NCSL 2011 Legislative Summit
ASLCS Agenda

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, Texas
August 8-11, 2011(as of August 5, 2011)

 Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday

Monday, August 8, 2011

7:00 am-5:00 pm


CC Bridge Hall, Street Level

8:00 am-2:45 pm

NCSL Pre-Conferences and Task Forces

9:00 am-12 noon

Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee (LSCC)

1:00 pm-1:30 pm

ASLCS Standing Committees - "A"

CC 212A, 212B, 213A, 213B, Concourse 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 Committees - "B"

CC 212A, 212B, 213A, 213B, Concourse 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"

CC 212A, 212B, 213A, 213B, Concourse Level 2

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

3:00 pm-5:30 pm


NCSL Standing Committees

4:00 pm-5:30 pm

NCSL Executive Committee

CC 214A, Concourse Level 2

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

 7:00 am-5:30 pm


CC Bridge Hall, Street Level 2

7:45 am-8:45 am

Orientation for New Staff Section Officers

CC 213A, Concourse Level 2

7:45 am-8:45 am

Orientation for New Attendees

CC 212A, Concourse Level 2

7:45 am-8:45 am

Prayer Breakfast

CC 006B, River Level

9 am – 10:30 am

General Session

CC Lila Cockrell Theater, Street Level

Jim Collins, author of the mega-hit book “Good to Great,” is an expert on how great businesses—led by great leaders—endure, grow and maintain top performance. Join him and other special guests in this first of three general sessions.

Jim Collins, author of the mega-hit Good to Great and expert on how great businesses—led by great leaders—endure, grow and maintain top performance, will guide us in making the leap from good to great. Collins' work has been featured in Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Harvard Business Review and Fast Company.

  • Presiding: Senator Richard T. Moore, Massachusetts
  • Welcome: Speaker Joe Straus III, Texas

10 am – 4 pm

Exhibit Hall

CC Exhibit Hall C, Street Level

10:45 am – 1:30 pm


ASCLS Executive Committee

CC 204A, Concourse Level 2

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

1:30 pm-5:00 pm

NCSL Standing Committees

3:30 pm-5:00 pm

Legislative Staff University: Ethics and the Box Office

CC 217BC, Concourse Level 2

Legislators and staff often confront ethical dilemmas that may not be about right or wrong, but which among several core values is most appropriate. Do they serve constituents or the state, individual members or the larger institution? See these choices play out in movie clips for an entertaining glimpse into how we make decisions in the workplace.

Speaker: Allan Wallis, University of Colorado

5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

Statehouse Ambassadors Reception

CC 213B, Concourse Level 2

5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

Young Professionals Reception

CC 213B, Concourse Level 2

6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Social Event: An Evening in Old San Antonio

Delight in the flavors, vibrant colors, sounds and tastes that make San Antonio unique. The historic downtown village of La Villita will be transformed into an authentic Mexican fiesta representing the diverse customs of the city. From brightly colored piñata poles, mariachi music and the delicious menu, you will salsa your way through the heritage-themed plaza and streets. Viva NCSL!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

7:00 am-5:00 pm


CC Bridge Hall, Street Level 2

8:30 am-9:45 am

 General Session

CC Lila Cockrell Theater, Street Level

Texas Governor Rick Perry is "Fed Up" with Washington regulations, mandates and intrusion into state decisions. Author of Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America From Washington, Perry is a staunch advocate of the 10th Amendment, believing that states should have the freedom to determine programs that best fit their respective state.

Welcome: Lieutenant Governor/Senate President David Dewhurst, Texas

Presiding: Senator Stephen R. Morris, Kansas

Remarks: Senator John J. Cullerton

State Legislator National Public Leadership in the Arts Award

The State Legislator National Public Leadership in the Arts Award is given by Americans for the Arts in partnership with NCSL to recognize a state legislator who plays an important and consistent role in the advancement of the arts and arts education within his or her state, and whose vision and leadership provide heightened visibility to the value of the arts.

2011 Recipient: Senator Roger Reitz, (R – Kansas)

10:00 am-4:00 pm

 Exhibit Hall Open

CC Exhibit Hall C, Street Level

10:30 am -11:30 am

 NCSL Standing Committees

10:30 am-11:30 am

 Issue Forums

11:30 am-1:30 pm

 Exhibit Hall Luncheon

CC Exhibit Hall D, Street Level

11:45 am -1 pm

 NCSL State Directors Luncheon

CC 202A,Concourse Level - 2

1 pm-3:45 pm

 Legislative Staff Workshops: So You Think Times were tough now? Turning challenges into opportunities

CC 205,Concourse Level – 2

Legislative staff faced many challenges before the recession began. Budget cuts have only made them worse. How do you deal with impending retirements, job competition, new members unsure of your value, increasing partisanship and incivility? Review survey results on what staff consider to be their greatest challenges and develop ideas about how best to resolve them.

  • Presiding: Tim Rice, Legislative Information System, Illinois
    • Panelists: Susan Byorth Fox, Legislative Services Division, Montana
    • Laura Clemens, House of Representatives, Ohio
    • Tim Mapes, Office of the Speaker of the House, Illinois
    • John O'Brien, Legislative Budget Board, Texas
    • Connie Ridley, Tennessee General Assembly
    • Gregory Schmidt, Senate, California Legislature

1 pm- 2:15 pm

 Issue Forums

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Global Perspectives on the Legislative Institution
Issue Forum co-sponsored by the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries

CC 214B,Concourse Level – 2

Compare institutional procedures between types of legislatures and parliaments around the world and "talk shop" with international visitors to learn about each others' strategies for achieving pressing policy goals.

  • Moderator: Robert Marchant, Senate Legislative Operations, Wisconsin
  • Panelist: Peter Alcock, House of Assembly, Parliament of Tasmania, Australia

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

iPads and Tablets in the Legislature

CC 216,Concourse Level - 2

iPads and tablets are increasingly used in legislatures and several states are piloting projects for committees or developing legislative applications for the iPad. Learn about these projects and how legislative IT staff are handling support for these devices.

  • Moderator: Joel Redding, Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky
  • Panelists: Sharon Crouch Steidel, Director Information Systems, House of Delegates, Virginia
    • Duncan Goss, Information Technology, Legislative Council, Vermont
    • Jonathan Palmore, Information Systems, Senate, Virginia
    • Greg Tingle, Information Systems, Legislative Council, Texas

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

2012 Illinois Reception

CC Grand Ballroom, Level – 3

A delicious taste of Illinois awaits everyone at this evening event that will showcase the foods and flavors that Chicago and Illinois are proud to call their own. The state is home to America’s best restaurants, and the evening will feature some of the finest of them. Chefs from Illinois’ top-rated restaurants will offer demonstrations and samples of their favorite, celebrated treats and drinks. From Illinois’ favorite foods, to its beloved sports teams, respected businesses and famed crops, you will get a sneak peek of all the state has to offer, and what you can expect next summer in Chicago.

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

 Private Tour of the Alamo

"Remember the Alamo"—a "must-see" for all who come to San Antonio—by celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Texas revolution and famous battle with the Texas Host Committee. Ever wonder who Santa Anna really was, what a Texian is, or what is carved above the entrance? Private, one-hour tours at 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. will give you an insider's perspective and answer all your questions about this world-renowned complex, which has come to symbolize courage and sacrifice for the cause of Liberty.


 States’ Night
Thursday, August 11, 2011

8:00 am-2:00 pm


CC Bridge Hall, Street Level 2

9:00 am-12 Noon

 Exhibit Hall

CC Exhibit Hall C, Street Level

8:00 am-9:15 am

 Issue Forums

9:30 am-10:30 am

 General Session: Politics, Policy and Polls: What Americans Think Today

CC Lila Cockrell Theater, Street Level


Pollsters Peter Hart and Neil Newhouse know better than anyone what's on the minds of Americans. This Republican and Democratic duo reveal the people's pulse on the economy, what's happening in Washington and who's likely to win in the next elections.

  • Presiding: Representative Terie T. Norelli, New Hampshire

10:45 am-12:30 pm

NCSL Annual Business Meeting

CC Grand Ballroom C-2, Grand Ballroom Level – 3

The Business Meeting includes consideration of policy resolutions that will guide NCSL's advocacy efforts before Congress and the administration, election of NCSL officers and approval of the Conference budget. All legislators and legislative staff are urged to attend and all other meeting participants are welcome to attend as observers.

12:30 pm – 2:15 pm

ASLCS Luncheon and Business Meeting

This luncheon and business meeting will take place at the Firewheel at the Charles Court, 205 N. Presa Street (between Commerce and Market), San Antonio. Preregistration required.

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

NCSL and ASLCS gratefully acknowledges the support of International Roll-Call Corporation for this luncheon

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Making History: Legislative Staff Working for America’s Legislatures

CC Lila Cockrell Theater, Street Level

Working for the legislature is challenging and yet rewarding work. It’s time to celebrate legislative staff for all you do on behalf of your legislatures and NCSL and the history you are making. Join us as we recognize outstanding staff contributions and practical solutions, and enjoy some great music along the way.

4:00 pm-5:30 pm

Social Media and Mobile Technologies: Legislative Game-Changers

CC 217BC, Concourse Level – 2

Social media and mobile devices are changing the way legislators and staff do their work and communicate with constituents and each other. Learn ways to adapt to this “new normal" and provide services to remain relevant.

Moderator: Chuck Truesdell, Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky

Panelists: Mark Humphrey, Information Systems, Legislative Council, Texas
Chris McCroskey, Idea Loop, LLC, Texas
Delegate Meshea Poore, West Virginia

6:00 pm-9:30 pm

Social Event: Texas Dancehall Revue

Grab your cowboy hat and boots and get ready for a boot scootin’ good time. Everyone will enjoy Grammy award-winning artist Ray Benson and his band, Asleep at the Wheel, along with musical performances by Pat Green, Raul Maulo, The Texas Tornadoes, The Trishas, Ruthie Foster and The Quebe Sisters.

We'll honor the legacy of the dancehall in Texas' heritage by creating one of the biggest ones you’ll ever experience. Dance demos will have y’all two-stepping in no time. And if dancin’ isn’t your thing, place a bet at the armadillo races or have your photo taken with a real Texas longhorn. Mouth-watering barbecue and toe-tappin’ music will get everyone in the historic Freeman Coliseum in a Texas state of mind. Yee-haw!

Everything in Texas is big, and this night will not disappoint.