Schafer to take part in Midwestern Legislative Conference

Schafer to take part in Midwestern Legislative Conference District 17 Rep. Donna Schafer, Vermillion will be meeting with fellow Midwestern lawmakers for a four-day gathering designed to provide information and foster discussions on issues of critical importance to the region.

As a participant in the 58th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Legislative Conference, Schafer will exchange ideas and participate in numerous public policy sessions. Planned topics include the future of regional environmental policy, containing Medicaid costs and the changing nature of state-federal relations. This year's meeting will be held Aug. 24-27 in Milwaukee.

Several speakers will complement the various committee meetings and panel discussions scheduled for the event. Best-selling author Michael Beschloss, called "the nation's leading presidential historian" by Newsweek magazine, will speak on "Leadership in Times of Crisis." NBC News' award-winning Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski also will address meeting attendees. His speech, "The U.S. Role in Global Politics," will examine American foreign relations in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the war with Iraq.

The Midwestern Legislative Conference is an association of all legislators in the region's 11 states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The Canadian provinces of Ontario and Saskatchewan are affiliate members.

The Midwestern Office of The Council of State Governments (CSG) staffs the conference. CSG is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that assists and advances state government by providing research assistance, professional development opportunities, interstate consulting services and suggested state legislation. The national organization is headquartered in Lexington, KY, and has regional offices in Lombard (Chicago), IL, Atlanta, New York and San Francisco.

The MLC's Annual Meeting is funded by a combination of registration fees and donations from the private sector.

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