Law and Criminal Justice Committee -- NCSL 2011 Legislative Summit Agenda
(As of August 17, 2011)

Law and Criminal Justice Schedule

NCSL Legislative Summit 2011
 

 Monday, August 8 | Tuesday, August 9

Monday, August 8

 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Law and Criminal Justice Committee

Federalism and the 10th Amendment -- Roundtable
A states' rights revival is reflected in state legislative sovereignty resolutions, and a Congressional 10th Amendment Caucus is actively pursuing a rebalancing of Constitutional powers.  Discuss states' rights priorities before Congress.  Members of the Congressional Caucus will participate.

Presiding:  Assemblymember William C. Horne, Nevada

Speakers: 

  • Congressman Rob W. Bishop, U.S. House of Representatives, Utah
  • Congressman Louie Gohmert, U.S. House of Representatives, Texas
     
Tuesday, August 9

 10:45 am - 12:00 pm

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Law and Criminal Justice Committee

Putting the Brakes on Drugged Driving
"Drugged driving" is implicated in an increasing number of auto crashes and fatalities, and is a traffic safety priority among policymakers.  Explore the challenges of crafting legislation addressing impaired driving that involves illegal substances or prescription drugs, including a look at per se laws and diversion strategies.

Presiding:  Assemblymember William C. Horne, Nevada 

Panelists:

  • Kathryn Greene, Office of Intergovernmental and Public Liaison, Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Washington, D.C.
  • Senator Tim C. Owens, Kansas
  • Dereece Smither, U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Washington, D.C.
     

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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Law and Criminal Justice Committee

"Principles for Effective State Sentencing and Corrections Policy" (Luncheon)
Sentencing and corrections actions have important policy and cost implications.  Join the NCSL Sentencing and Corrections Work Group for the release of their report, "Principles of Effective State Sentencing and Corrections Policy," and learn about the latest state approaches.

NCSL gratefully acknowledges the Public Safety Performance Project of the Pew Center on the States for this NCSL project and sponsorship of the luncheon. 

Co-Presiding:  Representative Janice L. Pauls, Kansas and Representative Jerry Madden, Texas - Work Group Co-Chairs

Speaker:

  • Richard Jerome, Program Manager, Public Safety Performance Project of the Pew Center on the States, Washington, D.C.
     

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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Law and Criminal Justice
Joint with the Legal Services Staff Section

Supreme Court Roundup, Federal Update and Law and Criminal Justice Committee Business Meeting   (CLE)
The U.S. Supreme Court's recent term included decisions in several cases with implications on states and states' rights.  Hear an overview of the court's review and opinions handed down in these cases.  Policies under consideration:  recidivism funding, tort reform and regulation of methamphetamine precursors. 

Presiding:  Assemblymember William C. Horne, Nevada

Moderator:  Senator Joni M. Cutler, South Dakota

Speakers:

  • Susan Parnas Frederick, Federal Affairs Counsel, NCSL, Washington, D.C.
  • Lawrence Sager, Dean, University of Texas at the Austin School of Law 

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