Spring Forum: April 14-15, Washington, DC
Thursday, April 14 - Opening General Session Keynote Speaker
Jon Morton is director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Morton has strengthened ICE's investigative efforts, and has focused ICE's efforts to remove criminal offenders, recent border violators, those who ignore removal orders, and those who obtain legal immigration status fraudulently.
Friday, April 15 - General Session Breakfast Keynote Speaker
Karen Bass, a California congresswoman who honed her political skills in the state legislature, is serving her first term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Bass made history when she became the first African-American woman in the nation to serve as speaker.
Friday, April 15 - Closing General Session Keynote Speaker
Jim Leach is chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He previously served 30 years representing southeastern Iowa in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he founded and co-chaired the Congressional Humanities Caucus. Leach will be speaking about bipartisanship and civility.
Health IT: Advances in IT and telecommunications technology are transforming the delivery of health care. High speed connections and sophisticated new technologies make it possible to remotely monitor, diagnose and treat patients across the country. For patients, the result is greatly improved access to medical care, especially for those in less populated areas. New, high speed/high tech health care solutions offer the promise of a greatly improved quality of life for patients who can more easily manage their medical needs. Current partners include AT&T, ESRI, National Cable & Telecommunications Association, Philips Electronics and Reed Elsevier. There will be two sessions at Spring Forum for this partnership, a Business Meeting: Transforming Health Care Through Technology Foundation Partners Project on Thursday, April 14 from 7:30 am - 8:30 and Transforming Rural Health Through Technology on Thursday, April 14 from 8:45 am - 11:30 am.
Educator Effectiveness: Recently, a webinar was held that covered topics such as induction, mentoring and working conditions. The Partnership was privileged to have talented experts who shared great information regarding this topic. You can listen to this webinar at: Effective Induction, Mentoring & Working Conditions for Effective Teachers & Leaders. Looking forward, Saturday, April 16th, immediately following the Spring Forum, NCSL’s Foundation for State Legislatures Partnership Project for Educator Effectiveness will hear from experts on educator preparation, licensure and professional development. The session will meet from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm with both breakfast and lunch will being provided. Partners include the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, American Federation of Teachers, Dell Inc., Educational Testing Service, Learning Forward, National Education Association and SAS Institute.
PPP Partnership: “Public-private partnerships can be a valuable tool for states when they are developed by the executive and legislative branches in a collaborative atmosphere. Equally important is the obligation to involve the public. It is critical that elected officials educate themselves and the public when considering P3s against traditional procurement approaches,” said Indiana Representative Terri Austin, co-chair, NCSL Partners Project on PPPs. On December 9, 2010, the National Conference of State Legislatures released the report Public-Private Partnerships for Transportation: A Toolkit for Legislators. Current sponsors include AAA, AECOM, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), American Trucking Associations (ATA), Cintra US, Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), Dorsey and Whitney, LLP, The Lane Construction Corporation, Transurban and U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The PPP Partnership will be meet on Thursday, April 14 for a working group session from 8:00 am - 9:30 am.
Welcome to our newest sponsors!
Spring Forum Partnership Meetings
- Business Meeting: Transforming Health Care Through Technology Foundation Partners Project
Thursday, April 14, 7:30 am - 8:30 am
- Transforming Rural Health Through Technology
Thursday, April 14, 8:45 - 11:30 am
- NCSL Public-Private Partnerships Working Group Meeting
Thursday, April 14, 8:00 - 9:30 am
- Educator Effectiveness Partnership Meeting
Saturday, April 16, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Please Welcome our Newest Team Member
Tricia Simmons joined the Foundation and Leaders Service Division as the Assistant to the Director on March 14. She brings with her three and half years of experience with NCSL along with an extensive background in customer service. Her prior experience with NCSL was working in Accounting and Finance. Tricia is a great addition to our team. Please do not hesitate to contact any of us if we can be of assistance to you.
You may contact her at email@example.com or at 303-856-1486.
Reports and Updates
Census & Redistricting Profiles: The U.S. Census Bureau has released detailed census data on the states and NCSL has continuously updated an interactive map and table that provides state specific demographic information as soon it was released. Census & Redistricting Profiles & Constituents Per State Legislative District
NCSL’s Guide to Leaders and Legislatures 2011: This is a directory of those who lead the leaders and who guide their chambers toward producing innovative policies that serve the interests of the American people. Guide to Leaders
State Tax Actions 2010: This report includes tax actions taken during regular and special legislative sessions in 2010, as well as actions approved by voters, mostly affecting FY 2011 tax collections. State Tax Actions
LegisBriefs Ethics Commissions: Gathering Momentum or Under Fire?: State ethics commissions are charged with enforcing ethics laws, although their jurisdictions - which can include elected and appointed officials, staff, candidates and lobbyists - vary. Across the country, they are gathering momentum or are under fire, depending on where you look. Ethics Commissions
Legislative Summit 2011
Come and join us in San Antonio, Texas, August 8 - 11, 2011. At the NCSL 2011 Legislative Summit our state legislators, legislative staff, business executives and top policy experts will be coming together to deal with a wide array of complicated and challenging issues. Decisions made at the Legislative Summit Business meetings will direct NCSL's advocacy positions on major policy issues throughtout the following year. Registration and housing is now open. If you need a complimentary registration form, please contact Tricia.