- Robert G. Hilton, Vice President, Power Technologies for Government Affairs, Alstom Power Inc.
- Robert C. Trautz, Senior Project Manager, Electric Power Research Institute
- Scott Miller, General Manger and CEO, City Utilities of Springfield Missouri, American Public Power Association
- David Hawkins, Director of Climate Change Programs, Natural Resources Defense Council
- Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
On March 10, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and many other senators of the Climate Action Task Force will be pulling an all-nighter to urge Congress to wake up to climate change. The speeches begin immediately following votes.Expected Participants:
- Tom Udall
At the Grand Hyatt.
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 Introductions2:30pm – 5:30pm Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Meeting
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
￼2:30 Call to Order, Welcome and Introductions by Task Force chairs, Rep. Dawn Pettengill, Iowa, and Mr. Emory Wilkerson, State Farm Insurance2:30pm – 5:30pm Communications and Technology Task Force Meeting with FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai
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
2:30pm Welcome2:30pm – 5:30pm Education Task Force Meeting
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 Act21st 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 GroupNew Business
2:30pm – 5:30pm Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force Meeting
2:30 Call to Order, Welcome, and Introductions3:00pm – 5:30pm Exhibitor Teardown
￼￼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
5:30pm – 6:30pm Chairs Reception
7:00pm-11:00pm State Night (Contact Your State Chair)
At the Grand Hyatt.
8:00am – 9:15am Plenary Breakfast with Gov. Matt Mead (R-Wyo.)
9:30am – 5:00pm 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 Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
2:30pm – 5:30pm Justice Performance Project Task Force Meeting
2:30pm – 5:30pm Health and Human Services Task Force Meeting
2:30pm – 5:30pm Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Meeting
2:30 Call to Order, Welcome, and Introductions2:30pm – 5:30pm International Relations Task Force Meeting
2:35 Old Business – Approval of Annual Meeting Minutes
2:40 A Report from the Public Pension Reform Working Group
2:45 A Report from the Fiscal Policy Reform Working Group
2:50 Budgeting for Priorities in Indiana
3:05 Update from Washington
3:35 The Crossroads of Federal and State Budgets
3:45 The Possible Consequences of a State Fiscal Emergency
3:55 State Economic Principles
4:05 New Research on State Pension Funds
4:15 Appropriation by Litigation
4:25 2014 Legislative Session Preview
4:40 Update on Multi-State Tax Policy
4:50 Discriminatory Sales Taxes
5:00 Consideration of Proposed Model Legislation
Resolution to Reduce the State’s Dependence on Federal Funds Federal Funds Commission Act Statement of Principles on States’ Dependence on Federal Funds5:15 Model Legislation for Five Year Review Process Constitutional Amendment Restricting the Use of Vehicle Fees and Taxes for Highway Purposes Resolution to Oppose NCCUSL Effort to rewrite the Uniform Division of Income for Tax Purposes Resolution to Permanently Repeal the Federal Unified Gift and Estate Tax ￼￼￼￼￼￼ Resolution Urging Congress to Reject “Windfall Profits” Taxes on Energy Companies Resolution Urging Congress to Update Tax Treatment of Cell Phones Statement of Principles for Model State Laws to Encourage Philanthropic Creation and Operation Statement of Principles on Philanthropic Freedom Resolution Urging Congress to Eliminate Discriminatory State and Local Taxes on Automobile Renters5:25 New Business
6:00pm – 7:30pm Jingle Bell Rock: The ALEC Holiday Party
At the Grand Hyatt.
7:00am – 9:00am Exhibitor Set Up
7:30am – 11:30am Subcommittee Meetings of the Communications and Technology Task Force
7:30am – 8:00am E-Commerce Subcommittee8:00am – 11:00am Subcommittee Meeting of the Education Task Force7:30am Welcome and Introductions8:05am – 8:35am Innovation Subcommittee
7:35am Presentation – “Bitcoin: Primer for Policymakers”
7:45am Policy Discussion: Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act
8:00am Adjourn8:05am Welcome and Introductions8:40am – 9:25am Information Technology Subcommittee
8:10am Presentation – State University Public-Private Partnerships: how state universities help businesses deliver market-ready solutions
8:35am Adjourn8:40 am Welcome and Introductions9:30am – 10:10am Consumer Protection, Critical Infrastructure, and Security Technologies Subcommittee
8:45am Policy Discussion on Resolution to Support the Work of the Telehealth Working Group on Interstate Compact
8:55am Policy Discussion on Draft Resolution Affirming the Digital Right to Repair
9:05am Policy Discussion on An Act Protecting Digital Equipment Owners and Small Businesses in Repairing Digital Electronic Equipment
9:15am Policy Discussion on Consumer Protection Through Disclosure of Digital Rights Model Act9:30am Welcome and Introductions10:15am – 11:15am Broadband Subcommittee of the Communications and Technology Task Force
9:35am Presentation — Critical Infrastructure: securing the nation’s backbone
Policy Discussion on Statement of Principles for Cybersecurity
Policy Discussion on Statement of Principles for the Electronic Communications Privacy Act
10:10am Adjourn10:15am Welcome and Introductions
10:20am Presentation – Interconnection: Technology and Policy
8:00am Welcome and Introductions8:00am – 10:15am Subcommittee Meetings of the International Relations Task Force and Federalism Working Group
8:10am Review of the Operating Procedures
8:20am Introduce New Subcommittee: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education 8:30am K-12 Education ReformProposed Model Bills for Consideration￼￼￼10:00am Presentations
Early Intervention Program Act K-1 Technology-Based Reading Intervention for English Learners Act Course Choice Act Student Achievement Backpack Act Student Futures Program ActTechnical Amendments The Foster Child Scholarship Program Act The Education Savings Account ActSunset Review Personal Financial Literacy Act (2009) “Student-Focused Funding Solutions for Public Education” “Public Education Appropriations in North Dakota”10:30am Policy Priorities Discussion Higher Education Digital Learning 11:00am Good of the Order/Adjournment
8:00am – 9:00am Federalism Subcommittee9:00am – 11:30am Subcommittee Meetings of the Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force
9:15am – 10:15am Intellectual Property Subcommittee
9:00am – 10:15am Labor and Business Regulation Subcommittee of the Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force9:45am – 11:30am Subcommittee Meetings of the Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force9:00am Welcome and Introductions by Representative Gary Daniels, New Hampshire, Public Sector Chair and Mr. F. Vincent Vernuccio, Mackinac Center, Private Sector Chair10:30am – 11:30am Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee of the Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force
￼9:05am Proposed Model Legislation: Discussion and Advisory Vote on the Private Certification Act
9:25am Proposed Model Legislation: Discussion and Advisory Vote on the Public Employee Choice Act
9:40am Proposed Model Legislation: Discussion and Advisory Vote on the Resolution against Legislation that Interferes with Business Agreements
10:05am Discussion and Advisory Vote on the Amendments to ALEC’s Resolution on Business and Franchise Agreement Legislation
10:10am For the Good of the Order
10:15am Adjournment10:30am Welcome and Introductions by Mr. Jim Kvedaras, CN, Private Sector Chair and Public Sector Chair TBA
10:35am “Let’s Get Moving: How America Finances its Different Modes of Transportation”: Moving our nation’s people and products is of vital importance to the American economy, and it is imperative that different modes of transportation are able to seamlessly work together. Come hear from a panel of industry experts how America finances the different modes of transportation—surface, rail, aviation, and waterways — and how state policymakers can create an environment in which they can work together to further America’s economic growth.
11:10am Proposed Model Legislation: Discussion and Advisory Vote on Resolution on Autonomous Vehicle Legislation and Regulation
11:25am For the Good of the Order
9:45am – 11:15am EPA Strategy Session of the Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force10:00am – 11:00am Subcommittee Meetings of the Civil Justice Task Force9:45am Call to Order, Welcome, and Introductions
￼￼9:50am Discussion of strategies legislative and private sector members can employ to address EPA’s rulemaking to limit greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing power plants
10:00am – 11:00am Workers’ Compensation Subcommittee9:00am – 5:00pm ALEC Exhibition Hall Open10:00am Welcome and Introductions
10:30am Discussion: Developing Guidelines for Workers’ Compensation Reform
9:00am – 11:00am State Chairs Meeting
11:00am – 12:00pm New Members and Attendees Orientation
11:30am – 1:15pm Opening Luncheon with Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.)
1:30pm – 2:45pm Workshops (Topics TBA)
3:00pm – 4:15pm Workshops (Topics TBA)
5:30pm – 7:00pm Thomas Jefferson Reception with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.)
9:00pm – 11:00pm Hats Off to Texas: A 41st Annual Meeting Preview Reception
Greenpeace and Gigaom’s Katie Fehrenbacher cordially invite you to a special forum on the sustainability of the IT sector:
Greening The Internet: How Leading Companies are Building a Green Web
At the San Francisco Exploratorium.
Cloud and mobile computing are transforming society and have the potential to help make it greener. But the rapid growth in electricity needed to power the online world is gaining attention and raising a central question: How Green is the Internet?
In an important shift, some of the best known Internet companies have recently embraced this challenge head on. Join data center and sustainability experts from Box, Facebook, Google, Rackspace, and other leading companies to hear why they are going beyond energy efficiency and have committed to powering their growth with clean renewable electricity.
Gigaom’s Katie Fehrenbacher will lead a discussion with energy experts and representatives from Internet companies who have already committed to power their operations with 100% renewable electricity, to address question like:
- Why are leading Internet companies committing to 100% renewable energy?
- How can Internet companies play an important role in accelerating a shift to renewable energy?
- What are the challenges to powering with renewables, and how have companies overcome them?
- What renewable energy options do companies who rely on colocation providers have?
Following the forum, all participants are invited to take a tour of the Rainbow Warrior III, Greenpeace’s new custom-built, high-tech sailing ship, which will be docked next to the Exploratorium.
1:00PM Welcome – Katie Fehrenbacher, Senior Writer, GigaOM
1:05PM Building a Green Internet—Why It Matters and Signs of Leadership, Gary Cook, Senior IT Analyst, Greenpeace International
1:15PM What are the options to build a Green Internet?
1:20PM Greening the Internet: Leading internet companies share why and how they are seeking to power their platforms with clean power. Presentations by Box, Facebook, Google, Rackspace and other leading technology companies.
2:40PM-4:00PM Complimentary 20-minute tours of Rainbow Warrior III, Greenpeace flagship docked at the Exploratorium
2:40PM In depth lessons learned sessions on renewable energy options and energy reporting (company representatives only)
Facebook Bill Weihl
Bill Weihl joined Facebook in early 2012 to manage sustainability and energy efficiency initiatives. His group is leading projects to measure and report the company’s carbon and energy footprint, to build real-time public dashboards for PUE and WUE, and to procure clean energy, and generally to understand and manage the company’s environmental footprint. Previously, he spent six years as green energy czar at Google, where he led efforts in energy efficiency and renewable energy, spearheading Google’s drive to become carbon neutral, founding the Climate Savers Computing Initiative, and leading the RE&IT initiative to develop renewable energy cheaper than coal. He has extensive business and technical experience in high-tech, including ten years as a professor of computer science at MIT, five years as a research scientist at Digital’s Systems Research Center, and five years as chief architect and then CTO of Akamai Technologies. In 2009, he was named one of Time Magazine’s Heroes of the Environment.
Rackspace Hosting Melissa Gray Senior Director of Sustainability
Melissa is responsible for defining and guiding Rackspace’s Sustainability strategy and activities around the globe. She leads the Global Energy Team, Green Teams and is a member of the Global Infrastructure Team. In addition she leads the Emerging Talent team for Rackspace’s Foundation Services organization and is the Executive Sponsor of the LGBTQA Emloyee Resource Group. Since joining Rackspace in October of 2009, her prior roles have included the development of Operational Support Systems and Chief of Staff to the CEO developing Rackspace’s multi-year strategic plan. Prior to Rackspace, Gray brings over 15 years of business strategy and operations experience working for a Fortune 10 company, transforming complex legacy businesses through innovation. She holds 3 EU and US software patents. Melissa received her B.A. from Western Michigan University.
Google Gary Demasi Director of Data Center Energy and Location Strategy
Gary has over 15 strategy development, corporate site selection, and negotiations experience covering a wide range of industries and operational areas. He has personally managed projects involving hundreds of millions of dollars of capital expenditures, and has executed strategic projects on five continents. In Gary’s current role, he develops overall direction for Google’s global data center site strategy, including managing the company’s energy portfolio, working closely with utility and development partners to secure clean energy for operations. Gary participated in the founding of “Google Energy, LLC” and under Gary’s management, the team has secured over 570 megawatts of renewable energy under long term contracts. Gary holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Vermont and a Master of Science in Real Estate from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.
Box Andy Broer Senior Manager of Datacenter Operations
Andy Broer is the senior manager of data center operations at Box. He is responsible for server procurement and provisioning, space and power management and the critical environment that runs Box’s Saas offering. Previous to joining Box in Feb of 2013 he headed Cisco’s Infrastructure Critical Environments (ICE) team for 16 years. Where he was most recently the physical data center design manager of Richardson 9’s DC, the IT “energy czar” watching over capacity constraints for Cisco’s critical IT environments. He was the IT DC build manager for Cisco’s first stand alone Tier III data center in Texas. Prior to that he headed and managed the Data Center Infrastructure Team through Cisco’s explosive growth years in the late 1990s via global acquisitions during which time his team built more than 100 server environments around the world. He was a board and founding member of AFCOM’s northern California branch in 1997 as well as a trustee for a high tech mutual fund (BFOCX) since 1998. He is now co-chair of the Critical Facilities Roundtable’s Technology Group (CFRT). He holds two degrees from San Jose State University: a BA and an MA.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory Stuart Macmillan
Stuart Macmillan is a Chief Scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and a Consulting Professor at Stanford University. He was on the founding team of Energy System Integration focused on improved understanding, decision-making, control and design of complex energy systems. He helped create OpenEI, a global energy data commons, and was on the founding team of JavaSoft.
Greenpeace International Gary Cook Senior IT Policy Analyst
Gary leads Greenpeace’s evaluation of climate and energy leadership by global IT brands. He has authored three reports evaluating the growth in electricity demand associated with cloud computing and how different IT companies are performing in ensuring this new demand is powered by renewable energy. Gary has been active in the climate change & energy policy at multiple levels over the past 18 years, working with government officials, multinational corporations, and local governments to strengthen policy drivers at the international, federal, subnational levels Prior to rejoining Greenpeace in 2009, Gary was California Director of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability.
In the New York City region, Sandy helped to mobilize a very necessary, overdue conversation on climate survival, but the politics and economics of ending climate pollution — specifically divesting from the fossil fuel industries — has still largely been ignored.
The forum, webcast live, will confront the challenge that Wall Street faces in its financing of the pollution that is threatening New York City’s future. We will also tackle this thorny question: Why is David H. Koch, NYC’s richest man, one of the people most responsible for blocking US climate action?
- Moderator: Brad Johnson, Forecast the Facts - James Slezak, founder of the New Economy Lab - Kate Gordon, VP and Director, Energy and Climate, Next Generation - Bracken Hendricks, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress - Sophie Lasoff, founder of NYU Divest
This forum follows the afternoon’s Turn the Tide on Sandy! rally at City Hall, organized by the Alliance for a Just Rebuilding.
8 PM at Cooper Union’s Rose Auditorium in New York City. RSVP here.
One year after Hurricane Sandy, millions of aid dollars have been given to New York City but our communities continue to feel the devastation, hunger, homelessness, and displacement. Our new mayor has a unique opportunity to turn this tide and create a more equal city.
Join the Alliance for a Just Rebuilding and allies from across the 5 boroughs in a rally at City Hall marking the one-year anniversary of Sandy. Join the growing movement for a better rebuilding and stand up for stronger communities for all.
The office of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will host a wide-ranging policy conference on the state and future of solar energy at the U.S. Capitol next week.
The Giffords Solar Summit will feature perspectives on the state of solar energy from federal and Arizona officials as well as a U.S. Marine Corps colonel and solar industry leaders and advocates, including Michael Bidwill, the president of the Arizona Cardinals and former chairman of the board for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. Bidwill has developed and promoted tax and regulatory policies aimed at growing the solar industry in Arizona.Speakers:
- Pia Carusone – Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords
- Michael Bidwill – President, Arizona Cardinals
- Thomas Doyle – President & CEO, NRG Solar
- Tom Alston, Solar Outreach and Policy Coordinator, Congresswoman Giffords
- Marc Spitzer – Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
- Kris Mayes – Faculty Director, Program on Law and Sustainability Arizona State University
- Ken Zweibel – Director, George Washington University Solar Institute
- Dr. Gavi Begtrup, Policy Advisor, Congresswoman Giffords
- Rhone Resch – President and CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association
- Dr. Ramamoorthy Ramesh – U.S. Department of Energy, Program Manager Solar Energy Technologies Program
- Col. Bob “Brutus” Charette – Director, Expeditiona