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Legislative Effectiveness

Legislative Effectiveness

Legislative EffectivenessThe NCSL Legislative Effectiveness Committee examines strategies, practices and procedures for making legislators, staff and legislatures more effective. The committee focuses both on key skills for legislators and on key operations and powers of state legislature. The issues include education and training for legislators and legislative staff, legislative structure and management, rules and procedures, leadership, committees, staffing, information resources, constitutional issues and ethics. The committee also addresses topics concerning the executive branch of government and Congressional procedures and reform.

OFFICERS AND NCSL STAFF

Co-Chair: Senator Les Ihara Jr., Hawaii
Co-Chair: Representative John W. Patton, Wyoming
Vice Chair: Representative Jenniffer Gonzalez Colon, Puerto Rico
Staff Co-Chair: Natalie Mullis, Colorado
Staff Co-Chair: Mike Nugent, Idaho
Staff Co-Chair: Erin Shine, Alaska
Staff Co-Chair: Terry Spieler, Missouri
Staff Vice Chair: Bernadette McNulty, California

NCSL Contacts: Brian Weberg (Denver)

 

 

WHAT WE HAVE PLANNED

The committee officers have made plans for the current conference year. We'll be addressing helping legislatures be successful; promoting integrity, civility and ethics; connecting citizens to the legislature and other key themes at our meetings throughout the year.

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2014 SUMMIT COMMITTEE SESSIONS

Graphic of the logo for the Legislative Summit in Minneapolis showing dates of Aug. 19-22, 2014.Check out all of the Legislative Effectiveness sessions taking place at this year’s Summit in Minneapolis, Aug. 19-22.

 

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

The Legislative Effectiveness Standing Committee has members who are legislators and staff people from a majority of the United States and several territories. It is this their role to share best practices and information provide as much information to help legislatures more effective.

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NEW LEGISLATORS

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Legislating is tough work, and there is little time for new members to adjust to their responsibilities.  Being a state legislator means having to make hard decisions on spending, policy and constituent problems. New member orientation helps freshmen legislators prepare for their difficult new duties.

SUMMARIES | PRESENTATIONS

We have the summaries or presentations for every Legislative Effectiveness Committee seminar since 2007, which gives you a historical sense of what issues are critical to good legislative practices.

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