Improving the State and Federal Connection
Presented by the CSG Intergovernmental Affairs Committee
 
When the federal government issues regulations or passes legislation without proper consultation with state leaders, state priorities may be adversely impacted and problems result. An active and lively federalism requires greater interaction and cooperation between federal policymakers and states to assure the state’s needs and goals are met. The Intergovernmental Affairs Committee will take an in-depth look at how states and the federal government work together during the policymaking process, and will examine what effective “consultation” should look like.

 

 
10:30 a.m.-Noon

 


Success Improving Voting for Overseas Citizens

CSG Policy Workshop
 
When the federal government issues regulations or passes legislation without proper consultation with state leaders, state priorities may be adversely impacted and problems result. An active and lively federalism requires greater interaction and cooperation between federal policymakers and states to assure the state’s needs and goals are met. The Intergovernmental Affairs Committee will take an in-depth look at how states and the federal government work together during the policymaking process, and will examine what effective “consultation” should look like.
10:30 a.m.-Noon
 
NCIC Summit of the States: Legal Roundtable
Open to all registered CSG 2017 National Conference attendees
 
In this session, NCIC will provide an annual review of interstate compact case law from the previous year. Recent court cases on both the state and federal level have shown that the interstate compact mechanism must interact with all three branches of state and federal government. Panelists will provide an update on recent developments in the courts and explore the potential impact to interstate compact administration.
 

 

Noon-2 p.m.

 


CSG 2017 Toll Fellow Graduation and Luncheon
Commencement Keynote: Michael Beschloss
 
Join us for the CSG 2017 Toll Fellow class graduation and luncheon! For more than 30 years, the Henry Toll Fellowship program has selected 48 of the nation’s top officials who represent all three branches of state government for a professional development experience unlike any other.
 
The keynote speaker for this event is Michael Beschloss, an award-winning historian, best-selling author of nine books, The New York Times columnist and Emmy-winning contributor to "NBC News.”
 
The New York Times Book Review has called Beschloss "easily the most widely recognized presidential historian in the United States." Beschloss will hold a book signing event after the luncheon.

 

2-2:30 p.m.
 
Break

 

 
 2:30-4 p.m.
 
CSG Executive Committee
 2:30-4 p.m.

NCIC Summit of the States:
Closing & Occupational Licensure Compacts

Open to all registered CSG 2017 National Conference attendees
 
The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the number of licensed occupations has risen from 5 percent of the U. S. workforce in the 1950s to about a quarter of the workforce today. Navigating the various state licensing processes can pose a significant challenge for workers due to different rules, regulations, fee structures and continuing education requirements. This panel will look at the rising use of occupational licensure compacts, particularly in the healthcare sector, to achieve professional licensure portability and reciprocity and the potential impacts on America’s workforce. 
 
 
4-4:30 p.m.
 
Break
 
4:30-5:30 p.m.
 
 
CSG Regional Receptions

  • CSG East (Eastern Regional Conference or ERC)
  • CSG South (Southern Legislative Conference or SLC)
  • CSG Midwest (Midwestern Legislative Conference or MLC)
  • CSG West

 

5:30-8 p.m.

 

 
CSG 2018 National Conference: Kentucky Kick-off
Skyfall Lounge, Mandalay Bay Resort
Suggested Attire: Cocktail/Business
CSG Chair-Elect Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers and Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover invite you to “Come Fly with Me” to CSG's 2018 National Conference in Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati. The conference kick-off will be an elegant "Vegas style" evening of food, music and dancing at Mandalay Bay's Skyfall Lounge.