Legislative Effectiveness Committee

Fall Forum Committee Agenda
November 30 - December 2, 2011
(As of October 14, 2011)

 Wednesday, November 30 | Thursday, December 1

Wednesday, November 30

 2:30 pm – 4:00pm

Civic Education: Breaking through the Barriers
(Co-sponsored by the Women’s Legislative Network)

Citizen distrust, anger and apathy loom over the legislative process. This session highlights new efforts to educate and involve citizens in more meaningful ways with the legislature and promote greater understanding of how we make choices in a representative democracy.

  • Moderator: Laura Hendrix, General Counsel, Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky
  • Presenters: Karl Kurtz, Director, NCSL Trust for Representative Democracy Division, Colorado
Thursday, December 1

 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Social Media: What Do You Need to Know?

Legislators love the ability to connect to constituents and others through Facebook, Twitter and additional social media mechanisms. This session explores best practices, trends, innovations and pitfalls, plus the role of staff in assisting legislators in making the best use of the options.

  • Presenters: Natalie Wood, Program Principal, NCSL, Colorado

10:15 am -11:30 am

A New Look at Effective Committee Chairs

We need to emphasize civility and deliberative problem solving within the process of vigorously and assertively debating our different points of view in the legislative arena. Since the critical work of the legislature often occurs in committee, this session uses experienced committee chairs and staff in an interactive workshop session to share tips and best practices on striking this balance.

  • Trainers: Representative Rick Miera, New Mexico

11:45am – 1:15 pm

Plenary Luncheon

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Legislative Service with Tough Budget Choices
(Co-sponsored by the Women’s Legislative Network)

With economic fluctuations and budget constraints for the states, effective legislatures must have a strategic and coordinated fiscal focus. Legislative leaders and directors provide advice on how to prioritize when allocating reduced staff resources and clearly communicate with legislators about changes in services.

  • Moderator: Sharon Eubanks, Deputy Director, Office of Legislative Legal Services, Colorado
  • Presenters: Representative Greg Stumbo, Speaker of the House, Kentucky
                           Bob McCurley, Director, Alabama Law Institute

3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Legislative Effectiveness Committee Business Meeting

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

  • Presiding Officers: Committee Co-Chair Senator Les Ihara, Jr., Hawaii
  • Committee Co-Chair Representative John Patton, Wyoming