LCJPS 2018 Legislative Summit Agenda

7/22/2018

2018 Legislative SummitThe NCSL 2018 Legislative Summit will meet at the Los Angeles Convention Center on July 29-Aug. 2. Below is the preliminary agenda for the Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.  

Here is the Legislative Summit schedule at a glance.  

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Monday, July 30, 2018
Time Sessions

3:15-4:30 p.m.
LACC Room 403 AB

Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee

Supreme Court Roundup (Audio Streamed) (CLE)
(Joint with the Research, Editorial, Legal and Committee Staff)
The U.S. Supreme Court has had a busy year of cases, many of which have meaningful implications for states. Attendees will explore these cases—from gerrymandering and elections to religious and gay rights, sports gambling and online sales taxes—and gain insider information about our nation’s highest court.
 

Moderator:

  • Honorable Timothy R. Johns, State Representative, South Dakota

Speaker: 

  • Lisa Soronen, Executive Director, State & Local Legal Center, Washington, D.C.
4:30-5:15 p.m.
LACC Room 403 AB

Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee
Business Meeting

All committee members are encouraged to attend this meeting to discuss and vote on committee policies and resolutions. Please find the policy directives and resolutions on the NCSL app and Summit online agenda.

Presiding:

  • Honorable Timothy R. Johns, State Representative, South Dakota
  • Honorable Gerald Malloy, State Senator, South Carolina

Speaker:

  • Susan Parnas Frederick, Senior Federal Affairs Counsel and Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Policy Director, NCSL
Tuesday, july 31, 2018
10:15-11 a.m.
LACC Room  304 ABC
 

Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee
Federal Update

The Trump administration and Congress have proposed rules and legislation in a variety of areas that will significantly impact states. Attendees will learn about these federal measures and how they will affect their states and help direct NCSL’s advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill.


Moderator:

  • Honorable Roger E. Goodman, State Representative, Washington

Speakers:

  • Susan Parnas Frederick, Senior Federal Affairs Counsel and Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Policy Director, NCSL
  • Lucia Bragg, Policy Associate, NCSL
11 a.m.-12 p.m.
LACC Room  304 ABC

 

Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee
At a Crossroads:  States, the Federal Government and Cannabis (CLE)

There is a longstanding conflict between the federal Controlled Substances Act and state laws legalizing marijuana. This year, with the release of the attorney general’s Memorandum on Marijuana Enforcement, states that have legalized marijuana in any context—whether decriminalizing small amounts or legalizing medical, recreational or both—face uncertainty over how the federal government will pursue enforcement. Attendees will learn how this new policy may affect states and how to proceed.
 

Moderator:

  • Honorable Eric K. Hutchings, State Representative, Utah

Speakers:

  • Honorable Reggie Jones-Sawyer, Sr., State Assemblymember, California
  • Honorable Roger J. Katz, State Senator, Maine
  • Professor Robert Mikos, Vanderbilt Law School, Tennessee
12:15-1:15 p.m.
LACC Room 403 AB
 

Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee
The Arts for Incarcerated Youth 
Luncheon

(Joint with the Labor and Economic Development Committee)
A budding coalition has formed to pursue policy reforms enabling youth involved in the criminal justice system to reach their full potential through the arts. Presenters will share practical examples, significant research and policy implications for state decision-makers. Attendees will explore the intersection of the arts and the juvenile justice system.
 

Moderator:

  • Honorable Gerald Malloy, State Senator, South Carolina

Speakers:

  • Jay Dick, Senior Director of State & Local Government Affairs, American for the Arts, Washington, D.C. 
  • Jeff Poulin, Arts Education Program Manager, Americans for the Arts, Washington, D.C.
  • Kaile Shilling, Executive Director, Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network, California
  • Ayanna Cole, Assistant Director, Social Impact Programs, Carnegie Hall, New York
  • Dr. Amir Whitaker, Esq., Founder and Director, Project KnuckleHead, California

NCSL gratefully acknowledges the Americans for the Arts for its support of this luncheon. 

1:30-2:45 p.m.
LACC Room 403 AB
 

Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee
Strategies for Managing Prison Health Care Costs

(Joint with the Health and Human Services Committee and Budgets and Revenue Committee)

Providing prison health care is expensive—states spent $8.1 billion in FY 2015. Inmates have higher rates of physical and behavioral health problems than the general population and states and localities are constitutionally mandated to provide a minimum level of care. When prisoners stay healthy, states’ budgets stay healthier, too. This session will explore state strategies that aim to control rising health care costs in the corrections system, while promoting inmate health and ensuring public safety. 
 

Moderator:

  • Honorable Paul Ray, State Representative, Utah

Speakers:

  • Frances McGaffey, Senior Associate, State Fiscal Health, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, D.C.
  • Daniel Mistak, JD, General Counsel, Community Oriented Correctional Health Services, California
  • Dr. Stacey Trooskin, Physician and Director of Viral Hepatitis Program, Philadelphia Fight-Community Health Center, Pennsylvania
2:45-4 p.m.
LACC Room 403 AB
 

Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee
Exploring Victims’ Rights Through Marsy’s Law (CLE) 

States are showing increased interest in victims’ rights, with many policymakers looking to Marsy’s Law—the California Victims' Bill of Rights Act of 2008—as a model policy. This strategy would amend state constitutions to provide meaningful, enforceable rights to crime victims on par with those afforded to defendants. Is Marsy’s Law good policy, or will it increase costs, delay cases, and result in more litigation? Is there a middle ground? This session will explore approaches to victims’ rights legislation, including Marsy’s Law, and highlight effective implementation strategies.
 

Moderator:

  • Honorable Gerald Malloy, State Senator, South Carolina

Panelists:

  • Patrick Guinan, Senior Principal Policy Analyst, Legislative Counsel Bureau, Nevada Legislature
  • Elizabeth Ortiz, Executive Director, Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys Advisory Council (APAAC), Arizona
  • Honorable Whitney H. Westerfield, State Senator, Kentucky
4-5:15 p.m.
LACC Room 403 AB

Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee
Understanding the Legal Landscape of Criminal Records in Hiring Decisions (CLE)

(Joint with the Labor and Economic Development Committee)
State laws create numerous barriers to employment and occupational licensing for people with criminal records. Nationwide, efforts have focused on “fair chance” hiring reforms designed to increase employment opportunities for ex-offenders. While working on reforms, it’s important to understand the legal landscape. This session will highlight federal laws and agency guidance, noteworthy state court decisions and legislative solutions.

 

Moderator:

  • Honorable Eric K. Hutchings, State Representative, Utah

Speakers: 

  • Carol Miaskoff, Associate Legal Counsel, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington, D.C.
  • Chidi Umez, Project Manager, CSG Justice Center, New York
  • Honorable David I. Weprin, State Assemblymember, New York
Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018
8-9:45 a.m.
LACC Room Petree CD

Setting the States’ Agenda (Business) Meeting Breakfast  



10-11:30 a.m.
LACC Room 403 AB
"Other, Related Sessions"

Issue Session -- Cornerstones of Effective Juvenile Justice Policy in the 21st Century (CLE)

Legislators and NCSL teamed up to identify 12 principles of effective juvenile justice policy and created a report highlighting examples of these concepts in action. This session will highlight these research-driven principles and how states have incorporated them into policies resulting in just and equitable systems, cost-effective responses to juvenile crime, and improved outcomes for youth, families, and communities.
 

Presiding:

  • Honorable Patty Pansing Brooks, State Senator, Nebraska
  • Honorable Whitney H. Westerfield, State Senator, Kentucky

Panelists:

  • Miguel Garcia, Youth Promise Policy Fellow, California
  • Honorable Holly J. Mitchell, State Senator, California
  • Dana Shoenberg, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, D.C.
  • Honorable V. Lowry Snow, State Representative, Utah
2-3:15 p.m.
LACC Room 403 AB
Issue Session -- A Multidisciplinary Approach to Behavioral Health
State policies increasingly look to “deflect” those with mental health and substance use disorders from the criminal justice system. Learn how mental health professionals are teaming up with law enforcement to help treat this population in alternative settings. 
 

Moderator:

  • Honorable Roger E. Goodman, State Representative, Washington

Speakers:

  • Brandon Barclay, Sergeant, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, California
  • Honorable Jeff P. Brandes, State Senator, Florida
  • Laurie Garduque, Director, Justice Reform, The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Illinois
  • Travis Parker, Senior Project Associate, Policy Research, Inc., New York
  • Kevin Tiwari, Sergeant, Metal Evaluation Team, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, California
2-4:45 p.m.
LACC 408 AB

Deep Dive – Childhood Trauma:  The Everyday Problem That is Running States Dry

Building off 2017 momentum and interest, this innovative session examines the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs ) on states’ health, human services, criminal justice and education systems. Explore policy solutions and strategies to address the consequences on families and state budgets. Engage in discussions and intgeractive activities designed to delve into the issues and craft practical solutions. 

What You’ll Learn:

  • An in-depth understanding of how childhood trauma impacts the health, human services, education and criminal justice systems
  • Strategies to prevent and mitigate the human, societal and budgetary costs of childhood trauma
  • The importance and benefits of cross-system collaboration

Speakers:

  • Liz Huntley, Counsel, Lightfoot, Franklin, White LLC, Alabama
  • Elizabeth Jordan, Child Trends, Maryland
  • Madison Strempek, Maryland

Panelists:

  • Charles Sallee, Deputy Director for Program Evaluation, Legislative Finance Committee, New Mexico
  • Honorable Ivy A. Spohnolz, State Representative, Alaska
Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018

9:45-11 a.m.

LACC Room 304 ABC
 

Issue Session -- Opioids: Lessons Learned from the States (Video Streamed)
This interactive session will cover the latest health and human services developments in efforts to address the opioid epidemic, which continues to claim lives and affect families across the nation. State legislators and experts will discuss new data, recent legislation and policy innovations in states.

Moderator: 

  • Honorable Jonathan Singer, State Representative, Colorado

Panelists: 

  • Honorable Judy Lee, State Senator, North Dakota
  • Honorable Ann D. Pugh, State Representative, Vermont
  • Honorable Michael C. Sprinkle, State Assemblymember, Nevada
  • Honorable David S. Wilson, State Senator, Alaska