ASLCS 2010 Fall Professional Development Seminar (As of August 16, 2010)

Hilton Milwaukee City Center

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

September 8-12, 2010

Tuesday | Wednesday | ThursdayFriday | Saturday | Sunday |

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Registration/Information Desk
Room TBD, Hilton

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Nominating Committee
Room TBD, Hilton
Presiding:
Millie MacFarland, Clerk, Maine House of Representatives

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm 

2009 - 2010 Executive Committee
Room TBD, Hilton

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

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

 

Mason's Manual Commission
Room TBD, Hilton

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

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration/Information Desk
Room TBD, Hilton

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast
Room TBD, Hilton

Thank you to our sponsor, Sliq Media Technologies!

9:00 am - 11:30 am

Plenary Session - Changing Times Demand Innovation
Room TBD, Hilton

The only constant in organizations these days is change. Human creativity and humor is the essence of all change and re-invention that leads to progress. The victories in organizations will go to the highly imaginative and creative person. You will get more reward for your creative effort, turn mistakes into opportunities, master change through innovation, enhance productivity and decrease burn-out. Be ready for a hands-on opportunity to experience the power of creativity and humor to create a world class organization.

Speaker: Craig Zablocki, Speaker and Consultant, Positively Humor, Denver, Colorado

Noon - 2:00 pm

Annual Luncheon and Business Meeting
Room TBD, Hilton

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

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm 

Plenary Session - Changing Times Demand Innovation (cont'd) 
Room TBD, Hilton

Speaker: Craig Zablocki, Speaker and Consultant, Positively Humor, Denver, Colorado

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm  

New Attendee Orientation
Room TBD, Hilton

5:30 pm 

  

Board Buses to Lakefront Palm Garden
6th Street entrance, Hilton

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm 

Wisconsin Opening Event
Lakefront Palm Garden, inside the Lakefront Brewery, 1872 North Commerce, Milwaukee

Enjoy a traditional Wisconsin fish fry - complete with fried cheese curds - while being entertained by the Brewhaus Polka Kings. Tours of the Lakefront Brewery are available  between 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm.

10:00 pm

Board Buses to Hilton Milwaukee City Center
Thursday, September 9, 2010

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Registration/Information Desk
Room TBD, Hilton

 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast
Room TBD, Hilton

Thank you to our sponsor, Granicus!

9:00 am -  10:30 am

Concurrent Session - Mason's Manual for Dummies (Level 101)
Room TBD, Hilton

The Mason’s Manual Commission recently has completed work on the 2010 edition of Mason’s Manual of Legislative Procedure. This session will give a history of the Manual, how it is used today, and an overview of the changes made in the recent edition.

Moderator: Alfred “Butch” Speer, Clerk, Louisiana House of Representatives and Chair of Mason's Manual Commission

Panelist: Jeffrey A. Finch, Deputy Clerk, Virginia House of Delegates

 

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Concurrent Session - You're Fired! At-will Employment: What Does It Really Mean?
Room TBD. Hilton

Legislative staff are employed at the will of their legislative leadership. This session will discuss what both supervisors and employees should know about their rights and responsibilities under this system. Attendees will also  have an opportunity to discuss other human resource questions and concerns with a leading attorney in the field of employment law. Bring your questions and share your experiences with colleagues.

Moderator:

Speaker: Kerry Saltzman, Attorney, Williams, Bax, and Saltzman, P.C., Chicago, Illinois

10:30 am - Noon

Concurrent Session - You're Elected, So Now What?
Room TBD, Hilton

Due to term limits, 380 legislators are ineligible to run for re-election this year. That’s the largest number of legislators ever termed out in a single year. With a high turnover of legislators, it has become even more important for new members to receive a thorough introduction to the legislative process and the services available to them. This session will feature a discussion of new member orientation programs from a few chambers that have been proven effective.

Moderator: Janice A. Gadd, Legislative Printing Supervisor/Journal Clerk, Utah House of Representatives

Panelists:  Sandra D. Tenney, Chief Clerk, Utah House of Representatives
                    E. Dotson Wilson, Chief Clerk, California Assembly
                    Diane Bell, Deputy Clerk, Florida House

10:30 am - Noon

Concurrent Session - The Cutting Edge Clearinghouse: New Ideas in Legislative I.T.
Room TBD, Hilton

Want to know what exciting new technological advances are being made to improve legislative access and productivity? This session examines technologies used by a few states that have made significant improvements towards increasing the effectiveness of state legislatures.

Moderator: George W. Bishop, IV, Deputy Clerk, Virginia House of Delegates

Panelists: Russell Humphrey, Chief Clerk, Tennessee Senate
                   Burney Durham, Chief Clerk, Tennessee House of Representatives 
                   Steve Kriegish, Director, Tennessee Legislative Information Systems
                  
Steve Miller, Chief, Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau
                   Carlos Conti, Software Developer, Wisconsin Legislative Technology Service Bureau

 

10:30 am - Noon

 

Concurrent Session - How Good Is Your Legislature?
Room TBD, Hilton

How do we determine if a legislature is good?  Forty years ago in an influential book, The Sometime Governments, the Citizens Conference on State Legislatures ranked the 50 state legislatures against criteria they established for "functional, accountable, informed, independent and representative" (FAIIR) legislatures. The book set off a wave of reform in the U.S. This session asks if those reform benchmarks remain useful, and explores ideas that might form a new agenda for legislative strengthening.

Moderator: Brian Weberg, Group Director, NCSL, Denver, Colorado

Panelists:  Karl Kurtz, Division Director, NCSL, Denver, Colorado
                   Alfred “Butch” Speer, Clerk, Louisiana House of Representatives
                   Patrick O’Donnell, Clerk, Nebraska Legislature
                   Susan Clarke Schaar, Clerk, Virginia Senate
                   Robert J. Marchant, Chief Clerk, Wisconsin Senate               

Noon - 1:30 pm

Lunch On Your Own

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Concurrent Session - Mason's Manual for Fanatics (Level 201)
Room TBD, Hillton

Are you ready for some friendly competition – legislative style? Members of the Mason’s Manual Commission will compete against each other (Senate secretaries/clerks vs. House clerks) in answering questions about the soon-to-be published 2010 Mason’s Manual of Legislative Procedure. Points will be awarded to the team that answers each question correctly. Whose going to win? Plan to attend this session to cheer on your favorite chamber, if you have a preference, and get an in-depth look at the changes made to the Manual and how they will affect legislative procedures and interpretations .

Moderator: Alfred “Butch” Speer, Clerk, Louisiana House of Representatives and Chair of Mason's Manual Commission

Senate Team:   Patrick O’Donnell, Clerk, Nebraska Legislature 
                             Dave Avant, Administrative Assistant to Secretary, Alabama Senate

House Team:     Karen Wadsworth, Clerk, New Hampshire House of Representatives
                             Millie MacFarland, Clerk, Maine House of Representatives
                             Laura Clemens, Deputy Clerk, Ohio House of Representatives

1:30 pm  - 3:00 pm

Concurrent Session - It's Not Easy Being Green: the Benefits and Pitfalls of "Greening" your Legislature
Room TBD, Hilton

Some state legislatures have made a concerted effort to be more environmentally friendly in their legislative processes. There are many stories about the amount of paper consumed during legislative sessions. The Hawaii Senate recently made major system improvements that will reduce its use of paper and makes its legislative process more efficient. What steps can we take that will make our institutions more environmentally friendly without jeopardizing our duties to protect and preserve our legislative documents?

Moderator: Susan W. Kannarr, Chief Clerk, Kansas House of Representatives

Panelists: Laurel A. Johnston, Assistant Clerk, Hawaii Senate
                   Robert Horton, Director, Minnesota Historical Society

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Community Service Project with LexisNexis (optional)
Room TBD, Hilton

Don’t miss out on a fun, interactive and meaningful experience benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee.

LexisNexis and ASLCS will work together on a community outreach project to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee.  It’s back to school time and many children don’t have the basic supplies to be successful during the upcoming school year.  Please join us as we pack supply kits to donate to the Boys & Girls Club. Refreshments will be provided

 

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Special Committee Meetings
Room TBD, Hilton

 

5:15 pm

Board Buses to the Harley-Davidson Museum
6th Street entrance, Hilton

 

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Reception at the Harley-Davidson Museum
Rumble at the Harley-Davidson Museum, at the crossroads of 6th and Canal Streets, Milwaukee

8:00 pm

Board buses to Hilton Milwaukee City Center

Evening

Dinner On Your Own
  Friday, September 10, 2010 

 7:30 am - 8:00 am

Breakfast-To-Go and Board Buses to Madison
6th Street entrance, Hilton

A breakfast-to-go will be provided; grab one before boarding a bus.  Buses will pick-up and drop-off at the 6th Street entrance. 

8:00 am - 10:00 am

Travel to Madison

Walking tours of the Wisconsin State Capitol, Camp Randall and the University of Wisconsin - Madison campus - will be offered. Please dress comfortably, including comfortable shoes.

10:00 am - 11:00 am

State Capitol Tours
2 East Main Street, Madison

Tours will commence at the Martin Luther King, Jr. entrance. Public parking is available on South Fairchild Street at the Dane County Parking Garage.

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Welcome to Madison
Assembly Chamber

 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Staff Group Breakouts & Lunch
Boxed lunches will be provided in the Assembly's Reception Room

 

The following groups will meet:

Principal Clerks and Secretaries
Room 411 South, Wisconsin State Capitol

This Session is designed for the chief clerk or secretary of the chamber.

  • Facilitator:  Gregory M. Gray, Clerk, West Virginia House of Delegates and ASLCS President
  • Speakers:   Robert J. Marchant, Chief Clerk, Wisconsin Senate and ASLCS President-elect
                          Patrick E. Fuller, Chief Clerk, Wisconsin Assembly 

Legislative Operations Staff
Senate Parlor, Wisconsin State Capitol

This session is designed for the assistant chief clerk and/or secretary of the chamber and staff whose work directly relates to the legislative process via the journal, calendars and agendas, engrossing and enrolling, bill index and status, and committee operations

  • Facilitator:  Jeffrey A. Finch, Deputy Clerk, Virginia House of Delegates

                             Norma Chastain, Assistant Chief Clerk, Arizona House of Representatives

Administrative and Support Services Staff
Room 201 Southeast, Wisconsin State Capitol

This session is designed for the assistant chief clerk and/or secretary of the chamber and staff whose work supports the legislative process via fiscal administration, information technology, information and public relations and support services, including: facilities management, purchasing, document handling, mail rooms, safety and security.

  • Facilitator: Melanie Reekes, Assistant Purchasing Officer, Virginia Senate

 

 1:00 pm

 Board Buses to Camp Randall

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Welcome to Camp Randall, Tour and and Group Photo
Camp Randall - Kellner Hall (Gate 1), 1440 Monroe Street, Madison

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Board Buses to Memorial Union
Gate 1, Camp Randall

3:15 pm - 5:00 pm

University of Wisconsin Presentation
Memorial Union, 800 Langdon Street, Madison

A brief overview of the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s external relations mission will be provided along with a presentation of UW – Madison’s legislative activities. A discussion will follow about the University’s cross-disciplinary research enterprise, including current work related to stem cell research.

Welcome: Barry Alvarez, Director of Athletics, University of Wisconsin

Speakers: Carolyn “Biddy” Martin, Chancellor, University of Wisconsin
Vince Sweeney, Vice-Chancellor for University Relations, University of Wisconsin
Don Nelson, Director of State Relations, University of Wisconsin
John D. Wiley, Director, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

 

Free Night in Madison

Relax at the Memorial Union and enjoy a cold drink at Der Rathskeller or a scoop of Babcock's ice cream while overlooking Lake Mendota.

Attendees also can visit unique stores and restaurants along State Street, in downtown Madison.

6:00 pm

First Bus Boards to Milwaukee
Memorial Union, 800 Langdon Street, Madison

First bus will begin boarding at 6:00 pm, but will not depart until it is full

7:30 pm

Second Bus Boards to Milwaukee
Memorial Union, 800 Langdon Street, Madison

Second bus will begin boarding at 7:30 pm, but will not depart until it is full

9:30 pm

Final Bus Boards and Departs to Milwaukee
Memorial Union, 800 Langdon Street, Madison

The final bus will depart promptly at 9:30 pm.  Please be on board prior to this time.

Saturday, September 11, 2010 

 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Information Desk
Room TBD, Hilton

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast
Room TBD, Hilton

Thank you to our sponsor, Propylon!

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Legislative Expo
Room TBD, Hilton

Show - and share - the way you do your job with your ASLCS colleagues!  Bring journals, calendars, publications, programs, tips, tricks, helpful hints, anything and everything related to your legislative duties to share with your peers from chambers across the country.

10:30 am - Noon

Concurrent Session - Legislative "Off-the-Record"
Room TBD, Hilton

Bring your issues, concerns, questions and frustrations from your own legislative work environment and discuss them with your colleagues from around the country. This session will enable attendees to get advice and find new ways tackle tough problems – all in a confidential environment. Bring your stories, but leave them in Wisconsin

Moderator:  Patrick O'Donnell, Clerk, Nebraska Legislature
                      Susan Clarke Schaar, Clerk, Virginia Senateto

10:30 am - Noon

Concurrent Session - How Do They Do It?  Comparative Legislative Practices
Room TBD, Hilton

Have you ever wondered about what goes on in other legislative bodies around the world? Did you know that some Native American tribes have their own legislative bodies? Here’s your opportunity to come and hear about their legislative processes and procedures, and to ask questions of our colleagues representing those assemblies.

Moderator: Stephen R. Arias, Chief Clerk, New Mexico House of Representatives

Speakers: Marian Johnston, Clerk Assistant and Clerk of Committees, Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island (Canada)
                    Kirsten Waid, Secretary, Alaska Senate

Noon - 1:00 pm

Lunch on Your Own

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Committee Chair Transition
Room TBD, Hilton

Presiding:  Robert J. Marchant, Chief Clerk, Wisconsin Senate and ASLCS President-Elect

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

New Attendee Wrap-Up
Room TBD, Hilton

Presiding:  Jean Burgin, Chief Clerk, Kentucky House of Representatives

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

"A" Committee Meetings
Rooms TBD, Hilton

Bylaws and Standing Orders - Room
Inside the Legislative Process - Room
Site Selection - Room
Technology - Room

3:05 pm - 3:50 pm

"B" Committee Meetings
Rooms TBD, Hilton

International Communication and Development - Room
Legislative Administrator - Room
Membership and Communication - Room
Support Staff - Room

3:55 pm - 4:45 pm

"C" Committee Meetings
Rooms TBD, Hilton

Canadian-American Relations - Room
Professional Journal - Room
Program Development - Room
Roster - Room

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

President's Reception
Room TBD, Hilton

Thank you to our sponsor, LexisNexis!

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

State Dinner & Entertainment
Room TBD, Hilton

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

Sunday, September 12, 2010 

 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Business Meeting and Breakfast
Room TBD, Hilton

Presiding:  Robert J. Marchant, Chief Clerk, Wisconsin Senate and ASLCS President

Thank you to our sponsor, West, a Thomson Reuters business!

 9:30 am - Noon

2010-2011 Executive Committee Meeting
Room TBD, Hilton

Presiding:  Robert J. Marchant, Chief Clerk, Wisconsin Senate and ASLCS President

Noon

Meeting Adjourned