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Arriving on Sunday? Stop by the registration desk from 1-5pm to pick up your badge & attendee packet.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Invitation Event

The Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council (RFLC)
Invitation-only session. Please contact Kelly Baden at kelly@stateinnovation.org for more information.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Invitation Event

The SiX Democracy Project Strategy Meeting
Invitation-only session. Please contact Sean Hinga at sean@stateinnovation.org for more information.

Monday, December 3, 2018
9:00am – 9:45am

Registration/Breakfast opens at 7:30am

Welcome to the 5th Annual SiX Legislator Conference
Jessie Ulibarri, Executive Director

Monday, December 3, 2018
9:45am – 10:15am

Registration/Breakfast opens at 7:30am


Building Power for Working Families in a Post Janus World
Despite the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, unions are united in their fight for the right to join together and organize on the job. And the movement is now stronger than ever. This plenary will cover what innovative approaches progressive state legislators can take to advance workers’ rights, support working families, and build an economy that works for everyone.

Breakout Sessions (Choose 1)
10:30am – 11:30am

Creating Effective Office Systems, Staff, and Budgets
Come hear from colleagues and experienced staff about the important questions to consider when setting up your office and entering the legislative session. Ask the experts all your questions about best practices, building a strong, diverse staff, and managing your budget and schedule.

The Future of Roe v Wade: Abortion Access in the States
With our constitutional right to abortion at its greatest risk in 45 years, states must step up to protect our rights – and many already are. In this session, national experts will offer examples of how states are responding, regardless of their political climate, and share details on coordinated national actions in 2019 to truly reflect the 71% of Americans who support Roe v. Wade.

Working with Small Businesses to Create Powerful Progressive Change
Working with the small business community is a key element in passing progressive policies that create lasting change. Hear from lawmakers and small business advocates about the role legislators play in developing coalitions to advance pro-worker policies like higher wages, paid sick days, and minority-led economic development.

Plenary Lunch
11:45am – 1:15pm


Plenary: The Fight for Families: Progressive Workplace Policies that Work
Workplace policies have not evolved to reflect the changes in our society over the last 50 years. Learn from experts and fellow legislators about policies to support working families, including paid sick days and paid family leave. The panel will also discuss ways to improve existing policies, implementation, and outreach.

Breakout Sessions (Choose 1)
1:30pm – 2:30pm

Expanding Voter Access and Securing Our Elections
Some powerful politicians and extremists have spent the better part of two decades trying to suppress the vote. This panel will look at proactive policy options to make voting more accessible for all citizens, as well as how to ensure safe and secure elections against outside attacks from those who wish to undermine the integrity of our democracy.

Fighting for Immigrant Justice – the Policy and the Politics
State and national immigration advocates will discuss effective defensive approaches against attacks on immigrant communities as well as strategies to move the fight for immigrant justice forward at the state level. Panelists will cover recent polling and research from across the country, provide messaging best practices, and share how legislators can strengthen coalitions to advance immigrant justice in state legislatures.

Reaching Constituents Early, Often, and Effectively
Strong relationships with your constituents are key to advancing a progressive agenda and building legislative success. Learn how to create consistent, effective outreach including canvassing, townhalls, mailings and more from successful legislators and experienced staff.

Breakout Sessions (Choose 1)
3:00pm – 4:00pm

Bridging the Divide: Connecting Rural and Urban Americans through Healthy Farm and Food Policy
Healthy food and sustainable agriculture policies present opportunities to build alliances between urban and rural districts. Our panel of experts will examine innovative policy approaches to agriculture that enhance the local environment and provide healthy economic development for all communities.

Facebook for State Legislators: Tools, Tips, and Best Practices
Come learn from the head of Facebook’s U.S. Politics & Government Outreach department about how to post engaging content, grow your network, and build your brand. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn how to make the most of your Facebook presence to connect directly with constituents.

Protecting Our Water – State Solutions for a National Crisis
Access to clean, safe water is a basic necessity that is at risk from pollution, failing infrastructure, and weakened regulations. The health and economic impacts of water are great and now you can learn how state lawmakers and advocates are tackling issues like PFAS and lead contamination, polluter accountability, and threats to our waterways.

General Session
4:15pm – 5:00pm

SiX Overview and Toolbox of Resources; Looking Ahead to 2019
SiX is here to support you and the issues you care about. This workshop will detail all the tools and resources available to you through the SiX network. That includes exciting initiatives such as the Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council, the Democracy Project, the #FightingforFamilies Week of Action, and our vision for ensuring progressive victories for years to come. 


SiX Networking Reception
5:00pm – 6:00pm

Join attendees and SiX Staff for a networking reception. (Attendees only. Remember to bring your SiX Conference badge for entry to the event.)

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
8:45am -10:15am

Registration/Breakfast opens at 7:30am

Plenary: Building Progressive Power with Unified Agendas
Unified agendas are powerful tools to build consensus, demonstrate strength and vision, and deliver lasting change. This session will go behind the scenes to discuss the best practices for creating a strong unified agenda for your state. Panelists will discuss strategies for polling, coalition building, effective communications, and how this can help get policy goals over the finish line.

Breakout Sessions (Choose 1)
10:45am – 11:45am

Helping Workers Get What They’ve Earned – Discussion on Overtime Expansion, Wage Theft and Workers Rights
Too often, hard-working people have their wages stolen by employers who refuse to pay the promised wage, the legally required wage, or sometimes any wage at all. This panel will focus on policy and system reforms to improve the lives of working people in the United States, including advancing reforms to hold employers accountable for wage theft; organizing low-wage workers to negotiate for better workplace conditions; and policy options to expand overtime eligibility.

#MeToo: Turning the Headlines into Action
We’ve all been horrified by the sexual assault and harassment revelations, but what should we do now? Hear from experts and states legislators on how states have begun to grapple with approaches both inside and outside state capitols, using victim-centered solutions that provide protections for victims and proactive measures that keep our capitols and other workplaces safe.

Navigating Strategic Partnerships with Demands
How do we make decisions pragmatically to win but also show our stakeholders that we value their mission and work? Hear from expert negotiators, seasoned legislative leadership and others about navigating delicate relationships with caucus stakeholders and allies.

Networking Activity

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Networking Activity: Something Red, Something Blue, Something Purple, Something New
Whether your state is dominated by conservatives, under solid progressive control, somewhere in between–or you are brand new to the legislature–you are not alone. This session will allow you to connect with similarly-situated lawmakers to hear how they have navigated various scenarios, to exchange ideas, and to build relationships that will benefit you throughout your career.

Breakout Sessions (Choose 1)
1:45pm – 2:45pm

Is Your State Ready for Redistricting?
Rigged redistricting processes across the country have created legislative and Congressional maps that weaken our democracy, favor one party over another, reduce competitive elections, and limit the voices of our communities. Now, progressives are fighting back. This panel explores the legal and policy developments shaping the next redistricting cycle and strategies for how to prepare your state to undertake fair redistricting after the 2020 census.

Racial Justice in Legislative Affairs – Defining Our Values and Sticking to Them!
Leaders from across the country will share their stories about fighting white supremacy through their values in legislation and public policy—learn what works and what doesn’t and how you can make the fight for racial justice front and center in your state.

Red for Ed and Demanding K-12 Education Solutions
This panel features legislators and education experts discussing the state of K-12 education in the states. Learn how legislators in states with recent teacher demonstrations worked with those movements, current threats and opportunities for public education, and the latest strategy and messaging to promote public education.

Breakout Sessions (Choose 1)
3:15pm – 4:15pm

Preventing Gun Violence
Come hear from legislators and experts about how states can address gun violence. Experts will provide policy examples and strategies to support commonsense gun safety legislation. Legislators will discuss experiences in their states, how they overcame barriers, and how they framed this issue for success.

The Fight for Affordable Health Care: Innovative Strategies on Medicaid, Prescription Drugs, and More
State policymakers are stepping up to tackle rising health care costs, increase access, and implement Medicaid programs. This panel will explore passed legislation to improve health care affordability and access from the policymakers and advocates who championed them.

Using State Budgets to Advance Progressive Values
The state budget is one of the most important ways state legislatures can improve quality of life for their residents. This panel will discuss how to shape state spending to advance progressive values and fight for a range of policies including health care, education, and pro-worker economic development.

Closing Keynote
4:30pm – 5:00pm

Closing Keynote

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