Legislative effectiveness Committee | meeting Summaries and Presentations

The Legislative Effectiveness Committee (LEC) holds sessions at NCSL's Forums and Legislative Summits. The committee addresses topics like ethics, legislator and staff training, lobbying, constituent outreach and service, technology, social media and effective legislative practices. It also examines legislative spending decisions, caucuses and evaluation practices.

This page provides links to summaries, presentations, tips and other information from the committee’s sessions that have been held since 2007. (Note: After the Annual Meeting in 2007, the name of this meeting changed to "Legislative Summit.")

2016 FORUM AND SUMMIT

DEC. 2016 | FORUM (LEC Agenda)

Representative Democracy After Campaign 2016: Assessing the Impact
What’s Wrong with Being Right
Lessons from Neuroscience for Legislative Work

AUG. 2016| SUMMIT (LEC Agenda)

Media Workshop: Top Tactics, Thoughtful Strategies and Legal Considerations for Your Social Media Life
Legislative Oversight Bootcamp
Securing the People's House: Assessing Threats and Balancing Access
  • Lt. Bo Barton: Turmoil and Violence in the Workplace—presentation
  • Tips for Assessing Threats—handout
  • Example: Concerning Facebook Post—handout
  • Example: Concerning Letter—handout
  • Example: Concerning Post to Article—handout
Legislative Effectiveness Committee Business Meeting and Lunch
  • LEC Business Meeting Agenda—handout
  • Legislative Effectiveness Committee Members—website
  • Civic Education Initiative Maps—handout
Building Trust with Citizens: It's a New Online World -- Creating Legislative Websites that Inspire Public Trust
  • Building Websites that Engage Constituents—blog post
Building Trust with Citizens: Text, Talk, Revive Civility: A National Conversation about Civility
  • Legisbrief - Civility: Does it Matter?—article
Building Trust with Citizens: Using Public Deliberation to Find the Common Ground
Speed of Trust
  • Q&A with Dwight Hansen—video

2015 FORUM AND SUMMIT

DEC. 2015 | FORUM (LEC Agenda)

Civility, Collaboration and the Legislative Process
  • Fairvote: Collaborative Policy Making—website
Who Governs? Legislator Demographics in 2015
Social Media Minefields
  • State Representative Mike Schlossberg (D-Pa.)—video
  • Minefields of Social Media—presentation
Fundraising and Legislating: Two Jobs in One
  • Average Raised by House/Assembly Candidates, by State, 2014—handout
  • Average Raised by Legislative Candidates, by State, 2014—handout
  • Average Raised by Senate Candidates, by State, 2014—handout
  • Fundraising and Legislating—NCSL blog
  • Total Raised by House/Assmebly Candidates, by State, 2000-2014—handout
  • Total Raised by State Legislative Candidates, by Year, 2000-2014—handout
  • Total Raised by State Senate Candidates, by Year, 2000-2014—handout

AUG. 2015 | SUMMIT (LEC Agenda)

Returning to Trust Workshop: A Process for Rebuilding a Critical Infrastructure
When the Voters Decide: The Role of Ballot Measures in Making Law
  • Jennie Bowser: Initiative 101—presentation
  • Q&A with Tyrone Reitman—video
  • Healthy Democracy: The Citizens' Initiative Review—handout
  • The Role of Ballot Measures in Making Law—graphic chart
Mentoring in a Legislative Environment
  • Mentoring New Legislators in the Louisiana House of Representatives—handout
  • Mentor Orientation and Training—handout
Designing Constituent Meetings
Marketing the Citizen Legislator: Professional Development Track Issues Forum

2014 FORUM AND SUMMIT

DEC. 2014 | FORUM (LEC agenda)

Legislators and Staff: Building Trust in a Polarized World—presentation
The Village Square—presentation

AUG. 2014 | LEGISLATIVE SUMMIT (LEC agenda, Summit Resources)

Managing Legislative Staff: Best Practices
Leading the Government Continuous Improvement Transformation (Minnesota)—presentation
Bridging the Ideological Divide—video presentation
 

2013 FORUM AND SUMMIT

AUG. 2013 | LEGISLATIVE SUMMIT (LEC agenda)

The Freshman Class: Why Didn't You Tell Us About...?—presentation, summary
Dynamic Committees—summary
Legislator Tested, Legislator Approval: Practical Advice to Connect with your Constituents—summary, handout
Getting Practical Help from NCSL—summary

MAY 2013 | SPRING FORUM (LEC agenda)

Crossroads for Legislative IT Decisions
From the Campaign to the Capitol—handout
Strenghtening Democracy—handout
Moving from Campaigning to Legislating—summary
Open House with Representative Jay Kaufman—handout
Using Technology to Connect to Constituents—presentation
 

2012 FORUM AND SUMMIT

DEC. 2012 | FALL FORUM (LEC agenda)

Ethical Challenges Facing Legislators and Legislative Staff—presentation
The Art of Tough Conversations—handout
Legislator Ethics Scenari—handout

AUG. 2012 | LEGISLATIVE SUMMIT (LEC agenda)

Using the Audit Tool: A Critical Link to Effectiveness
Balancing the Powers of Governors—summary
Connecting to Citizens
Making Sound Decisions When the Sky is Falling—presentation
Cultivating Winning Relationships—presentation
Ethics discussion with Jack Abramoff—video presentation
 

2011 FORUMS AND SUMMIT

DEC. 2011 | FALL FORUM (LEC agenda)

Civic Education: Breaking Through the Barriers—presentation, handout
Social Media: What Do You Need to Know?
  • How Can You See My #Tweets: An Overview of the Law and Social Media—presentation
  • Social Media: Pros and Cons—presentation
A New Look at Effective Committee Chairs—summary
Legislative Service with Tough Budget Choices
  • Legislative Services with Tough Budget Choices—presentation
  • Meeting the Public Scrutiny—handout
  • Karl Aro's Tips on Legislative Service/Tough Budget Choices—handout

AUG. 2011 | LEGISLATIVE SUMMIT (LEC agenda)

Tools for Stressful Times—summary
21st Century Self-Assessment: A New Tool for Legislative Agencies—summary
Caucus Strategic Planning—summary
Ethics at the Box Office—presentation

APRIL 2011 | SPRING FORUM (LEC agenda)

Speaking for the Legislature—summary
NCSL: Get Your Money's Worth—summary
Constituent Service and Civic Engagement in U.S. State Legislatures—presentation
Constituent Services Best Practices—summary
The Best of Constituent Service—presentation
 

2010 FORUMS AND SUMMIT

DEC. 2010 | FALL FORUM (LEC agenda)

Ethics: Becoming the Problem Solvers—summary
Moving from Campaigning to Legislating—presentation
Using Technology in the Chamber and Capitol—summary
Civility in Government: A Workshop—summary

JULY 2010 | LEGISLATIVE SUMMIT (LEC agenda)

Staying Connected in the Last Frontier—presentation
Real Life Ethics Cases—summary
Keeping Up With Technology
Optimizing Government Through Technology—presentation
The Transparent Legislature
  • The Transparent Legislature—presentation
  • Project Background: Preserving Legislative Digital Records—presentation
  • Open At Your Own Risk: Some Practical, Legal and Ethical Considerations for Open Government—presentation
Town Hall Meetings that Work
  • The Legislator/Citizen Connection: How to Run a Great Town Hall Meeting—presentation
  • Community Politics and Communicative Dialogue—handout
  • A Quick Guide for Moderators of Community Conversations—handout
  • What is Deliberation?—handout

APRIL 2010 | SPRING FORUM (LEC agenda)

Civility, Respect and the Politics of Governing—audio presentation
Changing Communication—presentation
The Generational Divide Hits the Legislature—video presentation
  • The Recruitment and Retention of Millenial Generation State Legislative Staff—presentation
  • Crossing the Generational Divide—presentation
     

2009 FORUMS AND SUMMIT

DEC. 2009 | FALL FORUM (LEC agenda)

The Rise and Fall of the Town Hall Meeting—video presentation
Tears of a Clown: An Overview of the Law and Ethics of Blogging—presentation
After the Stimulus, What Next?—presentation

JULY 2009 | LEGISLATIVE SUMMIT (LEC agenda)

An Eye On The Executive Branch
Ethics: Train The Trainer
International Legislative Best Practices

APRIL 2009 | SPRING FORUM (LEC agenda)

Social Networking 101—presentation, handout
Sample of Legislative Operating Budget Responses to Fiscal Crisis—presentation
Ethics: What Were They Thinking?—summary
 

2008 FORUMS AND SUMMIT

DEC. 2008 | FALL FORUM (LEC agenda)

Hawaii Senate's Paperless Initiative—presentation
Legislature Going Green: The Paperless Legislature—presentation
Paperless Legislature Update from the Virginia House of Delegates—presentation
Back to the Future—summary
Can We Talk?—summary

JULY 2008 | LEGISLATIVE SUMMIT (LEC agenda)

Creating an Effective Statewide Information Technology Policy | Managing an Enterprise Portfolio: the Minnesota Model—presentation
A Programmatic View of State IT Programs—presentation
Best Committee Practices—summary
Convening: The Legislator's Powerful Role—presentation

APRIL 2008 | SPRING FORUM (LEC agenda)

The Legislator/Citizen Connection:  How to Run a Great Town Hall Meeting—summary
Making the Most of the Interim—summary
Mentoring:  Getting Good Guidance—summary
 

2007 FORUMS AND MEETING

NOV. 2007 | FALL FORUM (LEC agenda)

Legislative Compensation: Too Hot To Handle—summary
Taking On The Tough Stuff—summary
Can We Talk?—summary

AUG. 2007 | ANNUAL MEETING (LEC agenda)

The Rise of the Task Force—summary
The Boomers Come to the Capitol—summary
Strong Legislative Caucuses—summary
No Cup of Coffee: The Line Between Legislators and Lobbyists—summary
Taking the Pulse of the New Legislature—summary

APR. 2007 | SPRING FORUM (LEC agenda)

Nonpartisan Staff: Staying Relevant in Partisan Times—summary
How to be a Media Rock Star—summary
Basics of Blogging: How to Blog with the Best of Them—summary