Legislative Policy Forum

6th Annual Georgia 

Legislative Policy Forum

Theme: Wisdom, Justice and Opportunity

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2015

Location: Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel

2450 Galleria Parkway; Atlanta, GA  30339

Time: 7:30-8 a.m. Coffee/Breakfast | 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Program (not including the Bridges to Education Reception after the event)

Lunch included

Program and Speaker Bios


7:30-8:00 – Continental Breakfast

8:00  Welcome, Senator Hunter Hill, Chairman of the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute

8:05 Program Overview, Kelly McCutchen, President and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation

8:20 – 9:00

  • Principles Award presentation by the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute
  • Breakfast Keynote: Ross Mason, Founder of the Healthcare Institute for National Renewal and Innovation (HINRI)

9:00 – 10:15 Session One: Opportunities in Health: Access to Quality Care 

Georgia has rejected Medicaid expansion. Is there a better way to provide access to care for the working poor and strengthen our safety net providers?

10:15 – 11:30 Session Two: Opportunity Works: Reconciling the Safety Net and Personal Responsibility

11:30 – 12:15 Breakout sessions

12:15 – 1:45 Lunch

1:45 – 3:00 Session Three: Equity and Opportunity in Education: The Road to the American Dream 

Education Innovation Speed Round: Cary Rivers, Downtown Academy (Athens, GA) | Dr. Eric Wearne, St. John Bosco Academy |  Kelley Gary, Acton AcademyGareth Genner, Great Teachers’ Academy

  • Dr. Ben Scafidi, director of the Education Economics Center in the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University (Link to Powerpoint presentation)
  • Sen. Scott Hammond, public school teacher and sponsor of Nevada’s Universal Education Savings Account legislation
  • Moderated by Patrick Jones, Director of Strategic Engagement for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation

3:00 Closing Remarks: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle


Speakers, pictures and video from previous Legislative Policy Forums 201420132012 | 2011 | 2010

Sen. Hill Welcome

Legislative Forum Overview

Principles Award Introduction

Ross Mason Keynote

Health Care Introduction

John Goodman

Q&A: Health Care

The Georgia Works Story

Logan Pike

Robert Doar

Q&A: Opportunity Works

Arthur Brooks Keynote

Education Introduction

Cary Rivers

Dr. Eric Wearne

Kelley Gary

Gareth Genner

Dr. Ben Scafidi

Sen. Scott Hammond

Q&A: Education

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle


The Foundation raises issues of importance above political rhetoric to a point where politicians focus on them and ultimately make quality decisions.

U.S. Representative Johnny Isakson more quotes