Leaders' Session at the 2010 Legislative Summit

Monday, July 26


8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

CC Cascade Ballroom, Level 1

Does Congress Really Care About the States?

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell headline the opening ceremony for the 2010 NCSL Legislative Summit. Hear their perspectives on key national issues and the relationship between states and the federal government. A welcome from Kentucky's legislative leaders and a tribute to state legislators and state legislative staff who served in current U.S. military operations overseas will highlight this session.

Tuesday, July 27


9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

CC Cascade Ballroom, Level 1

An Education Success Story

Jeb Bush was governor of a state whose education system ranked at the bottom nationally, but the will to improve and the courageous leadership of the Florida Legislature changed so much in a decade. Hear Governor Bush discuss why Florida didn’t abandon reform during tough times, but focused on the long-term benefits of providing quality education to every student in the state and reversed a generation of decline in public schools.

10:30 a.m. – Noon

CC 106, Level 1

Time for the State to Amend the U.S. Constitution?

Increasing federal encroachment threatens states' ability to innovate. Some suggest that changes to the federal constitution need to be initiated at the state level. Others believe a stronger national government is the best way to make decisions on critical issues facing the country. Hear leading advocates and scholars on both sides debate the pros and cons of states taking the lead in changing the U.S. Constitution.

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

CC 201, Level 2

The Art of Legislative Leadership

It's tough, it's challenging, it's rewarding. Leadership is the key ingredient to a successful legislature. Join colleagues from around the country for a discussion on effective leadership and how to meet the challenges of being a leader.

Wednesday, July 28


9:35 a.m. – 11 a.m.

 CC Cascade BC, Level 1

America’s Take

Pollsters Peter Hart and Neil Newhouse have different political leanings but they both have a take on how Americans view the economy, the current direction of the country and how today’s politics will play out in November. Hear Hart, a Democrat whose client list includes the Clintons and Kennedys, and Newhouse, a Republican recently named "Pollster of the Year" for his work on Scott Brown’s Massachusetts Senate campaign, dissect Americans’ attitudes in this time of political turbulence.

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

CC Cascade A, Level 1

NCSL Business Meeting

Attend the business meeting to vote on policy positions that guide NCSL's advocacy efforts before Congress and the administration; elect a new president and other officers for NCSL; and vote on the budget for the coming conference year.