Agenda and Video
7:15-8:00 – Continental Breakfast
8:00 – Welcome: The Honorable David Ralston, Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives
8:10 – Breakfast
Keynote Speaker Lee Hicks, founder and CEO, C Port Solutions; “Keeping Innovative Startup Companies and Jobs in Georgia”
9:00-10:15 Concurrent Sessions
Conservative Criminal Justice Reform: Less Crime for Less Money — How to bring Georgia’s corrections costs under control, while reducing crime, making victims whole and putting more offenders on the path to being productive, taxpaying citizens.
Moderator: Judge Todd Markle, Superior Court of
Jason Newman, Pew Public Safety Performance
Andrea Shelton, Heartbound Ministries
Judge Tain Kell, Superior Court of Cobb County
Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Cutting Congestion amid Growing Freight — Innovative ideas for addressing traffic congestion and the flow of freight through Georgia with a statewide freight transportation network.
Moderator: Marsha Anderson Bomar, Stantec / Duluth City Council Carrie Thompson, McKinsey & Company (Powerpoint)
Ed Crowell, Georgia Motor Trucking Association (Powerpoint)
Page Siplon, Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics (Powerpoint)
10:15-10:30 Governor Rick Perry, “Taxes ,Torts and Texas: The Key Policies Supporting the Growing Texas Economy”
10:30-11:45 Concurrent Sessions
Legal Reform: Reducing the Costs of Our Runaway Legal System — How Georgia can reform medical malpractice and reduce costs while improving the quality of health care.
Moderator: Dr. Brian E. Hill, author of “Stop the Noise: A Physician’s Quest to Silence the Politics of Health Care Reform”
Dr. John Goodman, president and founder, National Center for Policy Analysis
Richard L. Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, Jackson Healthcare (Powerpoint)
Tax Reform: Flatter, Broader, Lower — What lessons can Georgia learn from last year’s tax reform debate?
Moderator: Bird Blitch, entrepreneur and CEO at SecureHealthPay
Jonathan Williams, American Legislative Exchange
Council (ALEC) (Powerpoint)
Dr. Christine Ries, professor of economics at the Georgia Institute of Technology and member of the Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians
William Beach, The Heritage Foundation
12:00-1:45 p.m. Lunch
Dr. John Goodman, president and founder of the National Center for Policy Analysis, “Free Our Health Care Now”
Bernie Marcus, co-founder of Home Depot, “How to Make Georgia a Leader in Entrepreneurship and Innovation”
The Promise of Online Learning — How Georgia can seize the coming disruptive innovation in education.
Michael B. Horn, co-founder and Executive Director, Education for the Innosight Institute and co-author of “Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns“.
Introduced by Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, a member of the Digital Learning Council. (Powerpoint)
Previous Legislative Forums: 2010
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