Law & Criminal Justice Committee Fall Forum Agenda


The Fall Forum brings together legislators and staff to craft solutions to critical issues and network with colleagues from around the nation. Join fellow legislators at Lobby Day on Capitol Hill to advocate for the states. Attend exclusive briefings for legislative staff. And work on important state issues as part of NCSL's standing committees.

The sessions will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park except where noted.

View the Fall Forum online agenda. Go back to the Fall Forum Homepage.

Wednesday, Dec. 4
Time Sessions
7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Mezzanine - Registration A
10-11 a.m.
Mezzanine - Thurgood Marshall North
New Staff Officer Orientation
11-11:30 a.m.
Mezzanine - Thurgood Marshall North
Steering Committee

The steering committee, which includes the overall standing committee officers and the legislator and staff co-chairs of each standing committee, review plans for the meeting and preview policies under consideration and decide on joint referrals of policy resolutions as necessary.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Mezzanine - Thurgood Marshall SW

Welcome Luncheon

NCSL officers and staff will brief members on the issues to be discussed on Capitol Hill.  All registrants are welcome to attend.

12:30-1 p.m. Buses leave hotel for Capitol Hill and Staff Briefings
1-5 p.m.

Staff Briefings on Capitol Hill

Legislative staff has the opportunity to participate in special briefings.

  • IDEA Partnership Workshop
  • Library of Congress Tour and Briefing
  • Visit and Discussion at the Federal Communications Commission
  • A Discussion with Congressional Budget Office Staff
  • Briefing on Intelligent Transportation Systems at the U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Briefing with Department of Interior (DOI) Officials and DOI Museum Tour

Staff will be prompted to select a briefing when registering for the meeting.

1-5 p.m.

Congressional Meetings on Capitol Hill

All state legislators and interested legislative staff are urged to meet with members of their states’ congressional delegation to discuss NCSL’s priorities issues.


5-6:30 p.m.


Reception on Capitol Hill – Dirksen Senate Building Auditorium (SDG50)
Thursday, Dec. 5

7 a.m.-5 p.m.

Mezzanine - Registration A


8:15-10 a.m.

Exhibition Hall C - Lincoln 5

Metals Theft in the States:  Enforcement Hurdles & Solutions (Sponsored Breakfast)
Joint with the Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee

In recent years many states have seen the emergence of copper and metal theft, particularly affecting the electrical industry since copper wires are high-value targets. Join us for an engaging discussion on how states are currently dealing with the problem of copper theft and thefts of other valuable scrap materials, what updates can be made to state laws regarding metal theft, how law enforcement is tackling the issue in tight budget times and conflicting priorities, and how the electrical industry is responding.


  • Representative Curtis Oda, Utah


  • Doug Alexander, Security Investigator, KCP&L, Missouri
  • Matthew Beebe, Sergeant, Polk Country Sheriff's Office, Florida
  • Representative Roger Goodman, Washington
  • Bret Robinson, Commercial Manager, Alter Trading Corporation, Missouri

NCSL gratefully acknowledges the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) for sponsoring this breakfast.

10-11:30 a.m.

Exhibition Hall C - Lincoln 2


U.S. Supreme Court: The Power of Nine (CLE)

An expert panel will discuss expected top cases before the Court this year, sleeper issues that may emerge, and federalism implications.


  • Assemblymember William C. Horne, Nevada


  • Lisa Soronen, Executive Director, State & Local Legal Center, Washington, D.C.
  • Catherine Stetson, Partner, Hogan Lovells, US LLP, Washington, D.C.

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

Mezzanine - Thurgood Marshall SW

Plenary Luncheon

1:30-2:45 p.m.

Exhibition Hall C - Lincoln 6

Rethinking Drug Control and Policy
Joint with Budgets and Revenue Committee, Health and Human Services Committee and Labor and Economic Development Committee

Drug control remains an important national priority, as states and the federal government work to improve criminal justice , health and prevention strategies. Please join Deputy Director Michael Botticelli from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), along with a panel of national experts to discuss limits on, diversion and abuse of opioids; state "smart on crime" initiatives; ways for states to lower costs and improve health outcomes; and intergovernmental strategies for states to partner with ONDCP.



  • Representative Matt Hudson, Florida


  • Michael Botticelli, Deputy Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Washington, D.C.


  • Deb Beck, Vice Chair, National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws, Pennsylvania
  • Representative Eric Watson, Tennessee

3-3:30 p.m.

Exhibition Hall C - Lincoln 2

Federal and State Updates/Business Meeting

This session will discuss current issues before Congress; provide an update from the Department of Homeland Security; and discuss how the Affordable Care Act affects corrections populations.



  • Assemblymember William Horne, Nevada


  • Alan Cohn, Assistant Secretary for Strategy, Planning, Analysis and Risk, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C.


  • Joy Johnson Wilson, NCSL
  • Susan Parnas Frederick, NCSL

3:30-4:45 p.m.

Exhibition Hall C - Lincoln 4

Financial Exploitation of the Elderly

Joint with Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee

Seniors and their money are frequent targets of those who perpetrate financial frauds and scams, making it a growing concern in states.  This session will highlight state legislation and federal policies designed to prevent the crime and protect the elderly and vulnerable adults.



  • Senator Terry Clark Burton, Mississippi
  • Robert Chapman, Senior Social Science Analyst, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Washington, D.C.
  • Nora Dowd Eisenhower, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Washington, D.C.
  • Senator Mac Schneider, North Dakota
  • Ryan Wilson, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, AARP, Washington, D.C.

5-6 p.m.

Mezzanine - Thurgood Marshall North

Steering Committee

The steering committee will review the policies reported from the standing committees at the Fall Forum and determine the calendar for the business meeting at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6.

6-7 p.m.

Mezzanine - Thurgood Marshall Foyer

Friday, Dec. 6

7:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Mezzanine - Registration A


9-11:15 a.m.

Exhibition Hall C - Lincoln 2

Unmanned Aircraft Systems:  Issues and Opportunities  (CLE)
Joint with the Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee

States are actively considering and enacting legislation related to unmanned aircraft systems, or “drones.”  Discussion will include expectations of FAA state test sites getting under way; and how law enforcement and industry applications appropriately address search, seizure and privacy issues.



  • Assemblymember William Horne, Nevada


  • Delegate John L. Bohanan, Maryland
  • Mario Mairena, Government Relations Manager, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), Virginia
  • Michael O’Shea, Senior Law Enforcement Program Manager, U.S. Department of Justice/Office of Justice Programs, Washington, D.C.
  • Carlos Siso, Attorney, Federal Aviation Adminstration, Washington, D.C.
  • Katherine E. Stern, Senior Counsel, The Constitution Project, Washington, D.C.
  • James H. Williams, Manager, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office, Aviation Safety Organization, Federal Aviation Administration, Washington, D.C.
  • Richard Williams, NCSL
  • Senator Chuck Winder, Idaho

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Mezzanine - Thurgood Marshall SW

Plenary Lunch

1-1:30 p.m.

Mezzanine - Thurgood Marshall SW

NCSL Business Meeting

1-5 p.m.