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ANSI to Exhibit at 2002 NCSL Annual Meeting and Exposition

New York, Jul 19, 2002

ANSI will join legislative leaders and staff, policymakers and the nation's public policy experts to meet to discuss the most important issues facing our country today at Summit for America - NCSL's Annual Meeting and Exposition, July 23-27 at the Colorado Convention Center.

Exhibiting at booth #446, staff will be on hand to discuss the U.S. voluntary consensus and conformity assessment programs and to increase awareness among state legislatures, as well as highlight key benefits of ANSI membership. Those interested in learning more about ANSI certification, products and programs, electronic and print materials and those interested in becoming an ANSI member are encouraged to stop by the booth to speak with members of the Institute's staff. Representing the Institute at Summit for America will be David Karmol, director of public policy and government affairs, Dr. Roy Smith, program director and personnel certifier for ANSI's Accreditation Program and Greg Fine, director, membership marketing.

"ANSI, and the vast collection of standards that ANSI can deliver, could be a very useful resource to State Legislators and their staff, if they were aware of what we offer," states David Karmol, ANSI Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, who is a former two-term State Legislator from the State of Ohio. "In short, we offer access to a collection of readily usable standards, representing a consensus of all affected parties, which can be incorporated into, or referenced in legislation. Using standards can speed the process of finding legislative language that satisfies all stakeholders, and minimizes the chance of unintended consequences."

Continues Karmol, "In addition, ANSI offers a solution to the problem of costly, administration-heavy state licensure programs, by providing access to efficient, private sector personnel certifiers, who can deliver the same service to citizens more efficiently, and at less cost."

Several ANSI members-leading industry and standards developing organizations-will be exhibiting at Summit for America as well. A list of these members and their booth locations will be available at the ANSI booth and conference participants are encouraged to visit them to learn more about activities, accomplishments and varied efforts to lead their respective industries.

Along with more than 300 exhibitors, the Summit for America will also feature the Leaders Summit - an interactive session moderated by NPR's Mara Liasson, and speeches from Mike McCurry, a veteran political strategist and Clinton White House press secretary, and AFL-CIO President John Sweeney. Other conference highlights include the Protecting Democracy Track, Professional Development Sessions and programs where attendees can earn Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits.

Further information about Summit for America can be obtained from the 2002 NCSL Annual Meeting homepage, as well as from the 2002 Program Agenda.

Click here for information on registration for Summit for America.

With offices in Washington, D.C. and Denver, CO, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) is recognized as the pre-eminent bipartisan organization dedicated to serving the lawmakers and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. Recognized nationally for its leadership, it is the only organization that provides an open, bipartisan, national forum for lawmakers to communicate with one another and share ideas. With a focus on service, NCSL is a source for research, publications, consulting assistance, meetings and seminars, and is an effective and respected voice for the states in Washington, D.C., representing their interests before Congress, the administration and federal agencies.

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