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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

 

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Five Constituent Engagement Tips in 50 Minutes

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M100FG
  • NCSL Legislative Effectiveness Committee
  • NCSL Women's Legislative Network Program
Legislators benefit when they participate in meaningful constituent engagement activities. In this fast-paced session, five legislators will share their practical tips for connecting with their constituents and community stakeholders.

  • Moderator:
  • Senator Ellen S. Roberts, Colorado
  • Panelist:
  • Former Representative Ted Celeste, Ohio
  • Representative Matt Hudson, Florida
  • Representative Jay R. Kaufman, Massachusetts
  • Senator Judy Lee, North Dakota
  • Representative Susan Westrom, Kentucky

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

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

 

12:30 PM to 1:45 PM

Legislative Effectiveness Committee Lunch and Business Meeting

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M100FG
  • NCSL Legislative Effectiveness Committee
Hear a briefing from the Center for Public Integrity about its State Integrity Investigation Project and discuss agenda ideas for the committee's December meeting in Washington, D.C.

  • Presiding:
  • Senator Les S. Ihara, Hawaii
  • Speaker:
  • Nathaniel Heller, Global Integrity, Washington, D.C.

 

2:00 PM to 3:15 PM

Continuous Improvement: Enhancing Government Performance in Minnesota

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M100FG
  • NCSL Legislative Effectiveness Committee
  • Leadership Staff Section
  • Legislative Research Librarians
  • Research and Committee Staff Section
The State of Minnesota has dramatically improved efficiency and delivered exceptional savings through its Continuous Improvement (http://www.lean.state.mn.us/) program. Minnesota is recognized as a leader for these efforts that create a culture of efficiency. Examine elements of the program and learn how other states can start "running lean."

  • Speaker:
  • Senator Terri E. Bonoff, Minnesota
  • Mary Jo Caldwell, Minnesota Department of Administration
  • Spencer Cronk, Minnesota Department of Administration
  • Neal Simon, General Mills, Minnesota

 

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