2014 Legislative Summit


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

 

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Legislators Roundtable: What We Need and Value From Staff

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M100DE
  • Legislative Research Librarians
  • Research and Committee Staff Section
Legislator/Staff Training Track
Staff services need to evolve to meet the changing demands of legislatures, politics and technology. Hear directly from legislators about what they most need and value from staff.

  • Moderator:
  • Sabrina Lewellen, Arkansas Senate
  • Panelist:
  • Representative Barbara W. Ballard, Kansas
  • Senator Curtis S. Bramble, Utah
  • Senator Bryan B. King, Arkansas
  • Representative John M. Mizuno, Hawaii

 

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Drafting Durable Constitutional Amendments - Part II

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 1-102DEF
  • Legal Services Staff Section
Continuing Legal Education
Legislator/Staff Training Track
Drafting constitutional amendments requires a different mindset from statutory drafting. Learn about drafting differences and some legal issues that arise with drafting constitutional amendments -- and tips for avoiding the pitfalls.

  • Moderator:
  • Scott Harrison, Nebraska Legislature
  • Speaker:
  • Richard Johnson, Iowa General Assembly
  • Steve Miller, Wisconsin Legislature

 

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Leadership Staff Roundtable

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M101AB
  • Leadership Staff Section
Legislator/Staff Training Track
Curious about how leadership staffing works in Minnesota and how it compares to your experience? Listen as staff who work for Minnesota leaders discuss their roles in the legislative institution. Learn from them and other leadership staff attendees in this interactive roundtable.

  • Panelist:
  • Michael Charboneau, Minnesota Legislature
  • Catherine Ryan, Office of Senate President, Minnesota

 

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Reviewing State Employee Compensation Systems

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M100ABIJ
  • National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices
  • National Legislative Program Evaluation Society
Legislator/Staff Training Track
Explore methodologies and approaches to conducting studies of state employee compensation structures and how employee compensation is factored into the budget process. Learn from other states that have recently examined state employee compensation systems and how states budget for these costs.

  • Moderator:
  • Greg Fugate, Colorado General Assembly
  • Panelist:
  • Justin Brown, Virginia General Assembly
  • Sarah Herzog, Virginia General Assembly

 

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

NLSSA Executive Board Meeting

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-207A
  • National Legislative Services and Security Association
Legislator/Staff Training Track
Participate in the business meeting and discuss fall conference planning. All NLSSA members are invited to attend.


 

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

State Budget Systems and Software Roundtable Discussion

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M100ABIJ
  • National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices
Legislator/Staff Training Track
Discuss state budget systems and software applications, including recent changes and areas for improvement.

  • Moderator:
  • Martha Wigton, Georgia General Assembly
  • Speaker:
  • Kevin Lundeen, Minnesota Legislature
  • Helen Roberts, Minnesota Legislature
  • David Teal, Alaska Legislature

 

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Building a Brand for Legislative Staff

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M100DE
  • Legislative Research Librarians
  • Research and Committee Staff Section
Legislator/Staff Training Track
Just like commercial products, legislative staff agencies need to build a brand identity that explains their services and value to legislators and the legislative institution. Learn how several states have created these brands.

  • Moderator:
  • Sharon Wenger, Kansas Legislative Research
  • Panelist:
  • Bryant Howe, Utah Legislature
  • Steve Miller, Wisconsin Legislature
  • Catherine Wusterhausen, Texas Legislature

 

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Leadership Staff Section Business Meeting

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M101AB
  • Leadership Staff Section
Legislator/Staff Training Track

  • Presiding:
  • Jeff Johnson, Senior Committee Counsel, West Virginia Senate and Chair, Leadership Staff Section

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

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

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

 

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Bridging the Ideological Divide

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 2-205ABCD
  • NCSL Legislative Effectiveness Committee
  • Legislative Research Librarians
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
Leadership
Legislator/Staff Training Track
The problem of gridlock can't be laid at the feet of one political party or the other. So what is causing it? Former Congressman Mickey Edwards, (R, OK), former state legislator Tom Berg, former Wisconsin Speaker Tom Loftus and former Iowa Speaker Christopher Rants draw from their experiences and offer ideas on specific reforms that might help improve our system of government, overcome ideological roadblocks and avoid unnecessary conflict based on party rather than principle.

  • Moderator:
  • Tom Loftus, Former Wisconsin House Speaker and U.S. Ambassador to Norway
  • Speaker:
  • Tom Berg, Former State Legislator and U.S. Attorney, Minnesota
  • Mickey Edwards, Former Congressman, Aspen Institute, Oklahoma
  • Christopher Rants, Former Speaker of the House, Iowa

 

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Legislative Staff University: Communicate Like a Rock Star

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Lower Level-L100ABC
  • American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries
  • Leadership Staff Section
  • Legal Services Staff Section
  • Legislative Education Staff Network
  • Legislative Health Staff Network
  • Legislative Information and Communications Staff
  • Legislative Research Librarians
  • National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices
  • National Association of Legislative Information Technology
  • National Legislative Program Evaluation Society
  • National Legislative Services and Security Association
  • Research and Committee Staff Section
  • NCSL Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee
Legislator/Staff Training Track
Are you ready to go from good to great -- to reach rock star status -- as a communicator? How receptive people are to your message depends in large part on what you say beyond your words. Learn how to increase your charisma, adapt in the moment and control your breathing while communicating authentically. Sari de la Motte is a communications expert who has coached Fortune 500 executives, trial attorneys and others on how to boost their influence and enhance their leadership with silent signals.

  • Presiding:
  • Patsy Spaw, Texas Legislature, NCSL Immediate Past Staff Chair
  • Speaker:
  • Sari de la Motte, FORTE, Oregon

Thursday, August 21, 2014

 

10:15 AM to 11:15 AM

Managing Your Online Image

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-200ABIJ
  • Leadership Staff Section
Legislator/Staff Training Track
Young and New Professionals
Both legislators and legislative staff want to make sure their online images are professional, free of anything inappropriate or embarrassing. Learn 10 important steps to ensure you shine online.

  • Moderator:
  • Hope Stockwell, Montana Legislature
  • Speaker:
  • Elizabeth Emerson, Goff Public, Minnesota
  • Clarise Tushie-Lessard, Goff Public, Minnesota
  • Panelist:
  • Chris Duffy, Goff Public Relations and Affairs, Minnesota

 

11:30 AM to 12:45 PM

Becoming a Transformational Legislative Leader

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-101FG
Legislator/Staff Training Track
Becoming an effective legislative leader takes hard work, lots of thought, great colleagues and a dash of luck. Hear from some current leaders about how they made it to the top and what it takes to be extraordinary.

  • Panelist:
  • Speaker William J. Howell, Virginia
  • Senator Donald E. Williams, Connecticut

 

12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Legislative Staff Achievement Luncheon

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-Ballroom A
  • American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries
  • Leadership Staff Section
  • Legal Services Staff Section
  • Legislative Education Staff Network
  • Legislative Health Staff Network
  • Legislative Information and Communications Staff
  • Legislative Research Librarians
  • National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices
  • National Association of Legislative Information Technology
  • National Legislative Program Evaluation Society
  • National Legislative Services and Security Association
  • Research and Committee Staff Section
  • NCSL Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee
Legislator/Staff Training Track

Staff work hard every day to effectively run our most important institution -- the state legislature. Roger Moe, Minnesota's Senate majority leader for 22 years, knows that every lawmaker is indebted to the talented staff who are at the very heart of democracy. Enjoy a luncheon celebrating the talents, achievements and triumphs of the nation's legislative staff.

Prayer: Pastor Kevin Schill


  • Presiding:
  • Tom Wright, Alaska Legislature, NCSL Staff Chair
  • Speaker:
  • Roger Moe, Former Senate Majority Leader, Minnesota

 

2:15 PM to 3:30 PM

Winston Churchill's Language of Leadership

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-101DE
Legislator/Staff Training Track
Churchill's communication skills are legendary. Come study the "British Bulldog" with your colleagues, not only for his masterful use of language to inspire but also as a quintessential leader.

  • Speaker:
  • Representative D. Craig Horn, North Carolina

 

3:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Minnesota Legislative Reference Library Program and Tour

Location:
Offsite -Offsite
  • Legislative Research Librarians
Legislator/Staff Training Track
LRL members tour the facilities and learn about the services of the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. RSVP to jeanne.mejeur@ncsl.org.  The bus will leave the convention center at 3:00 pm.

  • Presiding:
  • Elizabeth Lincoln, Minnesota Legislature

 

3:45 PM to 4:45 PM

The Ethical Challenges of Dark Money

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 2-205ABCD
  • Legal Services Staff Section
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
  • NCSL Center for Ethics in Government
Continuing Legal Education
Legislator/Staff Training Track
The term "dark money" is increasingly used to describe campaign funds that come from unknown sources. States have attempted to crystallize ethical values of transparency and openness into law through disclosure and reporting requirements. With recent campaign finance rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, what options exist for states to retain and strengthen disclosure laws? What are the ethical challenges presented by dark money? What impact do independent expenditures have on the outcome of state elections? Explore attempts to regulate dark money and consider the legal limits of disclosure.

  • Moderator:
  • Tamara Dodge, Wisconsin Legislature
  • Panelist:
  • Allen Dickerson, Center For Competitive Politics, Virginia
  • Gary Goldsmith, Campaign Finance & Public Disclosure Board, Minnesota
  • Larry Noble, Campaign Legal Center, Washington, D.C.

 

3:45 PM to 5:00 PM

Reviewing Program Implementation and Forecasting Costs

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M100FG
  • National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices
  • National Legislative Program Evaluation Society
Legislator/Staff Training Track
Explore how states are reviewing the implementation of ACA, including health benefit exchanges, and the impact on forecasting future costs. Hear the latest information on how fiscal and program evaluation offices are examining Medicaid.

  • Moderator:
  • Ursula Parks, Texas Legislature
  • Panelist:
  • Dennis Albrecht, Minnesota Legislature
  • Joel Alter, Minnesota Legislature
  • Doug Berg, Minnesota Legislature

Friday, August 22, 2014

 

9:00 AM to 10:15 AM

Power of the Purse

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-Auditorium Room 1
  • Leadership Staff Section
  • Legal Services Staff Section
  • National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices
  • National Legislative Program Evaluation Society
Continuing Legal Education
Legislator/Staff Training Track
Appropriating funds is a fundamental legislative power, but administering funding policy is a fundamental executive power. Balancing control of the purse strings was a major issue in the American Revolution, and remains unresolved to this day. Learn about issues arising from recent legislative and executive disputes over appropriations.

  • Moderator:
  • Anne Sappenfield, Wisconsin Legislature
  • Panelist:
  • Jonathan Ball, Utah Legislature
  • John Fellows, Utah Legislature
  • Jan Yamane, Hawaii Legislature

 

9:00 AM to 10:15 AM

Major Scanning and Digitization Projects at the University of Minnesota

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-205C
  • Legislative Research Librarians
Legislator/Staff Training Track
Learn about two major national digitization partnerships at the University of Minnesota. The first is with Google to digitize the millions of volumes in their collection, while the second is with the Minnesota Digital Library in partnership with the Digital Public Library of America.

  • Moderator:
  • Sabah Eltareb, California Legislature
  • Speaker:
  • John Butler, University of Minnesota