47th Professional Development Seminar Oct. 9-13, 2013, Sacramento, California - 70th Anniversary Celebration


ASLCS 2013 Anniversary graphicThe American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries (ASLCS) will hold its 2013 Annual Professional Development Seminar, and 70th anniversary celebration, in Sacramento, Calif. 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. 

Legislative clerks, secretaries and their staffs work in a unique environment for which little formal training is available. The American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries (ASLCS) responds to these training needs by offering the only national training seminar that specifically emphasizes the development of professional skills for those critical members of legislative staff. The purpose of the ASLCS Professional Development Seminar is threefold: to improve the administrative and parliamentary effectiveness of state legislatures, to develop procedures to enhance lawmaking, and to provide a forum where legislative staff can network and learn from their counterparts in other states. Don't miss out on continuing your education and becoming a part of NCSL's most dynamic staff section. If you can attend only one training seminar this year, plan to attend the ASLCS Professional Development Seminar in Sacramento!


Registration fees are:

  • Legislative staff: $325

  • Spouse/guest: $195

  • All others: $500

Three ways to register:

  • Register online
    Registration online requires a credit card for everyone except legislators and legislative staff. Confirmations will be sent by e-mail, and meeting materials will be mailed.

  • Fax the printable registration form to 303.364.7811

  • Onsite Registration
    If you are unable to meet the Sept. 30, 2013, registration deadline, register onsite at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel.

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

Cancelations received in the NCSL Denver office by Oct. 8 will be refunded minus a $50 processing fee. Cancelations must be made in writing and faxed to 303.364.7811. Fees cannot be refunded for registrations canceled after the conference begins.

Confirmations will be e-mailed if an address is provided. Letter confirmations will be mailed upon request.


A block of rooms has been reserved at:

Contact the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel directly at 1-800-325-3535 or 1-916-447-1700, and indicate that you are attending the “ASLCS Professional Development Seminar.” Or, log-in to the hotel’s personalized ASLCS registration site. Each attendee is responsible for making his or her hotel and travel arrangements.

The ASLCS Professional Development Seminar contracted rate is $139.00 per night single/double (plus tax and fees of approximately 13% tax). Reservations must be held by a credit card.

The deadline for making hotel reservations is Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. After that date, reservations will be accepted at the seminar rate based on room availability. Room reservations must be canceled 72 hours prior to the arrival date. Visit the Sheraton Hotel at Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel.


Sacramento is served by the Sacramento International Airport and the following airlines provide service into the Sacramento area: American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta, US Air, Alaska Airlines, Jet Blue and Southwest. Sacramento International Airport is approximately 20 miles from the Sheraton Grand Sacramento.

For flight arrangements, we invite you to use Christopherson Business Travel, the official travel agency of NCSL, at (800) 685-0038 or (303) 694-3322 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. MDT. Airline reservations should be made at least seven days in advance. Christopherson Business Travel maintains a 24-hour toll-free line for changes and emergencies.

The host state and the Sheraton Grand Hotel will not provide transportation from the airport to the hotel.   However, Super Shuttle provides shuttle service from the airport to the hotel.  The service has offered ASLCS a discount using this form. For additional  information about the service, visit the super shuttle online.

Taxis also serve Sacramento International Airport. Taxi service is approximately $30 one-way.

The airport also supports a variety of rental car companies including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise and Hertz. Self-parking at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel is offered at a discount of $12.00/day.

Special Needs
To ensure full participation and accessibility for all meeting attendees, please notify Joanne Stroud  at 303.364.7700, ext. 1538, of any special accommodations you may require.

About Sacramento

Sacramento, Spanish for “Holy Sacrament”, became California’s state capital in 1854. The capitol building and its grounds cover 37 acres (15 ha) and was formally used for the first time by the legislature in 1869. The California Host State is looking forward to hosting clerks, secretaries and their staff at the home of Joseph Beek and Paul Mason.

The “River City” sits at the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers and is the sixth largest city in California with a population of approximately 473,000. It occupies an area of 101 square miles in the center of the Sacramento Valley, 72 miles northeast of San Francisco. Protected by the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the east, the California Coast ranges to the west, and the Siskiyou Mountains to the north, the city enjoys a mild climate for most of the year. The average temperature in October ranges from a high of 83 to a low of about 50 degrees.
While visiting Sacramento, you will have a plethora of choices for dining and shopping in downtown and midtown. During your travels you must see Old Town Sacramento, located along the Sacramento River and home to the Delta King Riverboat. Once you are finished with Old Town, the art buffs can visit the renowned Crocker Art Museum, home to the Crocker family collection. Between what’s planned, and the treasures you are sure to discover on your own, you’ll enjoy visiting with your friends and touring the city.

For more information about Sacramento, visit the Sacramento Travel Bureau