2016 ASLCS 50th Annual Professional Development Seminar

Boise, Idaho | Sept. 18-23, 2016

Photo of the Boise skyline with hot air balloons in the sky.This year the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries (ASLCS) will hold its 50th Annual Professional Development Seminar in Boise, Idaho!

The ASLCS seminar is the premier training opportunity that brings together participants from across the country and internationally to learn important skills and procedures, build relationships and bring home new tools and ideas aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of America’s state legislatures.

This year’s seminar offers plenary sessions hosted by Dave Weber and Scott Christopher, concurrent workshops, breakout sessions for principals and associates, and meetings of the standing committees, special committees and Mason’s Manual. In addition to the professional development sessions, our hosts in Idaho have planned an array of social events (including a visit to Boise State University’s famed “smurf turf”) that will allow attendees to network with their counterparts in other states, while experiencing the hospitality and charm of Boise.

We will also have two optional tours for our membership.  You can TOUR THE IDAHO CAPITOL or you can take a TOUR OF IDAHO'S HISTORY, featuring visits to the Idaho State Archives, Abraham Lincoln Exhibit and the Old Idaho State Penitentiary.

For more information regarding activities at the PDS, the ASLCS Service Project, as well as information about fun things to do around Boise, please keep up with the Boise PDS Blog!


Registration Information Registration fees are:

Legislative Staff: $325
Guests or Retired Members: $195
All others: $500

Two ways to register:

Register Online
Requires a credit card for everyone except legislators and legislative staff. Confirmations will be sent by email. Deadline to register online is Sept. 12, 2016.

Onsite Registration
If you can't make the  registration cut-off, onsite registration will be available at The Grove Hotel beginning Sept. 18, 2016.

Spouse/Guest Registration. The $195 guest fee includes admission to all scheduled meal functions and evening social events.

Click To Register

Cancellations received in the NCSL Denver office by Sept. 16, 2016, will be refunded minus a $50 processing fee. Cancellations must be made in writing and faxed to 303-364-7811. Fees cannot be refunded for registrations cancelled after the conference begins.

Hotel Information

Hotel InformationPlease make your hotel reservations for the PDS at the Grove Hotel by Monday, August 29th. After that date, our room rate cannot be guaranteed.

A block of rooms has been reserved at:
The Grove Hotel
245 S Capitol Blvd. Boise, ID 83702 | Tel: 1-208-333-8000

Book your room

Each attendee is responsible for making his or her hotel and travel arrangements.

If arranging hotel accommodations by phone, please indicate that you are attending the NCSL conference to receive the negotiated rate per night. All reservations are on a first come, first served basis and your room cannot be guaranteed.

If you are having trouble locating a room at the Grove Hotel, we have an additional overflow option, We are pleased to share with everyone that we have obtained another overflow hotel for those that have not booked their room yet for the 2016 ASLCS Professional Development Seminar in Boise, Idaho. We have a limited block of rooms at the TownePlace Suites by Marriott Boise Downtown. A few things to know:

  • Room rate is $139 for single/double occupancy and $149 for triple/quad occupancy
  • Method of room guarantee is a deposit equal to one nights stay
  • Cancellation policy is two working days prior to arrival. You will need to obtain a cancellation number if you do elect to cancel
  • Housing deadline to receive the special room block rate is Friday, September 2, 2016. These rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis so please don’t wait as once the block is full, we cannot guarantee availability of rooms or the room rate.
  • The modest suites range from studios to 2-bedrooms, and come with fully equipped kitchens, separate living areas with pull-out sofas, free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with premium cable channels.
  • Freebies include continental breakfast, coffee in the lobby, an airport shuttle and parking. Other amenities include an indoor pool, fitness center and bike rentals

To book your stay call 208-429-8881 and provide them with the room block code, “NCSL/ASLCS

Travel Information

Travel InformationThe Boise Airport is approxmiately 4 miles from The Grove Hotel. 

Ground Transportation

From 1-84 & Airport: Take the Vista / Airport exit. Go north on Vista to Capitol Boulevard, and turn left on Capitol Boulevard after approximately one mile.  The hotel is located on the left-hand side of Capitol Boulevard - just three blocks south of the Capitol Building - at the corner of Front Street and Capitol Boulevard.


Boise Express is the shuttle service provider for The Grove Hotel.
ARRIVAL - Guests can request a complimentary shuttle on the ground transporatation level in the Courtesy Van Pickup area to the right of the taxis. Call the hotel directly to notify the front desk of your arrival. The shuttles are white and display the hotel logo.

DEPARTURE - Shuttles leave the hotel for Boise Airport each day every 30 minutes beginning at 4:15am until 10:15am. Outside of these times, our front desk or guest services department are happy to coordinate the airport shuttle for you. Click here to view the shuttle schedule.

If you need assistance booking air travel:
Christopherson Travel
800-825-3283 (7 a.m. to 6 p.m. MDT) or 303-694-4344

Special Needs
To ensure full participation and accessibility for all meeting attendees, please notify Jonathan Griffin at 303-364-7700, ext. 1529, of any special accommodations you may require.

City Information
Boise impresses unsuspecting visitors with a modest spirit. Great surprises include Basque cultural displays and institutions, a grandiose Idaho capitol building and a fair number of well-heeled bars and Parisian-style bistros.There's also a university campus and enough greenery to make its 'city of trees' moniker more than just a marketing ploy.