- Associated Press - Saturday, July 5, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Hundreds of lawmakers from the Midwest and Canada will meet in Omaha this month.

The Midwestern Legislative Conference will host the meeting, July 13-16, touching on future challenges and opportunities for the region. The group is composed of lawmakers from 11 Midwestern states and four Canadian provinces.

Speakers will include Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin and Joel Kotkin, a leading international authority on economic and demographic trends. Boise State University political science professor Gary Moncrief will discuss the history of state legislatures their current role in society.

The lead host for the event is Nebraska state Sen. Beau McCoy of Omaha, the chairman of the Midwestern Legislative Conference.

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