RACSS 2010 Legislative Summit Agenda & Handout

RACSS Legislative Summit Agenda & Handouts 

 Sunday, July 25 | Monday, July 26 | Tuesday, July 27 | Wednesday, July 28

Sunday, July 25, 2010

1:00 - 2:45 pm 

Understanding and Working with Political Personalities

Leadership Staff Section, Legislative Information and Communication Staff Section, Research and Committee Staff Section

It takes a certain type of person to serve in public office and a very special personality to become a legislative leader. Two psychologists will help you to better understand personality types – why people act the way that they do – and to develop some tools for working with people and personalities in the political arena. 

  • Moderator: Mark Mitchell, Committee Administrator, Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky
  • Speakers:  Dr. Sheila Schuster, Mental Health & Health Care Advocate
  • Dr. Michael Nichols, Transylvania University Visiting Professor

Power Point Presentation

Monday, July 26, 2010

3:30  - 5:00 pm  

Legislative Staff University: Leadership in Challenging Times

Designing innovative solutions to thorny issues is important in tough budget times, particularly when the public's trust in government is waning. Learn the essential leadership skills to motivate and inspire that can make a difference in policymaking and personnel management. Representative Jay Kaufman, chair of the Massachusetts Revenue Committee and director of the Center for Leadership and Public Life at Northeastern University in Boston will share his ideas and perspective.

  • Speaker: Representative Jay R. Kaufman, Massachusetts

Watch the Presentation

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

7:30 - 8:45 am 

Preemption: A Way of Washington Life?

Legal Services Staff Section, Research and Committee Staff Section

Take a look back and a look forward at the regulatory and legislative face of preemption over the last 30 years. Compare and contrast how preemption during several administrations has affected state and local authority.

  • Speaker:  Michael Bird, NCSL 
  • Julie Pelegrin, Legislative Legal Services, Colorado

4:30 - 5:45 pm 

The History of Henry Clay

Legislative Information and Communication Staff Section, Leadership Staff Section, and Research and Committee Staff Section

At a time when factions in American politics were more divided than they are today, Kentucky's Henry Clay was known as the "Great Compromiser." He was the longest-serving speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, secretary of state, Kentucky state legislator and the originator of three great compromises that forestalled civil war by 40 years. Go back in time with this interactive presentation that uses humor to show the impact Clay had on American politics.

  • Speaker: George McGee, Kentucky Humanities Council

Legislative Privilege and Immunity

Legal Services Staff Section

Most state constitutions give legislators the constitutional privilege of free speech and debate in relation to their legislative work. This immunity is intended to allow lawmakers to do their work without the threat of interference from other branches of government. In some cases, the courts have extended this authority to include the work of legislative employees. Two experts will discuss recent developments in legislative privilege and immunity.

  • Moderator: Lisa K. Sandberg, Legislative Service Commission, Ohio
  • Panelists: Steven F. Huefner, OSU Moritz College of Law, Ohio
  • Peter Wattson, Senate Counsel, Minnesota  

Watch the Video Presentation

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

11:15 am - 12:30 pm 

Salute to Legislative Staff

Just as strong states make a strong nation, strong legislative staffs make strong legislatures. Come celebrate the contributions staff make to their legislatures and to NCSL. Listen to David Landis—-state senator, college teacher and urban planner—-discuss the importance of legislative service as a career, particularly at a time of public distrust of government and the retirement of staff who have been part of the legislature's rise in stature over the years.

  • Presiding: Nancy Cyr, Legislative Research Division, Nebraska
  • Speaker: David Landis, Urban Development Department, Nebraska

Watch the Video Presentation

12:30  - 2:00 pm 

RACSS Business Meeting and Luncheon

RACSS members hold their annual Business Meeting. The agenda includes election of officers, amendment of the staff section’s bylaws and presentation of the Legislative Staff Achievement Award. RACSS gratefully acknowledges the support of Lexis in sponsoring the RACSS luncheon.

  • Presiding: Pepper Sturm, RACSS Chair, 2009-2010, Chief Deputy Research Director, Legislative Counsel Bureau, Nevada

2:15 - 3:45 pm 

Legislative Staff University:  Making Your Point Successfully

In an era of conflict and partisanship, communicating effectively and respectfully with those you supervise and those you serve is essential for success in legislative careers. The spoken and written word have a lasting impact, and the legislative institution benefits when consideration, courtesy and decorum guide communication. Listen to Anna Post with the Emily Post Institute as she discusses techniques that work both on the House floor and in the office workplace.

  • Speaker: Anna Post, Emily Post Institute, Vermont

4:00 - 5:30 pm 

Social Media: Proceed With Caution

Social media isn’t just social anymore. Many Legislators have Facebook pages and Twitter accounts to stay in touch with their constituents. The blurring of the line between personal and professional communications has affected staff, who often must use social networking tools to do their jobs. Learn about the potential pitfalls and explore policies to lessen the chances of a YouTube moment. 

  • Moderator: H. Pepper Sturm, Research Division Legislative Counsel Bureau, Nevada
  • Speaker: Keith Buchholz, Legislative Counsel, Washington State Senate

Watch the Video Presentation (C-SPAN)

Power Point Presentation


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