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2012 NLPES Legislative Summit Agenda

Picture of NLPES LogoNational Legislative Program Evaluation Society (NLPES) Agenda

NCSL Legislative Summit
McCormick Place Convention Center (West Building)
Chicago, Illinois
August 6-9, 2012 

(as of 7/18/2012)

Sunday | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday

Sunday, August 5, 2012

1:00 pm-2:15 pm

NCSL Executive Committee—Member Outreach & Communication Subcommittee
McCormick Place CC W194b - Level 1

2:30 pm-3:45 pm

NCSL Executive Committee—Budget, Finance & Rules Subcommittee
McCormick Place CC W194b - Level 1

4:00 pm-5:30 pm

NCSL Executive Committee
McCormick Place CC W196a - Level 1

Monday, August 6, 2012

7:30 am-5:30 pm

Registration
McCormick Place CC Registration B - Level 3

8:00 am-9:00 pm

LSCC— Tactical and Technical Teams: Strategic Planning
McCormick Place CC W191 - Level 1

9:00 am -10:00 am

LSCC—Communications, Community and Collaboration Subcommittee
McCormick Place CC W191 - Level 1

9:00 am-10:00 am

LSCC— Institution, Support and Efficiencies Subcommittee
McCormick Place CC W193a - Level 1

9:00 am-10:00 am

LSCC— Programs and Professional Development Subcommittee
McCormick Place CC W193b - Level 1

10:00 am-11:00 am

Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee (LSCC)—Staff Section Officers
McCormick Place CC W195 - Level 1

10:00 am-11:00 am

LSCC— Tactical and Technical Teams: NCSL Website Testing and Feedback
McCormick Place CC W191 - Level 1

10:00 am-11:00 am

LSCC— Tactical and Technical Teams: NCSL Support and Operations Issues
McCormick Place CC W193b - Level 1

10:00 am-11:00 am

LSCC— Tactical and Technical Teams: Senior Staff and Director Relationship Building
McCormick Place CC W194a - Level 1

10:00 am-11:00 am

LSCC— Tactical and Technical Teams: Standing Committee Issues and Planning
McCormick Place CC W193a - Level 1

11:00 am-Noon

Full LSCC Meeting
McCormick Place CC W196a - Level 1

Noon-1:30 pm

Legislative Staff Directors Luncheon
McCormick Place CC W176c - Level 1
By Invitation Only. This annual gathering of legislative staff directors provides a forum for sharing information about institutional trends, administration and management issues and offers a briefing on program highlights in Chicago.

NCSL gratefully acknowledges LexisNexis for sponsoring this luncheon.

 12:30 pm-1:15 pm

New Attendee Orientation
McCormick Place CC W176a - Level 1
If you are attending your first NCSL Legislative Summit, take part in this interactive orientation and learn how to navigate your way through the nation's most substantive public policy meeting. Learn about meetings that will get you more involved with NCSL, including our business meeting, staff sections, standing committees and more.

1:30 pm-3:00 pm

General Session: Navigating an Uncertain Economy
McCormick Place CC Skyline Ballroom - Level 3
Diane Swonk, chief economist for Mesirow Financial has been named one of the top economic forecasters in the country by the Wall Street Journal. She acts as advisor to Federal Reserve Board and regional Reserve Banks, and is one of the most respected economists in the world and among the most quoted economists in the financial press

3:15 pm-5:00 pm

Using the Audit Tool: A Critical Link to Effectiveness
McCormick Place CC W185d - Level 1
Legislatures have a powerful tool in their audit and program evaluation organizations. How can you guide them to be vital and independent, yet still responsive to legislative needs? Explore the changing nature of the field and hear advice from veteran legislators and staff.

Moderator:
Representative John W. Patton, Wyoming

Speakers:
Greg Fugate, Office of the State Auditor, Colorado
Ken Levine, Sunset Advisory Commission, Texas

Cosponsored by the Legislative Effectiveness Committee and National Legislative Program Evaluation Society 

6:30 pm-8:30 pm

NLPES Dutch Treat Dinner
The Berghoff Restaurant, 17 West Adams, Chicago
Join NLPES friends and colleagues from around the country for dinner and lively discussion at an iconic local restaurant—the Berghoff Restaurant. The Berghoff Restaurant has been serving German-American cuisine and culture since 1898.

Spouses and guests are welcome to attend. Advance reservations are required; RSVP to brenda.erickson@ncsl.org

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

7:30 am-5:30 pm

Registration
McCormick Place CC Registration B - Level 3

9:00 am-10:15 am

General Session: What Americans Really Think
McCormick Place CC Skyline Ballroom - Level 3
Here two of the nation's most respected pollsters—Peter Hart and Neil Newhouse—share their insights on what's on voters' minds and how it will play out in the November elections.

10:00 am-4:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Open
McCormick Place CC Hall F1 - Level 3

10:30 am-Noon

NCSL Standing Committee Meetings

Noon-1:30 pm

NCSL Standing Committee Meetings

1:30 pm-4:30 pm

NCSL Standing Committee Meetings

3:15 pm-4:45 pm

Legislative Staff University:Communication Tools for Navigating Uncertainty 
McCormick Place CC W470ab - Level 4
Legislative staff today work in an environment driven by too much information, too little time, too few personal interactions. How can you be certain the things you say are understood and responded to appropriately to achieve intended results? Learn from Laree Kiely—a distinguished professor, CEO and participant in the Legislative Staff Management Institute—how to better understand, listen to and communicate with lawmakers and staff alike for a more productive workplace.

4:45 pm-5:45 pm

NLPES Executive Committee Meeting
McCormick Place CC W473 - Level 4
Presiding:
Scott Sager, Legislative Audit Bureau, Wisconsin, and NLPES Chair

6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Illinois Opening Reception—Windy City Welcome
Museum of Science and Industry

You'll have exclusive access to the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere and experience fascinating, world-class exhibits. During your exploration of the museum, you will get a "taste" of what makes Chicago famous—food, fun and music. A traditional "Taste of Chicago" will showcase all the famous eats and tunes from the Windy City, from deep dish pizza to the classic Chicago style hot dog, from jazz to gospel to rock.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

6:00 am-7:30 am

Bipartisan Bike Ride

7:30 am-5:30 pm

Registration
McCormick Place CC Registration B - Level 3

8:00 am-9:15 am

NLPES Networking Breakfast
McCormick Place CC W187c - Level 1
Join your NLPES colleagues for breakfast and networking. Share information about audit and evaluation techniques and trends.

9:30 am-10:45 am

Issue Forums

  • Pension Policy: What the States and the Feds are Up To
  • Fine-Tuning Regulations to Stimulate Job Growth
  • Making Sound Decisions When the Sky is Falling
  • Taxing the Cloud--Not a Weather Phenomenon
  • Preparing for 2013: Health Insurance Exchange Plans and Options
  • New Union Approach to Education Reforms = More Collaboration?
  • Roundtable on Legislative Internship Programs

 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Open
McCormick Place CC Hall F1 - Level 3

 11:00 am-12:15 pm

Issue Forums

  • How Much Can States Change Existing Retirement Policy
  • Federalism and the States
  • Medicaid "Best Buys": Getting the Most From Your State's Medicaid Money
  • The Energy for Growth: State Energy Plans Cultivate Jobs and Revive Economies
  • The Essential Skill for Legislative Success: Building Strong Relationships
  • The New Venture Capitalist?

 Noon-1:30 pm

“Atlanta Kick-off” Exhibit Hall Luncheon
McCormick Place CC Hall F1 - Level 3

 1:30 pm-2:45 pm

Issue Forums

  • Pensions and Intergenerational Equity
  • The Public Works--Can We Create Jobs through Infrastructure Projects?
  • Justice Reinvestment: Reducing Crime and Controlling Corrections Cost
  • Placing Bets on Gaming: What's on the Screen?
  • Re-thinking Learning in the 21st Century
  • What it Means to Lead

 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

Strong Stewards: A Tribute to Legislative Staff
McCormick Place CC W375e - Level 3
Mary Crane will demonstrate how managers can effectively recruit, retain and motivate staff, and how new staffers can enhance their talents to replace departing veterans. Crane has been featured on "60 Minutes" and "Fox Business News," and her experience includes working in the White House.

 4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Legislative Oversight of Federal Funds
McCormick Place CC W186abc - Level 3
In their constitutional role as controllers of the state purse strings, state legislatures have the responsibility to ensure that federal funds are spent according to the law. This session will explore the general and legal roles of state legislatures in the federal grant-in-aide system. Hear from experts on how to improve state oversight of federal funds.
Moderator:
Roger Norman, Division of Legislative Audit, Arkansas
Panelists:
Jonathan Ball, Office of Legislative Fiscal Analysts, Utah
Eric Weeks, Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, Utah

Cosponsored by the Legal Services Staff Section, National Association of Legislative Fiscal Officers and National Legislative Program Evaluation Society
 

 Evening

 States’ Nights

Thursday, August 9, 2012

 6:00 am-7:30 am

 Walk for Wellness

 7:30 am-8:45 am

NCSL Statehouse Ambassadors' Breakfast
McCormick Place CC W176b - Level 1
NCSL State Liaison will have an opportunity to get to know their state’s NCSL Statehouse Ambassadors, who are legislative staff serving as in-state field representatives for NCSL. The Statehouse Ambassador program is designed to energize and sustain participation in NCSL and strengthen the organization’s role as an extension of state legislatures.

 7:30 am-Noon

Registration
McCormick Place CC Registration B - Level 3

9:00 am-Noon

Exhibit Hall Open
McCormick Place CC Hall F1 - Level 3

9:00 am-10:15 am

General Session: The Business of Creating Jobs
McCormick Place CC Skyline Ballroom - Level 3
John Engler, former Michigan governor and current head of the Business Roundtable, and Douglas Oberhelman, CEO of Caterpillar Inc., will join other business leaders in a lively discussion on the different roles government and businesses can play in creating jobs.

10:30 am-12:15 pm

NCSL Annual Business Meeting
McCormick Place CC W375e - Level 3

12:30 pm-2:00 pm

General Session:Teddy Roosevelt—Leadership Lessons for Today
McCormick Place CC Skyline Ballroom - Level 3
Doris Kearns Goodwin, acclaimed historian, Pulitzer Prize winner, prolific author and captivating speaker, has written books on Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, the Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, Lyndon Johnson and Abraham Lincoln. This year, she will be speaking on Teddy Roosevelt—legislator, president, bigger-than-life hero—and the leadership lessons we can learn from a time of economic and political turmoil that reverberate today.

 2:15 pm-3:30 pm

Issue Forums and Other Staff Section Programs
  • Pharmaceuticals: What's Ahead?
  • A Business-Education Collaboration for Creating Jobs
  • Lessons in Ethics
  • States and Deficit Reduction: Surviving the Budget Cuts
  • Innovating with iPads
  • Mason's Manual 101
  • Researching the History or Intent of Legislation 

2:15-pm-3:30 pm

Studying Retirement
McCormick Place CC W185c - Level 1
This session will convene legislative staff who have worked on studies of state retirement plans to discuss process, procedures and findings.
Moderator:
Stephen Klein, Joint Fiscal Office, Vermont

Speakers:
Drew Dickinson, Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, Virginia
Tracey Smith, Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, Virginia

Cosponsored by National Association of Legislative Fiscal Officers and the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society

 3:30 pm-4:45 pm

Results First—Targeting Resources at Programs That Work
McCormick Place CC W185c - Level 1
In tough fiscal times, it is important for legislatures to appropriate funds based on the outcomes. This session will focus on Results First, a budgeting approach that enables legislators to identify and compare the return on investment that programs achieve with taxpayer dollars.
Speakers:
Gary VanLandingham, Pew Center for the States, Washington, D.C.
Sara Dube, Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, D.C.
Charles Sallee, Legislative Finance Committee, New Mexico

Cosponsored by the National Association of Legislative Fiscal Officers, National Legislative Program Evaluation Society and Pew Center on the States 

 6:30 pm-9:30 pm

Illinois Closing Event—Music Feast at Millenium Park
What better way to say farewell to the City by the Lake than an evening of great music and fine food in this 25-acre park along Lake Michigan’s shoreline? W While sitting under the Chicago sky, listen to a dynamic, high-energyband and savor some of Chcago's best offerings from its many culturally diverse neighborhoods such as Chinatown, Little Italy and Pilson.

 

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