NCSL's 2011 Spring Forum
Law and Criminal Justice Committee Preliminary Agenda (As of April 13, 2011)

 Thursday, April 14 | Friday, April 15 | Saturday, April 16

Thursday, April 14

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Lincoln 3 -- Exhibition Level

Steering Committee

 12:45 pm - 3:30 pm

Law and Criminal Justice Committee (Off-Site)

At off-site meetings on the Hill, the committee will meet with U.S. Representative Lamar Smith, Texas. In addition, the committee will also meet with U.S. Representative Rob Bishop, Utah and U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, Wyoming, as well as other members of the House 10th Amendment Caucus. Please meet in the hotel’s main lobby by the front desk (Woodley Road Entrance). (Legislators and legislative staff only.)

 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Thurgood Southwest -- Mezzanine Level

Opening General Session

5:45 pm - 7:00 pm 
Thurgood Northeast -- Mezzanine Level

Welcome Reception at the Hotel

Friday, April 15

 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Thurgood Southwest -- Mezzanine Level

General Session Breakfast

 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Lincoln 3 -- Exhibition Level

Law and Criminal Justice Committee

Supreme Court Update  (CLE)
Highlights of significant cases before the Court affecting the states. 

Moderator:  Representative Janice L. Pauls, Kansas


  • Susan Parnas Frederick, Federal Affairs Counsel, NCSL, Washington, D.C.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Lincoln 3 -- Exhibition Level

Law and Criminal Justice Committee

BJA Federal Update
Discussion with Bureau of Justice Assistance officials, to include Justice Reinvestment initiative and funding; Second Chance initiative and funding; outlook for Byrne/JAG; medical malpractice DOJ interests; and other mutual state and federal interests. 

Moderator:  Representative Phil Haire, North Carolina


  • James H. Burch, II, Acting Director, Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.

11:00 am - 12:30 pm 
Lincoln 3 -- Exhibition Level

Law and Criminal Justice Committee

Committee Business Meeting
Committee will discuss potential update and renewal of the Adam Walsh/SORNA policy; Recidivism Reduction policy, Tort Reform policy.  (See existing policies.) 

Moderator:  Senator Denton Darrington, Idaho

12:45 pm - 2:15 pm
Thurgood Southwest -- Mezzanine Level 

General Session Luncheon

12:45 pm - 1:30 pm  
Thurgood North -- Mezzanine Level

Steering Committee (opposite plenary) 

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Lincoln 3 -- Exhibition Level


Committee-Sponsored Issue Forums

Law and Criminal Justice Committee

Drug Prevention and Control (Off-Site)
The President's recently released budget includes funding for critical areas of national drug control, including prevention, treatment, and law enforcement efforts.  In this session, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy will address members on issues of state and national interest, including prescription drug abuse, drugged driving, and new synthetic drug threats.   Participants will meet in this room at 2:30 pm for a 2:45 pm departure. Advanced sign-up is required. Please email Jennifer Arguinzoni to RSVP.

Moderator:  Senator Joni M. Cutler, South Dakota


  • Gil Kerlikowske, Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Washington, D.C.

 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thurgood Northeast -- Mezzanine Level

NCSL Business Meeting

 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm 

Reception - Marriott Lawn
Saturday, April 16

 8:00 am - 2:00 pm