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 CONTACT: Steven Chlapecka
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                             Email: schlapecka@ppionline.org

Can Democrats and Republicans Find Common Ground on Regulatory Improvement?      

Sen. King and Experts to Speak on Regulation in the Digital Age

WASHINGTON—Regulation is a polarizing political issue – but it doesn’t have to be. On Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 9 a.m. EST, Sen. Angus King will join the Progressive Policy Institute to explore alternatives to this “all or nothing” debate. The conference will examine common sense ways to reduce regulatory drag, update and reform key regulatory bodies, and remove obstacles to innovation, without eviscerating tough health and environmental safeguards.


The Honorable Angus King, U.S. Senator (I-Maine)
Diana G. Carew, Economist, PPI
Mark Coblitz, Senior Vice-President of Strategic Planning, Comcast
Cary Coglianese, Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science, Univ. of Penn Law School
Susan Dudley, Director of the Regulatory Studies Center, George Washington University
Richard Feasey, Public Policy Director, Vodafone Group Plc
Greg Ip, Economics Editor, The Economist
Robert Jarrin, Senior Director of Government Affairs, Qualcomm Incorporated
Divya Kallamadi, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Systems , WellDoc
Blair Levin, Executive Director, Executive Director of The University Community Next Generation Innovation Project and a Communications and Society Fellow with the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program.
Robert Litan, Director of Research, Bloomberg Government and author of The Need for Speed
Michael Mandel, Chief Economic Strategist, PPI
Will Marshall, President, PPI
Brent Olson, Vice President of Public Policy, AT&T
Richard Williams, Director of Policy Research, Mercatus Center, George Mason Univ.


Thursday, May 9, 2013
8:00 a.m.: Camera pre-set
8:30 a.m.: Guest check-in and registration
9:00 a.m.: Opening Remarks
9:30 a.m. Roundtable 1: Modernizing Economic Regulation for the 21st Century
11 a.m. Roundtable 2: New Ideas for Pruning Old Rules
12:30 p.m.:  Lunch  - Keynote: Sen. Angus King (I-Maine)
2 p.m. Roundtable 3: Regulating mHealth : Enabling Digital Innovation in Health Care


Hotel Monaco, Paris Ballroom, 700 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20004


The event is open to the press. All participants will be available to answer questions from the media. Media in attendance are required to register in advance of the event to Steven Chlapecka at 202.525.3931 or schlapecka@ppionline.org.

The Progressive Policy Institute is an independent research institution founded in 1989 that seeks to define and promote a new progressive politics in the 21st century. Through research and policy analysis, PPI challenges the status quo and advocates for radical policy solutions.

For further questions, please contact Steven Chlapecka at schlapecka@ppionline.org, 202.525.3931 (office), 202.556.1752 (cell).