Law and Criminal Justice Committee Agenda | 2014 Legislative Summit


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Tuesday, Aug. 19
Time Sessions

3-5 p.m.

Level 1 -- 103DEF

Law and Criminal Justice Committee
“Outgrowing Crime”  (CLE)

A new “Pathways” study addresses growing up and out of crime. U.S. Supreme Court rulings have prohibited the most serious punishments for juveniles, most recently addressing life without parole sentences. This session will explore the latest developmental research; state actions to comply with the Miller ruling and other federal actions affecting states.



  • Representative John C. Tilley, Kentucky


  • Sarah Brown, NCSL
  • Adam Foss, Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Massachusetts
  • Senator Stewart Greenleaf, Pennsylvania
  • Ed Mulvey, University of Pittsburgh Medical School, Pennsylvania
5-5:30 p.m.
Level 1 -- 101DEFG

Standing Committees Steering Committee (Chairs)

Wednesday, Aug. 20
9-10:15 a.m.
Level 1 -- Auditorium

General Session
“Ending Human Trafficking”


10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Level 1 -- 103DEF

Law and Criminal Justice Committees
Joint with the Legal Services Staff Section
“Supreme Court Roundup”  (CLE)

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent term included decisions in several cases with implications for states and states’ rights. Affirmative action, campaign finance and the Fourth Amendment were all before the Court this term.  Hear an overview of the court's review and opinions handed down in these cases. 



  • Representative Thomas U. Reynolds, Mississippi



  • Professor Heidi Kitrosser, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Lisa Soronen, Executive Director, State & Local Legal Center, Washington, D.C.
11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Level 1 -- 103DEF

Law and Criminal Justice Committee
Federal Update/Business Meeting

Hear about significant federal issues affecting the states and discuss other state/federal priorities, and consider any policies.



  • Representative Thomas U. Reynolds, Mississippi
12:30-1:45 p.m.

Level 1 -- 103ABC

Law and Criminal Justice Committee
Sponsored Luncheon “Predicting Pretrial Success”

Most people arrested are eligible for pretrial release. Hear about risk assessment research that is helping courts make informed decisions about public safety and conditions of pretrial release.



  • Representative John C. Tilley, Kentucky


  • Matt Alsdorf, Laura and John Arnold Foundation, New York

NCSL gratefully acknowledges the Laura and John Arnold Foundation for sponsoring this luncheon.

2-3:15 p.m.

Level 1 -- 103DEF

Law and Criminal Justice Committee
“Emergency Communications”

Joint with the Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee and National Legislative Services and Security Association

A teenager with a smartphone possesses greater communications capabilities than a police officer in the field. The First Responder Network Authority is operational and prepared to roll out the national network architecture to bring public safely communications into the 21st Century. This session will discuss the framework for this effort and the critical role state lawmakers will play.


  • Representative Daniel A. Eaton, New Hampshire
  • Senator Thomas J. Wyss, Indiana


  • Brian Fontes, National Emergency Number Association, Virginia
  • Matt Gerst, CTIA-The Wireless Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Mitch Herckis, NASCIO, Washington, D.C.
  • Victoria Lee, First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), Oregon
3:30-5 p.m.

Level 1 -- 101ABIJ

Law and Criminal Justice Committee
Joint with the Health and Human Services Committee
“Opioids and Overdose”

Abuse of prescription pain drugs and heroin use has led to an alarming increase in drug overdose deaths. Hear about steps being taken to address opioids abuse and actions to provide limited immunity for those seeking help in overdose situations, including administration of antidote medication.



  • Representative Curtis M. Oda, Utah
  • Senator Irene Aguilar, Colorado



  • Dr. Gavin Bart, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minnesota
  • Senator Chris E. Eaton, Minnesota
  • Robert Hill, Executive Assistant, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Virginia
  • Senator Renee S. Unterman, Georgia
5:15-6:30 p.m.
Level 1 -- 101DEFG
Standing Committees Steering Committee (Chairs)

5:15-6:30 p.m.

Hilton Minneapolis -- Level 3 - Rochester Room

Ancillary reception sponsored by Public Safety Performance Project of The Pew Charitable Trusts
"ISSUE FORUMS" on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
10:15-11:15 a.m.
Level 2 -- 200DEFG
Raising the Bar on Community Corrections   
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Level 1 -- Auditorium Room 1
RoboCops: From Phones to Drones  (CLE)