2014 RACSS Legislative Summit Agenda

2014 RACSS Legislative Summit Agenda and Handouts


Minneapolis SkylineRACSS members participated in informative sessions during the 2014 NCSL Legislative Summit in Minneapolis.  Sessions included:

  • Legislators Roundtable: What Do We Need and Value From Staff?
  • Building a Brand for Legislative Staff Agencies
  • Remote Testimony for Committee Hearings
  • Legislative Staff Ethics

See below for the full RACSS agenda.

Tuesday, Aug. 19
Time RACSS Sessions and Handouts
3-4 p.m.

Legislators Roundtable: What We Need and Value From Staff

joint with LRL

Staff services need to evolve to meet the changing demands of legislatures, politics and technology. Hear directly from legislators about what they most need and value from staff.

Moderator: Sabrina N. Lewellen, deputy director/assistant secretary, Arkansas Senate

Panelists: Representative Barbara Ballard, Kansas House of Representatives

Senator Curtis Bramble, Utah Senate

Senator Bryan King, Arkansas Senate

Representative John Mizuno, Hawaii House of Representatives

4-5 p.m.

Building a Brand for Legislative Staff

joint with LRL

Just like commercial products, legislative staff agencies need to build a brand identity that personifies their services and value to legislators and the legislative institution. Learn how several states have created brands for their legislative services.

Moderator: Sharon Wenger, Principal Analyst, Kansas Legislative Research Dept.

Panelists: Bryant Howe, Assistant Director, Utah Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel  ► PowerPoint

Steve Miller, Chief, Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau

Catherine Wusterhausen, Assistant Director, Texas Legislative Reference Library

5-6 p.m.

RACSS Meet and Greet

Join research and committee staff from around the country at this informal meet and greet at the North 45˚ Restaurant and Bar at the Millennium Hotel Minneapolis, right next to the Convention Center. You can take a shuttle from the Millennium directly to the evening’s opening social event at the Mill City Museum.  Local craft beers and regional snacks are available on your own tab.
Wednesday, Aug. 20
7:45-8:45 a.m.

Ethics Roundtable for Legislative Staff

Ethics is more than avoiding bad headlines, not to mention indictments. It’s the nuances of right and wrong in the everyday operations of legislatures. Learn more about ethics standards for legislative staff and participate in a discussion on current ethical dilemmas.

Moderator: Walker Reagan, Director, Research Division, North Carolina General Assembly

Speaker: Peggy Kerns, Director, NCSL Center for Ethics in Government


Case Studies

Thursday, Aug. 21
3:45-5 p.m.

Remote Testimony for Committee Hearings

joint with NALIT

Legislatures increasingly are using various videoconferencing tools to allow citizens to participate in committee hearings without having to travel to the Capitol. Learn from states with long experience in videoconferencing legislative hearings, as well as from others that are considering or just beginning to expand these capabilities.

Moderator: Terri Clark, Director of Technical Services, Kansas

Speaker: Soren Jacobsen, Sr. IT Specialist, Legislative Services Office, Idaho

Friday, Aug. 22
9-10:15 a.m.

RACSS Business Meeting

RACSS members hold their annual business meeting. On the agenda: election of officers, awards presentation, and professional development planning.

Presiding: Sabrina N. Lewellen, Deputy Director, and Assistant Secretary of the Arkansas Senate; RACSS Chair 2013-2014


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