Legislative Effectiveness Committee
Spring Forum Committee Agenda 

Thursday, April 8, 2010

 9:00 am - 10:30 am

   McKinley Room
   Mezzanine Level

Preserving Our Legislative Legacies

(co-sponsored with Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee)
(Coffee and breakfast pastries will be provided)

Almost all legislative documents are born digital—they are created, tracked and transmitted electronically, and an unprecedented amount of information is being made available to the public online. A national partnership, created through the Library of Congress and led by the Minnesota Historical Society, is working to help ensure that legislative records will remain trustworthy, enduring and accessible. This session will discuss this partnership and will provide options to help states preserve their legislative legacy.

Moderators:  Senator Karin Brownlee, Kansas

Tim Rice, Executive Director, Legislative Information System, Illinois

Speaker:  Robert Horton, Division Director, Minnesota Historical Society

Butch Lazorchak, Digital Archivist, Library of Congress

Friday, April 9, 2010

 8:00 am - 8:30 am

   Thurgood Marshall Foyer
   Mezzanine Level

Continental Breakfast

A continental breakfast willbe available for all delegates.

8:45 am - 10:15 am

   Wilson A Room
   Mezzanine Level

Civility, Respect and the Politics of Governing (recorded session)

(co-sponsored with the Women's Legislative Network) 

Many veteran legislators and staff feel they’ve lost something in the wave of increased partisanship. Like the book Fight Club Politics about the U.S. House, state legislatures are reporting a disheartening loss of civility and respect. This session explores our collective advice on how to stem the tide and restore the lost sense of collegiality. The session features popular radio talk hosts Republican John Hancock and Democrat Michael Kelley from KMOX (St. Louis) Radio as they share their political views and tips on disagreeing passionately but with humor and decency. 

Moderator: Tim Rice, Executive Director, Legislative Information System, Illinois 

Presenters: John Hancock and Michael Kelley, co-hosts of Hancock and Kelley, KMOX CBS Radio

Michael Kelley, President, The Kelley Group, Inc., Missouri, co-host of Hancock and Kelley, KMOX CBS /Radio

NCSL gratefully acknowledges the support of Intuit Inc. in making this session possible.

10:30 pm - 11:15 am

   Taylor Room
   Mezzanine Level

Committee Business Meeting

Committee officers and members will discuss plans for the Legislative Summit and committee work products.

Presiding Officer: John Bjornson, Counsel, Legislative Council, North Dakota

11:30 am - 1:00 pm 

   Thurgood Southwest Room
   Mezzanine Level

Plenary Luncheon

Plenary luncheon for all delegates followed by a presentation by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

1:15 pm - 2:45 pm 

   Thurgood North Room
   Mezzanaine Level

The New Communication Strategy

(co-sponsored with Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee)

Many state legislative bodies are in a transition from using a purely information distribution office or approach to a more comprehensive communications office offering news, information, features, issue papers, presentations, speeches and guest editorials on behalf of members, and for use by state and local media. The new approach is more assertive, innovative and technically savvy.

Moderator:  Bob McCurley, Director, Alabama Law Institute, Alabama

Presenters: Jesse Lee, White House Online Programs Director, Washington, D.C.

Tom Pyne, Multimedia Director, Republican Public Relations Department, House of Representatives, Pennsylvania

Meagan Dorsch, Media Manager, NCSL, Colorado

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

   Wilson A Room
   Mezzanine Level

The Generational Divide Hits the Legislature (recorded session)

Whether you’re talking about legislators or staff, there are generational differences in the Baby Boomer, Generation X and Millennial groups. Experienced legislative leaders and staff directors sense some positives and negatives with the new arrivals and think they must take action to get the different generations to work together. Also, in term-limited and high-turnover states, the need to address these issues is even more acute. 

Presenters:  Andrew Krzmarzik, community Manager, GovLoop.com, North Carolina

Natalie O’Donnell Wood, Senior Policy Specialist, NCSL, Author of Generations at Work in State Legislatures

Panelists:  JoAnn Hedrick, Chief Clerk Emeritus of the House, Deleware

Patsy Spaw, Secretary of the Senate, Texas

Scott Keeter, Director of Survey Research, Pew Pesearch Center, Washington, D.C.