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Human Services and Welfare Committee Sessions
NCSL Legislative Summit 2012
Chicago, Illinois







         Day 1| Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Day 1, Monday, August 6, 2012

11:00 am -12:00 pm

Immigration Policy and the States

Joint with the NCSL Task Force on Immigration and State Policy and the Law and Criminal Justice Committee
State legislators have been taking the lead in pressing for immigration reform in a range of policy arenas from law enforcement to worksite enforcement to immigrant integration.  This session will examine the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Arizona v. United States for the roles and responsibilities of state lawmakers.
Moderators: Senator Joni M. Cutler, South Dakota
Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos, Washington
Speaker:  Peter J. Spiro, Charles R. Weiner Professor of Law, Temple University

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Immigration Working Lunch/Policy Discussion

The working lunch session will include consideration of NCSL's immigration policies. A business meeting will be conducted at the end of the session were the Committee will consider and vote on the Immigration Policy Directive. 
Presiding: Representative Barbara W. Ballard, Kansas
Senator Joni Cutler, South Dakota
Senator Tom Hansen, South Dakota
Representative Thomas Upton Reynolds, II, Mississippi
NCSL gratefully acknowledges the Four Freedoms Fund for supporting this working lunch session
 

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Child Support: Beyond Enforcement to Engagement

Child support is a critical source of income for families and is shown to improve child well-being. Learn about effective strategies being used by states to ensure reliable and consistent support. Vicki Turetsky, Commissioner of the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, will talk about the federal priorities and resources available to help states collect support on behalf of families.
Moderator: Representative Michael Barbieri, Delaware
Speakers: Vicki Turetsky, Commissioner, Office of Child Support Enforcement View Presentation
Representative David Heaton, Iowa

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Business Meeting

The Committee will convene to consider and vote on several Policy Directives, including Nurturing Responsible Families and Child Support Enforcement and, and The Homeless.
Presiding: Representative Barbara Ballard, Kansas
Senator Tom Hansen, South Dakota

View discussed policy positions HERE

Day 2, Tuesday, August 7, 2012

10:30 am -11:30 am

Human Services and Welfare Committee Federal Update

Hear an update on what’s going on in Washington D.C. and the impact on state laws and budgets.
Moderator: Senator Kathy Campbell, Nebraska
Speakers: George Sheldon, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Sheri Steisel, Senior Federal Affairs Counsel and Human Services Policy Director, NCSL

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Human Services and Welfare Committee Business Meeting

The Committee will convene to consider and vote on the Policy Directive Rewarding Work and Reducing Poverty.
Presiding: Representative Barbara Ballard, Kansas
Senator Tom Hansen, South Dakota

View discussed policy positions HERE

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Human Services and Welfare Committee and Hunger Partnership Luncheon: Leveraging Shared Resources: Public-Private Partnerships Role in Addressing Hunger

Public-private partnerships find innovative ways to address hunger in communities across America.  Learn about how public-private partnerships leverage resources to make food available to those who need it during this time of limited resources and increased need.
Moderating: Representative Dwight Evans, Pennsylvania
Senator Renee S. Unterman, Georgia
Panelists: Scott DeFife, Executive Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs, National Restaurant Association
Mary Dossett, Director of Community Affairs, YUM! Brands
Lincoln D. Ellis, President and Chief Executive Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana
Jim Larson, Program Development Director, Food Donation Connection
NCSL gratefully acknowledges YUM! Brands for supporting this luncheon session.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Human Services and Welfare Committee Business Meeting

The Committee will convene to consider and vote on several Policy Directives, including Nutrition Assistance and Aging.
Presiding: Representative Barbara Ballard, Kansas
Senator Tom Hansen, South Dakota

View discussed policy positions HERE

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Home Visiting: Models and Policy Options for Creating the Best Programs

Hear about effective home visiting models, state policy options and how best to integrate a home visiting program into the comprehensive early childhood care and education system. Discuss the challenges, and hear about federal grants available to states.
Moderator: Delegate Chris Peace, Virginia
Presenters: Mimi Aledo-Sandoval, New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee
Delegate Sheila Hixson, Maryland
Steffanie Clothier, NCSL

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Safety, Permanency and Well-Being: Improving Child Welfare Systems

Key findings from Round 2 of the Federal Child and Family Services Reviews: How well are states improving their child welfare systems? Learn key findings from the Child and Family Services Reviews conducted from 2007-2010. These reviews aim to help states improve the safety, permanency and well-being of children and families. Get a national picture of the strengths of the child welfare system and the areas for improvement, as well as the practices that deliver the best results.
Moderator: Gail Gronert, Speaker John A. Perez's Office, California State Assembly
Presenters: Candace Charkow, State Team Training, JBS International, Maryland
Nina Williams-Mbengue, NCSL

4:45 pm - 5:45 pm

Steering Committee of the Standing Committee

The steering committee will review the policies reported from the Standing Committees at the Summit and determine the calendar for the NCSL Business Meeting on Thursday, August 9 at 10:30
 

Day 3, Wednesday, Agust 8, 2012

7:30 am - 9:15 am

NCSL/Annie E. Casey Foundation Partnership on Family Economic Success (Breakfast)

Lisa Hamilton of the Annie E. Casey Foundation will present the latest findings of the foundation’s annual KIDS COUNT Data Book and describe ways to help families and children succeed.
Speakers: Lisa Hamilton, Vice President, External Affairs, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

8:45 am - 10:30 am

Educare Site Visit

Join NCSL in a visit to Educare Chicago, a nationally recognized early childhood program, to learn first-hand how teachers create quality learning for vulnerable young children. Discuss the elements of quality in early childhood programs, examine creative financing mechanisms, and identify the role of state legislators in developing quality standards and policy initiatives for early childhood learning programs in the states.
The tour/site visit is FREE, but advanced RSVP is required by contacting Phuonglan Nguyen at 303-856-1582 (on-site contact: 303-669-6236). The tour bus will return to McCormick Place in time for the 11:00 a.m. issue forums.

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

What Do Americans Think About Hunger?

A national pollster will discuss what Americans think about hunger in America today, addressing questions such as family priorities in food consumption and government and personal responsibility. A representative from Walmart will address the role their stores play in the lives of families shopping for food on a restricted food budget. The discussion will educate legislators on how to best discuss hunger and SNAP and related nutrition assistance programs with the public.
Moderators: Representative Dwight Evans, Pennsylvania
Senator Renee S. Unterman, Georgia
Panelists: Margie Omero, Momentum Analysis, Washington, D.C.
Tres Bailey, Wal-Mart, Bentonville, Arkansas
NCSL gratefully acknowledges  Wal-Mart for their support of this session

Day 4, Thursday, August 9, 2012

7:30 am - 8:45 am

Food and Farm Breakfast

Co-Sponsored by the Agriculture & Human Services and Welfare Committees and NCSL’s Hunger Partnership
This session will examine the ongoing reauthorization of the 2012 "Farm Bill" especially in light of tight federal and state budgets. Legislators will receive an update on the status of food policy and farm issues, including rural development programs as well as SNAP and other food assistance related programs.
Speaker: Jerry Hagstrom, Founder and Executive Editor, The Hagstrom Report, National Journal, Washington, D.C.
NCSL gratefully acknowledges the support of ADM for this session.