National Conference of State Legislatures Meeting Coming Up in Seattle, WA

Les Ihara, NCDD member and a Hawaii State Senator just informed us about the upcoming annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures ( that will be held in Seattle, WA from August 16-20. Over 3000 state legislators are expected to attend the conference, presenting a great opportunity for networking. Les himself will be speaking on a Hawaii collaborative project on genetically modified organisms on Wed Aug 17 at 12:00 noon. Two other conferences will be held in conjuntion with the NCSL: the National Association of Public Affairs Networks [] and the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors []. For more information on NCSL workshops that might be of interest to NCDD members, click the link below.

Maintaining Civility and Decorum; Thursday/August 18; 3:30-5:00 pm
Loss of civility, lack of decorum, negative image of legislators -- Just a few examples of words that are all too often heard nowadays. Why is this happening? What can be done to stop the trend? Sponsored by the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries

Using Your Power to Convene; Thursday/August; 4:00-5:00 pm
Legislators have a power many don't fully utilize -- bringing people together to solve public problems by finding solutions that go beyond what any one sector could achieve. Learn tips for using your "convening" authority.
Speakers: Representative Ralph Becker, House Minority Leader, Utah; Chris Carlson, Policy Consensus Initiative, Portland, Oregon; Representative Merle Kearns, House Majority Leader, Ohio?’ Lana Oleen, Former Senate Majority Leader, Kansas

Added by Amy Lang on July 01, 2005