Another one of the issues that some leaders at the conference say should be at the top of all the gubernatorial candidates' list is energy.
Turning coal into gold is one of the conference's biggest discussions.
Representative Rocky Adkins' "Kentucky Energy Independence National Leadership Act" passed in the legislature last year. This year he hopes a follow up bill will help make Kentucky the nation's leader in fuel alternatives and clean coal technology.
"House Bill 5 is the continuance of House Bill 299, which would actually put the incentives in place to hopefully make Kentucky competitive in luring private investments to come to Kentucky and actually build these plants to use our natural resources to produce transportation fuels here," Adkins said.
Adkins says we can't discuss homeland security without gaining oil independence.