2011 Fall Forum Agenda and Presentations

Redistricting and Elections Committee 

2011 NCSL Fall Forum
Nov. 29-Dec. 2, 2011
Tampa Marriott Waterside
Tampa, Florida


 November 30| December 1 | December 2

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

7:30am – 5:30pm


1:00pm – 2:15pm

Bush vs. Gore, Revisited
More than a decade ago, Florida seized the nation’s attention with the contentious 2000 presidential election—especially its aftermath of recounts and court battles. Since then, Florida’s lawmakers and administrators have done much to address election policies and procedures. “Lessons learned” from the Sunshine State may serve all states well as elections move into the next decade.

  • Moderator:

Representative Janice Pauls, Kansas

  • Speakers:

Deborah Clark, Supervisor of Elections, Pinellas County, Florida

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Joni James, Deputy Editor of Editorials, St. Petersburg Times, Florida

2:15pm – 3:30pm

Voter ID: What’s next?
A whopping 34 states introduced voter ID legislation this year, and seven states enacted new laws, each with unique provisions. What will these new laws mean for voters in 2012? What challenges do states face as they implement new voter ID laws? What have the courts had to say? And, what will 2012 bring in terms of additional voter ID legislation?

  • Moderator:

Doug Himes, Senior Legislative Attorney, Tennessee

  • Speakers:

Jennie Bowser, NCSL, Colorado

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Mike Ertel, Supervisor of Elections, Seminole County, Florida
Representative J. Patrick O’Neill, Rhode Island

4:15pm – 5:30pm

Opening General Session: John Rutledge

For 35 years, John Rutledge has traveled the world advising governments, corporations, pension funds and individual investors on how to create, grow and manage wealth. He is chairman of Rutledge Capital, and was one of the principal architects of the Reagan economic plan in 1980-81.

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Opening Reception

Join your colleagues for a networking reception! The Tampa Bay History Center is located at 801 Old Water Street which is a five-minute walk, east along the channel Riverwalk.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

7:30am - 5:00pm


9:00am - 10:00am

50 Ways to Do Redistricting

It’s a common refrain; “there must be a better way.” The redistricting process can be a challenging task that often leaves legislators, staff and others scratching their heads wondering how other states get it done. Every state approaches the job differently. Review alternative approaches that states can use to get plans done.

  • Moderator:

Senator Bryan Taylor, Alabama

  • Speaker:

Tim Storey, NCSL, Colorado

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Online District Building Systems
Many legislatures devoted substantial time, money and energy into building advanced online redistricting systems for 2011 to encourage and manage public input into the process. Learn about models that may guide states in the future.

  • Moderator:

Debra Levine, Demographic Research and Reapportionment, New York

  • Speaker:

Howard Simkowitz, Caliper Corporation, Washington, D.C.

11:45am –1:15pm

General Session Lunch -- A Model for State Pension Reform

States are considering a model for state pension reform called a "hybrid" that provides employees with both a traditional pension plan and a 401(k)-type plan. It has been adopted in Utah and is under consideration in Rhode Island. It can provide safer employee benefits than moving entirely to a 401(k)-type plan, and can be less expensive for governments than a traditional plan. Speakers will show how this plan works, and its pros and cons.

1:30pm – 2:45pm

Litigation Looms Large
Dozens of cases are pending as a result of 2011 redistricting, and some of them have the potential to be “blockbusters.” Could states be scrambling back to the proverbial drawing board after a major federal court decision? This session will look at pending legal challenges and explore the possibilities of a major ruling.

  • Moderator:

Delegate Jon Cardin, Maryland

  • Speakers:

J. Gerald Hebert, Campaign Legal Center, Washington, D.C.
Jason Torchinsky, Holtzman Vogel PLCC, Virginia

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2:45 pm - 3:45 pm  

Census Review…and Look Forward
Hear about the recent release of the Census Bureau's “Section 203” determinations which established where ballots must be distributed in languages other than English. Census Bureau staff will discuss plans to collect newly drawn Congressional and legislative districts as well as review items related to the 2010 Redistricting Data Program and how to plan for 2020. It is vital that the Bureau hears from states now about how this cycle went.
Cathy McCully, Redistricting Data Office, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, D.C.
James Whitehorne, Redistricting Data Office, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, D.C.

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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Committee Roundtable and Business Meeting
Attendees will discuss redistricting and elections developments and learn from other states about what is going on and how they have solved common problems.

  • Moderators:

Debra Levine, Demographic Research and Reapportionment, New York
Representative Janice Pauls, Kansas

6:00pm – 7:00pm 


Friday, December 2, 2011

8:30am – 10:30am

General Session Breakfast: How the Current Budget Crisis Might Reinvent K-12 Education

National and state education leaders will discuss creative and innovative reforms that maintain--or perhaps even reduce--spending while achieving better student performance. Arizona Senator Rich Crandall will moderator a panel including Karen Baroody, managing director at Education Resource Strategies; Texas Representative Scott Hochberg, a leader in public school finance and Chester Finn, president at The Thomas B. Fordham Institute.

10:30am – Noon

Fall Forum NCSL Business Meeting



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