2014 NALFO Legislative Summit Agenda


bridgeJoin your colleagues from around the states at the 2014 NCSL Legislative Summit in Minneapolis, Aug. 19-22. With more than 100 sessions, the Summit covers the latest issues and provides opportunities to make new connections with your counterparts in other states. For 40 years, the Legislative Summit is where legislators and staff have come together to tackle critical problems and find solutions that work.

NALFO sessions include:

  • State Budget Systems and Software Roundtable 
  • Legislative and Executive Appropriations Issues
  • Reviewing State Employee Compensation Systems
  • Reviewing Program Implementation and Forecasting Costs
  • NALFO Business Meeting

Visit the 2014 Legislative Summit page for full meeting details, registration and hotel information.

Tuesday, AuG. 19
Time Sessions

3-4 p.m.

Reviewing State Employee Compensation Systems  
(Joint with NLPES)

Explore methodologies and approaches to conducting studies of state employee compensation structures and how employee compensation is factored into the budget process. Learn from other states that have recently examined state employee compensation systems and how states budget for these costs.

4-5 p.m.

State Budget Systems and Software Roundtable Discussion

Discuss state budget systems and software applications, including recent changes and areas for improvement.

Wednesday, Aug. 20
7:45-8:45 a.m.

NALFO Business Meeting

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

  • Presiding: Mildred Hamilton, 2013-2014 NALFO President, Arkansas
3:30-5 p.m.

Legislative Staff University: Communicate Like a Rock Star 

(Joint with all staff sections)

Are you ready to go from good to great—to reach rock star status—as a communicator? How receptive people are to your message depends in large part on what you say beyond your words. Learn how to increase your charisma, adapt in the moment and control your breathing while communicating authentically. Sari de la Motte is a communications expert who has coached Fortune 500 executives, trial attorneys and others on how to boost their influence and enhance their leadership with silent signals.

  • Speaker: Sari De La Motte, FORTE, Oregon
Thursday, AUG. 21
12:30-2:30 p.m.

Salute to Staff Luncheon 

(Joint with all staff sections)

Staff work hard every day to effectively run our most important institution—the state legislature. Roger Moe, Minnesota's Senate majority leader for 22 years, knows that every lawmaker is indebted to the talented staff who are at the very heart of democracy. Enjoy a luncheon celebrating the talents, achievements and triumphs of the nation’s legislative staff.

  • Speaker: Roger Moe, Former Senate President, Minnesota
3:45-5:30 p.m. Reviewing Program Implementation and Forecasting Costs (Joint with NLPES)
Explore how states are reviewing the implementation of ACA, including health benefit exchanges, and the impact on forecasting future costs. Hear the latest information on how fiscal and program evaluation offices are examining Medicaid.
Friday, AUG. 22
9-10:15 a.m.

Power of the Purse 

(Joint with LSSS and NLPES)
Appropriating funds is a fundamental legislative power, but administering funding policy is a fundamental executive power. Balancing control of the purse strings was a major issue in the American Revolution, and remains unresolved to this day. Learn about issues arising from recent legislative and executive disputes over appropriations.