2015 LCJPS Committee Legislative Summit Agenda


NCSL's Legislative Summit will be held Aug. 3-6, 2015 in Seattle. Here is the preliminary agenda for the Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. Go to the Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee Legislative Summit Schedule

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Monday, Aug. 3
Time Sessions
7 a.m.-5 p.m.

Washington State Convention Center

10-11:30 a.m.

Preconference Session:  Child Support and Incarceration 

Did you know that approximately half of people who are incarcerated have a child under the age of 18? States struggle to balance the need to enforce child support orders and provide for children, with the potentially damaging consequences that incarceration can have on the parent's ability to pay. Hear what states are doing to keep parents out of jail, reduce recidivism, and improve the employment prospects of formerly incarcerated parents. 


  • David Johnson, Office of Child Support Enforcement, Region X, Washington
  • Susan Leavell, Washington State Department of Corrections
  • Debbie Moen, King County Prosecutor's Office, Washington
1:30-3 p.m.

Update on the President's Executive Actions on Immigration

The Department of Homeland Security is rolling out a new priority enforcement program. Hear how it aims to improve border management, and learn about federal engagement with state and local law enforcement, child migrants and unaccompanied minors, and other issues affecting states.



  • Representative Curtis M. Oda, Utah


  • Assistant Secretary Heather Fong, Office of State and Local Law Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C.
  • Timothy S. Robbins, Deputy Executive Associate Director, Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C.
  • Peter Verga, Defense Advisory to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C.


  • Senator Mo Denis, Nevada
3:15-5 p.m.

Better Approaches to Addressing Mental Illness in Criminal Justice Systems  (CLE)

(Joint with the NCSL Health and Human Services Committee)

Many people with mental illness come into contact with the criminal justice system, often exacerbating their health issues and challenging crime systems and personnel not equipped to respond adequately to those needs. This session will explore both health care and criminal justice system approaches to better handle these interactions.


  • Representative John C. Tilley, Kentucky


  • KiDeuk Kim, Senior Research Associate, Justice Policy Center, Urban Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • Justin Volpe, Certified Recovery Peer Specialist, Florida Courts, 11th Judicial Criminal Mental Health Project


  • Senator Michael R. Crider, Indiana
  • Representative James A. Dunnigan, Utah
  • Senator Delores G. Kelley, Maryland
  • Representative Walt Leger, Louisiana

This session concurrent with:

3:15-3:30 p.m.

FirstNet Update
(Joint with the NCSL Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee)
In this brief session, you will hear from an expert from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) who will provide an update and next steps as they relate to states.



  • Edward Parkinson, First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C.
3:30-4:45 p.m.

Disaster Insurance: Are States and Insurance Companies Prepared?

(Joint with the NCSL Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee)

The past several winters have seen record warm temperatures and dry weather in the West, bitter cold and record snows in the East. How are states coordinating with insurance companies to ensure the best response? What impact do these weather events have on property insurance? Are insurance companies changing their risk management calculations to adjust for extreme weather? In this session, you will hear from experts in disaster insurance and mitigation and learn how to better prepare your region and state.



  • Representative Curtis M. Oda, Utah



  • Chara Bradstreet, National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Washington, D.C.
  • Nicole Mahrt Ganley, Senior Director of Public Affairs, Western Region, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, California
  • Roy Wright, Office of the Deputy Associate Administrator for Insurance and Mitigation, FEMA, Washington, D.C.
5-5:30 p.m.
Steering Committee of the Standing Committees (chairs)
Tuesday, Aug. 4
7 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration
Washington State Convention Center

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Exhibit Hall 4EF


Exhibit Hall Open
8:30-9:30 a.m. 
Ballroom 6ABC
General Session
9:45-11:30 a.m.

Supreme Court Roundup  (CLE)

(Joint session with the Legal Services Staff Section)

This session offers an overview of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent term, with focus on review and decisions in several cases with implications for states and states’ rights.



  • Representative John C. Tilley, Kentucky



  • Lisa Soronen, Executive Director, State & Local Legal Center, Washington, D.C.
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Committee Business Meeting

Join a discussion and potential renewal of several current policies.



  • Representative John C. Tilley, Kentucky
12:30-1:45 p.m.

Police-Worn Body Cameras:  Technology, Cost and Impact (Committee Luncheon)
Learn from industry how state legislative policies for police-worn body cameras can impact the cost of implementing the technology. 


Sponsored by:  NCSL gratefully acknowledges TASER's Axon Brand for sponsoring this luncheon. 


  • Senator Delores G. Kelley, Maryland


  • Steve Tuttle, TASER Axon, Arizona
2-3:15 p.m.

Eyes on Crime: Police Body-Worn Cameras  (CLE)

Demonstration by officials of the Seattle Police Department of a pilot program on body-worn cameras. See use of cameras, view video records and learn about and discuss the potential benefits and drawbacks of body-worn cameras in addressing public confidence in policing.



  • Senator Michael Crider, Indiana



  • Dr. Michael Wagers, PHD, Seattle Police Department, Washington
  • Senator Royce West, Texas
  • Susan Parnas Frederick, NCSL
  • Rich Williams, NCSL
3:30-5 p.m.

Marijuana and Federalism  (CLE)

As states move forward with medical and adult-use recreational marijuana policies, the struggle intensifies among federal, state and local governments for control of marijuana law. Learn about the legal issues associated with intergovernmental marijuana authority and enforcement; and hear about interstate litigation and states’ rights.



  • Representative Roger E. Goodman, Washington



  • Professor Robert Mikos, Vanderbilt Law School, Tennessee
  • Representative Lewis H. Moore, Oklahoma
5:15-6:30 p.m.
Steering Committee of the Standing Committees (Chairs)

Wednesday, Aug. 5
9:15-11:30 a.m.

Legalizing Marijuana: Potholes and Possibilities  (CLE)

Colorado and Washington are trailblazers in legalized marijuana, but the potholes and blind curves are plenty. Among them: the potential for revenue, licensing businesses, regulating practices and products, enforcement and more.


What you'll learn:
-- All the matters you might not anticipate, regulation of edibles and new cannabis products.
-- The money—how much to expect, tax rates, and revenue estimates.
-- What drugged driving looks like from the experts enforcing it in the field.


  • Sergeant Mark Crandall, Drug Evaluation and Classification Program, Washington
  • Joseph Henchman, Tax Foundation, Washington, D.C.
  • Senator Jeanne E. Kohl-Welles, Washington
  • Representative Polly Lawrence, Colorado
  • Daniel Mossinghoff, Mossinghoff Mangnall, P.C., Colorado
  • Jody Newby, Cowlitz County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Washington
  • Representative Daniel Pabon, Colorado
  • Senator Ann Rivers, Washington
2-3:15 p.m.

Corrections Reflections: A Conversation with Piper Kerman

Best-selling author of "Orange is the New Black," which is also an award winning Netflix series, Piper Kerman will share her first-hand experience as a convicted drug offender, and her ideas about rehabilitation, reentry services and other corrections and sentencing policies.


  • Representative Jane E. Powdrell-Culbert, New Mexico
  • Representative John C. Tilley, Kentucky


  • Piper Kerman, Author, New York
3:30-4:45 p.m. 

A Better Way to Keep Kids Out of Prison  (CLE)

Learn about proven policies and interventions that provide alternatives to costly facility placements for kids in trouble.



  • Sarah Brown, NCSL



  • Steve Aos, Washington State Institute For Public Policy (WSIPP)
  • Dan Satterberg, King County Prosecuting Attorney, King County Prosecutor's Office, Washington
  • Senator Alan D. Solano, South Dakota


thursday, Aug. 6
10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

NCSL Business Meeting