Women's Legislative Network Events at the 2010 Legislative Summit

July 25-28, 2010

Louisville, Kentucky

Summary of Network-sponsored sessions and other sessions of interest. 

Visit the Legislative Summit Multimedia page for more information.

Sunday, July 25

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Convention Center, 207-211, Level 2

Health Reform Summit

Topics included:

Links are to video recordings of each session.

NCSL Health Reform Information.

3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Marriott Ballroom 9-10, Level 2

Human Trafficking in the Spotlight

NCSL Human Services and Welfare and Law and Criminal Justice Committees, NCSL Task Force on Immigration and the States

Human trafficking is criminal activity, often involving immigrant women and children, forced slavery and sexual exploitation often for profit. Learn about various state initiatives and what states can do to strengthen laws addressing human trafficking. Following the session, both committees will jointly consider a new NCSL policy on this issue.


  • Representative Janice L. Pauls, Kansas 
  • Senator Renee S. Unterman, Georgia


  • Ernie Allen, president & CEO, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Virginia
  • Senator Renee Unterman, Georgia
  • Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Texas
  • Rachel Ellis, USCIS, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C.
  • Kelly Heinrich, Office to Monitor & Combat Trafficking in Persons, Department of State, Washington, D.C

Video of the session.

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Marriott Kentucky Ballroom A-D, Level 1

Small Businesses: Generating Jobs Through Trade

NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee

Small businesses play an important role in the U.S. economy and are a major source of jobs. They also account for the largest group of U.S. exporters and are a major user of imported goods. Most of these businesses rely on state resources to help their businesses grow. Explore the role that small businesses play in creating jobs and jumpstarting the economy.

4:15 pm - 5:30 pm

Marriott Bluegrass I & II, Level 2

Credit vs. Debit

NCSL Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee

There are differences between debit and credit cards and how each is used as a payment instrument. How do the recent credit card reform and the financial regulatory reform legislation affect debit cards, liability and unauthorized transactions, overdraft fees and other charges/fees for the privilege of using the debit card? For merchants, there appear to be distinct advantages to encouraging the use of debit cards. Debit card transactions exceed those now of credit cards—-are they subject to similar regulations and protections afforded to credit cardholders? How are states regulating this payment instrument?


  • Senator Karin Brownlee, Kansas, CFI Vice Chair
  • Melissa Calderwood, Kansas, CFI Staff Chair


  • Jean Ann Fox, Director of Consumer Protection, Consumer Federation of America, Washington, D.C.
  • Ron Gagliardi, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Kentucky Telco Federal Credit Union, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Richard Santoro, Vice President, Government Affairs, MasterCard Worldwide, New York


Monday, July 26

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Convention Center 213, Level 2

Women's Legislative Network Executive Board Meeting

Minutes available upon request.


 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Convention Center Cascade Ballroom

NCSL General Session: Does Congress Really Care About the States?

Speaker of the U.S. House Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell headlined 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 completed the session.

Video of Speaker Pelosi's Address

Video of Senator McConnell's Address

10:15 am - 12:00 pm

Convention Center 107, Level 1

Real Life Ethics Cases

NCSL Legislative Effectiveness Committee

State legislatures have faced a number of ethics-related crises this past year. Leaders and veteran staff explored the lessons they learned in dealing with these challenges and gave their advice on the best ways to avoid or respond to problems.


  • Peggy Kerns, Director, Center for Ethics in Government, NCSL, Colorado 


  • Anthony Wilhoit, Executive Director, Legislative Ethics Commission, Kentucky
  • Representative B. Patrick Bauer, Speaker of the House, Indiana
  • Representative David Clark, Speaker of the House, Utah
  • Representativd David Ralston, Speaker of the House, Georgia

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Convention Center Exhibit Hall Foyer, Level 2

Women's Legislative Network Reception

Legislators and friends gathered to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Women's Legislative Network of NCSLand to honor the Network's 2010-2011 Executive Board. 

Rep. Arntzen Group
Montana Rep. Elsie Arntzen, Network President State legislators and international delegates


6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

NCSL Social Event: Country, Culture & Cuisine on the Waterfront

The spirit of Kentucky was on parade tonight! Wynona Judd, Loretta Lynn and Patty Loveless—three great champions of country music—starred in our private concert on the shores of the Ohio River.

Tuesday, July 27

6:30 am - 8:00 am

Walk for Wellness

More than 75 legislators, legislative staff and friends gathered for a fun run or walk along the shores of the Ohio River in Waterfront Park. The Walk is dedicated to raising awareness of the devastating effects heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and obesity have for our nation.

The walk is a joint program of the National Asian Pacific Americans 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 Program.

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Warm-up stretches The starting line Members of the Black Caucus and legislative staff, after the Walk


7:00 am - 8:45 am

Convention Center 211, Level 2

Maximizing Public Investments in Tight Budget Times

NCSL/Annie E. Casey Partnership on Family Economic Success

Research and evaluation help lawmakers identify what a state is getting for the activities it undertakes and the funds it spends on behalf of its citizens. Tight budgets provide an opportunity to assess the policies and programs that are most effective. This session highlighted the importance of research, performance measures and evaluation to improve outcomes for working families.


  • Representative David Heaton, Iowa


  • Kathy McGuire, Deputy Director, Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA), Florida
  • Arlene Lee, Senior Associate, Center for the Study of Social Policy, Washington, D.C.

Audio recording of this session.

9:00 am - 10:15 am

Convention Center Cascade Ballroom

NCSL General Session: 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. Governor Bush discussed 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.

Video of Governor Bush's Address.

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Convention Center 105, Level 1

Changing the Course of Delinquency

Foster children, juvenile delinquents, teen parents, dropouts—how do we improve the lives of kids? Health, education and families are key. Leading national experts will share innovative and cost-saving ways to improve the lives of young people through prevention and early intervention, with a focus on collaboration across systems such as juvenile justice and child welfare.


  • Senator Judy Lee, North Dakota


  • Shay Bilchik, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C


  • Senator Thomas C. Owens, Kansas
  • Senator Brenda J. Council, Nebraska
  • Representative John J. DeBerry Jr., Tennessee

Audio recording of this session.

11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Convention Center 207-208, Level 2

Women's Legislative Network Luncheon and Business Meeting

Program cosponsored with the Center for American Women and Politics, the Center for Women Policy Studies, NOBEL/Women, Women in Government and the Women Legislators' Lobby.

The session began with the annual Network business meeting and elections.  Representative Rosie Berger, Wyoming, was elected president, and several other legislators were elected to new positions on the board. The list of board members can be found here. Legislators also were elected to the Network Advisory Council. Complete list here.

Following the meeting, Margo Waddell, with Women 4 Women, discussed her organization's work. Women 4 Women is a Louisville organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls. Finance 4 Her is a financial education program that teaches women basic money management -- budgeting, saving, planning ahead. After the course, Women 4 Women pairs students with volunteer financial coaches who meet with them regularly to keep them motivated and on track.

Presiding:Berger, Waddell, Arntzen

  • Representative Elsie Arntzen, Montana


  • Margo Waddell, director of programs, Women 4 Women, Louisville, Kentucky

Margo Waddell's PowerPoint presentation.
Finance 4 Her's free downloadable curriculum.



Representative Rosie Berger, Margo Waddell, Representative Elsie Arntzen

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Convention Center 109 & 112, Level 1

Investing in Children's Health

NCSL Health Committee

State lawmakers seek cost-effective solutions to control health spending. Investing in prevention and health care for children saves states money. This session highlighted promising practices and comprehensive approaches that coordinate programs and services.


  • Michael Fraser, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, Washington, D.C.

2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Convention Center 108, Level 1

Boosting Savings in Troubled Times

Americans who develop a savings habit create a cushion in case of emergency and strengthen the country’s financial foundation. Research shows that even the poorest Americans will save money with relevant incentives and access to savings opportunities. This session highlighted innovative public/private approaches—from outreach campaigns by banks to video games—that engage more people in traditional financial services.


  • Representative Rosie Berger, Wyoming


  • Eloy Villafranca, Community Affairs Officer, FDIC; Director, Bank On California
  • Peter Tufano, Harvard Business School and the Doorways to Dreams Fund, Massachusetts

Eloy Villafranca's PowerPoint

Peter Tufano's PowerPoint

Video recording of the session.

Wednesday, July 28

8:00 am - 9:30 am

Convention Center 101, Level 1

Creating Jobs in a Recession - Subsidized Employment

NCSL Human Services and Welfare Committee

Investments in subsidized jobs surged during the recession as states sought to train workers in green jobs, high tech and health care, among others. Officials had to gear up quickly and balance efforts to create jobs for unemployed workers while building their skills for the future. Learn about new funding sources for subsidized jobs and strategies for effectively engaging employers to increase opportunities for low-skilled workers and fuel economic development.

9:45 am - 11:00 am

Convention Center Cascade Ballroom

NCSL General Session: 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.

Video recording of the session.

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Convention Center Cascade A, Level 1

NCSL Business Meeting

Policies adopted at the 2010 Legislative Summit.

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Social Event: Race to the Finish Line at Churchill Downs