New Legislator Orientation and Training: 2016-2017


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

2016-2017 Schedule

Phase I: Orientation–November 16, 17, and 18, 2016 (Carson City) | Printable Agenda

Phase II: Policy Briefings and Tours–December 5 and 6, 2016 (Las Vegas) | Printable Agenda

Phase III: Academy–January 9, 10, and 11, 2017 (Carson City) | Printable Agenda

Phase I: Orientation–Wednesday, November 16, 2016

9:30 a.m.—10:00 a.m.
Room 3100
  • Meet and Greet Fellow Legislators/Registration
  • Enjoy a continental breakfast networking with newly elected members of both Chambers.
  • 10:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m
    Room 3100
  • Welcome to the Legislature
  • Members of the Senate and Assembly
  • Moderator: Michael J. Stewart, Deputy Research Director, Research Division, Legislative Counsel Bureau (LCB)

    • Transition from campaigning to governing.
    • Legislative leadership positions and roles.
    • Organization of the Senate and Assembly.
    • Standing committees.
  • Putting the Nevada Legislature in Context
  • Paul T. Mouritsen, Chief Principal Research Analyst for Special Projects, Research Division, LCB

    • Three branches of State government.
    • How Nevada's Legislature compares to other states.
    11:00 a.m.—11:10 a.m.
    Room 3100
  • Overview of the Nevada Legislature's Staff and Legislative Counsel Bureau
  • Rick Combs, Director, LCB
  • 11:10 a.m.—11:30 a.m.Break
    11:30 a.m.—Noon
    Room 4100

    Nevada Youth Legislature

  • Beverly E. Mobley, Manager, Constituent Services Unit (CSU), Research Division, LCB
  • Tina Ashdown, Research Assistant/Program Facilitator, CSU, Research Division, LCB
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  • National Organizations to Which the Nevada Legislature Belongs
  • Rick Combs, Director, LCB
  • Noon—1:15 p.m.
    Room 3100
  • Working Lunch—"What I Know Now That I Wish I Had Known Then"
  • Senator Patricia Farley
  • Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson
  • Assemblywoman Robin L. Titus, M.D
  • Moderator: Jennifer Ruedy, Principal Research Analyst, Research Division, LCB

    Returning members will offer reflections and advice for the new members on subjects such as building relationships, working with legislative staff, managing constituent requests, and personal time management.

    1:15 p.m.—1:45 p.m.
    Room 3100
  • Small Group Breakout with Sophomores
  • Sophomores meet with freshmen in small groups to answer questions about being a new legislator.
  • 1:45 p.m.—2:00 p.m.Break
    2:00 p.m.—2:30 p.m.
    Room 4100
  • Legislator Compensation, Benefits, and Travel
  • Jolanta Astronomo, Chief Accountant, Administrative Division, LCB
  • LuAnn Lehr, Account Technician, Administrative Division, LCB
  • Pati Stefonowicz, Accountant, Administrative Division, LCB
  • 2:45 p.m.
  • Tour of Legislative Building and Capitol Complex
  • Ken Kruse, Safety Coordinator, Administrative Division, LCB
    • Tour of Legislative Building.
    • Location of agencies in the Capitol Complex.

    Individual Legislator Activities (as scheduled)

    5:45 p.m.
  • Group Dinner (gather outside Legislative Building for transportation)
  • J.T. Basque Bar and Dining Room, Gardnerville.
  • Phase I: Orientation–Thursday, November 17, 2016

    7:45 a.m.—8:30 a.m.
    Room 3100
  • Breakfast Buffet with Legislative Staff Liaisons
  • 8:30 a.m.—8:45 a.m.Break
    8:45 a.m.—10:30 a.m.
    Room 4100
  • Staff Services Provided by the Legislative Counsel Bureau
  • Moderated by Rick Combs, Director, LCB
  • Handout
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  • Administrative Services
  • Roger Wilkerson, Chief, Administrative Division, LCB
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  • Audit Services
  • Rocky Cooper, Legislative Auditor, Audit Division, LCB
  • Daniel L. Crossman, Audit Supervisor, Audit Division, LCB
  • Handout
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  • Break
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  • Legal Services
  • Brenda J. Erdoes, Legislative Counsel, Legal Division, LCB
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  • Fiscal Services
  • Mark Krmpotic, Senate Fiscal Analyst, Fiscal Analysis Division, LCB
  • Cindy Jones, Assembly Fiscal Analyst, Fiscal Analysis Division, LCB
  • Handout
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  • Research Services
  • Susan Scholley, Research Director, Research Division, LCB
  • Handout
  • 10:30 a.m.—10:45 a.m.Break
    10:45 a.m.—11:15 a.m.
    Room 4100
  • Annual Filings of Contribution and Expense Reports
  • Brenda J. Erdoes, Legislative Counsel, Legal Division, LCB
  • Eileen G. O'Grady, Chief Deputy Legislative Counsel, Legal Division, LCB
  • Kevin C. Powers, Chief Litigation Counsel, Legal Division, LCB
  • 11:15 a.m.—11:45 a.m
    Room 4100
  • Safety and Security Procedures
  • John Drew, Chief, Legislative Police, Administrative Division, LCB
  • 11:45 a.m.—Noon
  • Freshman Class Photograph (west entrance of Legislative Building)
  • Noon—1:15 p.m.
  • Luncheon
  • Senate Lunch—Senate Caucus Room
  • Hosted by the Secretary of the Senate and Senate Staff
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  • Assembly Lunch—Assembly Caucus Room
  • Hosted by the Chief Clerk of the Assembly and Assembly Staff
  • 1:15 p.m.—1:30 p.m.Break
    1:30 p.m.—2:15 p.m.
    Room 4100
  • Working with Constituents
  • Beverly E. Mobley, Manager, CSU, Research Division, LCB
  • Craig Hoffecker, Senior Research Analyst, CSU, Research Division, LCB
  • Julie Newman, Senate Liaison
  • Marge Griffin, Assembly Liaison (tentative)
  • 2:15 p.m.—3:00 p.m.
    Room 4100
  • Roundtable: Working with the Media
  • Scott Magruder, Assignment Editor, KRNV News 4
  • Focus on how the print and broadcast media cover the Legislature and how legislators can effectively communicate with the media and maintain a good working relationship
  • 3:00 p.m.—3:15 p.m.Break
    3:15 p.m.—4:00 p.m.
    Room 4100
  • Roundtable: Working with Lobbyists
  • Jeanette Belz, J.K. Belz and Associates
  • William Horne, Horne-Duarte Government and Public Affairs
  • Rose McKinney-James, Energy Works LLC and McKinney-James & Associates
  • Focus on the role of the lobbyists, expectations lobbyists have of legislators, and the responsibilities of both lobbyists and legislators in their working relationship.
  • 4:00 p.m.
  • Individual Legislator Activities (as scheduled)
  • 5:00 p.m.
  • Group Dinner (gather outside east entrance of Legislative Building for transportation)
  • Sponsored by the Senate and Assembly Caucuses.
  • Location to be announced.
  • Phase I: Orientation–Friday, November 18, 2016

    8:00 a.m.—8:45 a.m.
    Room 3100
  • Breakfast with Governor Sandoval's Staff
  • Enjoy breakfast while meeting the staff of the Governor's Office.
  • 8:45 a.m.—9:00 a.m.Break
    9:00 a.m.—9:45 a.m.
    Room 3138
  • Laptop Training
  • Eric Dugger, Network Services Manager, Information Technology Services, Administrative Division, LCB
  • Brenda J. Erdoes, Legislative Counsel, Legal Division, LCB
  • Kevin C. Powers, Chief Litigation Counsel, Legal Division, LCB
    • Learn "hands-on" how to log on to the legislative network, use e-mail, and other functions.
    • Overview of technology and electronic communication: public records and safe computing (spam, viruses, worms, adware, spyware, et cetera).
    9:45 a.m.—10:00 a.m.Break
    10:00 a.m.—11:30 a.m.
    Room 3138
  • Introduction to the Official Nevada Law Library, Legislature's Website, Electronic Legislative Tools, and Publications
  • Brenda J. Erdoes, Legislative Counsel, Legal Division, LCB
  • Michelle L. Van Geel, Administrator of Publications and Technical Services, Research Division, LCB
  • Teresa Wilt, Legislative Librarian, Research Library, Research Division, LCB
  • 11:30 a.m.—NoonBreak
    Noon—1:30 p.m.
    Room 3100
  • Working Lunch—Social Media Success
  • Mick Bullock, Director of Public Affairs, National Conference of State Legislatures
  • Handout
    • Review basic social media concepts.
    • Share best practices that you can adopt—tools that improve communication and enhance the institution.
    1:30 p.m.—1:45 p.m. Break
    1:45 p.m.—2:30 p.m.
    Room 4100
  • Ethics
  • Brenda J. Erdoes, Legislative Counsel, Legal Division, LCB
  • Eileen G. O'Grady, Chief Deputy Legislative Counsel, Legal Division, LCB
  • Kevin C. Powers, Chief Litigation Counsel, Legal Division, LCB
  • 2:30 p.m.—3:00 p.m.
    Room 4100
  • Developing Ideas for Bills—The Beginning
  • Brenda J. Erdoes, Legislative Counsel, Legal Division, LCB
  • Susan Scholley, Research Director, Research Division, LCB
    • I have an idea! What should I do about it?
    3:00 p.m.
  • Preview of December Issue Briefings and January Academy
  • Questions and Adjournment
  • Phase II: Policy Briefings and Tours–Monday, December 5, 2016

    All new legislators, along with selected current legislators, State officers, and staff, will visit various State and local government facilities in southern Nevada. Along with several on-site facility visits, legislators will receive policy briefings on "hot topics" that may be addressed during the 2017 Legislative Session.

    Monday, December 5

    8:30 p.m.
  • Breakfast Buffet
  • Grant Sawyer State Office Building, Room 4401
  • 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 9:00 a.m.
  • Overview of Policy Briefings and Tours
  • Transportation loads on east side of Grant Sawyer State Office Building
  • 10:00 a.m.
  • Policy Briefing and Tour on Health and Human Services Topics
  • Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital
  • Elizabeth Aiello, Deputy Administrator, Division of Health Care Financing and Policy—Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
  • Kelly Wooldridge, Administrator, Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS), DHHS
  • Cody L. Phinney, M.P.H., Administrator, Division of Public and Behavioral Health, DHHS
  • Moderator: Marsheilah D. Lyons, Chief Principal Research Analyst, Research Division, Legislative Counsel Bureau (LCB)
    • Behavioral health
    • Prescription drug abuse
    • Medicaid as it relates to behavioral health and prescription drug abuse and other services
  • Presenters Bios
  • Policy Brief
  • Handouts:
  • 12:45 p.m.
  • Lunch
  • College of Southern Nevada—Charleston Campus, K Building 101 (Health Sciences Building)
  • 1:30 p.m.
  • Policy Briefing and Tour on Higher Education Topics
  • College of Southern Nevada—Charleston Campus
  • John V. White, J.D., Acting Chancellor, Nevada System of Higher Education
  • Barbara Atkinson, Founding Dean, University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine
  • Michael D. Richards, Ph.D., President, College of Southern Nevada
  • Moderator: Todd M. Butterworth, Senior Research Analyst, Research Division, LCB
    • The state of higher education in Nevada
    • University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine
    • Workforce development at the College of Southern Nevada
  • Presenters Bios
  • Policy Brief
  • Handouts:
  • 4:00 p.m.
  • Policy Briefing on Revenue Streams
  • Grant Sawyer State Office Building, Room 4401
  • Videoconferenced to Legislative Building, Carson City, Room 2135
  • Deonne E. Contine, Executive Director, Department of Taxation
  • A.G. Burnett, Chair, Nevada Gaming Control Board
  • Moderators: Jered M. McDonald, Senior Research Analyst, Research Division, LCB, and Carol M. Stonefield, Chief Principal Research Analyst, Research Division, LCB
  • Presenters Bios
  • Policy Brief
  • Handouts:
  • 5:00 p.m.
  • Questions
  • Adjournment
  • Phase II: Policy Briefings and Tours–Tuesday, December 6, 2016

    All new legislators, along with selected current legislators, State officers, and staff, will visit various State and local government facilities in southern Nevada. Along with several on-site facility visits, legislators will receive policy briefings on "hot topics" that may be addressed during the 2017 Legislative Session.

    Tuesday, December 6

    7:00 a.m.
  • Breakfast Buffet
  • Grant Sawyer State Office Building, Room 4401
  • 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 7:30 a.m.
  • Transportation loads at east side of Grant Sawyer State Office Building
  • 8:00 a.m.
  • Policy Briefing and Tour on K-12 Education Topics
  • Myrtle Tate Elementary School, Clark County School District (CCSD)
  • Steve Canavero, Ph.D., Superintendent of Public Instruction, Department of Education
  • Sarah Angela Popek, Principal, Myrtle Tate Elementary School, CCSD
  • Chad W. Buckendahl, Ph.D., ACS Ventures, LLC
  • Moderator: Todd M. Butterworth, Senior Research Analyst, Research Division, LCB
    • Strategic vision for K-12 education
    • Programs to improve early literacy and academic performance, focus on the Zoom schools program
    • Status of the State evaluation of new education programs
  • Presenters Bios
  • Policy Brief
  • Handouts:
  • 10:30 a.m.
  • Policy Briefing and Tour on Transportation Topics
  • Rudy Malfabon, P.E., Director, Nevada's Department of Transportation (NDOT)
  • Tracy Larkin-Thomason, P.E., Deputy Director, Southern Nevada, NDOT
  • David Gaskin, P.E., Deputy Director, Stormwater Management Program, NDOT
  • Sean Sever, Communications Director, NDOT
  • Tina Quigley, General Manager, Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada
    • Centennial Bowl Project and Project Neon
    • Fuel revenue indexing
    • Current and potential transportation projects
  • Presenters Bios
  • Policy Brief
  • Handouts:
  • (Lunch provided at the RTC Administrative Building)
  • 12:45 p.m.—1:00 p.m.Break
    1:30 p.m.
  • Policy Briefing and Tour on Juvenile Justice Topics
  • Staff, Clark County Department of Family Services
  • Ross Armstrong, Deputy Administrator, Juvenile Services, DCFS, DHHS
  • Patrick Schreiber, Assistant Director, Clark County Department of Juvenile Justice Services (DJJS)
  • Carolyn Banks, Manager, Juvenile Detention Services, DJJS
  • Cesar Lemos, Assistant Manager, Juvenile Detention Services, DJJS, and Executive Director, The Harbor
  • Moderators: Patrick Guinan, Principal Research Analyst, Research Division, LCB, and Diane C. Thornton, Senior Research Analyst, Research Division, LCB
  • Presenters Bios
  • Policy Brief
  • Handouts:
  • 3:30 p.m.
  • Policy Briefing on Water Topics
  • Grant Sawyer State Office Building, Room 4401
  • Jason King, P.E., State Engineer and Administrator, Division of Water Resources, State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
  • Moderator: Jered M. McDonald, Senior Research Analyst, Research Division, LCB
    • Over-appropriated groundwater basins
    • Conjunctive water management
    • Domestic wells
  • Presenters Bios
  • Policy Brief
  • Handout: Division of Water Resources Overview, Water Law 101 and Current Issues
  • 4:30 p.m.
  • Questions
  • Preview of the January Academy
  • Adjournment
  • Phase III: Academy–Monday, January 9, 2017

    7:45 a.m.—8:15 a.m.
    Room 3100
  • Breakfast
  • Rick Combs, Director, Legislative Counsel Bureau (LCB)
    • Welcome and Preview
    8:15 a.m.—8:30 a.m.Break
    8:30 a.m.—11:00 a.m.
    Room 2149
  • Negotiation and Consensus Building
  • David Landis, Former Nebraska State Senator
    • WESTRAIN, Council of State Governments—West
    11:00 a.m.—11:15 a.m.Break
    11:15 a.m.—12:15 p.m.
    Room 4100
  • Presentation on the Nevada Constitution
  • Kevin C. Powers, Chief Litigation Counsel, Legal Division, LCB
  • 12:30 p.m.—1:45 p.m.
    Room 3100
  • Luncheon
  • Panel Discussion: Becoming an Effective Legislator
  • Former Senator Randolph J. Townsend
  • Former Speaker of the Assembly, Barbara E. Buckley
  • 1:45 p.m.—2:00 p.m.Break
    2:00 p.m.—3:30 p.m.
    Computer Lab
  • NELIS Training
  • State Printing Office, 301 South Stewart Street, Carson City
  • Jean A. Gage, Information Technology Services, Administrative Division, LCB
  • 3:30 p.m.—5:30 p.m.
    Computer Lab
  • Training—Official Nevada Law Library (Optional)
  • Two-Hour Seminar—2 CLE Ethics Credits
  • Kaci Capurro, Legislative Publications, Legal Division, LCB
  • Room 3100
  • Tour—LCB Broadcasting Services (Optional)
  • Jeff Loflin, Unit Chief, Broadcast and Productions Services, Administrative Division, LCB
  • 5:30 p.m.
  • Questions and Adjourn for the Day
  • Phase III: Academy–Tuesday, January 10, 2017

    8:00 a.m.—8:30 a.m.
    Room 3100
  • Breakfast
    • LCB staff available for questions
    8:30 a.m.—8:45 a.m.Break
    8:45 a.m.—10:00 a.m.
    Room 4100
  • Overview of the State Budget, Budget Process, and Revenue Forecasting
  • Mark Krmpotic, Senate Fiscal Analyst, Fiscal Analysis Division, LCB
  • Cindy Jones, Assembly Fiscal Analyst, Fiscal Analysis Division, LCB
  • Russell J. Guindon, Principal Deputy Fiscal Analyst, Fiscal Analysis Division, LCB
  • 10:00 a.m.—10:30 a.m.
    Room 4100
  • Fiscal Notes
  • Michael Nakamoto, Deputy Fiscal Analyst, Fiscal Analysis Division, LCB
  • 10:30 a.m.—10:45 a.m.Break
    10:45 a.m.—Noon
    Room 4100
  • How a Bill Becomes a Law: Process and Content | Handout
  • Susan Scholley, Research Director, Research Division, LCB
  • Michael J. Stewart, Deputy Research Director, Research Division, LCB
  • 12:15 p.m.—1:45 p.m.
    Room 3100
  • Luncheon
  • Roundtable: Practical Advice on How to Juggle It All
  • Senator Patricia Farley, Assemblywoman Olivia Diaz, and Assemblyman James Oscarson
  • Moderator: Jennifer Ruedy, Principal Research Analyst, Research Division, LCB
    • Getting and staying organized
    • Time management during session
    • Managing your workload during session
    • Managing life back home
    • Staying healthy
    1:45 p.m.—2:00 p.m.Break
    2:00 p.m.—2:30 p.m.
    Assembly Chamber
  • Importance of Custom, Decorum, and Tradition of the Legislative Institution
  • Brenda Erickson, National Conference of State Legislatures
  • 2:30 p.m.—4:00 p.m.
    Assembly Chamber
  • Assembly Floor Session 101—Assembly Members
  • Susan Furlong, Chief Clerk of the Assembly
  • Senate Chamber
  • Mock Floor Session—Senators
  • Claire J. Clift, Secretary of the Senate
  • 4:00 p.m.Questions and Adjourn for the Day
    5:30 p.m.—8:00 p.m.
  • Welcoming Reception
  • The Plaza Event Center, 801 S. Carson St., Carson City
    • Constitutional Officers, government officials, Executive Branch staff, representatives of the Nevada System of Higher Education, and court system officials are invited to meet with new and returning legislators.
  • AN INTRODUCTION OF NEW LEGISLATORS WILL OCCUR AT APPROXIMATELY 6:15 P.M.
  • Phase III: Academy–Wednesday, January 11, 2017

    8:00 a.m.—8:30 a.m.
    Room 3100
  • Breakfast
    • LCB staff available for questions
    8:30 a.m.—8:45 a.m.Break
    8:45 a.m.—10:15 a.m.
    Room 4100
  • Mock Committee Hearing
  • Senator Kelvin D. Atkinson, Senator Becky Harris, Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson, Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante Adams, and Assemblyman Jim Wheeler
    • Standing committee procedures
    • Tips for effective committee work
    • Mock committee meeting
    10:15 a.m.—10:30 a.m.Break
    10:30 p.m.—11:00 p.m.
    Room 4100
  • Process of Amending Legislation and Work Sessions
  • Brenda J. Erdoes, Legislative Counsel, Legal Division, LCB
  • Michael J. Stewart, Deputy Research Director, Research Division, LCB
  • 11:00 p.m.—Noon
    Assembly Chamber
  • Mock Floor Session—Assembly Members
  • Susan Furlong, Chief Clerk of the Assembly
  • Noon
  • Questions and Adjournment
  • Rick Combs, Director, LCB
  • Previous New Legislator Orientation



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