A 5,000-strong swarm of state lawmakers, policy wonks and special interest advocates will converge in downtown Atlanta beginning Monday for the National Conference of State Legislatures.
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The National Conference of State Legislatures’ annual legislative conference plays a key role in what legislators do at home on issues ranging from immigration to education to Obamacare, although it is as much a draw for national policy makers as those from all 50 states.
Pre-conference meetings begin Sunday. The conference formally runs Monday through Thursday. Sessions start around 7:30 a.m. each day and run through about 6 p.m. each evening. You can find the conference agenda via the organization’s website, www.ncsl.org.
Georgia’s host committee will hold a welcome reception Monday evening. State officials will also play a key role in efforts such as the conference’s annual civic project, which this year involves packing 1,000 backpacks of food for Atlanta-area kids in an event coordinated with the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
Among the expected speakers:
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
- Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
- Newly anointed U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
- Political maven David Gergen, a CNN senior political analyst and director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School