ASLCS LogoNCSL Legislative Summit—ASLCS Agenda

McCormick Place Convention Center (West Building)
Chicago, Illinois

August 6-9, 2012 (as of 6/18/2012)

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

1:00 pm-2:15 pm

NCSL Exclusive Committee—Programs & Strategic Planning Subcommittee
McCormick Place, CC W194b, Level 1

2:30 pm-3:45 pm

NCSL Executive Committee—Budget Subcommittee
McCormick Place, CC W194b, Level 1

4:00 pm-5:30 pm

NCSL Executive Committee
McCormick Place, CC W196a, Level 1

Monday, August 6, 2012 

7:30 am-5:30 pm

McCormick Place, CC Registration B, Level 3

8:30 am-11:00 am

2020 Mason's Manual Commission
Hyatt Regency McCormick 20a, Level 2

Presiding: Alfred “Butch” Speer, Clerk of the Louisiana House of Representatives and Chair of the 2020 Mason’s Manual Commission

9:00 am-Noon

Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee (LSCC)
McCormick Place, CC W191-196a, Level 1

12:30 pm-1:15 pm

New Legislative Summit Attendee Orientation
McCormick Place, CC W176c, Level 1

If you are 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. Learn about meetings that will get you more involved with NCSL, including our business meeting, staff sections, standing committees and more. 

1:30 pm-3:00 pm

General Session featuring Diane Swonk, Chief Economist for Mesirow Financial
McCormick Place, CC Skyline Ballroom, Level 3

Diane Swonk, chief economist for Mesirow Financial has been named one of the top economic forecasters in the country by the Wall Street Journal. She acts as advisor to Federal Reserve Board and regional Reserve Banks, and is one of the most respected economists in the world and among the most quoted economists in the financial press.

3:15 pm-5:00 pm

Records Retention: What to Keep and How to Keep It
McCormick Place, CC W475a, Level 4

Legislative documents are generally, but not always, considered public records that must be preserved. Examine the requirements for preserving legislative documents—including staff working papers, emails and internal communications—to ensure their appropriate use and legal compliance.

Sponsored by the Research and Committee Staff Section
Co-Sponsored with the Legislative Research Librarians

3:15 pm-3:45 pm

ASLCS "A"Committees
Hyatt Regency McCormick, 20a, Level 2

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

3:50 pm-4:20 pm

ASLCS "B" Committees
Hyatt Regency McCormick, 20a, Level 2

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

4:20 pm-5:00 pm

ASLCS "C" Committees
Hyatt Regency McCormick, 20a, Level 2

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

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

7:30 am-5:30 pm

McCormick Place, CC Registration B, Level 3

9:00 am-10:15 am

General Session featuring Peter Hart and Neil Newhouse - Two of the Nation's Leading Pollsters
McCormick Place, CC Skyline Ballroom, Level 3

Peter Hart and Neil Newhouse are two of the nation's leading pollsters. Newhouse is a partner and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies, a firm that The New York Times describes as "the leading Republican polling company" in the country. Peter Hart is "the foremost Washington pollster for the Democratic Party," according to the National Journal, and is chairman of Peter D. Hart Research Associates.

10:00 am-4:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Open
McCormick Place, CC Hall F1, Level 3

Noon-2:15 pm

ASLCS Luncheon and Business Meeting
The Chicago Firehouse, 1401 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60605

Chartered bus transportation will be provided to attendees who RSVP for this event. 

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

3:15 pm-4:45 pm

Legislative Staff University: Communication Tools for Navigating Uncertainty
McCormick Place, CC W470ab, Level 4

Legislative staff today work in an environment driven by too much information, too little time, too few personal interactions. How can you be certain the things you say are understood and responded to appropriately to achieve intended results? Learn from Laree Kiely—a distinguished professor, CEO and participant in the Legislative Staff Management Institute—how to better understand, listen to and communicate with lawmakers and staff alike for a more productive workplace.

Speaker: Laree Kiely, Kiely Group, California

4:45 pm-5:45 pm

Attorney-Client Relationships in the Legislative Arena
McCormick Place, CC W183c, Level 1

Attorneys who work in the legislative environment face ethical responsibilities that are inherent in their attorney-client relationships. Hear a legislator, a lobbyist and an attorney explore rules of ethical conduct and other legal issues.

Robert McCurley, Consultant, Alabama
Mark Quiner, Legislative Service Office, Wyoming Legislature

Sponsored by the Legal Services Staff Section

4:45 pm-5:45 pm

Young Professionals Networking Reception
McCormick Place CC, Rooftop Garden, Level 5

Join your legislative colleagues for some light appetizers, a drink and a chance to get to know one another at the Convention Center. Hear about the NCSL staff sections available to you, which are professional groups organized around jobs responsibilities

6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Illinois Open Reception—Windy City Welcome
Museum of Science and Industry

Chicago stands tall as the city of big shoulders—a city known for its renowned architecture, captivating museums, beloved sports teams, wonderful shopping, great food and beautiful lake shore. At this opening event, you’ll have exclusive access to the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere and experience fascinating, world-class exhibits. During your exploration of the museum, you will get a “taste” of what makes Chicago famous—food, fun and music. A traditional “Taste of Chicago” will showcase all the famous eats and tunes from the Windy City, from deep dish pizza to the classic Chicago style hot dog, from jazz to gospel to rock.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

 6:00 am-7:30 am

Bipartisan Bike Ride

See the picturesque sights of Chicago at a leisurely 10 miles per hour. Bikes, helmets, coffee and healthy breakfast snacks will be provided. Dress comfortably. All skill levels and ages are welcome at this guided ride. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Register on the NCSL website, or contact Douglas Shinkle.

NCSL gratefully acknowledges BikeTexas, Wal-Mart, General Mills and BNSF for sponsoring this event.

 7:30 am-5:30 pm

McCormick Place, CC Registration B, Level 3

 9:45 am-11:00 am

Issues Forums

 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Open
McCormick Place, CC Hall F1, Level 3

 11:00 am-12:15 pm

Issues Forums

Noon-1:30 pm

Atlanta Exhibit Hall Luncheon
McCormick Place, CC Hall F1, Level 1

 1:30 pm-2:45 pm

Issues Forums

 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

Strong Stewards: A Tribute to Legislative Staff
McCormick Place, CC W178ab, Level 1

Speaker: Mary Crane, Mary Crane & Associates, New York

 4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Social Media Safety
McCormick Place, CC W180, Level 1

Social networking sites have created new security challenges in legislative and political realms. Hacking, high-jacking and impersonation happen too frequently. Hear about the security and privacy risks of social media, as well as some apps and location check-in tools, and learn some simple steps to keep your accounts secure.

Moderator: Peter Capriglione, North Carolina General Assembly
Speaker: Kevin Haley, Symantec, California

Sponsored by the National Association of Legislative Information Technology

Co-Sponsored by the Legislative Information and Communications Staff Section and the National Legislative Services and Security Association

 4:30 pm-6:30 pm

ASLCS Executive Committee Meeting
McCormick Place, CC W476, Level 4

Presiding: Terry L. Spieler, Secretary of the Missouri Senate, and ASLCS President


 States' Nights

Thursday, August 9, 2012

6:00 am-7:30 am

Walk for Wellness

Stretch your legs and join your friends at the Walk for Wellness, a 5K walk (or run) along Lake Michigan, to raise awareness of chronic diseases and health disparities. It’s open to all Summit attendees; no preregistration is required. The start/finish location is Arvey Field, near Lake Shore Drive and Roosevelt. 

NCSL gratefully acknowledges The National Asian Pacific American Caucus of State Legislators, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators, the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, the Women's Legislative Network of NCSL, the Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee and the NCSL Health Committee for sponsoring this event.

7:30 am-Noon

McCormick Place, CC Registration B, Level 3

7:30 am-8:45 am

NCSL Statehouse Ambassadors Breakfast
McCormick Place, CCW176b, Level 1

NCSL State Liaison will have an opportunity to get to know their state’s NCSL Statehouse Ambassadors, who are legislative staff serving as in-state field representatives for NCSL. The Statehouse Ambassador program is designed to energize and sustain participation in NCSL and strengthen the organization’s role as an extension of state legislatures.

9:00 am-Noon

Exhibit Hall Open
McCormick Place, CC Hall F1, Level 3

9:00 am-10:15 am

General Session on Jobs
McCormick Place, CC Skyline Ballroom, Level 3

John Engler, former Michigan governor and current head of the Business Roundtable, and Douglas Oberhelman, CEO of Caterpillar Inc., and Edward B. Rust Jr., CEO of State Farm Mutual and vice-chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will participate in a lively discussion on the different roles government and businesses can play in creating jobs.

10:30 am-12:15 pm

NCSL Annual Business Meeting
McCormick Place, CC W375e, Level 3

All legislators and legislative staff are urged to attend the Business Meeting for consideration of Policy Directives and Resolutions that will guide NCSL’s advocacy efforts before Congress and the administration, amendments to the Bylaws and Rules of Procedures, election of NCSL officers and approval of the Conference budget. All other meeting participants are welcome to observe.

12:30 pm-2:00 pm

General Session featuring Doris Kerns Goodwin
McCormick Place, CC Skyline Ballroom, Level 3

Doris Kearns Goodwin, acclaimed historian, Pulitzer Prize winner, prolific author and captivating speaker. She has written books about Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, the Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, Lyndon Johnson and most recently about Abraham Lincoln. "Team of Rivals" illuminates Lincoln's political genius, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president

2:15 pm-3:30 pm

Masons Manual 101
McCormick Place, CC W185d, Level 1

Review the role and importance of parliamentary procedures and gain a familiarity with the standard used by most legislatures, Mason’s Manual of Legislative Procedure. Developing a better understanding of parliamentary procedures will help demystify the sometimes baffling legislative process. 

6:30 pm-9:30 pm

Illinois Closing Event—Music Feast 
Millennium Park

What better way to say farewell to the City by the Lake than an evening of great music and fine food in this 25-acre park along Lake Michigan’s shoreline—a center for world-class art, music, architecture, gardens and landscape design? Guests will savor and sip some of Chicago’s best offerings from its many culturally diverse neighborhoods such as Greek Town, Little Italy and Ukrainian Village. While sitting under the stars, listen to an exclusive performance by the toddling town’s best-known musicians. Get ready for an evening of culinary and musical delights set against the picturesque skyline in one of the city’s top tourist attractions.