Delegation visits legislative conference to prepare to host next year's event

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Next August, the National Conference of State Legislatures will hold its annual conference in Minnesota. The Associated Press reports that key leaders in the Minnesota legislature, along with a contingent from the Minneapolis Convention and Visitor's Bureau are visiting this year's conference in Atlanta to get ready for the bipartisan policy group's event.

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, House Speaker Paul Thissen and House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt are among the legislators who are on site for the summer summit. They are helping to staff an information booth and will host a luncheon later in the week that highlights Minnesota cuisine. The menu will feature walleye, wild rice, fresh berry tart and "Minnesota Bistro" vegetables.

Minnesota will spend up to $100,000 to prepare for the 2014 national conference, but revenue from hotel lodging, meal tabs and other expenses is expected to offset those costs.

An estimated 5,000 lawmakers elected to legislatures across the country are attending this year's five-day event, hearing from a range of speakers including U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

The Associated Press calls the conference the largest convention of its kind for lawmakers and staff gather to discuss topics to discuss topics such as jobs for veterans and drone regulations.

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