Lawmakers, state leaders on tap for LegCon

The Indiana Statehouse in downtown Indianapolis (IL file photo)

Policymakers, leaders in state government and other influential voices in the Hoosier State will gather at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis on Friday for the 31st annual Dentons Legislative Conference.

The conference, known as “LegCon,” will feature sessions ranging from economic forecasts, legislative leadership and higher education to the impacts of the Inflation Reduction Act, utilities, energy and gaming.

Additionally, the event will feature a “fireside chat” between Gov. Eric Holcomb and Toby McClamroch, Dentons US Region managing partner.

“The Dentons Legislative Conference serves as a forum for Indiana’s leaders to discuss key issues facing Hoosiers in the coming year and beyond,” McClamroch said in a statement. “This year, as we look ahead to what’s next, it is important to consider the rapid and constant changes taking place locally, nationally and globally, and how this accelerating pace will impact our State.”

Inside INdiana Business, which is owned by Indiana Lawyer parent company IBJ Media, is sponsoring the event.

The conference is approved for 6.5 credits from the Indiana Office of Admissions & Continuing Education, including 1.0 ethics credit. Registration can be done online.

A full list of the panel speakers and the agenda for Friday is below. Panel moderators are indicated with the * symbol.

Education (7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.)

  • Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis
  • Sen. J.D. Ford, D-Indianapolis
  • Katie Jenner, Indiana secretary of education
  • Sen. Jeff Raatz, R-Richmond
  • *Caryl Auslander, Torchbearer Public Affairs

Mental Health Task Force (8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.)

  • Kevin Rudd, Recovery Centers of America
  • Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch
  • Ryan Kaczka, CEO, LetsHelp
  • Mayor Steve McMichael, New Haven
  • *Jake Bonifield, of counsel, Dentons

E-Sports/Gaming (9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.)

  • Greg Small, executive director, Indiana Gaming Commission
  • Sen. Jon Ford, R-Terre Haute
  • Matt Bell, president, Casino Association of Indiana
  • Ed Feigenbaum, editor, Indiana Gaming Insight
  • *Joe Champion, partner, Dentons

Fiscal Leadership (10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.)

  • Cris Johnston, director, Indiana Office of Management & Budget
  • Rep. Greg Porter, D-Indianapolis
  • Rep. Hal Slager, R-Schererville
  • Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle
  • Michael Hicks, director, Ball State University Center for Business & Economic Research
  • *Robin Winston, The Winston/Terrell Group

Luncheon/fireside chat with Holcomb: 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Legislative Leadership (1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.)

  • Sen. Chris Garten, R-Charlestown, Indiana Senate majority floor leader
  • Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, Indiana House majority floor leader
  • Senate Democratic Leader Greg Taylor, D-Indianapolis
  • House Democratic Leader Phil GiaQuinta, D-Fort Wayne
  • *Caryl Auslander

Utilities & Energy (2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

  • Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso
  • Sen. Eric Koch, R-Bedford
  • Kristina Lund, president and CEO, AES Indiana and AES Ohio
  • *Dave McGimpsey, partner, Dentons

Cannabis Legalization & Regulation (2:30 pm. to 3:30 p.m.)

  • Sen. Rodney Pol, D-Chesterton
  • Matt Roman, director of government relations, Stash Ventures LLC
  • Hannah King, partner, Dentons
  • *Joe Champion

Legal Ethics (2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

  • Tiffany Mulligan, chief of staff/chief legal counsel, Office of the Indiana Inspector General
  • Ed Ferguson, executive director, Indiana Lobby Registration Commission

Media Panel (3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

  • Oseye Boyd, public engagement editor, The Indianapolis Star
  • Lindsey Erdody, associate editor, Axios Local
  • Adam Wren, national politics correspondent, Politico
  • *Ebony Chappel, director of programs and communication, Leadership Indianapolis

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