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League Capitol Conference

June 8 June 9

Overnight reservations are available at the Hilton Harrisburg for $169. Parking is available in the connecting Walnut Street Garage. Please use the link below to make your reservation or call: 717-233-6000 and use Group Code: I0TL6. Overnight reservations are available until May 17 or the group room block is sold-out. Check-in is: 3:00 p.m. and check-out is: 12:00 noon. The deadline to cancel overnight reservations is 72-hours prior to arrival. If you have any questions regarding overnight accommodations, please contact Mary Costik, Meeting Manager, at (717) 236-9469 ext. *232.


Capitol Conference Program Agenda

Wednesday, June 8

10:00 a.m.Registration Opens

All sessions and meals are in the York Ballroom (2nd Floor) unless otherwise noted.
12:00 Noon
Lunch & Welcome
League President Danene Sorace, Mayor, City of Lancaster
League Executive Director John Brenner
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.Local Government Preemption
Speaker: Dr. Francesca Weaks, State Campaign Consultant, Local Solutions Support Center

Each legislative session, we see more and more legislation preempting local authority
and decision making.  In many cases, this legislation is circulating in state houses
across the country.  Preemption legislation ties the hands of local officials impacting
their ability to address local needs with local problem-solving.  Dr. Weaks will explain
how the Local Solutions Support Center promotes local decision making.  She will also
discuss trends in local preemption.
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Remote Meetings and Recorded Meetings Post-COVID
Speaker: Kristopher Gazsi, Esq., Assistant Director, Local Government Commission

The inability to hold meetings in person in the early days of the pandemic has changed
how local governments approach both meetings and public participation. Kris Gazsi
will review legislation currently under consideration that provides for emergency remote
meetings, as well as guidelines for both the broadcast of meetings and remote participation.   
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Local Government’s Role in Broadband Deployment
Speakers: Dan Cohen, Esq., Cohen Law Group; Todd Eachus, President, Broadband
Communications Association of PA; Dr. Kyle Kopko, Executive Director, Center for
Rural PA and member of the PA Broadband Development Authority

Earlier this year the PA Broadband Development Authority was formed to accept and
distribute at least $100 million in federal broadband deployment funds.  How will these
funds be disbursed and what should local government officials do to ensure their
community does not miss out on broadband infrastructure to unserved and underserved
areas?  Our panel will provide perspectives from their fields of expertise.
5:00 p.m. –  6:00 p.m.Legislative Reception, Lancaster Ballroom (2nd Floor)
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.Dinner, Leland Ballroom (2nd Floor)
Impact of COVID on PA Downtowns
Speaker: Julie Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, PA Downtown Center

Our downtowns reflect the economic vitality of our communities.  As we emerge from
the pandemic, how are they recovering and what does the future hold?

Thursday, June 9

7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.Local Use of Radar Rally on the Capitol’s Front Steps

Attendees are asked to please return to the Hilton for our final session on autonomous
vehicles and our ever popular, not to disappoint lunch speaker, Dr. Terry Madonna. 
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.Highly Autonomous Vehicle (HAV) Testing: What Local Government Officials Need to Know
Speakers: Mark Kopko, Director, Office of Transformational Technology, PennDOT;
Nolan Ritchie, Executive Director, Senate Transportation Committee; Ariel Wolf, Esq.,
General Counsel to the Autonomous Vehicle Industry Association

Autonomous Vehicles are currently being tested in regions of our state.  Legislation under
consideration will open the testing to vehicles without a human presence, as well as
deployment of commercial fleets.  How will this technology impact local government? 
Our panel will present the industry perspective on this advancing technology, the
Commonwealth’s role in both testing and future deployment, and where the legislation
stands to authorize HAV’s.
12:30 p.m.Lunch
The 2022 Midterm Election
Speaker: Dr. G. Terry Madonna

Dr. Madonna will provide an analysis of the 2022 midterm election. His talk will
cover national and Pennsylvania politics, with an update on Pennsylvania’s
important open-seat U.S. Senate and Gubernatorial elections. He will also assess
the impact President Biden’s standing with the voters will have on the Midterm.

Hilton Harrisburg

1 North Second Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101 United States
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717-233-6000