NCSL Legislative Summit

August 8-11, 2011

San Antonio, Texas

 

Legislative Research Librarians

Agenda and Handouts

 (As of August 19, 2011) 

Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday

Staff Section sessions are noted bold.

Monday, August 8

 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
CC Bridge Hall, Street Level
 

Registration

8:00 am - 9:00 am

LSCC Staff Section Officers
LSCC Strategic Planning Work Group

8:00 am - 2:45 pm

Pre-conferences
Task Forces

9:00 am - 10:00 am

LSCC Legislative Institution Work Group
LSCC Outreach Workgroup
LSCC Professional Development Work Group
LSCC Strengthening Legislative Staff Workgroup

11:00 am - 12:00 noon
CC 214A, Concourse Level - 2

LSCC Full Committee

1:00 pm - 2:45 pm  

Tour of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
The Daughters of The Republic of Texas Library is dedicated to advancing the understanding of the unique history of the Alamo and Texas along with the lives of those who experienced it.

3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Standing Committees

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
CC 214A,Concourse Level - 2

Executive Committee

5:45 pm - 6:45 pm
CC 214B, Concourse Level - 2

Steering Committee Meeting of the Standing Committees

7:15 pm - 9:15 pm

LRL Dutch Treat Dinner
Join librarian colleagues from around the country for a great evening at a local restaurant. Spouses and guests are welcome.

Tuesday, August 9

 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
CC Bridge Hall, Street Level

Registration

7:45 am - 8:45 am
CC 213A,Concourse Level - 2

Orientation for New Staff Section Officers
New and potential NCSL staff section officers will learn about their responsibilities, their role in the Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee (LSCC), and the staff role in the NCSL Executive Committee and Standing Committees. Breakfast provided.

8:00 am - 5:00 pm
CC 211,Concourse Level - 2

Dell Technology Lounge for Legislators and Staff
NCSL gratefully acknowledges the support of Dell.
Legislators and legislative staff are welcome to visit the communications and technology lounge to relax and to check e-mail.

9:00 am - 10:30 am
CC Lila Cockrell Theater, Street Level

General Session: Jim Collins
Jim Collins, author of the mega-hit Good to Great and expert on how great businesses—led by great leaders—endure, grow and maintain top performance, will guide us in making the leap from good to great. Collins' work has been featured in Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Harvard Business Review, and Fast Company.

Presiding:

  • Senator Richard T. Moore, Massachusetts

Welcome:

  • Speaker Joe Straus III, Texas

10:00 am - 4:00 pm
CC Exhibit Hall C, Street Level

Exhibit Hall

10:45 am - 12:00 noon

Standing Committees

12:00 noon - 1:30 pm

Standing Committee Lunches

1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Standing Committees

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
CC 217BC, Concourse Level - 2

Legislative Staff University: Ethics at the Box Office
Hollywood films often feature ethical dilemmas, mirroring ones we face in real life. This lively and interactive workshop puts you in the director's chair to examine different models for making ethical choices as they play out in movie clips and mini case studies for an entertaining glimpse into how we make ethical decisions in the workplace.

Speaker:

  • Allan Wallis, School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
CC 213A, Concourse Level - 2

Networking for Young Professionals
Are you a young staff professional working in the legislature? This group is for you! Join us for a networking reception and introduction to NCSL—we want your feedback and involvement!

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
CC 213B, Concourse Level - 2

Statehouse Ambassadors Networking Reception
Statehouse Ambassadors and NCSL staff can share insights and experiences during this networking reception. The NCSL Statehouse Ambassadors are legislative staff who serve as in-state field representatives for NCSL. The Statehouse Ambassador program is designed to energize and sustain legislative participation in NCSL and strengthen the organization's role as an extension of state legislatures.

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
CC 214B, Concourse Level - 2

Steering Committee Meeting of the Standing Committees

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Social Event: An Evening in Old San Antonio
Savor the flavors of “Old San Antone” during the opening fiesta in beautiful, historic La Villita, the city’s original neighborhood on the banks of the San Antonio River. The quaint streets, full of brightly colored piñatas and folk art banners, will come alive with the sights, sounds and tastes of a traditional fiesta. Wander the shops and art galleries and discover why San Antonio is the most visited city in Texas. You’ll be serenaded with traditional music by Las Alteñas, Texas’ finest all-female mariachi and Ultra Nova Musica Latina, a local band with a salsa/jazz sound. Folklorico dancers in beautiful costumes and an amazing dance and music show will entertain you. Catch up with old friends from around the country and the globe on the streets of this historic plaza. Viva NCSL!

 Wednesday, August 10

6:30 am- 8:00 am

Walk for Wellness
NCSL gratefully acknowledges the support of the American Beverage Association, the American Cancer Society, the American Physical Therapy Association, the International Bottled Water Association, and Nestlé Waters North America.
Stretch your legs and join your friends at the Walk for Wellness, a 5K walk (or run) through HemisFair Park, dedicated to raising awareness of chronic diseases and health disparities. At 6:30 a.m., meet at the Tower of the Americas in HemisFair Park, next to the convention center and a short walk from NCSL hotels. Follow the signs to the HemisFair Park from the Convention Center. Bus transportation will not be provided. The Walk for Wellness is open to all Summit attendees and preregistration is not required. Sponsored by the National Asian Pacific American Caucus of State Legislators, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators, the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, the Women's Legislative Network of NCSL, the Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee and the NCSL Health Committee.

7:00 am - 8:30 am
CC Grotto , River Level

ABA Healthy Breakfast on the Grotto
NCSL gratefully acknowledges American Beverage Association for sponsoring this breakfast.
Join us for a healthy breakfast on the Grotto and refuel after the Walk for Wellness.

7:00 am - 5:00 pm
CC Bridge Hall, Street Level

Registration

8:00 am - 8:45 am
CC 215, Concourse Level - 2

NCSL 50-State + Bill Information Service (BIS) Training
Stop by to learn the basics of using the NCSL 50-State + Bill Information Service (BIS), available exclusively to state legislators and state legislative staff. Search the full text of legislation in the 50-states, D.C. and the U.S. Congress. Summaries of Puerto Rico legislation also are available. No advance registration required. (Developed in partnership with State Net.)

8:00 am - 5:00 pm
CC 211, Concourse Level - 2

Dell Technology Lounge for Legislators and Staff
NCSL gratefully acknowledges the support of Dell.
Legislators and legislative staff are welcome to visit the communications and technology lounge to relax and to check e-mail.

8:30 am - 9:45 am
CC Lila Cockrell Theater, Street Level

General Session: Texas Governor Rick Perry
Texas Governor Rick Perry is “Fed Up” with Washington regulations, mandates and intrusion into state decisions. Author of Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America From Washington, Perry is a staunch advocate of the 10th Amendment, believing that states should have the freedom to determine programs that best fit their respective state.

Welcome:

  • Lieutenant Governor/Senate President David Dewhurst, Texas

Presiding:

  • Senator Stephen R. Morris, Kansas

Remarks:

  • Senator John J. Cullerton

State Legislator National Public Leadership in the Arts Award
The State Legislator National Public Leadership in the Arts Award is given by Americans for the Arts in partnership with NCSL to recognize a state legislator who plays an important and consistent role in the advancement of the arts and arts education within his or her state, and whose vision and leadership provide heightened visibility to the value of the arts.

2011 Recipient:

  • Senator Roger Reitz (R – Kansas)

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Standing Committees
Issue Forums

10:00 am - 4:00 pm
CC Exhibit Hall C, Street Level

Exhibit Hall

11:30 am - 1:30 pm
CC Exhibit Hall D, Street Level

Clean Diesel Exhibit Hall Luncheon
NCSL gratefully acknowledges Diesel Technology Forum for sponsoring this luncheon.
Clean Diesel Delivers – A Texas-style old-fashioned backyard barbecue. Enjoy lunch on Wednesday set amongst the latest technology that keeps America moving – clean diesel power. You’ll see the latest in technology getting the job done today -- fuel efficient heavy-duty trucks, cars, highway construction equipment, farm tractors, buses, pick-up trucks and emergency service vehicles - all powered by the latest clean diesel power. Finish by getting the scoop (ice cream!) on the hottest trends in how this new generation of clean diesel technology drives our economy and delivers vital services critical to your state and our nation’s future while meeting environmental, energy and climate challenges.

11:45 am - 5:30 pm

LRL Tour of the Texas Legislative Reference Library
This tour is open to all LRL members. Texas librarians will conduct a tour of the legislative library.

1:00 pm - 3:45 pm
CC 205, Concourse Level - 2

Legislative Staff Workshops: So You Think Things Were Tough Before? Turning Challenges into Opportunities
Legislative staff faced many challenges before the recession began. Budget cuts have only made them worse. How do you deal with impending retirements, job competition, new members unsure of your value, increasing partisanship and incivility? Review survey results on what staff consider to be their greatest challenges and develop ideas about how best to resolve them.

Presiding:

  • Tim Rice, Legislative Information Systems, Illinois

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
CC 215, Concourse Level - 2

NCSL 50-State + Bill Information Service (BIS) Training
Stop by to learn the basics of using the NCSL 50-State + Bill Information Service (BIS), available exclusively to state legislators and state legislative staff. Search the full text of legislation in the 50-states, D.C. and the U.S. Congress. Summaries of Puerto Rico legislation also are available. No advance registration required. (Developed in partnership with State Net.)

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Issue Forums

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Legislators Roundtable
Staff Sections

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
CC Grand Ballroom, Grand Ballroom Level - 3

2012 Illinois Reception
A delicious taste of Illinois awaits everyone at this evening event that will showcase the foods and flavors that Chicago and Illinois are proud to call their own. The state is home to America’s best restaurants, and the evening will feature some of the finest of them. Chefs from Illinois’ top-rated restaurants will offer demonstrations and samples of their favorite, celebrated treats and drinks. From Illinois’ favorite foods, to its beloved sports teams, respected businesses and famed crops, you will get a sneak peek of all the state has to offer, and what you can expect next summer in Chicago.

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Private Tour of the Alamo: Celebrating the 175th Anniversary of the Texas Revolution
"Remember the Alamo"—a "must-see" for all who come to San Antonio—by celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Texas revolution and famous battle with the Texas Host Committee. Ever wonder who Santa Anna really was, what a Texan is, or what is carved above the entrance? Private, one-hour tours at 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. will give you an insider's perspective and answer all your questions about this world-renowned complex, which has come to symbolize courage and sacrifice for the cause of Liberty.

 

States' Night

  Thursday, August 11

6:15 am - 8:00 am  

Bipartisan Bike Ride

8:00 am - 2:00 pm
CC Bridge Hall, Street Level

Registration

8:00 am - 12:00 noon
CC 211, Concourse Level - 2

Dell Technology Lounge for Legislators and Staff
NCSL gratefully acknowledges the support of Dell.
Legislators and legislative staff are welcome to visit the communications and technology lounge to relax and to check e-mail.

8:00 am - 9:15 am

Issue Forums

9:00 am - 12:00 noon
CC Exhibit Hall C, Street Level

Exhibit Hall

9:30 am - 10:30 am
CC Lila Cockrell Theater, Street Level

General Session: Politics, Policy and Polls: What Americans Think Today
Pollsters Peter Hart and Neil Newhouse know better than anyone what's on the minds of Americans. This Republican and Democratic duo reveal the people's pulse on the economy, what's happening in Washington and who's likely to win in the next elections.

Presiding:

  • Representative Terie Norelli, New Hampshire

10:45 am - 12:30 pm
CC Grand Ballroom C-2, Grand Ballroom Level - 3

NCSL Business Meeting
The Business Meeting includes consideration of policy resolutions that will guide NCSL's advocacy efforts before Congress and the administration, election of NCSL officers and approval of the Conference budget. All legislators and legislative staff are urged to attend; all other meeting participants are welcome to attend as observers.

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
CC 008B, River Level

LRL Business Meeting Luncheon
LRL gratefully acknowledges the support of Lexis.
The Legislative Research Librarian Staff Section will discuss staff section business, elect new officers, present the Notable Documents and LRL Legislative Staff Achievement awards.

Presiding:

  • Shelley Day, Utah, LRL Chair

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
CC Lila Cockrell Theater, Street Level

Making History: Legislative Staff Working for America's Legislatures
Being a legislative staffer is challenging work. So it's time to celebrate legislative staff for all you do on behalf of your legislatures and NCSL. Join us as we recognize outstanding staff contributions and practical solutions, and enjoy some great music along the way.

Presiding:

  • Tim Rice, Legislative Information System, Illinois

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
CC 216, Concourse Level - 2

Moving Beyond PowerPoint Fatigue
Joint with the Legislative Information and Communications Staff Section and Research and Committee Staff Section
We’ve all sat through presentations that were sabotaged by the accompanying PowerPoint slides: sometimes boring, sometimes distracting, but all too often, just ineffective. Look at techniques for improving PowerPoint presentations and explore other options to present information effectively.

Moderator:

  • Walker Reagan, Research Division, North Carolina

Speaker:

  • Mark Leutwyler, Dell Inc., Texas

 

Handout:

6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Social Event: Texas Dancehall Review
Grab your cowboy hat and boots and get ready for a boot scootin’ good time. Everyone will enjoy Grammy award-winning artist Ray Benson and his band, Asleep at the Wheel, along with musical performances by Pat Green, Raul Maulo, The Texas Tornadoes, The Trishas, Ruthie Foster and The Quebe Sisters. We'll honor the legacy of the dancehall in Texas' heritage by creating one of the biggest ones you’ll ever experience. Dance demos will have y’all two-stepping in no time. And if dancin’ isn’t your thing, place a bet at the armadillo races or have your photo taken with a real Texas longhorn. Mouth-watering barbecue and toe-tappin’ music will get everyone in the historic Freeman Coliseum in a Texas state of mind. Yee-haw! Everything in Texas is big, and this night will not disappoint.

 

The Legislative Research Librarians will next meet in Chicago, Illinois,

for the 2012 NCSL Legislative Summit.

Please plan to attend!

 

2010-2011 Staff Section Officers

Chair:

Shelley Day, Legislative Information Liaison, Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, Utah

Chair-Elect:

Mary Camp, Director, Legislative Reference Library, Texas

Secretary:

Eddie Weeks, Legislative Librarian, Legal Services, Tennessee

Immediate Past Chair:

Elizabeth Lincoln, Research Services Group Manager, Legislative Reference Library, Minnesota

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For additional information regarding the LRL Staff Section, please contact:

Jeanne Mejeur, NCSL Staff Liaison to LRL