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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

 

8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Street Smart: Innovations in Traffic Safety

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-Ballroom B
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee

Join state legislative traffic safety leaders for a high-level peer-to-peer dialogue to learn more about promising laws, programs and strategies that can help create a safer transportation network. Discuss impaired driving, vehicle technology, pedestrian and bicycle safety, distracted driving, red light cameras and other pressing traffic safety topics of interest to state lawmakers. Please contact Douglas Shinkle (douglas.shinkle@ncsl.org or 303-856-1482) or Anne Teigen (Anne.teigen@ncsl.org or 303-856-1652) for more information. Street Smart is a follow-up to NCSL's recent successful meetings on transportation funding and transportation accessibility and affordability held in 2013 in Atlanta and Washington D.C.

7:00 AM -- 8:00 AM
Hot breakfast will be served.

8:00 AM -- 8:15 AM
Welcome Introductory Remarks

  • Senator Bruce Starr, Oregon, NCSL President  

8:15 AM -- 8:45 AM 
Why Traffic Safety Matters:  A Pediatrician's Perspective

Speaker:

  • Dr. Ben Hoffman, Medical Director, Tom Sargent Safety Center, Professor of Pediatrics, Oregon Health and Science University

8:45 AM -- 9:30 AM
Reducing Drunk Driving Through Ignition Interlock:  Lessons from Washington State

Moderator:

  • Anne Teigen, NCSL

Speaker:

  • Shelley Baldwin, Impaired Driving Program Manager, Washington Traffic Safety Commission

9:30 AM -- 9:45 AM 
Morning Break

9:45 AM -- 10:30 AM
Vulnerable on the Roadway:  How to Protect Bicyclists and Pedestrians

Moderator:

  • Douglas Shinkle, NCSL

Speaker:

  • Billy Hattaway, District One Secretary, Florida Department of Transportation

10:30 AM -- 11:15 AM
Red Light Cameras:  How to Achieve Positive Safety Benefits without Public Backlash

Moderator:

  • Senator D. Scott Dibble, Minnesota

Speaker:

  • Lieutenant Michael Babulski, Traffic Bureau Commander, Linden, New Jersey Police Department

11:15 AM -- 12:00 PM
Technology and Traffic Safety:  The Benefits and Pitfalls 

Moderator:

  • Senator Steve Farley, Arizona

Speakers:

  • Tim Johnson, Director for the Crash Avoidance and Electronic Controls Research, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
  • Janet Creaser, Research Fellow, HumanFIRST Program University of Minnesota

12:00 PM -- 12:15 PM
Lunch Buffet (Sponsored by 3M) 

12:15 PM -- 1:00 PM
Data-Driven Design:  Improved Traffic Safety for Less Money 

Moderator:

  • Representative Ed Orcutt, Washington

Speakers:

  • Melissa Blakely, Southeast Regional Manager, Highway Safety Business:  3M Traffic Safety & Security Division 
  • Brad Estochen, State Traffic Safety Engineer, Minnesota Department of Transportation

1:00 PM -- 1:15 PM
Closing Remarks 

Speaker:

  • Senator D. Scott Dibble, Minnesota 

 



Sponsored By: NCSL acknowledges 3M (lunch), Coalition for Ignition Interlock Manufacturers, National Coalition for Safer Roads, American Academy of Pediatrics, AAA & State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company.
 

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Outgrowing Crime

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-103DEF
  • NCSL Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee
Continuing Legal Education
A new "Pathways" study addresses growing up and out of crime and U.S. Supreme Court rulings have prohibited the most serious punishments for juveniles, recently addressing life without parole. Explore the latest developmental research, state actions to comply with the Miller ruling and other federal actions affecting states.

  • Moderator:
  • Representative John C. Tilley, Kentucky
  • Panelist:
  • Sarah Brown, NCSL
  • Adam Foss, Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Massachusetts
  • Senator Stewart Greenleaf, Pennsylvania
  • Ed Mulvey, University of Pittsburgh Medical School, Pennsylvania

 

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

The Voting Rights Act Evolves in the Post-Shelby County v. Holder World

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 1-103ABC
  • Legal Services Staff Section
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
Continuing Legal Education
Some have declared the federal Voting Rights Act dead, based on the 2013 Supreme Court ruling in Shelby County v. Holder. While that decision struck down Section 4 of the VRA, the Department of Justice has begun using Section 2 to enforce the VRA against North Carolina and Texas whose voting laws have been called into question. Congress has responded to the court decision with legislation that attempts to update the requirements in the landmark VRA. Some states are introducing legislation, resolutions and statewide ballot measures. Delve into the legal (and practical) lay of the land, post-Shelby County.

  • Moderator:
  • Susan Parnas Frederick, NCSL
  • Panelist:
  • Representative William C. Denny, Mississippi
  • Lisa Soronen, State & Local Legal Center, Washington, D.C.
  • Representative Arthur L. Turner, Illinois

 

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Ensuring the Authenticity of Online Legal Information

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 1-102ABC
  • Legal Services Staff Section
  • National Association of Legislative Information Technology
Continuing Legal Education
The Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) has been enacted in eight states, with others considering legislation. UELMA, which applies to state constitutions, statutes, session laws and administrative rules, sets forth specific requirements of authentication, preservation and access that must be met. Learn about UELMA and technological approaches used in two states to satisfy the authentication requirement.

  • Moderator:
  • Gary Wieman, Nebraska Legislature
  • Panelist:
  • Tim Orr, Minnesota Legislature
  • Mendora Servin, California Legislature
  • Michele Timmons, Minnesota Legislature

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

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


 

10:30 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.

 

11:45 AM to 12:30 PM

Law and Criminal Justice Committee Federal Update/Business Meeting

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-103DEF
  • NCSL Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee
Hear about significant federal issues affecting the states and discuss other state/federal priorities, and consider any policies.

  • Presiding:
  • Representative Thomas U. Reynolds, Mississippi

 

12:30 PM to 1:45 PM

Predicting Pretrial Success (Sponsored Luncheon)

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 1-103ABC
  • NCSL Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee
Hear about risk assessment research that is helping courts make informed decisions about public safety and conditions of pretrial release.

  • Moderator:
  • Representative John C. Tilley, Kentucky
  • Speaker:
  • Matt Alsdorf, Laura and John Arnold Foundation, New York

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

2:00 PM to 3:15 PM

Emergency Communications

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-103DEF
  • NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Committee
  • NCSL Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee
  • National Legislative Services and Security Association
A teenager with a smart phone 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 communication into the 21st Century. Discuss the framework for this effort and the critical role state lawmakers will play as the network rolls out.

  • Moderator:
  • Representative Daniel A. Eaton, New Hampshire
  • Senator Thomas J. Wyss, Indiana
  • Speaker:
  • 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 PM to 5:00 PM

Opioids and Overdose

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-101ABIJ
  • NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
  • NCSL Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee
Abuse of prescription pain drugs and resurgence in heroin use has led to an alarming increase in drug overdose deaths. Hear about steps to address opioid abuse, and actions to provide limited immunity for those seeking help in overdose situations, including administration of antidote medication that can reverse an overdose before it becomes lethal.

  • Moderator:
  • Senator Irene Aguilar, Colorado
  • Representative Curtis M. Oda, Utah
  • Speaker:
  • Dr. Gavin Bart, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minnesota
  • Senator Chris A. Eaton, Minnesota
  • Robert Hill, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Virginia
  • Senator Renee S. Unterman, Georgia

Thursday, August 21, 2014

 

10:15 AM to 11:15 AM

Raising the Bar on Community Corrections

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-200DEFG
In this new era of community corrections, states are reducing their reliance on prisons with policies that go beyond traditional probation and parole supervision. Learn how innovative state-local funding mechanisms are helping states reduce crime and control costs.

  • Moderator:
  • Senator Michael L. Fair, South Carolina
  • Speaker:
  • Richard Jerome, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, D.C.
  • Representative Janice L. Pauls, Kansas
  • Senator Kwame Raoul, Illinois

 

10:15 AM to 11:15 AM

New Online Threats and Dangers: Can the Law Keep Up?

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 2-205ABCD
Continuing Legal Education
Bad actors are involved in revenge porn, mug-shot extortion, online impersonation, privacy invasions, harassment and hacking. Learn about actions legislatures are taking to combat these new challenges and the complex issues they raise.

  • Moderator:
  • Representative Jeff Morris, Washington
  • Representative H.B. Zuber, Mississippi
  • Panelist:
  • Jim Halpert, DLA Piper, Washington, D.C.
  • Lee Rowland, ACLU, New York
  • Jeff Williams, Dell Secureworks, Washington

Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges Dell for providing the coffee break.
 

11:30 AM to 12:45 PM

RoboCops: From Phones to Drones

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-Auditorium Room 1
Continuing Legal Education
New technologies can help investigators solve crimes in ways once thought impossible. But debate continues over how to balance a person's 4th Amendment protection from unreasonable search and seizure with the community benefits gained from these new tools.

  • Facilitator:
  • Representative Jeff Morris, Washington
  • Senator Branden Petersen, Minnesota
  • Panelist:
  • Alan Frazier, University of North Dakota
  • Lee Rowland, ACLU, New York
  • Wade Setter, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Minnesota

 

2:15 PM to 3:30 PM

Voter Verification, the Courts and the Future

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-101FG
  • Legal Services Staff Section
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
Continuing Legal Education
Courts have ruled on the legality of voter verification requirements. Discuss their findings, whether technology can speed up the review of signatures and driver's licenses, what impact REAL ID has on voting, if QR, holographic or bar codes help, and when biometrics such as finger prints or iris imprints, will be the norm.

  • Moderator:
  • Doug Chapin, Program For Excellence In Election Administration, Minnesota
  • Panelist:
  • Representative Kathy M. Bernier, Wisconsin
  • Senator David Blount, Mississippi
  • Jessica Karls-Ruplinger, Wisconsin Legislature
  • Mark Ritchie, Minnesota Secretary of State