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’s Criminal Justice Initiative pushed the problems to the forefront, proposed practical solutions, brought in leaders from other states to share examples, and created this nonpartisan opportunity. (At the signing of the 2012 Criminal Justice Reform bill.)

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