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Register for 2018 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum

September 7, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 3:00 pm


2018 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum

‘Wisdom, Justice, Responsibility’

Date: Friday, September 7, 2018

Location: Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel and Convention Center

2450 Galleria Parkway; Atlanta, GA 30339

Time: 7:30-8 a.m. Coffee/Breakfast | 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Program

Lunch included

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

(Printable PDF Version of Agenda here)


7:30-8:00 Breakfast Buffet

8:00 Welcome and Overview, Kyle Wingfield, President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation

8:05 Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Marissa McCall Dodson, Public Policy Director, Southern Center for Human Rights

8:10-8:50 Breakfast Keynote

Criminal Justice Reform for a Secure Future
Judge Steven Teske, Chief Judge, Juvenile Court, Clayton Judicial Circuit

9:00-10:35 Session I

A Responsible Path Forward for Health Care

Change is coming slowly at the federal level even as health care costs and premiums continue to rise in the states. Georgia is not among the states that expanded the category of population covered by Medicaid, whose rising costs are unsustainable. Total Medicaid spending in FY 2016 was $574.2 billion; in FY 2017 it was $596 billion “and continues to grow.” Still, doing nothing is not an option. There are steps Georgia can and should take at the state level to help provide quality, affordable care for more Georgians.

Panel 1: Certificate of Need Reform

Panel 2: Federal opportunities at the state level

Moderator: Kelly McCutchen, HINRI

  • John Haupert, President & CEO, Grady Health System
  • Dr. Tom Price, former Secretary of Health and Human Services

10:40 – 11:50 Session II

Responsible Pension Reform in Georgia

In 2017, Georgia’s budget included $223 million for the Teachers Retirement System to improve its financial security. This year, Governor Nathan Deal’s FY 2019 budget included another $361.7 million. Why is this happening? How much longer will Georgia taxpayers have to pump money into the TRS? What assurances do Georgia teachers entering the profession have that their benefits will be there when they retire?

Moderator: Leonard Gilroy, Senior Managing Director, Pension Integrity Project, Reason Foundation

  • Part 1: Overview, Leonard Gilroy
  • Part 2: Reform in Georgia and Beyond
    Panelists: Rep. Chuck Martin, Georgia House of Representatives, Chairman, House Budget and Fiscal Affairs Oversight Committee
    Rep. Thomas Albert, Michigan House of Representatives, Chairman, House Financial Liability Reform Committee
    Moderator: Len Gilroy

12:00 – 1:15 Lunch — Georgia Welcome! Buffet

12:20-1:10 Luncheon Keynote

Pensions: Keeping Our Promises, Protecting the Public
Chuck Reed, Past Mayor, San Jose, Calif., Board of Directors, Retirement Security Initiative

The Wall Street Journal called Reed “A Liberal Mugged by Pension Reality.” During his two-term tenure as mayor of San Jose (2007-2014), Reed introduced and passed more than 80 fiscal and open government reforms, including a comprehensive pension reform bill that was approved by the voters in 2012. Known alternatively to voters as “Captain America,” “Mr. Integrity,” and “the Green Mayor,” Reed’s work on pension reform in America’s 10th-largest city has paved the way for many other cities to tackle their own fiscal retirement planning.

1:30-3:00 Session III

Education – Business Takes the Lead

Education choice is a slow creep in Georgia, as innovators often must drag establishment ‘educrats’ forward into the future. Understanding that the vast majority of Georgia’s students will continue in public schools, and that a college degree is not for every young Georgian, policymakers and businesses are helping students succeed by tailoring their talents within traditional environments.

Panel 1: The Marketplace as Classroom Innovation
Patrick Jones, Founder of VOCATIO
Callie Majors, Senior Vice President, Brand Strategy and Investor Relations at 3DE Schools, formerly Junior Achievement Academy

Panel 2: Connecting Students to What’s Next
Mark Peevy, executive director for Secondary Education Initiatives, Technical College System of Georgia
Brian Cooksey, director of Operations Training and Development, Shaw Industries Group, Inc.
Dr. Roger Lotson, director of the Fort Stewart Youth ChalleNGe Academy, 2018 National Youth Challenge Director of the Year

Registration: $100 (Early Bird registration is $75 until August 12)

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Sponsorship: Contact Benita Dodd (404-256-4050/) for sponsorship opportunities.
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September 7, 2018
7:30 am - 3:00 pm