Kentucky Conservation Committee 2020 Legislative Summit

When Jan 11, 2020
from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where Shumaker Research Building room 139
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Cost: Free for students with advanced registration; $15 KCC members; $20 general. Register here.
UofL's Sustainability Council is proud to host the 2020 Kentucky Conservation Committee (KCC) Annual Meeting and Legislative Summit, featuring detailed information for conservation audiences on Kentucky's 2020 Legislative Session. KCC works to protect Kentucky’s land, air, water and biodiversity by working on legislative solutions in Frankfort. We are looking forward to a GREAT meeting, with the latest news and opportunities to learn about conservation issues all around Kentucky. Legislative experts will be on hand to answer your most pressing questions on energy, public lands, biodiversity, climate change and more. Registered participants will receive detailed advance briefs on key sessions.

Proposed Schedule, subject to updates:

9:00-9:15 am: Registration

9:15-9:30 am: KCC Welcome – Benjamin Knoll, KCC President; Lane Boldman, KCC Exec. Director

9:30 am-10:30 am

State Legislative Panel

A bipartisan panel of Representatives and Senators will answer your questions about the General Assembly and key current conservation issues. Panelists: Senator Paul Hornback, Senator Morgan McGarvey.

10:30 am-11:30 am
Presentation on the State Budget: Kentucky Center for Economic Policy
This year is a budget session in the Kentucky Legislature. Learn the basics about how the budget is formed, and this issue will be of particular importance for land conservation funding, water infrastructure and fees for electric vehicles. So this will be designed to expand your knowledge on how the budget is formed and how it is adopted.
Presenter: Pam Thomas, Senior Fellow with the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.

KCC will also include information relating to the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund and budget threats.

11:30 am-11:45 am: Participants pick up lunch (in lobby), and return to plenary room for lunchtime program and KCC Board Election

11:45 am-12:45 pm

Lunchtime Program: 2020 Legislative Session Overview: Legislative Agents will be on hand to preview bills for the upcoming session.

Presenters: Lane Boldman, Randy Strobo of Kentucky Conservation Committee, Tom FitzGerald of Kentucky Resources Council.

12:45-2:00 pm - Special Keynote: Heather Hurlburt, Director of New Models of Policy Change

Heather is the director of the New Models of Policy Change project at New America's Political Reform program. Hurlburt leads research into how policy advocacy can adapt to be effective in our current environment of intense political polarization and guides advocates and funders seeking to navigate politics effectively on behalf of policy solutions on issues such as national security and climate change.

2:00-2:10 Break

2:10-3:40 pm - "Civic Engagement, Pipelines and Property Rights" plus special update on Bernheim Forest/Pipeline Controversy

Learn how legislation such as anti-protest bills for key infrastructure (such as gas and oil pipelines) are shaping the environmental landscape. Includes panel with representatives of national conservation groups, the Kentucky Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and special guests from Bernheim Arboretum, which is currently dealing with pipeline encroachment.

Special Guests: Maggie Ellinger-Locke, Greenpeace Staff Attorney. Mark Wourms/Andrew Berry with Bernheim Forest, and representatives from the Ky. ACLU.

3:40-4:00 pm

Outcomes from the Climate and Biodiversity Summit

Earlier this year, the Kentucky Conservation Committee, along with partners from Kentucky Heartwood, LiKEN Knowledge, Center for Biological Diversity and Dogwood Alliance held a conference focused on biodiversity and climate change in the Upper Cumberland River watershed. We will present a summary of the conference and detail opportunities to support our wild habitats, and options for policy solutions.

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4 pm: Closing/Wrap up

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