In this month's issue, read about lawmakers who are authors, key cases affecting states before the U.S. Supreme Court, the state of civics knowledge, website ideas to steal and more.
RACSS members participated in informative sessions during the 2014 NCSL Legislative Summit in Minneapolis. Sessions included:
See below for the full RACSS agenda.
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
Building a Brand for Legislative Staff
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
RACSS Meet and Greet
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
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
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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