April 6 - April 8th, 2021

Special Livestream Event


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DAY 1 - Tuesday, April 6th

9:00 a.m. MDT

Conference Welcome - Scott Paul, Interim Director, CCS


9:10 a.m. MDT

Federalism in Practice

“Combating a Pandemic: Is Federalism the Problem or Solution?” - Mark Rozell 


10:30 a.m. MDT

Voting and Elections

“Voting, Elections, and Federalism: The States’ Perspective” - John Dinan

“Voting, Elections, and Federalism: The Federal Government Perspective” - Alan Tarr

Moderating: Andrew Bibby


1:00 p.m. MDT

Federalism in Practice

“Federalism: America’s System for Competitiveness and Sustainability” - Akram Elias

Moderator: Samuel Hill


2:30 p.m. MDT

Federalism and the American Founding

“The Founders’ Understanding of American Federalism” - Allen Guelzo,


3:30 p.m. MDT

Ideologies of Federalism

"Ideologies of Federalism: A Historical Perspective” - Alison LaCroix,

Moderator: Kendra Savage

DAY 2 - Wednesday, April 7th

9:00 a.m. MDT

Federalism and the Constitution 2021
“Summary of Challenges and Opportunities for States”
- Jennifer Selin
“Federalism as a Constitutional Principle” - Ernest Young
Moderator: Samuel Hill

11:00 a.m. MDT

Fiscal Federalism and Economic Recovery
“Importance of States in Economic Recovery”
- Brian Domitrovic
“United States Fiscal Federalism” - Erica Mackellar
Moderator: Andrew Bibby


1:00 p.m. MDT

CCS Federalism Index Project Update
“Federalism Index 2.0: Updates and Projects for 2021”
- Andrew Bibby
“Mapping Federalism: State Organizations Around the World” - Kendra Savage
“Constitutional Knowledge: Foundation for the Republic” - Samuel Hill

2:00 p.m. MDT

“The Role of Federalism in Addressing Education Challenges:

Who is Responsible for Making College More Affordable?” - Austin Reid
“Federalism and Education Policy: Equity, Accountability, and Innovation” - Kenneth Wong
Moderator: Troy Smith

3:30 p.m. MDT

Energy Policy
“State & Federal Policies in the Evolving Energy Sector”
- Kristy Hartmann
Moderator: Andrew Bibby 

DAY 3 - Thursday, April 8th

9:00 a.m. MDT

Functional Federalism in Historical Perspective
Rob W. Bishop, Former Utah Congressman 
Mike O. Leavitt, Former Utah Governor
Moderator: LaVarr Web


11:00 a.m. MDT

Roles and Resources for Effective Intergovernmental Relations
“NCSL and You: Strengthening the Legislative Institution”
- Stacy Householder
"Strengthening the State-Federal Relationship: An Overview of Recent Regional Efforts.” - Edgar Ruiz
“A Coordinated State Response Is the Best Way to Address Federal Overreach-ALEC Can Help” - Karla Jones,
“Looking to the States for Government Solutions” - Gary R. Herbert, Former Utah Governor
Moderator: Samuel Hill

12:30 p.m. MDT

Federalism in Practice
“Do We Need a New Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (ACIR)

or Something Similar to It?” - John Kincaid
Moderator: Andrew Bibby

3:00 p.m. MDT

Functional Federalism: A Collaborative Framework
Scott K. Saiki, Hawaii State Representative 
Keven J. Stratton, Utah State Representative 
Karen Mayne, Utah State Senator
Moderator, Ken Ivory

The Federalism Index 2.0 is going live.


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