New Legislator Orientation and Training: 2014-2015


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New Legislator Orientation is designed to instruct new legislators in legislative processes and offer insight into working with various participants.

2014-2015 Schedule

Phase I: Orientation – November 12, 13, and 14, 2014 (Carson City)

Phase II: Policy Briefings – December 3 and 10, 2014 (videoconferenced among Carson City, Las Vegas, and Elko, as required)

Phase III: Academy – January 14, 15, and 16, 2015 (Carson City)

Phase I: Orientation – Wednesday, November 12, 2014

9:30 a.m.—10:00 a.m.Continental Breakfast—Room 3100
10:00 a.m.—10:15 a.mWelcome—Room 3100
  • Senate and Assembly Leadership
10:15 a.m.—10:45 a.m.Organization of the Legislature—Room 3100
Overview of the Legislative Counsel Bureau (LCB)
  • Rick Combs, Director, LCB
10:45 a.m.—11:15 a.m.Legislator Compensation, Benefits, and Travel—Room 3100
  • Accounting/Human Resources, Administrative Division, LCB
    • Chuck Mahoney, Unit Chief
    • Tammy Koon, Account Technician
11:15 a.m.—11:45 a.m.Life in Carson City and Housing Options—Room 3100
  • Ronni Hannaman, Executive Director
      Carson City Chamber of Commerce
  • Sylvia Brown, Executive Assistant to the Chief Clerk
      Office of the Chief Clerk of the Assembly
11:45 a.m.—12:15 p.m.Tour of the Capitol Complex
  • Constituent Services Unit, Research Division, LCB
    • Barb Ziegler, Research Analyst
    • Barbara Dimmit, Senior Research Analyst
12:15 p.m.—12:30 p.m.Break
12:30 p.m.—2:00 p.m.Luncheon—Old Assembly Chamber
Program: Remembering Citizen Legislators
  • Amber Joiner, Coordinator
        The Nevada Legislature Oral History Project
Table Topic: What I Know Now that I Wish I Had Known Then
      Roundtable Discussion with Returning Legislators
2:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m.Laptop Distribution and Training—Room 3137
  • Information Technology Services, Administrative Division, LCB
  • Legal Division, LCB
3:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m.Individual Legislator Activities (as scheduled)
6:00 p.m.Dinner (individual responsibility)

Phase I: Orientation – Thursday, November 13, 2014

7:30 a.m.—8:15 a.m.Breakfast—Room 3100
8:15 a.m.—8:30 a.m.Break
8:30 a.m.—10:30 a.m.Information Resources Available to New Legislators from the LCB—Room 4100
  • Fiscal Analysis Division
  • Audit Division
  • Administrative Division
  • Research Division
  • Legal Division
10:30 a.m.—10:45 a.m.Break
10:45 a.m.—11:15 a.m.Annual Filings of Contribution and Expense Reports—Room 4100
  • Office of the Secretary of State
    • Nicole Lamboley, Chief Deputy
    • Scott F. Gilles, Esq., Deputy for Elections
11:15 a.m.—11:45 a.mSafety and Security Procedures—Room 4100
  • Rod Countryman, Lieutenant, Legislative Police, LCB
11:45 a.m.—NoonPreview of Issue Briefings and Academy—Room 4100
  • Rick Combs, Director, LCB
Noon—1:30 p.m.Luncheon

Senate Lunch—Senate Caucus Room and Senate Chamber
  • Senate Staff

Assembly Lunch—Assembly Caucus Room and Assembly Chamber
  • Susan Furlong, Chief Clerk of the Assembly
1:30 p.m.—1:45 p.m.Break
1:45 p.m.—2:45 p.m.Ethics and Anti-Harassment Training
  • Legal Division, LCB
    • Brenda J. Erdoes, Legislative Counsel
    • Risa B. Lang, Chief Deputy Legislative Counsel
    • Eileen O'Grady, Chief Deputy Legislative Counsel
3:00 p.m.Individual Legislator Activities (as scheduled)
5:30 p.m.Group Dinner (gather outside Legislative Building for transportation)

Phase I: Orientation – Friday, November 14, 2014

7:30 a.m.—8:15 a.m.Breakfast—Room 3100
Invited Guests from the Office of the Governor
8:15 a.m.—8:30 a.m.Break
8:30 a.m.—10:30 a.m.Time Management—Room 4100
  • Kevin Stacey, TrainRight Inc.
        WESTRAIN, Council of State Governments West
10:30 a.m.—10:45 a.m.Break
10:45 a.m.—NoonIntroduction to the Legislature's Website, Electronic Legislative Tools, and Publications—Room 4100
  • Research Division, LCB
    • Teresa Wilt, Legislative Librarian, Research Library
    • Michelle L. Van Geel, Administrator of Publications and Technical Services
12:15 p.m.—1:45 p.m.Luncheon—Room 3100
  • Working with the Media
    • Robert D. Fisher, President and Chief Executive Officer
        Nevada Broadcasters Association
    • Barry Smith, Executive Director
        Nevada Press Association
  • Working with Lobbyists
    • Michael D. Hillerby, Director of Legislative Affairs
        Kaempfer Crowell
    • Lesley Pittman, President, Sierra Strategies
1:45 p.m.—2:00 p.m. Break
2:00 p.m.—2:30 p.m.Working with Constituents—Room 3100
  • Constituent Services Unit, Research Division, LCB
    • Beverly E. Mobley, Assistant Manager
    • Craig Hoffecker, Senior Research Analyst
  • Laureen Garcia, Assistant to Senator Debbie Smith
2:30 p.m.Individual Legislator Activities (by appointment, as needed)

Phase II: Policy Briefings – December 3, 2014

Presession Orientation Program for New Legislators 2014
Briefings on Selected Policy Issues
Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Wednesday, December 3

Location: Room 4401, Grant Sawyer State Office Building, Las Vegas, Nevada; videoconferenced to Room 2134, Legislative Building, Carson City, Nevada.

9:00 a.m.—Transportation

In this session, the Departments of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and Transportation (NDOT) will provide a brief overview of their Departments and review current transportation issues. The Director of the DMV and his staff will provide an overview of the Department and its funding structure, customer service delivery, and information technology modernization efforts related to the Department's business applications and the Motor Voter Program. The Director of NDOT will provide an overview of federal and state funding, gas tax indexing, pedestrian safety, electric cars, and the vehicles miles travel study.

Presenters: Troy L. Dillard, Director, DMV; Nancy Wojcik, Administrator, Division of Field Services, DMV; Amy McKinney, Administrator, Administrative Services Division, DMV; Rudy Malfabon, Director, NDOT; Sean Sever, Communications Director, NDOT; and Jered McDonald, Senior Research Analyst, Research Division, Legislative Counsel Bureau (LCB). Presenters' Biographies

Handouts:   DMV (PDF or PowerPoint)  |  NDOT (PDF or PowerPoint)


10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.—Break

10:15 a.m.—Health and Human Services

In this session, legislators will briefly review major health and human services topics, including an overview of medical marijuana, mental health services, the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange, and the Medicaid expansion pursuant to the Federal Affordable Care Act. Legislators will also receive information on the roles of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The session will conclude with a discussion regarding the delivery of a variety of health and human services to the residents of Nevada and innovation to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the system.

Tentative Presenters: Romaine Gilliland, Director, DHHS; Bruce Gilbert, Executive Director, Silver State Health Insurance Exchange; Ellen Crecelius, Deputy Director, Fiscal Services; Kareen Masters, Deputy Director, Administration; Dena Schmidt, Deputy Director, Jane Gruner, Administrator, Aging and Disability Services Division; Amber Howell, Administrator, Division of Child and Family Services; Steve Fisher, Administrator, Division of Welfare and Supportive Services; Laurie Squartsoff, Administrator, Division of Health Care Financing and Policy; Programs; Richard Whitley, Administrator, Division of Public and Behavioral Health; Karen Kreizenbeck, Nevada State Public Defender; Marsheilah D. Lyons, Supervising Principal Research Analyst, Research Division, Legislative, LCB; Megan Comlossy, Senior Research Analyst, Research Division, LCB.   Presenters' Biographies   

Handouts:   DHHS (PDF or PowerPoint)  |  Nevada Health Link Guide (PDF) and Presentation (PowerPoint)


Noon to 1:30 p.m.—Meet and Greet Luncheon with Executive Branch Agency Staff

1:45 p.m.—Judiciary

During this session, legislators will receive an overview of the wide range of subjects that typically fall within the scope of the Judiciary committees. These topics include the corrections system; the court system; crimes and punishments; criminal procedure; domestic violence; family law; juvenile justice; and sex offenders as well as business and corporate law, gaming, and property rights. Legislators will also receive focused briefings on Nevada's court system, including the new Appellate Court, the statutory Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice, and the Supreme Court Commission on Juvenile Justice Reform. Additionally, legislators will receive briefings on home foreclosures, common interest community including super-priority liens, gaming, and unmanned aircraft systems (UASs, commonly known as "drones").

Presenters: Honorable Justice James W. Hardesty, Nevada Supreme Court; John McCormick, Assistant Court Administrator, Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC); Stephanie Heying, Court Services Analyst, AOC; C.J. Manthe, Administrator, Housing Division, Department of Business and Industry; Joseph (J.D.) Decker, Administrator, Real Estate Division, Department of Business and Industry; A.G. Burnett, Chairman, Gaming Control Board; Tom Wilczek, Industry Specialist for Defense and Aerospace, Governor's Office of Economic Development; Patrick Guinan, Principal Research Analyst, Research Division, LCB; and Diane Thornton Senior Research Analyst, Research Division, LCB.  Presenters' Biographies

Handouts:   Judicial Branch (PDF)  |  Housing (PDF)  |  Gaming (PDF)


Phase II: Policy Briefings – December 10, 2014

Presession Orientation Program for New Legislators 2014
Briefings on Selected Policy Issues
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wednesday, December 10

Location: Room 4401, Grant Sawyer State Office Building, Las Vegas, Nevada; videoconferenced to Room 2135, Legislative Building, Carson City, Nevada.

9:00 a.m.—Tourism, Economic Development, Taxes and Abatements, and the Economic Forum

At this briefing, legislators will learn about efforts to promote tourism in the State. Legislators will learn about key issues influencing the State's Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, the primary functions of the Division of Tourism, and potential tourism related issues that may arise during the 2015 Legislative Session.

Handouts:   Department of Tourism Presentation (PDF)


Next, a presentation by the Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) will highlight efforts to expand Nevada businesses and attract new enterprise to the State. Legislators will learn about recent efforts in the development of Nevada's economy in seven key industry sectors, as well as accomplishments in global business development. The session will cover the grant programs, tax abatements and tax credits administered by GOED, as well as the projected economic effects of approved projects. The Governor's Office of Energy will be on hand to present information concerning grant programs, tax abatements, and revolving loans administered by that office.

Handouts:   GOED Overview (PDF) and Legislative Overview (PDF)   |  Governor's Office of Energy (PDF)


10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.—Break

An overview of the functions and responsibilities of the Department of Taxation with respect to State and local taxation will be provided during this session, along with the findings of the 2013-2014 Tax Expenditure Report. Legislators will receive information on the Economic Forum's Forecast of General Fund Revenues for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, FY 2016, and FY 2017, approved by the Forum on December 3, 2014, with the focus on the State's major General Fund revenue sources. Legislators will learn about the tax changes approved by the 2013 Legislature (set to sunset on July 1, 2015), and their relation to the Economic Forum's forecast for FY 2016 and FY 2017.

Handouts:   Department of Taxation Presentation (PDF) and Tax Expenditure Report (PDF)  |  Economic Forum Forecast of General Fund Revenues Summary (PDF) and Full Report (PDF) and Nevada General Fund Revenue Chart (PDF)

Tentative Presenters: Claudia Vecchio, Director, Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs; Steve Hill, Executive Director, GOED; Paul Thomsen, Director, Governor's Office of Energy; Deonne Contine, Executive Director, Department of Taxation; Russell J. Guindon, Principal Deputy Fiscal Analyst, Fiscal Analysis Division, Legislative Counsel Bureau (LCB); Michael Nakamoto, Deputy Fiscal Analyst; Fiscal Analysis Division, LCB; Joe Reel, Deputy Fiscal Analyst, Fiscal Analysis Division, LCB; and Kelly Richard, Principal Research Analyst, Research Division, LCB. Presenters' Biographies

Noon to 1:00 p.m.—Lunch (not hosted)

1:15 p.m.—Education: Public K-12

As a topic, public education draws significant attention during the legislative session in both the policy and budget committees. Legislative staff will provide a brief overview of key features of the elementary secondary policy and program report. The Superintendent of Public Instruction will then provide a briefing regarding K-12 education in Nevada, including governance, federal accountability, standards and assessments, categorical spending, educator effectiveness, student achievement levels, and charter schools. The Executive Director of the State Public Charter School Authority will offer an overview of the charter school system in the State.

Presenters: Dale A.R. Erquiaga, Superintendent of Public Instruction; Patrick Gavin, Executive Director, State Public Charter School Authority; Pepper Sturm, Interim Research Director, Research Division, LCB. Presenters' Biographies

Handouts:   LCB Research Division Policy and Program Report (PDF), Education Fact Sheet (PDF), and Education Statistics Fact Sheet (PDF)  |  Education Commission of the States Handout (PDF)   |  Superintendent of Public Instruction (PDF)  |  State Public Charter School Authority (PDF)


2:30p.m. to 2:45 p.m.—Break

2:45 p.m.—Education: Higher Education

Higher education is increasingly viewed as a key factor in a state's overall health. College graduates provide the expertise that drives economic development, while they also tend to be less dependent on the social safety net. Legislative staff will provide a brief overview of the postsecondary education policy and program report. The Chancellor will then provide a briefing about the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), including information on NSHE's structure, funding, and major strategic initiatives in areas including medical education, workforce development, and financial aid.

Presenters: Daniel J. Klaich, Chancellor, NSHE; Pepper Sturm, Interim Research Director, Research Division, LCB. Presenters' Biographies

Handouts:   LCB Research Division Policy and Program Report (PDF) and Fact Sheet (PDF)   |  NSHE (PDF)

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