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Governor Snyder Keynotes MSAE's Legislative Public Policy Conference Bookmark

Plan now to attend this important event on February 16, 2016, and invite your members as well.
For the third year in a row, Governor Rick Snyder will kick off MSAE’s Legislative and Public Policy Conference, the premier and most provocative legislative and public policy conference in Lansing. The conference is slated for Tuesday, Feb. 16 at the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol.

As association executives, MSAE’s Legislative and Public Policy Conference is a must-attend event. It provides an intimate and engaging environment to interact, share expertise, and ask questions of those responsible for executing and creating public policy. In addition, you can find partners for collaboration and obtain a comprehensive viewpoint on the issues. You’ll leave equipped to share late-breaking news to members of your association.

Fresh off his budget presentation to the Joint Appropriations Committee to the Michigan legislature, Governor Snyder will share his current priorities for FY 2016 and what’s in store for FY 2017. Come hear first-hand the celebrations and challenges facing Michigan and its potential impact on the association industry.

During the Legislative and Public Policy Conference, the Quadrant Leaders panel — featuring House Speaker Kevin Cotter, House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel, Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, and Senate Democratic Leader Jim Ananich — tackles the issues of criminal justice spending, energy, auto insurance, FY 2017 budget, and more.

This interactive and engaging conference use mobile technology to ask questions of the media pundits and poll the audience on everything from the Flint water crisis, higher education, and K-12 education to infrastructure and other policy imperatives facing Michigan. This year, our media pundits include Tim Skubick, capitol correspondent; Bill Ballenger; Kyle Melinn, Michigan Information and Research Services; and Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press.

Absent a crystal ball, we still ponder what’s in store for Michigan’s future in light of Election 2018. Former Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville and former Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer share their solutions-based insights and concerns.

What’s happening in Detroit? Is it truly making a comeback? Hear first-hand from Larry Alexander, president and CEO of the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau, why Detroit is being dubbed America’s comeback city.

In light of the rising death toll from drug overdoses, what is Michigan doing to combat prescription drugs and opiates? Hear testimonies and experiences from those combating this crisis. The featured panel includes The Honorable Bill Schuette, Michigan Attorney General (invited); Sheriff Michael Bouchard, Oakland County; The Honorable Donald Allen, Ingham County District Judge; Alina Branscumbe, Wellness Inx; and Theresa Stokes, Wellness Inx.

Election 2016 is fast approaching, and once again, Michigan is relevant to the presidential primary. As a part of the preconference, MSAE has invited the presidential candidates and their representatives to share their platform and relevance to associations. Michigan’s primary takes place Tuesday, March 8.

“As a former chairperson of MSAE’s Legislative and Public Policy Conference, I can truly say it is the premier legislative and public policy conference in Lansing,” says Kris Nicholoff, executive director and CEO of the Michigan Osteopathic Association. “In fact, we have adopted MSAE’s Legislative and Public Policy Conference and made it our own by encouraging our own members to attend.”

In addition to MSAE’s members, MSAE’s Legislative and Public Policy Conference is open to government relations, education professionals, and policy wonks. Finally, MSAE members can extend their member rate for this conference to members in their association. So, you can bring your board, executive committee, government relations team, political action committee, etc. For more information or to register, please visit or call 517-332-6723.

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