Legislative Effectiveness Committee

Spring Forum Committee Agenda

April 14-15, 2011(As of March 10, 2011)

 Thursday | Friday 

Thursday, April 14

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Speaking for the Legislature

In order to be a strong, co-equal branch of government, legislatures need to build institutional strength. They do this through establishing strong leadership, developing the ability to take on tough issues, building consensus, providing transparency and connecting with citizens. This session examines strong legislatures, with particular focus on reaching the public.

Presenters: Representative John Patton, Wyoming

Former Senator John Chichester, Virginia

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

NCSL: Get Your Money’s Worth

NCSL provides meetings, information, advice and technical assistance to legislatures and legislators. This help can take many forms, such as testifying at committee hearings about practices in the other states, providing workshops to learn tips about working with the media and briefing legislators on the impact of recently enacted federal legislation. Is your state getting its money’s worth from NCSL? Learn how to put NCSL’s experts to work for you.

Moderator: Tim Rice, Executive Director, Legislative Information Systems, Illinois, NCSL Staff Chair

Presenters: Representative Rosie Berger, Wyoming

Larry Morandi, Director, State Policy Research Division, NCSL

Friday, April 15

 7:30  am - 9:00 am

Plenary Breakfast

9:15 am - 10:45 am

The Best of Constituent Service

Legislators make constituent service a point of emphasis, but what are the current best practices? Some legislators and constituent service agencies have developed extensive expertise, background information and contacts to help them handle constituent casework. This session looks at proven approaches for low, medium and high staff states, identifies basic guiding principles and examines some initiatives to involve constituents more directly in the policymaking process.

Presenters: Delegate Tim Hugo, Virginia

Michael Batt, Director-Dynamics, Microsoft Corporation, Virginia

11:00 am -12:15 pm

Legislative Effectiveness Committee Business Meeting

Committee officers and members discuss plans for the Legislative Summit (annual meeting) and committee work products.

12:45pm – 2:15 pm

Plenary Luncheon