ALEC to Hold 30th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC; Schedule of Events

7/30/2003

From: Bob Adams of the American Legislative Exchange Council, 202-997-4858, 202-742-8516

News Advisory:

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) will hold its 30th Annual Meeting from July 30 - August 2 in the nation's capital. The Meeting will take place at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC (2660 Woodley Road, NW).

Featured speakers include Vice President Dick Cheney; U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge; Colorado Governor Bill Owens; former U.S. Congressman J.C. Watts, Jr.; Washington, DC, Mayor Anthony Williams; David Horowitz; and many others.

Over 2,000 people will attend this year's Annual Meeting, which has been described as "the largest gathering of conservatives held each year." Those attending the ALEC meeting will include state and national leaders, senior business executives, leading public policy experts, and members of the media. ALEC is the nation's largest individual membership organization of Democratic and Republican state legislators.

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Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Event: Opening Lunch - Address by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge; Remarks by Robert Essner, chairman, president and CEO, Wyeth

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Location: Marriott Ballroom

Event: Workshop -- Disorder in the Court: The Problem, the Solution, and Communicating the Message

This workshop will focus on the current and emerging targets of 'regulation through litigation' and what legislators can do to reverse this destructive trend.

Speakers: -- Doug Bandow, senior fellow at the CATO Institute and the ALEC James Madison Scholar

-- Victor E. Schwartz, partner in the law firm of Shook, Hardy, & Bacon, L.L.P., and Civil Justice Task Force Public Chair

-- Speaker William J. Howell, speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, Moderator

-- Hon. Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma State Senate and Civil Justice Task Force Public Chair

Time: 1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Location: Virginia Suite

Event: Workshop - Homeland Security: The Challenge to the States

This workshop discusses the unique challenge of states to provide security for our citizens while protecting civil liberties.

Speakers:

-- Rick Story, senior VP and secretary of the U.S. Sportsmans' Alliance

-- Kip Howlett, Chlorine Chemistry Council

-- Nick Nichols, Dezenhall Communications Management Group, LTD

Time: 1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Location: Maryland Suite

Event: Workshop - The Real Impact of School Choice

This workshop will explore the growing efforts to increase parental choice in education.

Speakers:

-- Washington D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams

-- Patrick Wolf, associate professor, Georgetown University Colorado Senator Bob Hagedorn

-- Robert Enlow, Milton & Rose Friedman Foundation

Time: 3 - 4:15 p.m.

Location: Virginia Suite

Event: Workshop - Crisis in State Spending

This workshop discusses ways states can balance their budgets without raising taxes.

Speakers:

-- William Vedder, global director for Deloitte Research

-- Bob Williams, president and co-founder of the Evergreen Freedom Foundation

-- Dr. Richard Vedder, ALEC adjunct scholar

-- Ruthie Ford, E-Texas

-- Bill Smith, Pfizer

Time: 3 - 4:15 p.m.

Location: Maryland Suite

Date: Thursday, July 31, 2003

Event: Breakfast - Debate on Global Warming: Daniel Lashof of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) & Patrick Michaels of the CATO Institute

Time: 8 - 9:15 a.m.

Location: Marriott Ballroom

Event: Workshop - Energy Sustainability: The Impact of Carbon Dioxide Policy on Energy Markets

This Workshop will present details on the Bush Administration's Clear Skies Initiative to improve ambient air quality.

Speakers:

-- Eugene Trisko, attorney

-- Marlo Lewis, Jr., Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute

-- Georgia Senator Joseph Brush, Moderator

-- Jeffrey Holmstead, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, EPA

Time: 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Location: Maryland Suite

Event: Workshop - Critical Issues in Prescription Drugs: Medicare Reform, Re-importation, and the Maine Rx Decision

This Workshop will examine Medicare reform, re-importation, and the Main Rx decision

Speakers:

-- Dr. Robert Moffit, director of the Center for Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation

-- Dr. Merrill Matthews, visiting scholar, Institute for Policy Innovation

-- Jan Faiks, assistant general counsel at PhRMA

Time: 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Location: Virginia Suite

Event: Workshop - Environmental Health: The Suppression of Science in Policy Making

This workshop will explore the permeation of the Precautionary Principle in regulation and cite two case studies of the suppression of science in the role of smokeless tobacco research and air quality.

Speakers:

-- Joel Schwartz, adjunct fellow, American Enterprise Institute

-- Steven Milloy, founder and publisher of Junkscience.com, CATO Institute adjunct scholar

-- Dr. John R. Kalmar, Ohio State University

-- Arizona Representative Cheryl Chase, moderator

Time: 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Location: Maryland Suite

Event: Workshop - Preserving Market Competition in the Technology Age

This Workshop discusses a rising trend to grant anti-competitive preference to open source software --- essentially rejecting proprietary software.

Speakers:

-- Mario Correa, Business Software Alliance

-- Steve DelBianco Association for Competitive Technology

-- Robert Kramer, Initiative for Software Choice

-- Mac-Anthony Signorino, AeA

Time: 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Location: Virginia Suite

Event: Luncheon - The Honorable J.C. Watts, Jr.

Time: 12:30 - 2:15 p.m.

Location: Marriott Ballroom

Event: Thomas Jefferson Freedom Award Banquet - Vice President Dick Cheney

Time: 5:45 - 8 p.m.

Location: Marriott Ballroom

Date: Friday, August 1, 2003

Event: Breakfast - Address by David Horowitz; Address by U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Larry Hereth (Director of Port Security)

Time: 8 - 9:15 a.m.

Location: Marriott Ballroom

Event: Workshop - Pharmaceutical Costs: Trends and Information from Private Sector Practices

The workshop will provide information on the trends in the private sector regarding pharmacy management including information on what has worked and what hasn't been successful.

Speakers:

-- Dr. Edward Hughes, Northwestern University

-- Dr. Bridget Eber, Hewitt's national Pharmacy Benefits practice

-- Dr. Robert Garis, Creighton University

Time: 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Location: Virginia Suite

Event: Workshop - Barriers to E-Commerce

This workshop examines the roles of government and industry in charting the course of electronic commerce.

Speakers:

-- Jim Harper, principal, PolicyCounsel.com

-- Lisa Hicks-Thomas, assistant attorney general (VA), Computer Crimes Unit Director

-- Adams Thierer, director of telecommunications studies at the CATO Institute

-- Gerard J. Lewis, Jr., senior counsel & chief privacy officer, Comcast Cable Communications, Inc.

Time: 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Location: Maryland Suite

Event: Workshop - Post 9/11: Public Records and the Privacy Debate

This workshop will discuss access to public records in the context of Post 9/11, privacy, and identity theft.

Speakers:

-- Virginia Delegate Jeannemarie Devolites

-- Jane E. Kirtley, University of Minnesota

-- Sheila Colclasure, Acxiom's Business Leader for Privacy Practices and Solutions

-- Virginia Delegate Terry Kilgore, moderator

Time: 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Location: Virginia Suite

Event: Workshop - Federalism: An 18th Century Solution to a 21st Century Problem

This workshop will argue that not only is federalism relevant today but also provides the solution to many current public policy quandaries.

Speakers:

-- Michael Greve, American Enterprise Institute

-- Hon. Chris Heaton-Harris, MEP

-- Hon. Roger Helmer, MEP

-- Congressman John A. Culberson, TX

Time: 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Location: Maryland Suite

Event: Luncheon -Address by Colorado Governor Bill Owens; Remarks by Robert Ingram, COO & president of Pharmaceutical Operations, GlaxoSmithKline

Time: 12:30 - 2:15 p.m.

Location: Marriott Ballroom

For more information, media may contact Bob Adams at (202) 742-8516.











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