2018 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum Agenda

https://www.georgiapolicy.org/2018-georgia-legislative-policy-forum/PDF Version: Agenda 2018 

2018 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum


7:30-8:00  Breakfast Buffet

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

8:05 Introduction of Breakfast Keynote Speaker

Marissa McCall Dodson, Public Policy Director, Southern Center for Human Rights

8:10-8:50 Breakfast Keynote

Judge Steven C. Teske

Chief Judge, Juvenile Court, Clayton Judicial Circuit
‘Criminal Justice Reform for a Secure Future’

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.

Part 1: Certificate of Need Reform

Moderator: Naomi Lopez Bauman, Director of Healthcare Policy, Goldwater Institute


Rep. Terry England, Chairman, Georgia House Appropriations Committee
Jimmy Lewis, CEO, Hometown Health

Part 2: Federal Opportunities at the State Level

Moderator: Kelly McCutchen, Executive Director, HINRI


John Haupert, President and 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 of Georgia to improve its financial security. This year, Governor Nathan Deal’s FY 2019 budget included another more than $360 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?

Part 1: Overview

Len Gilroy, Senior Managing Director, Pension Integrity Project, Reason Foundation.

Part 2: Reform in Georgia and Beyond

Moderator: Len Gilroy


Rep. Chuck Martin, Chairman, Georgia House Budget and Fiscal Affairs Oversight Committee

Rep. Thomas Albert, Chairman, Michigan House Financial Liability Reform Committee

12:00 Georgia Welcome! Lunch Buffet

12:20-1:15 Luncheon Keynote

                 Chuck Reed
Past Mayor, San Jose, Calif.

                  ‘Keeping Our Promises, Protecting the Public’

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 talents in traditional environments.

Panel 1: The Marketplace as Classroom Innovation

Moderator: Patrick Jones, founder and CEO, VOCATIO


Callie Majors, Senior Vice President for Brand Strategy and Investor Relations, 3DE Schools, formerly Junior Achievement Academy
Student at a 3DE school (invited)

Panel 2: Connecting Students to What’s Next

Moderator: Mark Peevy, Assistant Commissioner 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

PDF Version: Agenda 2018 

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