KCC Annual Meeting
and Legislative Summit 2020

Thanks to all who came! See conference presentations and materials below

See Keynote Speaker Heather Hurlburt, Director of New Models of Policy Change for New America’s political reform program HERE.

Sessions were held at the Shumaker Research Building at the University of Louisville Campus, 2210 S. Brook Street, Louisville, Room 139. Paid parking available at the Speed Museum garage, and Floyd Street Garage. Parking in campus permit lots (blue and green lots) are free on weekends.


Registration Options:

  • All-Day Option: You may register for the full day, all sessions for only $20 donation (includes lunch).
  • KCC Member Discount:Current KCC members can attend all sessions for $15 donation (includes lunch)
  • Student Registration: students may attend for free with advance registration, lunch included. Limit: 15.
  • Register Here at this link

Sponsored by The Kentucky Conservation Committee and University of Louisville Office of Sustainability.

Note: Documents marked with * will be provided at the conference.


How to Get There

The sessions will start at the Shumaker Research Building at the University of Louisville Campus, 2210 S. Brook Street, Louisville, Room 139. Paid parking available at the Speed Museum garage, and Floyd Street Garage. Parking in campus permit lots (blue and green lots) are free on weekends.


Agenda:

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: State Senator Morgan McGarvey, State Representatives Tina Bojanowski, Mary Lou Marzian, Lisa Willner.


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.

KCC Board Election: Current members, please fill out your ballot (provided at registration table).


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:
Randy Strobo, Lane Boldman 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 Presentations plus Panel Discussion- Land Conservation/Energy Infrastructure

Presentation #1: Special update on Bernheim Forest/Pipeline Controversy (30 min)

We will start this session with an update on the recent controversy involving Bernheim Forest and Arboretum, which is currently dealing with pipeline encroachment issues affecting their plans for a major wildlife corridor.

Presentation #2: Civil Liberties, Pipelines and Property Rights (30 min)

Learn how gas and oil pipelines, and other “critical infrastructure” are becoming a greater controversy between environmentalists and lawmakers, creating more threats to civil liberties. Learn more about HB44 and similar “Right to Protest” bills.

Panel Discussion (30 min): Q&A panel with all segment presenters

Special Guests: Maggie Ellinger-Locke, Greenpeace Staff Attorney. Mark Wourms/Andrew Berry with Bernheim Forest, and Corey Shapiro, legal director 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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