The Wisconsin Counties Association will hold their 2020 WCA Legislative Exchange

February 4-5 at the Madison Concourse Hotel. County officials will gather to discuss the
important issues that are facing counties around the state.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

9:05 a.m.-Welcome
Lance Pliml, Chair, WCA Board of Directors

9:10 a.m.-Mark D. O’Connell, Executive Director, Wisconsin Counties Association

9:35 a.m.-State of Wisconsin Investment Board Update
David Villa, Executive Director and CIO, State of Wisconsin Investment Board

10:15 a.m.-Ask the Attorney and WCA Staff
Andrew Phillips, Attorney, von Briesen & Roper, s.c.

10:35 a.m.-2020 Election Preview
Charles Franklin, Professor of Law & Public Policy and Director of Marquette Law School Poll; Jeff Mayers, President, (Moderator)

11:20 a.m.-Wisconsin Rural Decline in a National Context
Dale Knapp, Director of Research and Analytics, Wisconsin Counties Association

12:45 p.m.-Legislative Update
Kyle Christianson, WCA Director of Government Affairs; Sarah Diedrick-Kasdorf, WCA Deputy Director of Government Affairs; Dan Bahr, WCA Government Affairs Associate; Marcie Rainbolt, WCA Government Affairs Associate

2:15-Conversation with Governor Evers
Tony Evers, Governor, State of Wisconsin; Mark D. O’Connell, Executive Director, Wisconsin Counties Association (Moderator)

2:35-U.S. Supreme Court & Why it Matters to Wisconsin Counties Lisa Soronen, Executive Director, State & Local Legal Center, Washington, D.C.

Wednesday February 5, 2020

8:35 a.m.- Legislative Leadership Roundtable
Robin Vos, Speaker, Wisconsin State Assembly; Gordon Hintz, Minority Leader, Wisconsin
State Assembly; Scott Fitzgerald, Majority Leader, Wisconsin State Senate; Jennifer Shilling, Minority Leader, Wisconsin State Senate; Mark D. O’Connell, Executive Director, Wisconsin Counties Association (Moderator)

9:35 a.m.-Legal Updates
Andrew Phillips, Attorney, von Briesen & Roper, s.c.

10:15 a.m.-Be Bold 4: Competitive Wisconsin, Inc.
Jim Wood, Chairman, Wood Communications Group

10:45 a.m.-2020 Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidates
Daniel Kelly, Justice, Wisconsin Supreme Court; Edward Fallone, Law Professor, Marquette
University; Jill Karofsky, Judge, Dane County Circuit Court

11:00 a.m.-The Virtuous Circle: Teaching a Community How to be a Community
Rob Curley, Editor, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Washington

The Wisconsin Counties Association represents the interests of county governments at
both the state and federal levels and is located in Madison, Wisconsin. Learn more at and find WCA on Facebook, Twitter (@WisCounties) and LinkedIn
(WCA: Wisconsin Counties Association).

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