2019 NACo Legislative Conference

Fri. March 01
4:00 pm

NACo Ambassadors Meeting

Invitation only

Fri. March 01 | 4:00 pm to 5:00 pmFairchild East & West, Terrace Level
Sat. March 02
7:00 am

First-Time Attendees Orientation and Breakfast

Invitation only

Sat. March 02 | 7:00 am to 8:30 amJefferson East & West, Concourse Level

All first-time attendees are welcome to join us to learn more about NACo and how to make the most out of the Legislative Conference.

7:30 am

Resilient Counties Advisory Board Meeting

Sat. March 02 | 7:30 am to 8:45 amHolmead, Lobby Level
8:00 am

Policy Coordinating Committee Meeting #1

Sat. March 02 | 8:00 am to 9:00 amKalorama, First Floor
9:00 am

Community Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee – Resolutions Meeting

Sat. March 02 | 9:00 am to 10:00 amColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

Join the Community, Economic and Workforce Development (CEWD) Steering Committee Resolutions Meeting as members discuss proposed policy resolutions related to the CEWD policy platform. Members will hear from sponsors who submitted policy resolutions and have the opportunity to ask questions before they are voted on at the afternoon CEWD business meeting.

Public Lands Policy Steering Committee – Resolutions Meeting

Sat. March 02 | 9:00 am to 10:00 amInternational Ballroom East, Concourse Level

Join the Public Lands Steering Committee’s (PLSC) Resolutions Meeting as members discuss proposed policy resolutions related to the PLSC policy platform. Members will hear from sponsors who submitted policy resolutions and have the opportunity to ask questions before they are voted on at the PLSC business meeting.

Transportation Policy Steering Committee – Resolutions Meeting

Sat. March 02 | 9:00 am to 10:00 amInternational Ballroom West, Concourse Level

Join the Transportation Steering Committee’s Resolutions Meeting to discuss proposed policy resolutions related to the Transportation policy platform and hear a legislative and regulatory update. Members will hear from sponsors who submitted policy resolutions and have the opportunity to ask questions before they are voted on at the Transportation business meeting.

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee – Subcommittee Meeting

Sat. March 02 | 9:00 am to 10:30 amGeorgetown East & West, Concourse Level

During the Subcommittee Meeting, the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee will focus on the 2020 Census and potential impacts on rural communities and populations. The U.S. Census Bureau plans to shift the majority of 2020 Census data collection to an online/digital format, with a goal of 55 percent of the U.S. population completing online census forms. Shifting data collection techniques may leave certain populations susceptible to exclusion, including rural areas and underserved urban communities. This session will examine the various programs under the U.S. Department of Agriculture that depend on accurate census data and the impacts this shift in data collection will have on rural counties.

Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee – Resolutions Meeting

Sat. March 02 | 9:00 am to 11:00 amColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

Join the Environment, Energy and Land Use (EELU) Steering Committee’s Resolutions Meeting as members will discuss proposed policy resolutions related to the EELU policy platform. Members will hear from sponsors who submitted policy resolutions and have the opportunity to ask questions before they are voted on at the EELU business meeting.

Health Policy Steering Committee – Joint Subcommittees Meetings

Sat. March 02 | 9:00 am to 11:30 amLincoln West, Concourse Level

The Health Steering Committee will discuss legislation in the 116th Congress related to the use of health information technology and the role data can play in developing community based approaches to prevention, treatment and recovery for substance misuse. Members will also converse with federal officials about Medicaid waivers and how states and counties can use waivers to address health issues ranging from long-term care to mental health.

Human Services and Education Policy Steering Committee – Joint Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. March 02 | 9:00 am to 11:30 amColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

Join the Human Services and Education (HSE) Steering Committee’s Joint Subcommittees Meeting as we discuss the latest federal developments impacting human services programs at the county level. Committee members will be joined by officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to learn how counties and our federal partners may work together to help leverage federal resources to serve local residents.

Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee – Morning Meeting

Sat. March 02 | 9:00 am to 12:00 pmColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

Committee members will hear from federal partners and policy experts on the latest developments in justice-related policy issues. Discussion topics include the outlook for implementation of the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) and the Second Chance Act (SCA) passed in the closing days of the 115th Congress. The committee will also review the federal outlook for criminal justice reform in the 116th Congress and hear from key staffers in both the House and Senate Judiciary Committee along with members of the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

 

9:30 am

Finance, Pensions and Intergovernmental Affairs Policy Steering Committee Meeting

Sat. March 02 | 9:30 am to 12:00 pmLincoln East, Concourse Level

The Finance, Pensions and Intergovernmental Affairs (FPIGA) Steering Committee will discuss the outlook for key policy issues in the 116th Congress, including the status of tax-exempt municipal bonds, the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction and the role of federalism in Congress. The committee will also hear an update on elections legislation and the potential for new funding for polling machines.

10:00 am

Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee – Subcommittees Meeting

Sat. March 02 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pmColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

NACo’s three Community, Economic and Workforce Development Subcommittees will discuss policy issues impacting counties related to housing, economic and workforce development and hear from federal partners and policy experts on issues regarding funding and partnership opportunities.

Public Lands Policy Steering Committee – Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. March 02 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pmInternational Ballroom East, Concourse Level

Public Lands Steering Committee (PLSC) members will learn about Placer County, California’s efforts to collaborate with federal land managers on two forest management projects that will reduce the threat of wildfire to community safety and the local water supply. Members will have a roundtable discussion on the PLSC’s advocacy efforts and policy positions regarding federal payments to public lands counties.

Transportation Policy Steering Committee – Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. March 02 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pmInternational Ballroom West, Concourse Level

NACo’s four Transportation Subcommittees will  discuss federal policy issues related to transportation and infrastructure development, including federally-funded highway safety research, rail safety and efforts from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

10:30 am

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee – Business Meeting

Sat. March 02 | 10:30 am to 12:00 pmGeorgetown East & West, Terrace Level

Following the passage of a new five-year farm bill, the committee will examine new and modified programs under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and how USDA plans to implement many of the new initiatives covered in the legislation. Committee members will discuss interim policy resolutions submitted to the committee, including an opportunity for members to ask questions about proposed resolutions before voting takes place.

Audit Committee Meeting

Sat. March 02 | 10:30 am to 12:00 pmMorgan, Lobby Level
12:00 pm

Finance Standing Committee Meeting

Sat. March 02 | 12:00 pm to 1:15 pmMorgan, Lobby Level

Resilient Counties Luncheon: Addressing Ongoing and Emerging Threats Due to Adverse Weather Patterns

Sat. March 02 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pmColumbia 3 & 4, Terrace Level

Adverse weather impacts counties’ ability to protect residents and infrastructure. Over the past three years, on average 25 percent of all counties received at least one major presidential disaster declaration due to devastating wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, tornados or other natural disasters. Join the Resilient Counties Advisory Board and the Environment, Energy and Land Use Policy Steering Committee to discuss federal and local programs and policies available to help counties adapt to changing weather conditions.

This luncheon is made possible by the 2018 - 2019 Resilient Counties sponsors. Thank you to the Resilient Counties sponsors for their support.

1:30 pm

Finance, Pensions and Intergovernmental Affairs Policy Steering Committee – Business Meeting

Sat. March 02 | 1:30 pm to 4:00 pmLincoln East, Concourse Level

Committee members will hear from federal partners and policy experts on federal pension reform legislation and what the outlook for pension reform is in the 116th Congress and discuss and consider policy resolutions used to guide NACo’s advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and federal agencies.

Telecommunications and Technology Steering Committee Meeting

Sat. March 02 | 1:30 pm to 4:00 pmGeorgetown East & West, Concourse Level

Members will hear from federal officials and policy experts on the latest telecommunications and technology federal policy issues. The steering committee will review upcoming legislation and regulations in the 116th Congress related to rural broadband, 5G mobile network deployment and broadband coverage mapping. Steering committee members will consider interim policy resolutions used to guide NACo’s advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and federal agencies.

Transportation Policy Steering Committee – Business Meeting

Sat. March 02 | 1:30 pm to 4:00 pmInternational Ballroom West, Concourse Level

Members will hear from federal officials and policy experts on the latest transportation federal policy issues facing counties. The steering committee will review the federal outlook for transportation issues in 2019, including potential legislation and regulations in the 116th Congress related to transportation infrastructure, the Highway Trust Fund, drones, and road and bridge safety. Steering committee members will consider interim policy resolutions used to guide NACo’s advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and federal agencies.

Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee – Afternoon Meeting

Sat. March 02 | 1:30 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

Committee members will hear from key federal partners on recent developments in public safety related policy issues. The committee will learn about implementation plans for the recently passed Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA), outlook for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and how to strengthen local safety and security through information and intelligence sharing and federal partnerships. Steering committee members will consider interim policy resolutions used to guide NACo’s advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and federal agencies.

1:45 pm

Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee – Business Meeting

Sat. March 02 | 1:45 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

Members will hear from federal officials and policy experts on the latest environmental and energy federal policy issues. The steering committee will review the federal outlook for environment and energy issues in 2019, including potential legislation and regulations in the 116th Congress related to “Waters of the U.S.,” the National Flood Insurance Program, climate and renewable energy and China’s ban of recyclables. Steering committee members will also consider policy resolutions used to guide NACo’s advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and federal agencies.

2:00 pm

Public Lands Policy Steering Committee – Business Meeting

Sat. March 02 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pmInternational Ballroom East, Concourse Level

Members will hear from federal officials and policy experts on the latest environmental public lands issues. The steering committee will review the federal outlook for public lands issues in 2019, including potential legislation and regulations in the 116th Congress related to county payments, active forest management, and opportunities to partner with federal agencies to accomplished shared goals on public lands. PLSC members will also consider policy resolutions used to guide NACo’s advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and federal agencies.

Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee – Business Meeting

Sat. March 02 | 2:00 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

Members will hear from federal officials and Capitol Hill staff on the latest community, economic and workforce development federal policy and funding issues, including the latest on the FY 2020 appropriations process. CEWD Steering Committee members will vote on interim policy resolutions discussed during the morning resolutions meeting.

Health Policy Steering Committee – Business Meeting

Sat. March 02 | 2:00 pm to 4:30 pmLincoln West, Concourse Level

Members will preview health legislation in the 116th Congress and discuss implementation of recent opioid legislation, with an emphasis on changes to the Medicaid and Medicare programs under the legislation. Health Committee members will also consider interim policy resolutions and have the opportunity to ask questions before voting on proposed measures.

Human Services and Education Policy Steering Committee – Business Meeting

Sat. March 02 | 2:00 pm to 4:30 pmColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

Members will be joined by Capitol Hill staff to hear about the latest activity around human services policies and the outlook for the 116th Congress. Members will consider and vote on interim policy resolutions used to guide NACo’s advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and federal agencies. Members will hear from sponsors who have submitted interim resolutions and have the opportunity to ask questions before voting on proposed measures.

5:00 pm

Policy Coordinating Committee Meeting #2

Sat. March 02 | 5:00 pm to 5:45 pmKalorama, First Floor

Resorts, Tourism & Gateway Counties Working Group Meeting

Sat. March 02 | 5:00 pm to 6:00 pmMorgan, Lobby Level
Sun. March 03
8:00 am

Gulf States Counties and Parishes Caucus

Sun. March 03 | 8:00 am to 9:30 amColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

Hear from policy experts on pressing federal issues impacting Gulf Coast counties and parishes. Members will receive a federal update on the National Flood Insurance Program and the proposed update to the Waters of the U.S. definition. Caucus members will also discuss federal legislative priorities and strategize for future GSCPC events and initiatives. Caucus membership is open to all NACo county and parish government officials from Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Florida.

8:30 am

Healthy Counties Advisory Board Meeting

Sun. March 03 | 8:30 am to 10:00 amColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level

Supporting youth development and well-being is critical to shaping individual futures and the future of counties, states and the nation. In a rapidly changing world, counties must be innovative and strategic in preventing substance use and abuse among youth populations. Join a dynamic conversation that explores best practices and emerging strategies counties are employing to engage and educate youth and new approaches to leveraging partnerships and resources.

9:30 am

GIS Subcommittee Meeting

Sun. March 03 | 9:30 am to 11:00 amColumbia 3 & 4, Terrace Level
10:00 am

Large Urban County Caucus (LUCC) Meeting

Sun. March 03 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pmInternational Ballroom East, Concourse Level

NACo's Large Urban County Caucus (LUCC) is the premier national forum for the exchange of ideas and solutions that help urban counties address their most pressing issues. The LUCC meeting at NACo's 2019 Legislative Conference will feature conversations with federal officials and national leaders on topics including homelessness, healthcare and international trade. All urban county officials are welcome to attend; table seating is reserved for LUCC Steering Committee members.

Rural Action Caucus (RAC) Meeting

Sun. March 03 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pmInternational Ballroom West, Concourse Level

Access to affordable high-speed internet has been widely recognized as essential to the ability to compete in today’s economy. NACo’s Rural Action Caucus (RAC) will sharpen its focus on ensuring federal data collection efforts are fully representative of vulnerable populations, and appropriate levels of affordable broadband access are accessible to America’s critical communities. The Rural Action Caucus will be launching an initiative – Bridging the Economic Divide – which will focus on the nexus of these two issues.

11:00 am

IT Standing Committee Meeting

Sun. March 03 | 11:00 am to 12:00 pmColumbia 3 & 4, Terrace Level
12:00 pm

WIR Executive Committee & U.S. Forest Service Lunch

Sun. March 03 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pmNorthwest, Lobby Level

Membership Standing Committee Meeting

Sun. March 03 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pmLincoln East, Concourse Level
1:00 pm

Revitalizing Community Through the Arts: A Meeting of the Arts & Culture Commission

Sun. March 03 | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pmGeorgetown East & West, Concourse Level

This meeting will explore how counties are using the arts and culture to revitalize their communities and activate public spaces.

The Creative Counties Forum will meet in this room immediately following this meeting from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

International Economic Development Task Force Meeting

Sun. March 03 | 1:00 pm to 2:30 pmInternational Ballroom East, Concourse Level

As shifts in U.S. trade policy ripple across the global economy, county governments and their residents feel the impacts on the ground. This session will feature a conversation with the Brookings Institution on the recent tariffs implemented in 2018 and other important changes to U.S. trade policy, with a special focus on how county leaders can continue to encourage international economic development within their county economies. SelectUSA will also join the meeting to give an update on the latest services it has to offer county leaders. Hosted by the International Economic Development Task Force, this session is open to all conference attendees.

Veterans and Military Services Committee Meeting

Sun. March 03 | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pmInternational Ballroom West, Concourse Level

County governments play a critical role as public service providers for America’s citizens, including millions of veterans. NACo’s Veterans and Military Services Committee provides a forum for county leaders – many of whom are members of military families or veterans themselves – to discuss how counties can work with each other and with our state, federal and local partners to address various issues facing our nation’s veterans and ensure we are providing them the best possible services to meet their unique needs.

Defined Contribution and Retirement (DCR) Advisory Committee Meeting

Sun. March 03 | 1:00 pm to 3:30 pmRock Creek, First Floor

This committee serves as an advocate for counties across the country and their employees with the mission of ensuring that counties have access to a deferred compensation program that remains competitive, is of the highest quality and meets the individual financial and retirement goals of county employees.

Western Interstate Region (WIR) Board of Directors Meeting

Sun. March 03 | 1:00 pm to 3:30 pmTenleytown East & West, First Floor

The Western Interstate Region (WIR) is dedicated to the promotion of Western interests within NACo. Its membership consists of fifteen Western states, (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah and Washington).

WIR Members will receive a federal update from the U.S. Forest Service on their efforts to implement new forest management authorities. Members will also get the latest news on efforts to modernize the Endangered Species Act and strategize for future WIR events and initiatives.

1:30 pm

Programs and Services Committee Meeting

Sun. March 03 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pmColumbia 3 & 4, Terrace Level

Learn about NACo’s portfolio of grants from foundations and federal agencies, receive an update on NACo’s Leadership Academy and hear the latest about the new membership engagement strategy. The Committee will also be joined by the Council on Foundations to learn more about current trends and how counties can expand relationships with local and national funders.

2:00 pm

Immigration Reform Task Force Meeting

Sun. March 03 | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pmColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

Members of NACo’s Immigration Reform Task Force (IRTF) will discuss how federal immigration issues impact local workforce needs in various industries and how the current federal immigration system impacts the availability of a legal workforce. Additionally, Task Force members will also discuss next steps for the immigration consensus principles and avenues for advocacy within NACo’s policy steering committees.

Creative Counties Forum

Sun. March 03 | 2:00 pm to 5:00 pmGeorgetown East & West, Concourse Level

The Creative Counties Forum will be an open conversation on broad trends and useful resources in creative placemaking -- or the integration of arts and culture into community revitalization work. The Forum will feature a panel of creative placemaking experts, a “world café” with the NACo Creative Counties teams to discuss their successes and lessons learned as they have engaged in this work and an in-depth open discussion on using the arts to solve local challenges.  

Registration is not required, but please complete this one-minute form if you plan to attend to help us track numbers. The NACo Arts and Culture Commission will meet in the same room immediately prior to the Forum from 1:00 – 2:00pm. 

 

2:30 pm

Environment, Energy and Land Use Policy Steering Committee: Parks, Open Space and Trails Subcommittee (Inaugural) Meeting

Sun. March 03 | 2:30 pm to 3:30 pmColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level
3:00 pm

State Association Deputy Directors and Staff Meeting

Sun. March 03 | 3:00 pm to 4:45 pmColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level
3:30 pm

NACo Board Forum

Sun. March 03 | 3:30 pm to 4:45 pmJefferson East & West, Concourse Level
4:00 pm

NACo Next Generation Network Business Meeting

Sun. March 03 | 4:00 pm to 5:00 pmHolmead, Lobby Level

Join a network of new and newly elected county officials and learn about NACo’s unique resources for the next generation of county leaders and opportunities to engage with NACo.

Mon. March 04
7:30 am

Central Region Caucus Meeting

Mon. March 04 | 7:30 am to 8:30 amColumbia 5 & 7, Terrace Level

Northeast Region Caucus Meeting

Mon. March 04 | 7:30 am to 8:30 amColumbia 6 & 8, Terrace Level

South Region Caucus Meeting

Mon. March 04 | 7:30 am to 8:30 amColumbia 11 & 12, Terrace Level

West Region Caucus Meeting

Mon. March 04 | 7:30 am to 8:30 amColumbia 9 & 10, Terrace Level
8:00 am

Join us for coffee with representatives from several federal agencies to ask questions and discuss how they can work with your county.

  • Federal Communications Commission
  • U.S. Census Bureau
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • U.S. Economic Development Administration
10:00 am

National Council of County Association Executives (NCCAE) Business Meeting

Mon. March 04 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pmTenleytown West, First Floor
11:00 am

Credentials Committee Meeting

Invitation only

Mon. March 04 | 11:00 am to 12:00 pmOak Lawn, Lobby Level
1:45 pm

NACo Board of Directors Meeting

Mon. March 04 | 1:45 pm to 4:30 pmJefferson East & West, Concourse Level
Tue. March 05
12:30 pm

Capitol Hill Briefing: Transforming Policy and Practice at the Local Level: The County Role in Building Well-Being from the Ground Up

Tue. March 05 | 12:30 pm to 1:30 pmRoom: HVC-200, U.S. Capitol Visitors Center

When it comes to helping residents stay healthy and live well, counties are the cornerstone to creating communities built on human potential. Through innovation and integration of programs, counties work to ensure that residents have access to services they need to thrive. Join us in highlighting how counties are implementing new approaches to delivering health and human services and help us engage members of Congress and staff on the important role counties play in serving our communities.

The Capitol Hill briefings and press conference are open to all and not associated with the conference registration fee.

2:00 pm

Capitol Hill Briefing: Fixing the FAST Act: The Road to a Surface Transportation Reauthorization in the 116th Congress

Tue. March 05 | 2:00 pm to 3:00 pmRoom 1300, Longworth House Office Building

As Congress considers reauthorizing a federal surface transportation bill, county priorities must be adequately addressed given their stake as substantial owners of roads (46 percent) and bridges (38 percent) across the country. Join this Hill briefing to hear from county leaders about the unique infrastructure challenges local governments face and learn more about how the federal government can implement public policy to improve and update our national transportation infrastructure system.

The Capitol Hill briefings and press conference are open to all and not associated with the conference registration fee. 

3:00 pm

Press Conference: PILT and Secure Rural Schools

Tue. March 05 | 3:00 pm to 4:00 pmHouse Triangle, U.S. Capitol Building

Join public lands county officials and Members of Congress on Capitol Hill for a press conference in support of full, mandatory funding of Payments In-Lieu of Taxes and a long-term solution for the Secure Rural Schools program. 

Capitol Hill briefings and press conferences are open to all and are not associated with the conference registration fee.

4:00 pm

Capitol Hill Briefing: Reimagining Health Care in County Jails

Tue. March 05 | 4:00 pm to 5:00 pmRestaurant, Side Room, Cafeteria North, U.S. Capitol Visitors Center

Across the country, more than 11.4 million individuals are admitted into 2,785 county-operated jails every year. Counties are responsible for the health care of individuals when they are in jail awaiting trial, and often shoulder a substantial financial burden for providing care, even if an individual is eligible for Medicaid, veterans’ health benefits or other federal health coverage. Join county leaders at this briefing on  the role of counties in providing health services in jails.

The Capitol Hill briefings and press conference are open to all and not associated with the conference registration fee.

Wed. March 06
8:00 am

Capitol Hill Visits

Wed. March 06 | 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Advocate for county priorities at the federal level by scheduling appointments on Capitol Hill. Engage policymakers, staff members and leadership, and let them know that federal policies matter to counties, and counties matter to America.

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