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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

7:30 AM to 8:45 AM

National Association of Jewish Legislators (NAJL) Annual Breakfast & Business Meeting



 

7:30 AM to 8:45 AM

Border-to-Border Broadband: Making Access to High-Speed Internet a Priority in Minnesota

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M100DE
  • NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
  • NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Committee
  • NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
Minnesota set goals to ensure, by 2015, that all its residents and businesses have high-speed broadband Internet access and that the state be a leader, nationally and globally, for broadband utilization. Learn about Minnesota's broadband development efforts, including legislative and policy initiatives to accelerate achieving these goals. (Continental breakfast.)

  • Facilitator:
  • Senator Matt Schmit, Minnesota
  • Speaker:
  • Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Governor's Task Force on Broadband, Minnesota
  • Rick King, Thomson Reuters, Minnesota
  • Danna Mackenzie, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges Thomson Reuters for sponsoring this breakfast.
 

7:30 AM to 8:45 AM

Education Hot Topics Breakfast

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-200C
  • NCSL Education Committee
Take part in two opportunities for small-group discussion on hot topics, including education funding, education data, STEM-focused afterschool programs, digital learning, community schools, and equity and the achievement gap.

  • Panelist:
  • Mary Kingston Roche, Coalition for Community Schools, Washington, D.C.

 

7:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Registration

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-Registration Lobby


 

7:45 AM to 8:45 AM

Ethics Roundtable for Legislative Staff

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M101AB
  • American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries
  • Research and Committee Staff Section
Legislator/Staff Training Track
Ethics is more than avoiding bad headlines, not to mention indictments. It's the nuances of right and wrong in the everyday operation of legislatures. Learn more about ethics standards for legislative staff and participate in a discussion on current ethical dilemmas.

  • Moderator:
  • Walker Reagan, North Carolina General Assembly
  • Speaker:
  • Peggy Kerns, NCSL

 

7:45 AM to 8:45 AM

NALFO Business Meeting

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M100ABIJ
  • National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices
Members select the 2014 NALFO Executive Committee, present the NALFO Staff Achievement Awards and receive updates on NALFO activities.

  • Presiding:
  • Mildred Hamilton, Arkansas General Assembly

 

7:45 AM to 8:45 AM

LINCS Networking Breakfast

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M100H
  • Legislative Information and Communications Staff
Network with colleagues during breakfast for LINCS and potential LINCS members.


 

7:45 AM to 8:45 AM

Protecting the Legislature as an Institution

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 1-101DEFG
  • Legal Services Staff Section
Continuing Legal Education
Legislator/Staff Training Track
Part of legislative legal staff's responsibility is to protect the legislature from intrusion by the executive or the judiciary, and help legislators avoid giving up legislative power, intentionally or unintentionally. What can or should legislative attorneys do to protect the institution while recognizing the political realities? Is separation of powers, particularly as delineated in state constitutions, at risk when the legislature gives the executive more power because it trusts the "current" administration?

  • Speaker:
  • Raul Burciaga, New Mexico Legislature

 

7:45 AM to 8:45 AM

NALIT Breakfast and Business Meeting

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M100FG
  • National Association of Legislative Information Technology
Elect new officers and recognize the winners of the NALIT Legislative Staff Achievement Awards.

  • Presiding:
  • Troy Adkins, Virginia General Assembly

Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges Dell for sponsoring this breakfast.
 

7:45 AM to 8:45 AM

LRL Business Meeting

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M100C
  • Legislative Research Librarians
LRL members present awards and plan professional development activities at their annual business meeting.

  • Presiding:
  • Sabah Eltareb, California Legislature

 

8:00 AM to 8:45 AM

Prayer Breakfast

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-200ABIJ


 

9:00 AM to 10:15 AM

General Session: Ending Human Trafficking

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-Auditorium
General Session

Human trafficking in the United States exploits tens of thousands of children and vulnerable victims each year. Two women, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and humanitarian Cindy McCain, are working with Congress, the states and through private initiatives to bring national focus on trafficking, ensure that victims are not treated as criminals and to develop policies to end it.

  • Welcome:
  • Governor Mark Dayton, Minnesota
  • Tim Baer, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Target
  • Presiding:
  • Senator Debbie Smith, Nevada, NCSL President-Elect
  • Moderator:
  • Martha Boudreau, Former President Mid-Atlantic & Latin America at FleishmanHillard
  • Presentation of the Kevin B. Harrington Award:
  • Patsy Spaw, Texas Legislature, NCSL Immediate Past Staff Chair


 

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Exhibit Hall

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-Exhibit Hall B


 

10:15 AM to 1:30 PM

International Program: University of Minnesota Medical Facilities Tour

International

International attendees will have the opportunity to tour one of the country's top medical schools and learn about the groundbreaking medical research and discoveries, teaching resources and patient care that makes University of Minnesota one of the best places to learn and seek care. Buses will depart from the Minneapolis Convention Center immediately following the close of the morning general session at 10:15 a.m. Buses will be located at the Convention Center Main Entrance on Second Avenue South and will leave promptly at 10:30 a.m.

RSVP REQUIRED. THE TOUR IS CLOSED AT THIS TIME.



Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges Fairview for sponsoring this tour.
 

10:30 AM to 11:45 AM

Federal Updates: Data Privacy and Waivers

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-200ABIJ
  • NCSL Education Committee
Hear updates on important federal education issues that impact state education reforms. Explore renewal and implementation concerns surrounding ESEA waivers issued by the U.S. Department of Education, and look at federal education data privacy requirements.

  • Speaker:
  • Deborah Delisle, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.
  • Paige Kowalski, Data Quality Campaign, Washington, D.C.

 

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

The Changing Communications Landscape

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 1-101DEFG
  • NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Committee
Learn about new technologies and the transition to Internet based communications and the potential impact on consumers, public safety, and regulatory frameworks. Hear an update on spectrum availability and auction, net neutrality, E-rate and more.

  • Moderator:
  • Senator Thomas C. Alexander, South Carolina
  • Representative Chris Perone, Connecticut
  • Speaker:
  • Matthew Berry, Federal Communications Commission, Washington, D.C.
  • Panelist:
  • Chuck Davidson, New York University
  • Representative Angela Williams, Colorado

 

10:30 AM to 11:15 AM

Labor & Economic Development Committee Business Meeting

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M100ABIJ
  • NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
Discuss and vote on the reauthorization of Veterans' Affairs, Impact Aid, Funding Cuts, Employment and Educational Assistance Resolution. Review, discuss and vote on any other policies.


 

10:30 AM to 5:00 PM

NCSL Legislative Staff Nominating Committee: Candidate Interviews

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-206AB


 

10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Managing Legislative Staff: Best Practices

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Lower Level-L100ABC
  • NCSL Legislative Effectiveness Committee
  • American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries
  • Leadership Staff Section
  • Legislative Research Librarians
  • National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices
  • National Association of Legislative Information Technology
  • Research and Committee Staff Section
State legislatures manage their staff in diverse ways. Hear about performance management innovations in state legislatures and discuss common performance challenges faced by staff today.

  • Speaker:
  • Alan Calandro, Connecticut General Assembly
  • Amy Carlson, Montana Legislature
  • Michael Christensen, Utah Legislature
  • Bernard Dean, Washington Legislature
  • Amy Zook, Colorado General Assembly

 

10:30 AM to 11:45 AM

Supreme Court Roundup

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-103DEF
  • NCSL Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee
  • Legal Services Staff Section
Continuing Legal Education
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.

  • Moderator:
  • Representative Thomas U. Reynolds, Mississippi
  • Panelist:
  • Heidi Kitrosser, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Lisa Soronen, State & Local Legal Center, Washington, D.C.

 

10:30 AM to 11:15 AM

NRI Committee Business Meeting

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Lower Level-L100DEFG
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
Continuation of any NRI Committee Business from Monday, August 19.


 

10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Health and Human Services Committee Business Meeting

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-101ABIJ
  • NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
Consider and vote on policy directives and resolutions and participate in an information session.


 

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Budgets and Revenue Committee Business Meeting

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 1-102DEF
  • NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
Review and discuss policies under the jurisdiction of the Budgets and Revenue Committee and cast your vote.

  • Presiding:
  • Senator Toi W. Hutchinson, Illinois
  • Senator Ellen S. Roberts, Colorado

 

10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

The Presidential Commission on Election Administration: Three Legislative Take-Aways

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M101AB
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
The bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration released its report just a few months ago. Of its many recommendations, three are aimed squarely at state lawmakers. Hear what the commission had to say about early voting, voting technology and voter registration modernization, and get the real-world perspective from lawmakers and election officials experienced in each area. Then, share your thoughts on these recommendations in a small group format.

  • Facilitator:
  • Merle King, Kennesaw State University, Georgia
  • Panelist:
  • Craig Burkhardt, Republican National Lawyers Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Senator Bill Coley, Ohio
  • Donald Palmer, Virginia State Board of Elections
  • Tammy Patrick, Bipartisan Policy Center, Washington, D.C.
  • Representative Steve Simon, Minnesota

 

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

CFI Committee Business Meeting

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 1-101DEFG
  • NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Committee
Discuss and vote on committee business and consider, review and vote on any new policy resolutions submitted for consideration.

  • Presiding:
  • Curtis Clothier, Alaska Legislature
  • Senator Wayne A. Harper, Utah
  • Representative Chris Perone, Connecticut
  • Gary Schaefer, Louisiana Legislature