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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

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The entire event is open to the public, but registration is required.


7:30-8:00 – Continental Breakfast

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

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?

  • Dr. John C. Goodman, President and CEO of the Goodman Institute and considered the “father” of Health Savings Accounts, author of “A Better Choice: Healthcare Solutions for America
  • Dr. Ken Thorpe, Robert W. Woodruff Professor and Chair in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health
  • Moderated by Kelly McCutchen, President and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation

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

  • The Georgia Works story
  • Logan Pike, co-author of the Heartland Institute’s “2015 Welfare Reform Report Card”
  • Robert Doar, Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, former commissioner of NYC Human Resources Administration, the largest local social services agency in the United States
  • Moderated by Alison Fraser, Managing Director of Research and Policy for the Charles Koch Institute

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

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

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

3:30 – 4:30 Bridges to Education Reception: Join our education keynote speakers, school representatives and teachers to continue the conversation and ask questions in a smaller, informal environment.

Registration: $125

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Special complimentary Education Track includes Equity and Opportunity in Education Panel and Bridges to Education Reception – click here to register.

Sponsorship: Please contact Benita Dodd (404-256-4050/ or Sarah Douglas (678–521-5289/ for sponsorship opportunities.
Speakers, pictures and video from previous Legislative Policy Forums 201420132012 | 2011 | 2010


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