NCSL Legislative Summit
ASLCS Agenda

Kentucky International Convention Center
Downtown Louisville, Kentucky
July 25-28, 2010

 (As of July 23, 2010)

 Saturday | Sunday | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday

Saturday, July 24, 2010

 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Mason's Manual Commission

Louisville Marriott Downtown, Rose Room, Level 2

Presiding:  Alfred "Butch" Speer, Clerk of the Louisiana House and Mason's Manual Commission Chair

Sunday, July 25, 2010

 6:30 am - 5:00 pm

Registration

KICC - Exhibit Hall 1AB, Level 1

7:30 am - 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast

KICC - Exhibit Hall 1AB, Level 1

11:00 am - Noon

Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee (LSCC)

Louisville Marriott Downtown, Ballrooms 1-4, Level 2

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm 

ASLCS Standing Committees - "A"

KICC - Rooms 212, 215, 216, and 217, Level 2

The ASLCS "A" Bylaws and Standing Orders, Inside the Legislative Process, Site Selection and Technology Committees will meet.

1:35 pm - 2:05 pm

ASLCS Standing Committes - "B"

KICC - Rooms 212, 215, 216, and 217, Level 2

The ASLCS "B" International Communication and Development, Legislative Administrator, Membership and Communication and Support Staff Committees will meet. 

2:10 pm - 2:45 pm

  

ASLCS Standing Committees - "C"

KICC - Rooms 212, 215, 216, and 217, Level 2

The ASLCS "C" Canadian-American Relations, Professional Journal, Program Development and Roster Committees will meet.

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm 

NCSL Executive Committee

Louisville Marriott Downtown, Ballrooms 5 - 6, Level 2

Monday, July 26, 2010

 7:00 am - 5:30 pm

Registration

KICC - Exhibit Hall 1AB, Level 1

7:00 am - 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast

KICC - Exhibit Hall 1AB, Level 1

7:30 am - 8:00 am

New Legislative Staff Orientation

KICC - Room 207, Level 2

If you are a state legislative employee attending your first NCSL Legislative Summit, take part in this interactive orientation and learn how to navigate your way through the nation's most substantive public policy meeting. Veterans of this meeting will talk to you about the staff networks you can join and the professional development opportunities available to you at the meeting.

8:15 am - 9:45 am

General Session
KICC - Cascade Ballroom, Level 1

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell headline the opening ceremony for the 2010 NCSL Legislative Summit. Hear their perspectives on key national issues and the relationship between states and the federal government. A welcome from Kentucky’s legislative leaders and a tribute to state legislators and state legislative staff who served in current U.S. military operations overseas will highlight this session.

 

Presiding: Georgia State Senator Don Balfour, NCSL President

Remarks: U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California

Welcome: Kentucky Senate President David L. Williams and House Speaker Greg Stumbo

 Civic Soldier Medal of Honor Awards Presentation

Remarks: U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky

10:15 am - Noon 

Real Life Ethics Cases

KICC - Room 107, Level 1

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

Facilitator: Peggy Kerns, NCSL

Panelists: Speaker B. Patrick Bauer, Indiana
Speaker David Clark, Utah
Speaker David Ralston, Georgia
Anthony Wilhoit, Legislatve Ethics Commission, Kentucky

Sponsored by NCSL's Legislative Effectiveness Committee

Cosponsored with the Legal Services Staff Section and the Women's Legislative Network

12 noon - 5:00 pm 

Exhibit Hall Open

KICC - Exhibit Hall 2C&D

Noon - 1:30 pm

ASLCS Exective Committee

Louisville Marriott Downtown, Paddock Room, Level 2

Presiding:  Gregory M.  Gray, Clerk of the West Virginia House and ASLCS President

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Keeping Up With Technology

KICC - Room 107, Level 1

Whether you embrace social networking and the latest technology, it’s clear that legislators and staff need to learn how to adapt their work and communications to the recent changes.  This session provides an interactive learning experience as we continue our look at legislative best practices in using technology and communication.

Moderator: Tim Rice, Legislative Information System, General Assembly, Illinois 

Speakers: Sharon Crouch Steidel, Information Systems, House of Delegates, Virginia
Representative Rob Eissler, Texas
Kae Warnock, NCSL

Sponsored by NCSL’s Legislative Effectiveness Committee

Co-sponsored with the Legal Services Staff Section, Leadership Staff Section and the National Association of Legislative Information Technology

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm 

Legislative Staff University:  Leadership in Challenging Times

KICC - Room 107, Level 1

Designing innovative solutions to thorny issues is important in tough budget times, particularly when the public's trust in government is waning. Learn the essential leadership skills to motivate and inspire that can make a difference in policymaking and personnel management. Representative Jay Kaufman, chair of the Massachusetts Revenue Committee and director of the Center for Leadership and Public Life at Northeastern University in Boston will share his ideas and perspective.

Speaker: Representative Jay R. Kaufman, Massachusetts

6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Kentucky Opening Social Event:  Country, Culture and Cuisine on the Waterfront

Waterfront Park

The spirit of Kentucky is on parade tonight! Wynona Judd, Loretta Lynn and Patty Loveless—three great champions of country music—star in our private concert on the shores of the Ohio River. You’ll enjoy a delicious Southern dinner and stroll through a crafts village featuring traditional Kentucky arts and crafts. Visit the memorial to one of Kentucky’s most famous natives—Abraham Lincoln—whose inspiration for the Emancipation Proclamation came from these shores—and talk with the sculptor who created it. Warm up for the concert by visiting the Steamer Belle of Louisville, a national historic monument, for dancing and socializing. A night of legends, a night to remember.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration

KICC - Exhibit Hall  1AB, Level 1

7:00 am - 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast

KICC - Exhibit Hall 1AB, Level 1

9:00 am - 10:15 am

General Session:  An Education Success Story

KICC - Cascade Ballroom, Level 1

Jeb Bush was governor of a state whose education system ranked at the bottom nationally, but the will to improve and the courageous leadership of the Florida Legislature changed so much in a decade. Hear Governor Bush discuss why Florida didn’t abandon reform during tough times, but focused on the long-term benefits of providing quality education to every student in the state and reversed a generation of decline in public schools.

Jeb Bush was governor of a state whose education system ranked at the bottom nationally, but the will to improve and the courageous leadership of the Florida Legislature changed so much in a decade. Hear Governor Bush discuss why Florida didn’t abandon reform during tough times, but focused on the long-term benefits of providing quality education to every student in the state and reversed a generation of decline in public schools.

Presiding: Massachusetts Senator Richard Moore, NCSL President-Elect

Welcome, Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson

Excellence in Legislative Leadership Award, Representative Lynn Kessler, Washington

Texas 2011 NCSL Legislative Summit Kickoff Ceremony

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Open

KICC - Exhibit Hall 2C&D

10:30 am - Noon

The Transparent Legislature

KICC - Room 108, Level 1

An open government—one that is transparent, participatory and collaborative—is increasingly the new paradigm at all levels and branches of government. How can legislatures provide access and transparency while ensuring that important privacy, security, data integrity and institutional values are not compromised?

Facilitator: Paul Taylor, Governing, e-Republic, Inc., Washington

Speaker: Senator Pamela J. Althoff, Illinois
Jon Heining, Texas Legislative Council
Robert Horton, Minnesota Historical Society
Daniel Schuman, Sunlight Foundation, Washington, D.C.

 

Co-Sponsored with NCSL’s Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee, Legal Services Staff Section, Leadership Staff Section, NCSL’s Legislative Effectiveness Committee, and the National Association of Legislative Information Technology

11:30 am - 1:30 pm

A Taste of Texas:  2011 Kick Off

KICC - Exhibit Hall 2C&D

Visit with our outstanding exhibitors to learn about an amazing range of great products, information and services, while getting excited for next year's Summit in San Antonio. All meeting participants are invited to join the Texas Host Committee for "A Taste of Texas" and enjoy the Lone Star State’s famous barbecue and Mexican food. Come with a hearty appetite and be prepared for Texas-sized hospitality and scrumptious food.

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Issue Forums

  • America’s Energy Future
  • Citizens United v. FEC: Political Blockbuster or Not?
  • Containing Costs for Workers’ Compensation
  • Horse Racing Industry Issues
  • How Good Is Your Legislature?
  • Investing in Children’s Health
  • Top 10 Management Characteristics of Highly Rated States
  • Current Issues in State Retirement Policy (Pension Track)
  • Town Hall Meetings that Work (Legislator Training Track)

2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Issue Forums
  • 2010 Fall Election Preview
  • A Voice for Rural Issues
  • Boosting Savings in Troubled Times
  • Preparing for Battle: Trained Troops and Happy Families
  • Recovering from the Great Recession: The Role of Community Colleges
  • Reexamining the Death Penalty
  • What’s Ahead for the Economy: Choppy Waters or Smooth Sailing?
  • State Responses to the Pension Crisis (Pension Track)
  • Time Management for Busy Executives (Training Track)

4:30 pm - 5:45 pm

Greening the Legislature

KICC - Room 211, Level 2

"Going green" is a popular and growing trend, but what do green IT initiatives mean for the legislative environment? Energy-saving computer purchases, virtualization, going paperless and other green solutions potentially can have long term benefits and cost savings for government. Learn about the practicality of green IT policies and strategies for state legislatures.

Moderator: Duncan Goss, Information Technology, Legislative Council, Vermont

Speaker: Senator Les Ihara Jr., Hawaii

Sponsored by the National Association of Legislative Information Technology

Evening

States' Nights
Wednesday, July 28, 2010

7:00 am - 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast

KICC - Exhibit Hall 1AB, Level 1

8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Registration

KICC - Exhibit Hall 1AB, Level 1

8:00 am - 9:30 am

Issue Forums

  • A Data-Driven Approach to Reducing Prison Spending
  • Creating Jobs in a Recession—Subsidized Employment
  • Getting into the College of Your Choice
  • Global Perspective on Job Creation and Economic Development
  • Investing in Our Nation’s Infrastructure
  • Quality and Cost: Achieving Value in Today’s Health Care Climate
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Unemployment Insurance
  • Financing Public Retiree Health (Pension Track)
  • Redistricting: What Every Legislator Needs to Know (Legislator Training Track)

9:00 am - Noon

Exhibit Hall Open

KICC - Exhibit Hall 2C&D

9:45 am - 11:00 am

General Session:  America's Take

KICC - Cascade BC, Level 1

Pollsters Peter Hart and Neil Newhouse have different political leanings but they both have a take on how Americans view the economy, the current direction of the country and how today’s politics will play out in November. Hear Hart, a Democrat whose client list includes the Clintons and Kennedys, and Newhouse, a Republican recently named “Pollster of the Year” for his work on Scott Brown’s Massachusetts Senate campaign, dissect Americans’ attitudes in this time of political turbulence.

Presiding: North Carolina House Speaker Joe Hackney, NCSL Immediate Past President

Mason’s Manual Match, Louisiana House Clerk Butch Speer, Mason’s Manual Commission Chair

2010 Public Leadership in the Arts Award, Senator Stanley Rosenberg, Massachusetts

Project Citizen Awards

Trust for Representative Democracy 10th Anniversary Presentation

Keynote Address: Neil Newhouse and Peter Hart

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

NCSL Business Meeting

KICC - Cascade A, Level 1

11:15 am - 12:30 pm

Tribute to Legislative Staff

KICC - Cascade BC, Level 1

Just as strong states make a strong nation, strong legislative staffs make strong legislatures. Come celebrate the contributions staff make to their legislatures and to NCSL. Listen to David Landis—- former state senator, currently engaged in college teaching and urban planner—-discuss the importance of legislative service as a career, particularly at a time of public distrust of government and the retirement of staff who have been part of the legislature's rise in stature over the years.

Presiding: Nancy Cyr, Legislative Research Division, Nebraska, Staff Chair, NCSL 

Speaker: David Landis, Lincoln Urban Development Department, Nebraska

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

ASLCS Business Meeting and Luncheon

Bristol Bar and Grille, 614 West Main Street, Louisville

Presiding: Gregory M. Gray, Clerk of the West Virgina House, and ASLCS President

ASLCS and NCSL gratefully acknowledge International Roll-Call Corporation for sponsoring the luncheon

 2:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Legislative Staff University: Making Your Point Successfully

KICC - Room 208, Level 2

In an era of conflict and partisanship, communicating effectively and respectfully with those you supervise and those you serve is essential for success in legislative careers. The spoken and written word have a lasting impact, and the legislative institution benefits when consideration, courtesy and decorum guide communication. Listen to Anna Post with the Emily Post Institute as she discusses techniques that work both on the chamber floor and in the office workplace.

Speaker: Anna Post, Emily Post Institute, Vermont

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Protecting Legislative Records in the Digital Age

KICC - Room 108, Level 1

Legislative documents have survived for decades But now they consist of digital content including text, images, audio, video and more, and are more fragile than paper. Digital materials and content depend on technology and active management to ensure ongoing accessibility. Learn about a proposed model law, technical solutions and other collaborative efforts to ensure that digital legislative records are authentic, trustworthy, enduring and accessible.

Moderator: Linda Pittsford, Computer Support Center, Legislative Council, Texas

Panelists: Daniel Dodge, Thomson Reuters, Minnesota
Robert Horton, Minnesota Historical Society, Minnesota
Michael Wash, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by the National Association of Legislative Information Technology

Co-sponsored with NCSL’s Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee and the Legislative Research Librarians

 

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Kentucky Closing Event: Race to the Finish Line

Churchill Downs

Experience the magic of Churchill Downs, the host of “the most exciting two minutes in sports.” You’ll wander the paddock area where the horses, jockeys and trainers will be on hand. You’ll dine in Millionaire’s Row and taste some of Kentucky’s Master Bourbon Distillers’ best offerings. Have your picture taken under the historic twin spires. The highlight of the evening will be live racing exclusively for our guests. You can bet on the race with your $100 voucher, and the person who parlays it into the largest winnings will receive a 2011 Derby Box. It’s a night of champions!