2014 Legislative Summit


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

 

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Recounts: Politically Decisive, Costly and Controlled by State Law

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 1-103ABC
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
Continuing Legal Education
No one wants to recount; just ask anyone from Minnesota (remember the Al Franken/Norm Coleman Senate race?) or Virginia, where a high profile recount in 2013 determined the partisan control of the state Senate. Recounts are costly and politically charged; what can legislators do to reduce their likelihood? Hear a few cautionary tales, and then learn about thresholds for publicly funded recounts, discretionary recounts (when candidates foot the bill) and best practices from those who've lived through them.

  • Moderator:
  • Senator Katie Sieben, Minnesota
  • Panelist:
  • Mark Halvorson, Citizens For Election Integrity--Minnesota, Minnesota
  • Jason Torchinsky, Virginia

 

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

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

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

 

12:30 PM to 1:45 PM

Task Force on Redistricting and Elections Lunch and Business Meeting

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M101AB
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
Break bread together while talking about the redistricting and elections issues in your state, and hearing what's percolating in other states. At the same time, help set the 2014 agenda for NCSL's Task Force on Redistricting and Elections.


 

1:45 PM to 2:45 PM

Reallocation of Prisoners Prior to Redistricting

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M101AB
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
Continuing Legal Education

Prisoner reallocation is a new redistricting practice attributed to several events. Four states have passed laws requiring that prisoners be counted at their home address. Discuss the advent of the practice, get feedback from advocates and opponents on its merits, and learn about how states have fared implementing it and what courts have said. John Thompson, U.S. Census Director, will provide an update on 2020 Census planning, including an overview of research leading to key design decisions.

Defining the Issue:

  • Dr. Thomas Hofeller, Geographic Strategies, LLC, Virginia
  • Peter Wagner, Prison Policy Initiative, Massachusetts

Implementation:

  • Michelle Davis, Maryland Department of Legislative Services
  • Debra Levine, Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment, New York
  • Karin Mac Donald, University of California at Berkeley Law
  • Jeffrey Wice, New York 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), Congressman Alan Lowenthal (D, CA) and Former State Legislator Tom Berg 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
  • U.S. Representative Alan Lowenthal, Washington, D.C.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

 

7:45 AM to 8:45 AM

Voting Equipment: Testing, Certification and the Marketplace

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Lower Level-L100IJ
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
Join fellow election mavens to eat breakfast and talk about what's going on with testing and certification for voting equipment (and all the peripheral technology needed to run an election). How do testing and certification drive—or stymie—the marketplace? What can states do to ensure that when new equipment is purchased, it is both up-to-date and reliable? Be prepared to share your thoughts.

  • Panelist:
  • David Maeda, City of Minnetonka, Minnesota
  • Zachary Markovits, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, D.C.
  • Cameron Quinn, Fairfax County, Virginia

 

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

General Session: Polls, Politics and What Americans Really Think

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-Auditorium
General Session
Neil Newhouse and Geoffrey Garin are two of the most respected political pollsters in the nation. Their different political stripes make for a lively discussion of what Americans think about their country, which party is likely to win in the upcoming election, and what that will mean for the nation.


 

10:15 AM to 11:15 AM

Outlook for 2014 State Elections

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-Auditorium Room 1
In November, voters will determine more than 80 percent of legislative seats and 36 governorships. They also will decide on well over 100 ballot questions. Preview what's hot this year on state ballots and what the political landscape might look like come January.

  • Speaker:
  • Tim Storey, NCSL
  • Wendy Underhill, NCSL

 

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

 

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.