About the Conference

This December, join us in Washington, D.C. for a gathering of progressive state legislators from across the nation!

At the conference, SiX will connect lawmakers with their colleagues from all 50 states to discuss the past legislative session, share best practices, and prepare for a productive year in 2017. Come explore policy ideas, discuss pressing issues that state legislatures are facing, and expand your knowledge and skill set in workshops, briefings, and other issue-oriented gatherings.

Registration

Registration for the SiX Legislator Conference is now open.

While legislators may still register to attend the conference, the deadline to apply for travel scholarship and hotel accommodations closed on November 17th. SiX cannot guarantee scholarship and hotel accommodations to anyone that registers at this point.

Legislators interested in receiving hotel accommodations and travel scholarships who register after the November 17th deadline can be placed on a waitlist in the event of cancellations.

The pre-registration window closed at the end of the day on August 31st.

New Legislator Bootcamp

SiX will be hosting a day-long program for new legislators. SiX welcomes legislators who just recently won a seat in the November election and those who have been elected to office through a special election in the past year.

The new legislator bootcamp will start on the evening on Saturday, December 3rd and will run throughout the day on Sunday, December 4th. Those legislators will then participate in the full conference program that begins on Sunday evening.

Registering for the new legislator bootcamp will also include registration for the main SiX Legislator Conference program. You do not need to fill out an additional ticket for the main conference.

While legislators may still register to attend the bootcamp and conference, the deadline to apply for travel scholarship and hotel accommodations closed on November 17th. Legislators interested in receiving hotel accommodations and travel scholarships who register after the November 17th deadline can be placed on a waitlist in the event of cancellations.

2016 Conference Schedule

Saturday, Dec. 3rd  

  • Newly elected legislators arrive.
  • New Legislator Informal Gathering, TBD.

Sunday, Dec. 4th (closed session)

  • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm: Bootcamp for newly elected legislators: This first-of-its-kind training will provide first-term legislators with training on critical governing skills and concepts as well as an introduction to core progressive policy issues.
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Opening Reception.

Monday, Dec. 5th

  • 8:00 am – 5:30 pm: Plenary presentations providing political, legislative, and policy overview and breakout sessions on key issues heading into 2017. Tentative topics include: post-election debrief, economic messaging, voting and democracy, racial justice and movement-building, climate change, sexual assault survivors’ rights, LGBTQ equality, tapping into the progressive infrastructure, communications training, and more!
  • 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm: Dinner Reception.

Tuesday, Dec. 6th (legislators only)

  • 8:00 am – 1:30 pm: Panel presentations and strategy discussions on a core set of policy proposals. Topics TBD
  • 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Legislator-only Strategy Breakouts: Topics TBD

Scholarships

SiX provides scholarships to cover legislators’ travel to and from the conference. Scholarships are reserved for state legislators (including those new legislators participating in the New Legislator Bootcamp) who participate in the entirety of the conference program. Travel scholarships are non-transferable.

Legislators who registered during the pre-registration window – which closed on August 31st – are eligible for a travel scholarship of up to $400.00. Legislators who registered on or after September 1st and before November 17th are eligible for scholarships of up to $350.00.

The deadline to apply for travel scholarship closed on November 17th. SiX cannot guarantee scholarship for anyone that registers at this point. However, legislators interested in receiving travel scholarships who register after the November 17th deadline can request through the conference registration form to be placed on the waitlist for scholarship in the event of cancellations.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about the conference travel scholarship.

Click here to download the Travel Reimbursement Form. Please make sure to download the form before filling it out – otherwise your data may not be saved.

Hotel

SiX is able to provide hotel accommodations for those legislators that registered before the November 17th deadline. SiX will be able to provide and cover the cost of hotel accommodations at the Omni Shoreham for the main conference evenings of Sunday, December 4th and Monday, December 5th.

For legislators participating in the New Legislator Bootcamp, SiX will be able to provide and cover the cost of accommodations for the evening of Saturday, December 3rd, in addition to December 4th and 5th.

The deadline to apply for hotel accommodations within the SiX room block at the Omni Shoreham Hotel ended on November 17th. However, legislators interested in receiving hotel accommodations within the SiX room block who register for the conference after the November 17th deadline can request through the conference registration form to be placed on the waitlist for hotel accommodations in the event of cancellations.

State Innovation Exchange (SiX) Media Policy

All media attending the SiX National Legislator Conference must have the proper credentials provided in advance through the SiX press registration. To request media access, please contact SiX Press Secretary Margaret Ann Morgan at margaretann@stateinnovation.org. SiX maintains the right to grant and/or rescind access to all conference events and activities.

“Media” or “press” is defined as an individual who works for a public news organization, newspaper, magazine, television or radio station, or online news outlet. This does not include personal blogs or outlets funded by an individual, political candidate or party, or activist/lobbying organization.

Members of the media wishing to attend any conference event or activity must request access/RSVP in advance. On-site requests will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Not all events/activities are open to the press, and access to any event/activity is granted at the sole discretion of SiX communications staff or their designees.

SiX will not allow delegates, alternates, or observers to register as “media” for the purpose of attending SiX events.

The following terms and conditions apply to all members of the media attending the SiX conference or related events.

Terms and Conditions

• Only members of the media may obtain media credentials, and you cannot be otherwise registered for the conference in another capacity.
• SiX media credentials must be visible at all times.
• No materials may be distributed by members of the media directly to legislators, legislative staff, or attendees of the SiX conference.
• All requests to record audio or video of any conference activity for the purpose of rebroadcasting must be approved by SiX communications staff in advance. Video recordings of breakout sessions/panels are not permitted without prior approval, including via cell phone or handheld video devices.
• SiX media credentials are not transferable and can be revoked at any time.
• All SiX publications, including PDFs, are the copyrighted property of SiX and may not be reproduced, uploaded, or distributed in any way in their entirety without prior approval from SiX.
• SiX has the right to remove individuals from a meeting or function who do not abide by the above terms and conditions, including those who have already been granted access.

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PHOTOS FROM THE 2015 CONFERENCE

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Photos by Bill Simmons.