This August 19-22, ASA members and staff represented the society at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSLs’) 40th annual Legislative Summit at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Since its formation in 1975, NCSL has become one of the largest bipartisan organizations of state lawmakers in the country. It currently serves all 7,383 state lawmakers and more than 20,000 legislative staff throughout the United States with policy research and technical assistance. Each year, the Legislative Summit offers state legislators and staff the opportunity to meet with each other and exchange ideas on important state issues.

This year, more than 5,000 state legislators and legislative staffers attended the summit, where they were offered more than 100 policy sessions on topics such as state health initiatives, tax reform, Veterans Affairs, agricultural issues and voter I.D. (and just about everything in between!). The NCSL is also an opportunity for legislators from other countries to...

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