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July 20, 2010

Visionary Leaders Discuss How to Succeed in Turbulent Times

What do Nancy Pelosi, Senator Mitch McConnell, Jeb Bush and Emily Post have in common? They are all addressing participants at NCSL's Legislative Summit.

Without a doubt, these are turbulent times for states.

Lawmakers and staff are dealing with budget constraints, decreases in revenue and potential layoffs and furloughs. That means now is the time for the nation's leaders to hear some of the best strategies used by colleagues, visionary politicians and analysts to help move states forward.

Political figures ranging from the U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell to political pollsters will share their ideas about state-federal roles, leadership, innovation and reform at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Legislative Summit in Louisville, Ky., July 25-28.

"Many state legislators have developed creative ways to maintain the same levels of programs and services while balancing budgets,” said William Pound, executive director of NCSL. "We hope these speakers at Legislative Summit will inspire new ideas that might just become the next best thing for states."

NCSL’s Legislative Summit will be held at the Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC). Members of the media are welcome to attend the summit to cover these noteworthy speakers. While there is no fee for credentialed members of the media, registration is required. On-site registration must be done in the Press Room at the Convention Center, room 113 on the first floor.

Noteworthy speakers at this year’s summit include:

Sunday, July 25, 2010

12 – 1:30 p.m. Convention Center, 110-111, Level 1
Rising in the Ranks: The Growing Role of State Legislatures in Military Issues
Major General Mark Graham and his wife, Carol, will discuss the importance of recognizing untreated mental health issues among servicemen in the military. The Grahams lost two sons in military service. One was killed in action in Iraq, and the other, a senior ROTC student at the University of Kentucky studying to be an Army doctor, committed suicide eight months earlier.

Monday, July 26, 2010

6:30 a.m.– 8:30 a.m. Convention Center, 104, Level 1
Prayer Breakfast
Everyone is welcome at the annual Prayer Breakfast for food, fellowship and inspiration. Celebrated Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown jockey Pat Day will share how faith has encouraged him along the way. One of Louisville's most popular church choirs will provide music.

8:15 – 9:45 a.m. Convention Center, Cascade Ballroom, Level 1
Does Congress Really Care About the States? 
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell headline the opening ceremony for  the 2010 NCSL Legislative Summit. Hear their perspectives on key national issues and the relationship between states and the federal government. A welcome from Kentucky's legislative leaders and a tribute to state legislators and state legislative staff who served in current U.S. military operations overseas will highlight this session.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

9 – 10:15 a.m. Convention Center, Cascade Room, Level 1
An Education Success Story
Jeb Bush was governor of a state whose education system ranked at the bottom nationally, but the will to improve and the courageous leadership of the Florida Legislature changed so much in a decade. Hear Governor Bush discuss why Florida didn’t abandon reform during tough times, but focused on the long-term benefits of providing quality education to every student in the state and reversed a generation of decline in public schools.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

8 – 9:30 a.m. Convention Center, 104, Level 1
Arizona Immigrant Trespassing Law: Cause for Preemption?
Arizona's new immigration enforcement law re-ignited a dormant immigration debate in America. Going beyond previous state-federal collaboration, the new law transforms federal civil immigration violations (a misdemeanor) into state crimes to discourage illegal immigration. Representative John Kavanagh of Arizona, Senator Leticia Van de Putte of Texas and Hubert Williams of the Policy Foundation will discuss the pros and cons of the law and the constitutional concerns and areas of potential federal preemption.

9:35 – 11:00 a.m.  Convention Center, Cascade BC, Level 1
America's Take
Pollsters Peter Hart and Neil Newhouse have different political leanings but they both have a take on how Americans view the economy, the current direction of the country and how today’s politics will play out in November. Hear Hart, a Democrat whose client list includes the Clintons and Kennedys, and Newhouse, a Republican recently named "Pollster of the Year" for his work on Scott Brown’s Massachusetts Senate campaign, dissect Americans’ attitudes in this time of political turbulence.

2:15 – 3:45 p.m. Convention Center, 104, Level 1
Legislative Staff University: Making Your Point Successfully
In an era of conflict and partisanship, communicating effectively and respectfully with those you supervise and those you serve is essential for success in legislative careers. The spoken and written word have a lasting impact, and the legislative institution benefits when consideration, courtesy and decorum guide communication. Listen to Anna Post with the Emily Post Institute as she discusses techniques that work both on the chamber floor and in the office workplace.


Credentialed members of the media may register for free to attend the Legislative Summit. All registration must be made onsite in the NCSL press room, 113 in the Kentucky International Convention Center. If you already received confirmation from NCSL online, you may pick up your credentials in the press room before covering any events. Please remember that reporters must show press credentials to claim their registration or to register. Any journalist, who wishes to record one of our policy sessions must first obtain permission from NCSL's Communications Division. The same applies for any live shots from the KICC.

NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.