Legislative Effectiveness Committee
Legislative Summit Committee Agenda

(As of July 20, 2010)

Sunday, July 25

1:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Room 104

Information Anytime, Anywhere
(Co-sponsored by the National Association of Legislative Information Technology) 

In our fast paced ultra-connected world, legislators, policy advocates and staff have come to expect real time access to data and systems that foster communication, effective decision support and efficient operations. Explore the technologies available today that allow you to be connected and productive even when away from the office. 

Moderator:  Rich Beckwith, Director of Information Services, House of Representatives, Missouri

Presenters: Curt Clothier, Information Technology Manager, Legislative Affairs Agency, Alaska
Douglas Young, Chief Information Officer, IT Services Division, Missouri
Kent Cunningham, Emerging Systems Architect, Microsoft, Tennessee

 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Room 107

Legislative Budgets and Staffing in Tight Times
(Co-sponsored by the Leadership Staff Section)

A year ago, in light of decreased revenues, lawmakers took fairly predictable steps in freezing legislative staff vacancies, banning or reducing legislative travel, and generally matching cuts that occurred in the executive branch. Sluggish revenue performance is expected to continue in many states. Explore what kind of responses we are likely to see in the next round of legislative budgeting and staffing decisions. 

Moderator:  Corina Eckl, Group Director, Fiscal Affairs, NCSL, Colorado

Presenters: Senator Mike Gronstal, Senate Majority Leader, Iowa
Karl Aro, Executive Director, Department of Legislative Services, Maryland
Laura DeVivo, Senior Policy Advisor to the Speaker, North Carolina

Monday, July 26

 10:15 am - 12 noon

Room 107

Real Life Ethics Cases
(Co-sponsored by the Women's Legislative Network and the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries)

State legislatures have faced a number of crises with ethics-related cases in the past year. This session highlights leaders and veteran staff as they explore the lessons they learned in dealing with these challenges and provide their advice on the best ways to avoid or respond to problems.

Facilitator: Peggy Kerns, Director, Center for Ethics in Government, NCSL, Colorado 

Panelists: Anthony Wilhoit, Executive Director, Legislative Ethics Commission, Kentucky
Representative B. Patrick Bauer, Speaker of the House, Indiana
Representative David Clark, Speaker of the House, Utah
Representative David Ralston, Speaker of the House, Georgia

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Room 217

Legislative Effectiveness Committee Luncheon

Committee Officers and members have lunch and discuss future committee plans.

Presiding:  Tom Wright, Senior Staff to the Speaker of the House, Alaska

NCSL Gratefully acknowledges Intuit for providing luncheon.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Room 107

Keeping up with the Technology
(Co-sponsored by the National Association of Legislative Information Technology, American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries and the Legal Services Staff Section) 

Learn to adapt your work and communications using the latest social networking and other technology. Participate in an interactive learning experience and explore this new world of communication.

Moderator:  Tim Rice, Executive Director, Legislative Information Systems, Illinois

Presenters: Representative Rob Eissler, Texas
Sharon Crouch Steidel, Director of Information Systems, House of Delegates, Virginia
Kae Warnock, Policy Specialist, NCSL, Colorado

Tuesday, July 27

7:30 am - 8:45 am

Room 108

Strategies for Improving Government Efficiency  and Saving Money
(Co-sponsored by the Communications. Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee)

Learn about strategies that government organizations can implement to increase revenue and decrease costs.  Advanced technology, tailored to the public sector, provides governments with sophisticated analytics engines, tools and procedures that deliver unprecedented savings and efficiencies. 

Moderator:  Senator Karin Brownlee, Kansas

Presenter:  Frieda Yueh, Executive - Public Sector Trends and Directions IBM Americas, New York

NCSL gratefully acknowledges IBM for providing breakfast.

10:30 am - 12:00 noon

Room 108

The Transparent Legislature
(Co-sponsored by the Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee, the Legal Services Staff Section and the Leadership Staff Section)

An open government—one that is transparent, participatory and collaborative—is increasingly the new paradigm at all levels and branches of government. Citizens who use the Internet, social media and user-friendly search engines on a daily basis now expect to easily access their legislature. How can legislatures provide access and transparency while ensuring that important privacy, security, data integrity and institutional values are not compromised?

Facilitator:  Paul Taylor, Editor-at-Large, Governing, Washington, D.C.

Speakers: Senator Pamela Althoff, Illinois
Robert Horton, State Archivist, Historical Society, Minnesota
Jon Heining, General Counsel, Legislative Council, Texas
Daniel Schuman, Policy Counsel, Sunlight Foundation, Washington, D.C.