Annual Meeting & Exhibition
July 19-23, 2004
Salt Lake City, Utah

Legislative Research Librarians

(as of July 1, 2004)

Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday

Tuesday, July 20

8:00 am - 5:00 pm


7:30 am - 9:00 am
Main Corridor -- Lower Level --Salt Palace Convention Center

Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by the American Cancer Society

8:30 am - 10:00 am
Ballroom A - D -- Lower Level --Salt Palace Convention Center

Opening Plenary: Jobs in the New Economy


Representative Marty Stephens, Speaker of the House, Utah, President, NCSL


The changing nature of employment in the United States was dramatized by the slow recovery of jobs from the recession of 2000. How well is the economy creating new jobs? What's the real meaning of outsourcing? What are the short-term and long-term prospects for the growth of quality jobs in this country?



John Castellani, President, The Business Roundtable, Washington, D.C.

David Wyss, Chief Economist, Standard & Poor's, New York, New York

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Opens

12:00 n - 1:30 pm
Ballroom A - D -- Lower Level --Salt Palace Convention Center

Legislative Staff Luncheon: Humor in the Work Place

Christopher Buckley, one of the country's leading humorists and satirists, will give his perspectives on current events and his role as White House staffer that is sure to be enlightening and entertaining.

1:30 pm - 5:00 pm 
250 DE -- Upper Level --Salt Palace Convention Center  

A Focus on Legislative Staff
(co-sponsored by all NCSL Staff Sections)


Katherine Schill, Fiscal Analyst, House Fiscal Analysis Department, Minnesota


Ronald Sims, Floyd Dewey Gottwalld Senior Professor, Graduate School of Business, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia

1:30 pm - 3:15 pm
250 DE -- Upper Level --Salt Palace Convention Center

Part 1: Attracting and Retaining the Best and the Brightest

Good legislative staffs are worth their weight in gold. With tight budgets, short timelines, partisan conflicts and term limits, staff play a critical role. This two-part session explores how to attract and keep outstanding employees in the midst of competition, reduced funding and an aging work force.



Katherine Schill, Fiscal Analyst, House Fiscal Analysis Department, Minnesota


Susan Swords, Manager LIBR, Office of Legislative Services, New Jersey

Senator Jeff Wentworth, Senate President Pro Tem, Texas

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
250 DE -- Upper Level --Salt Palace Convention Center

Part 2: The Management Game of the Apprentice, Trading Spaces or Survivor

This second part of the program focuses on the wide variety of management styles in legislative service agencies. How can management style help nurture employee growth and development, foster productivity and improve employee morale?



Michael Adams, Director, Legislative Information Services, Colorado


Karl Aro, Executive Director, Department of Legislative Services, Maryland

Dina Hidalgo, Director of Personnel, Senate, California

Representative Danice Picraux, House Majority Leader, New Mexico

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Welcome Reception

Enjoy Utah fare, mix and mingle with friends, and get reacquainted at this elegant event at the Utah State Capitol, overlooking the fabulous Salt Lake Valley. After the reception, attend a private concert given especially for NCSL by the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.

Wednesday, July 21

7:30 am - 8:30 am
Main Corridor -- Lower Level --Salt Palace Convention Center

Coffee Service

8:00 am - 5:00 pm


8:15 am - 12:00 n

Standing Committees Sessions

12:00 n - 1:00 pm
Hall D -- Lower Level --Salt Palace Convention Center

Exhibit Hall Lunch

The Exhibit Hall features more than 300 exhibitors, including public and private corporations; federal, state and local government agencies; trade associations and special interest groups; and consulting firms.

1:15 pm - 4:00 pm
Meet in the South Foyer

Salt Lake City Library Tour

The Main Library in Salt Lake City embodies the idea that a library is more than a repository of books and computers - it reflects and engages the city's imagination and aspirations. It features a multi-level reading area, a roof-top garden, spiraling fireplaces and natural light infused from all sides of the building. Library materials now include not only books, but audiocassettes, compact discs, videocassettes, DVDs, and CD-ROMs, in addition to visual materials such as art prints and slides. It houses a small but very interesting collection of old and rare materials. Come join us discover this magnificent structure! Librarians may also want to explore the City and County Building and Matheson Court House State Law Library, which are in the same block.

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
256 C -- Upper Level --Salt Palace Convention Center

LRL Reception
Sponsored by LexisNexis

Thursday, July 22

8:00 am - 5:00 pm


8:00 am - 9:00 am
Main Corridor -- Lower Level --Salt Palace Convention Center

Coffee Service

9:15 am - 10:30 am
258 -- Upper Level --Salt Palace Convention Center

Webcasting Policies and Pitfalls
(Joint with NALIT)

Internet streaming of live committee meetings and chamber proceedings is becoming more prevalent. This session covers a number of policy issues to consider when webcasting is implemented, including staffing requirements, content disclaimers, archiving policies, webcast files versus official legislative records, bandwidth, and accessibility of webcast files

10:45 am - 12:00 n
Meet in the South Foyer

Tour of the Utah Legislative Research and General Counsel

See Utah’s beautiful capitol and get a demonstration of Utah’s unique Intranet.

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
257 -- Upper Level -- Salt Palace Convention Center

LRL Business Meeting and Luncheon
Sponsored by West Group

2:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Utah Legislative Historical Society and New Archives Building

Catch a sneak-peek of Utah’s new facility that houses its historical archives, which was created to help state agencies and local governments manage their records as well as to care for government documents with historical value. The archives holds records from Utah's earliest territorial days to current records created by modern government agencies. Both state and local government records, along with records of special districts, are stored in the state archives. A tour of this new building and innovative ASRS (automated storage and retrieval system) is not to be missed!

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Utah Social Event

Experience the chills, thrills and spills of the Olympic Oval where U.S. athletes won 10 Olympic medals and eight world records were set. You will have the opportunity to have your picture taken with Olympic athletes on the podium where the gold medals were awarded. Enjoy demonstrations in slap shot hockey, curling, figure skating, and speed skating.

Friday, July 23

8:00 am - 9:00 am
Main Corridor -- Lower Level --Salt Palace Convention Center

Coffee Service

8:30 am - 10:30 am
Ballroom A - D -- Lower Level --Salt Palace Convention Center

Closing Plenary: Election 2004
Sponsored by State Legislatures Magazine

From the White House to the Statehouse, the results of November's elections will shape all approaches to America's issues. Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, is well-known as a shrewd political observer and commentator. Donna Brazile, Al Gore's campaign manager in 2000, knows politics from the trenches as well as from the towers of CNN and the talk shows. If anyone can tell you what will happen in November 2004, it's this pair.


Delegate John Hurson, Maryland, President-elect, NCSL


Ed Sardella, Denver, Colorado


Donna Brazile, Commentator, CNN, Georgetown University

William Kristol, Editor, Weekly Standard, Washington, DC

10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Ballroom H-J -- Lower Level --Salt Palace Convention Center

NCSL Business Meeting

All legislators and legislative staff will want to participate in the NCSL annual business meeting, the culmination of NCSL's year. All other meeting participants are welcome to observe.

The business meeting includes debates on the policy issues that will guide NCSL's federal lobbying in the coming year, as well as elections for officers and the executive committee, and approval of the NCSL budget.


Senator Lana Oleen, Senate Majority Leader, Kansas, Chair, NCSL Standing Committees

Representative Marty Stephens, Speaker of the House, Utah, President, NCSL


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