76th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Legislative Conference

Conference Agenda

Preliminary schedule as of 6/23/22.

Attire is business casual unless otherwise indicated.

Saturday, July 9
TimeEvent
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.MLC Midwest-Canada Relations Energy Subcommittee
12 to 6 p.m. Registration & Information Desk
1:30 to 8 p.m. MLC Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee Site Visit Separate preregistration is required. Please contact Carolyn Orr at carolyn@strawridgeservices.com.
Sunday, July 10
TimeEvent
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registration & Information Desk
10 to 11:30 a.m.MLC Policy Meetings | Concurrent Sessions
Open to All Attendees
  • Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee
  • Criminal Justice & Public Safety Committee
  • Fiscal Affairs Committee
11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. MLC Executive Committee Meeting
Lunch will be provided for Executive Committee members
12 to 1:30 p.m. MLC Policy Committees’ Lunch
3 to 4:30 p.m.MLC Policy Committee Meetings | Concurrent Sessions
Open to All Attendees
  • Economic Development Committee
  • Education Committee
  • Health & Human Services Committee
  • Midwest-Canada Relations Committee
4:30 to 5 p.m. Newcomers Orientation
5 to 6 p.m. BILLD Alumni Reception
Invitation Only
6 to 9:30 p.m.Opening Night Reception at Botanica and Lighting Ceremony at Keeper of the Plains
Monday, July 11
TimeEvent
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Registration & Information Desk
7:30 to 8:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
  • Breakfast
  • BILLD Steering Committee Business Session, breakfast included
  • Breakfast Table Topic Discussions

9 to 10:30 a.m.Opening and Keynote Session
MLC Annual Meeting Welcome
Sen. Carolyn McGinn, Kansas, Midwestern Legislative Conference Chair

Keynote Presentation: Lens on the Midwest: The Socioeconomic, Cultural and Political Forces Shaping the Region and Its Communities

Presenter: Dante Chinni, director and founder, American Communities Project, Michigan State University
10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Lens on the Midwest | Breakout Sessions
  • From the Ground Up: Strategies for Rural Community Leaders
  • Close to Home: Policies to Support Family Caregivers and Home- and Community-Based Care
  • Postsecondary Access and Affordability: A Discussion of State Policy Options and Innovations
11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.Luncheon and Featured Presentation
Welcome to Kansas
Gov. Laura Kelly, Kansas

Featured Luncheon Presentation: The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, and the Struggle for American Freedom

Presenter: H.W. Brands, Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History, University of Texas at Austin
2 to 4 p.m.Native American Legislators Working Group Meeting
2 to 5:15 p.m.Site Visits for All Attendees | Concurrent Sessions
Pre-registration by June 30 is required for all site visits. If you did not receive an email invitation to sign up, please call us at 630.925.1922.
  • Bombardier U.S. Headquarters Site Tour
  • Spirit AeroSystems and Wichita State University NIAR WERK's Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Facility Tour
  • Wichita State University NIAR Aircraft Structural Test and Evaluation Center Tour (open to U.S. citizens only)
2:15 to 4:45 p.m.Visions, Values, Choices, Decisions: Leadership for the Good Life and Good Society
6 to 9 p.m.Family Night at Sedgewick County Zoo
Casual Attire
9:30 to 10:30 p.m.CSG Associates Reception
Invitation Only
Tuesday, July 12
TimeEvent
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Registration & Information Desk
7:30 to 8:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
  • Breakfast
  • BILLD Breakfast (Invitation Only)
  • MLC Resolutions Committee, breakfast included
  • Breakfast Table Topic Discussions

9 to 10:15 a.m.Chair's Initiative on Water
10:30 to 11:45 a.m.Plenary Session on the Future of Transportation in the Heartland
11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.Luncheon and Featured Presentation
2 to 3:30 p.m.MLC Committee-Sponsored Policy Sessions | Concurrent Sessions
  • Analyzing the Role of ‘Mental Health Courts’ as an Alternative to Incarceration jointly sponsored by the MLC Criminal Justice & Public Safety and the MLC Health & Human Services committees
  • How the Supply Chain Crunch is Affecting the Agriculture and Energy Sectors sponsored by the MLC Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee
  • The Changing Economy and the Fiscal Conditions of States sponsored by the MLC Fiscal Affairs Committee
3:45 to 5:15 p.m.MLC Committee-Sponsored Policy Sessions | Concurrent Sessions
  • How Smaller Firms Engage in the Canada-United States Supply Chain sponsored by the MLC Midwest-Canada Relations Committee
  • The STEM Pipeline: How and Why to Create New Career Pathways in These Fields sponsored jointly by the MLC Education and MLC Economic Development committees
5 to 6 p.m.Contributors Reception
Invitation Only
5:45 to 6:45 p.m.Michigan 2023 Reception
7 to 10 p.m.State Dinner at the Hyatt Regency
Wednesday, July 13
TimeEvent
8:30 to 10 a.m. Information Desk
8:30 to 10 a.m.
Breakfast and MLC Business Session
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.Professional Development Closing Session