Legislative Effectiveness Committee Agenda | Legislative Summit 2014


Legislative Effectiveness Committee Meeting
NCSL Legislative Summit
Aug. 19-22, 2014
Minneapolis, Minn.

TuesDay, Aug. 19
Time Sessions

3-4:30 p.m.

Five Constituent Engagement Tips in 50 Minutes

Legislators benefit when they participate in meaningful constituent engagement activities. In this fast-paced session, five legislators will share their practical tips for connecting with their constituents and community stakeholders.

Presented with support from The Kettering Foundation

5-5:30 p.m.

Steering Committee of NCSL Standing Committees

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.
WednesDay, Aug. 20
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Managing Legislative Staff: Best Practices

State legislatures manage their staff in diverse ways. Hear about performance management innovations in state legislatures and discuss common performance challenges faced by staff today.


Alan Calandro, Conn.

Amy Carlson, Mont.

Michael Christensen, Utah

Bernard Dean, Wash.

Amy Zook, Colo.

12:30-1:45 p.m.

Committee Lunch and Business Meeting

The committee will hear a briefing from the Center for Public Integrity about its State Integrity Investigation Project and discuss agenda options for the committee’s December meeting in Washington, D.C.
2-3:15 p.m.

Continuous Improvement:  Enhancing Government Performance in Minnesota

The State of Minnesota has dramatically improved efficiency and delivered exceptional savings through its Continuous Improvement program. Minnesota is recognized as a leader for these efforts that create a culture of efficiency. This session describes the elements of the program and presents ideas about how other states can start “running lean.” 


Minnesota State Senator Terri Bonoff

Spencer Cronk, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Administration

Mary Jo Caldwell, Continuous Improvement Director, Minnesota Department of Administration

Neal Simon, Continuous Improvement Director, General Mills

3:30-5 p.m.

Reaching Across the Aisle to Bridge the Ideological Divide

The problem of gridlock can’t be laid at the feet of one political party or the other so what is causing it? Former Congressman Mickey Edwards (R, OK) and Congressman Alan Lowenthal (D, CA) draw from their experiences in Congress and offer ideas on specific reforms that might help improve our system of government, overcome ideological roadblocks and avoid unnecessary conflict based on party rather than principle.

Joint session with NCSL Redistricting and Elections Committee