States & Nation Policy Summit: Day Three

Posted by Brad Johnson Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:30:00 GMT

At the Grand Hyatt.


7:30am – 3:00pm Registration
8:00am – 9:15am Plenary Breakfast with State Sen. Mark Green (R-Tenn.-22)
9:30am – 2:00pm ALEC Exhibition Hall Open
9:30am – 10:45am Workshops (Topics TBA)
11:00am – 12:15pm Workshops (Topics TBA)
12:30pm – 2:15pm Plenary Lunch with Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.)
2:30pm – 5:30pm Civil Justice Task Force Meeting
2:30pm Welcome and Introductions
2:45pm Task Force Update and Sunset Review Overview
2:55pm State Legal Reform Activity Update
3:05pm PRESENTATION: Insights and Experiences from the Phantom Damages Elimination Act
3:20pm Model Legislation: Update to the Non-Economic Damages Act
3:30pm PRESENTATION: Reforming Archaic Discovery Rules on the Federal Level
3:45pm Model Legislation: The Citizen Participation Act [Anti-SLAPP]
4:05pm PRESENTATION: Patent Trolling Litigation: What Can the States Do?
4:20pm PRESENTATION: Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Reform: Fighting Fraud and Preserving Resources
4:35pm Model Legislation: Punitive Damages Standards Act
4:55pm Model Legislation: Update to the Private Enforcement of Consumer Protection Statutes Act
5:10pm Roundtable Open Discussion: New Issues in Lawsuit Reform Around the Country
5:25pm For the Good of the Order
5:30pm Adjournment
2:30pm – 5:30pm Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Meeting
2:30 Call to Order, Welcome and Introductions by Task Force chairs, Rep. Dawn Pettengill, Iowa, and Mr. Emory Wilkerson, State Farm Insurance
Approval of Minutes from 2013 Annual Meeting
Subcommittee Reports: Labor and Business Regulation; Transportation and Infrastructure; Surety Insurance; Financial Services
2:45 Model Policy Consideration: Public Employee Choice Act
3:05 Panel: Insuring the Future – Autonomous Vehicles and the Insurance Industry
4:05 Presentation: Common Sense in Regulating Cosmetic Services Treatments
4:35 Presentation: Minimum Wage Debate Across the States
5:15 Model Policy Consideration: Amendments to ALEC’s  Resolution on Business and Franchise Agreement Legislation  scheduled to sunset
5:30 Adjournment
2:30pm – 5:30pm Communications and Technology Task Force Meeting with FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai
2:30pm Welcome
Approval of the Minutes from the ALEC 40th Annual Meeting
Subcommittee Reports and Director’s Announcements
Keynote Presentation by FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai
Spotlight on the States Panel: “Promoting Broadband, Protecting Privacy, and Growing E-Commerce in the States”
  • Electronic Data Privacy Protection Act
  • Statement of Principles for Cybersecurity
  • Draft Resolution Affirming the Digital Right to Repair
  • Consumer Protection Through Disclosure of Digital Rights Model Act
  • 21st Century Technology Issues Panel: “What State Policymakers Need to Know About Congress, Startups, Copyright, and Emerging Technologies”
  • An Act Protecting Digital Equipment Owners and Small Businesses in Repairing Digital Electronic Equipment
  • Model Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Law
  • Statement of Principles for the Electronic Communications Privacy Act
  • Resolution Supporting the Efforts of the Telehealth Working Group
  • New Business
    5:30pm Adjourn
    2:30pm – 5:30pm Education Task Force Meeting
    2:30pm – 5:30pm Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force Meeting
    2:30 Call to Order, Welcome, and Introductions
    2:35 Presentation: EPA Approaches to Regulate Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Power Plants
    2:50 Model Legislation: Resolution in Opposition to EPA’s Plan to Regulate Greenhouse Gases under the Clean Air Act
    3:10 Model Legislation: Resolution Concerning EPA Proposed Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for New and Existing Fossil-Fueled Power Plants
    3:30 Presentation: Natural Gas as a Motor Fuel
    3:45 Presentation: Alarmism and the Science of Chemical Risk
    4:00 Model Legislation: Updating Net Metering Policies Resolution
    4:20 New Member Introduction: America’s Natural Gas Alliance
    4:35 Annual Model Bill Review
    4:55 Presentation: EPA’s Adversarial Oversight of States’ Regulatory Regimes for “Fracking,” and What It Means for the Future
    5:10 Discussion: Gauging Interest for Future Natural Gas, Hydraulic Fracturing, and Pipeline Symposium
    5:25 For the Good of the Order
    5:30 Adjournment
    3:00pm – 5:30pm Exhibitor Teardown
    5:30pm – 6:30pm Chairs Reception
    7:00pm-11:00pm State Night (Contact Your State Chair)

    Day One

    Day Two

    ALEC DC Summit Speakers Lineup: Top Republican 2016 Presidential Contenders, Climate Conspiracy Theorists

    Posted by Brad Johnson Wed, 20 Nov 2013 06:55:00 GMT

    ALEC Summit speakers
    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), Gov. Matt Mead (R-Wyo.), Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
    The upcoming American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) States & Nation Policy Summit will feature several nationally prominent Republicans with potential aspirations for the U.S. 2016 presidential nomination. The announced speakers at the annual conference of the lobbying group, which links corporations and conservative foundations with Republican state legislators, include, in order of appearance:

    All five reject the science of climate change, arguing that scientists are part of a conspiracy to attack the use of fossil fuels.

    • Johnson: “I absolutely do not believe in the science of man-caused climate change. It’s not proven by any stretch of the imagination. It’s far more likely that it’s sunspot activity or just something in the geologic eons of time.”
    • Ryan: Scientists are guilty of a “perversion of the scientific method, where data were manipulated to support a predetermined conclusion” to “use statistical tricks to distort their findings and intentionally mislead the public on the issue of climate change.”
    • Mead: “I am unconvinced that climate change is man-made, but I do recognize we may face challenges presented by those who propose and believe they can change our climate by law with ill-thought-out policy like cap and trade (the latest version of which is the Senate Climate Bill, S. 1733, unveiled May 12th).”
    • Cruz: “There remains considerable uncertainty about the effect of the many factors that influence climate: the sun, the oceans, clouds, the behavior of water vapor (the main greenhouse gas), volcanic activity, and human activity. Nonetheless, climate-change proponents based their models on assumptions about those factors, and now we know that many of those assumptions were wrong.”
    • Pence: “I think the science is very mixed on the subject of global warming. . . In the mainstream media, Chris, there is a denial of the growing skepticism in the scientific community about global warming.”

    Also scheduled to speak is Ajit Pai, a former Verizon lobbyist appointed by President Obama in 2012 as a Republican FCC Commissioner, and rising Republican star State Sen. Mark Green (R-Tenn.-22), a military veteran, former field surgeon, and radical gun-rights advocate.

    The climate accountability organization Forecast the Facts is protesting Google’s support for ALEC on account of the council’s opposition to Google’s stated support for climate policy action.