NALFO LOGONALFO Agenda for the 2013 NCSL Legislative Summit

Atlanta, Georgia
August 12-15, 2013

Monday, August 12

3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Federal Budget Update / State Budget Actions

Hear highlights from NCSL's latest report on state budget and tax actions and get an update on the most recent federal budget activity and its effect on states. Hear from legislators and staff on their respective state fiscal situations.

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Common Goals: Nonpartisan and Partisan Staff Roles

Both nonpartisan and partisan staff have unique roles in legislatures but also share common goals. Learn how they can better understand the needs and challenges of the other to work together more effectively.

Tuesday, August 13

7:30am – 8:45 am

NALFO Business Meeting

Members select the 2013-2014 NALFO Executive Committee, present the NALFO Staff Achievement Awards and receive updates on NALFO activities.

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Legislative Staff University: Staying Engaged and Motivated

Legislative staff work in an environment where the motives that drive individual members may not always match the values of the institution. How can staff help legislators achieve their policy goals while ensuring that the process remains open and objective? Learn from Phil Boyle—a distinguished professor and leadership consultant who works with state and local governments on ethics, problem solving and decision making—about how to stay motivated and engaged during tough legislative sessions..

Wednesday, August 14

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm

Legislative Staff Achievement Luncheon: Celebrating Success

Join fellow legislative staffers from around the country to celebrate the outstanding work, commitment and contributions you make each year to America's Legislatures! Art Hamilton, former member of the Arizona House of Representatives and NCSL President and CEO of a successful public affairs firm, will talk about the critical contributions legislative staff made to him in advancing his career, and to the legislature as an institution in sustaining its values. Hear his perspective on those qualities that staff may forget about during tough legislative sessions that make the whole thing possible. Don’t miss this inspiring and humorous presentation from a man that Bill Clinton called "one of the finest speakers I have ever heard."

3:15 am – 5:00 pm

Fiscal Notes Roundtable/Legislative Fiscal Office Operations Survey Results 

This session will address the various state methods for producing fiscal notes and discuss the results from Legislative Fiscal Office Operations survey. Topics will include: the preparation of fiscal notes, process for preparing fiscal notes, fiscal note requirements, and the roles and responsibilities of legislative fiscal offices in general. Following the discussion, join your NALFO friends and colleagues from around the country for a  dutch treat happy hour (at a location to be determined) before heading off to the Georgia Aquarium for the Whale of an Evening Social Event.  Please RSVP in advance to if you plan on attending the happy hour

Thursday, August 15

1:45 pm –3:15 pm

Datasets and Legislative Staff: Access Quality and Analysis

Robust data collection and analysis is vital in answering critical policy questions, yet access to timely and quality data, and maintaining privacy safeguards pose a significant challenge for legislative staff. Not all data sets are objective and hidden biases in both the collection and analysis stages present considerable risks. Address the challenges of obtaining and providing policymakers with reliable information.

3:15 pm - 5:00 pm

NALFO and NLPES Networking

Network with your NALFO and NLPES colleagues. Continue the discussion from the previous session. Share information about other fiscal and evaluation techniques and trends.