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 Page 2 of 11, items 26 to 50 of 251.

Monday, August 12, 2013

 

8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

International Program

Location:
Omni Hotel At CNN Center Intl Ballroom Level-Intl Ballroom F
  • NCSL Task Force On International Relations
International

8:30 AM -- 10:00 AM
Global Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention :  Healthier, Safer, and Longer Lives Worldwide
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Infectious Diseases

Hear from two representatives from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention on the upcoming challenges and opportunities for addressing infectious diseases that affect communities all around the world.  The CDC is the United States' premier health promotion, prevention and preparedness agency and a global leader in public health.  It remains at the forefront of public health efforts to prevent and control infectious and chronic diseases, injuries, workplace hazards, disabilities and environmental health threats.

CDC works with states and other partners to provide a system of health surveillance to monitor and prevent disease outbreaks (including bioterrorism), implement disease prevention strategies, and maintain national health statistics.  CDC also guards against international disease transmission, with personnel stationed in more than 25 foreign countries. 

Presiding: 

  • Senator Verna Jones Rodwell, Maryland and Co-Chair of the Task Force on International Relations

Speakers: 

  • Dr. Patricia M. Simone, Principal Deputy Director, Center for Global Health, CDC, Georgia
  • Dr. Melinda Wharton, Deputy Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC, Georgia

10:15 AM -- 11:45 AM
International Comparisons and Universal Solutions--Roundtable Discussions
International Program, Task Force on International Relations

International legislators and staff join in small group discussions with U.S. state legislators and NCSL staff on similar issues and concerns.  The roundtable discussion session is an opportunity to network and exchange ideas, by connecting with counterparts from around the world to gather diverse perspectives and solutions to common issues.   

Presiding: 

  • Senator Verna Jones Rodwell, Maryland and Co-Chair of the Task Force on International Relations


 

8:30 AM to 11:30 AM

NCSL Task Force on Pension Funding

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 2-B201
  • NCSL Task Force On Pensions

8:30 AM -- 9:00 AM
Legislating Accounting Standards

With the GASB's new standards, state and local governments will have to report long term pension-related liabilities more prominently on their balance sheets. State and local governments must comply with the new GASB standards if they prepare financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) in order to receive clean, or unqualified, opinions from auditors on their financial statements. Learn from a CPA legislator how the changes promote accurate and more transparent reporting of governmental obligations and how they allow both the public and policymakers to better understand states' true fiscal health.

9:00 AM -- 10:00 AM
Communicating the New World of Public Pension Data

GASB's new pension accounting standards will significantly alter governmental pension obligation calculations and credit ratings agencies have adjusted state and local government pension cost analytical data for bond ratings. The different factors and methods being used promise to be confusing. At this session, discuss how to communicate and explain these numbers for other lawmakers, constituents and the media.

Speakers: 

  • Keith Brainard, NASRA, Texas
  • Ady Dewey, NASRA, Kentucky
  • Jim Potvin, Employees' Retirement System of Georgia

10:00 AM -- 11:00 AM
Funding Guideline Efforts

The Task Force will be given information on pension guidelines, including actuarial valuations, developed by other associations to help states and localities ensure sustainable, long-term funding for their pension benefits.

Speakers: 

  • John Bartel, Bartel Associates, LLC, California
  • Richard Harris, Government Finance Officers Association, Colorado

11:00 AM -- 11:30 AM
Task Force Business Meeting/Roundtable Discussion


  • Speaker:
  • John Bartel, Bartel Associates, LLC, California
  • Keith Brainard, NASRA, Texas
  • Ady Dewey, NASRA, Kentucky
  • Richard Harris, Government Finance Officers Association, Colorado
  • Jim Potvin, Employees' Retirement System of Georgia

 

8:30 AM to 1:00 PM

CDC Tour

Location:
Offsite -Offsite
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
Tour the CDC Environmental Health Laboratory where science improves the detection, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases from exposure to environmental chemicals and other diseases that require advanced laboratory measurement for accurate diagnosis. The laboratory plays a leading role in responding to toxic chemical exposures, terrorist threats, and public health emergencies involving chemicals. Learn from the CDC lab director how the agency responds to such emergencies, and explore how state labs can assist in these efforts. Please bring photo ID. Only U.S. Citizens allowed on the tour. Limited space available. Contact Claire.Lewis@ncsl.org to sign up.   


Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges the Association of Public Health Laboratories for sponsoring this tour.
 

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

NCSL Foundation for State Legislatures Board of Directors Meeting

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B315
  • Foundation for State Legislatures


 

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

LSCC Subcommittee on the Legislative Institution

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B301
  • NCSL Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee


 

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

LSCC Subcommittee on Programs, Professional Development and Member Outreach

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B305
  • NCSL Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee


 

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

LSCC Subcommittee on Information Technology and NCSL Website Review

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B306
  • NCSL Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee


 

9:00 AM to 10:15 AM

Shelby County v. Holder: The Future of the Voting Rights Act

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B316
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
In June, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision in the closely watched Voting Rights Act case of Shelby County v. Holder. The court found that the criteria for determining discriminatory practices under the act is outdated. Until Congress enacts a new formula, there will no longer be any preclearance requirements for formerly covered jurisdictions under Section 5 of the VRA. Learn more about this landmark decision and how it will impact the future of the VRA at the state and national level.

  • Panelist:
  • Jason Torchinsky, Holtzman, Vogel Attorneys at Law, Virginia
  • Jeffrey Wice, New York Legislature

 

10:00 AM to 4:30 PM

NCSL Hub

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center -Level 4 Hub
Stop by the Hub for everything you need to know about NCSL. Browse the online edition of State Legislatures magazine, the Legislative Summit web app and digital publications. Shop for the latest must-have professional development books for yourself and educational books for the kids. Come to "Meet the Experts" to discuss your policy priorities with NCSL analysts.


 

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

LSCC Full Committee

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B308
  • NCSL Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee


 

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Census Redistricting Data Office - View from the States

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B316
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
The Census Redistricting Data Office has collected first hand experiences and recommendations from participants in the 2010 Census Redistricting Data Program. Review the new "The View From The States -- Designing P.L. 94 171 Redistricting Data for the 2020 Census" with Chief of the Census Redistricting Office Cathy McCully. Do not miss this opportunity to catch a glimpse of and influence the program's direction as we move towards 2020.

  • Facilitator:
  • Cathy McCully, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, D.C.
  • James Whitehorne, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, D.C.

 

11:30 AM to 1:15 PM

Marketplace Fairness Act: Fixing a $23 Billion Loophole Luncheon

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 4-B401/402
  • NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
  • NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On State & Local Taxation
Continuing Legal Education

(NOTE:  CLE credit is only available for the 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM portion of this session.)

11:30 AM -- 12:00 PM
Lunch

12:00 PM -- 1:15 PM 
Marketplace Fairness Act:  Fixing a $23 Billion Loophole  (CLE)

If you live in a state that has a sales tax, when you buy a taxable product online, you owe sales tax. That is the law as it exists today. But states can't collect what they are owed and brick and mortar retailers are going out of business because they are collecting the taxes and remote businesses are not. Explore the issue of remote sales tax collection and why Congress should pass the Marketplace Fairness Act this Congress.


  • Moderator:
  • Senator Pamela Althoff, Illinois
  • Joe Rinzel, Retail Industry Leaders Association, Virginia
  • Panelist:
  • Adrielle Churchill, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.
  • Leslie Fox, International Council of Shopping Centers, Washington, D.C.
  • Melissa Froelich, National Retail Federation, Washington, D.C.
  • Senator Wayne A. Harper, Utah

 

11:45 AM to 1:15 PM

NCSL Foundation Partnership on Jobs and Innovation Business Meeting

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 2-B204
  • NCSL Foundation Partnership on Jobs and Innovation
Attend a short business meeting over lunch.


 

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

NCSL Legislative Staff Nominating Committee: Members Briefing

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 2-B205
The Legislative Staff Nominating Committee members review nominating procedures and candidates.


 

12:00 PM to 1:15 PM

Women's Legislative Network Board Meeting

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B306
  • NCSL Women's Legislative Network Program
Women's Legislative Network
Join the Women's Legislative Network of NCSL for our summer board meeting.


 

12:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Youth Program

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 4-A411/412


 

12:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Youth Activity Center Hours

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 4-A411/412
The activity center will be open during the opening reception.


 

12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Atlanta Old and New Guest Tour (Must be pre-registered)

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center -Outside Bldg B
See all the major sights and landmarks of Atlanta in one day, from the iconic Fox Theatre to the Margaret Mitchell House and the High Museum of Art. Lunch at an Atlanta classic - the Varsity. Come hungry, leave happy! Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time; additional fee $40


 

1:30 PM to 2:45 PM

General Session: Our Constitutional Legacy

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Ballroom Level-Thomas Murphy Ballroom
General Session
Leadership
Sandra Day O'Connor is a trailblazer who has made an enduring mark on the nation. In this 225th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution, you will hear from the first woman—and crucial swing justice—appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court on the principles that have made the nation strong through the centuries. She'll share her views on representative democracy, civic education and fair courts. She is the author of three books, including the recently released Out of Order, a history of the Supreme Court, its famous justices and how it evolved into the sometimes controversial institution it is today.

  • Presiding:
  • Speaker Terie T. Norelli, New Hampshire, NCSL President

 

3:00 PM to 4:15 PM

Legal Thinking and Writing for Drafters

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 2-B203
  • Legal Services Staff Section
  • Legislative Education Staff Network
  • Legislative Research Librarians
  • Research and Committee Staff Section
Continuing Legal Education
Expectations for drafters and others involved in the drafting process can sometimes be difficult to fulfill. Hear ideas for strengthening the process and the perspective of the courts.

  • Moderator:
  • Jon Heining, Texas Legislative Council
  • Speaker:
  • Becky Lennahan, Consultant, Colorado

 

3:00 PM to 3:35 PM

ASLCS "A" Committees

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center -B215-218
  • American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries
The ASLCS "A" Bylaws and Standing Orders, Inside the Legislative Process, Site Selection and Technology Committees will meet.


 

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee Business Meeting

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 4-B405/406
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
Discussion and votes on policy.

  • Presiding:
  • Representative Jim Gooch, Jr., Kentucky
  • Representative John McCoy, Washington
  • Senator Ross Tolleson, Jr., Georgia
  • Senator John C. Watkins, Virginia

 

3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

The Freshman Class: Why Didn't You Tell Us About…?

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B309
  • NCSL Legislative Effectiveness Committee
Young and New Professionals
Despite the best planned new member orientations, first-term legislators almost always feel they didn't get enough preparation. Hear from new legislators and orientation planners to examine what the freshman legislator class really needs to know.

  • Moderator:
  • Susan Fox, Montana Legislature
  • Panelist:
  • Representative Kathy Coleman, Wyoming
  • Natalie Mullis, Colorado General Assembly
  • Senator Bryan Townsend, Delaware

 

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Understanding Your Legislative District Using the American Community Survey

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B316
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
Hear from the Deputy Director of the U.S. Census Bureau on the American Community Survey (ACS), which will release state legislative district data for your district later this year. Learn about the many potential uses of ACS data, whether using this treasure chest of data to make policy decisions related to issues such as transportation or education, or simply obtaining an updated demographic snapshot of your constituency in your newly drawn districts.

  • Facilitator:
  • Dr. Nancy Potok, U.S. Census Bureau, Maryland

 

3:00 PM to 4:15 PM

Federal Budget Update / State Budget Actions

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center -B313
  • NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
  • National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices
Hear highlights from NCSL's latest report on state budget and tax actions and get an update on the most recent federal budget activity and its effect on states. Hear from legislators and staff on their respective state fiscal situations.

  • Speaker:
  • Jeff Hurley, NCSL
  • Arturo Perez, NCSL
  • Sheri Steisel, NCSL