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New Legislator Orientation and Training:  2010-2011

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

Below are the agendas and applicable handouts for the 2010-2011 programs.

For the latest information on new legislator orientation, see http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Division/Research/LegInfo/Orientation/.

Presession Orientation Program for New Legislators 2011

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

9:30 a.m. — 9:45 a.m.

Welcome Assembly Chamber

  • John Oceguera, Speaker-elect of the Assembly
  • Lorne J. Malkiewich, Director, Legislative Counsel Bureau (LCB)
9:45 a.m. — 10:45 a.m.

Overview of the Legislature — Assembly Chamber

  • Organization of the Senate and Assembly
    • David A. Byerman, Secretary of the Senate, and
    • Susan Furlong Reil, Chief Clerk of the Assembly   PowerPoint Presentation
  • Organization of the Legislative Counsel Bureau and Administrative Division
    • Lorne J. Malkiewich, Director, LCB
  • Introduction to Organization and Services
    • Paul Townsend, Legislative Auditor, Audit Division
    • Mark Krmpotic, Senate Fiscal Analyst, Fiscal Analysis Division
    • Rick Combs, Assembly Fiscal Analyst, Fiscal Analysis Division, and
    • Donald O. Williams, Research Director, Research Division
  • Legal Division Organization and Services
    • Brenda J. Erdoes, Legislative Counsel
  • 120-day Calendar
    • Lorne J. Malkiewich, Director, LCB
10:45 a.m. — 11:15 a.m.

Legislator Compensation, Benefits, and Travel — Assembly Chamber

  • Chuck Mahoney, Chief Accountant, Accounting Unit, Administrative Division
Noon — 1:45 p.m.

Luncheon — Topic:  Remembering Citizen Legislators:  The Nevada Legislature Oral History Project — Old Assembly Chamber

2 p.m. — 5 p.m.

Group and Individual Legislator Activities — 1st Floor

5 p.m. — 5:30 p.m.

Questions and Answers — Room 3100

5:30 p.m.

Group Dinner

Presession Orientation Program for New Legislators 2011

Thursday, November 18, 2010

7:30 a.m. — 8 a.m.

Breakfast — Room 3100

8 a.m. — 8:45 a.m.

Laptop Distribution, Set Up, and Review of Basic Functionality — Assembly Chamber

  • Darla Zumbro, Manager, Information Technology Services Unit
8:45 a.m. — 9:15 a.m.

Overview of Legislature's Website — Assembly Chamber

  • Darla Zumbro, Manager, Information Technology Services
  • Teresa Wilt, Assistant Librarian, Research Library
9:30 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.

Information Resources — Sedway Office Building

  • Audit Division
  • Fiscal Analysis Division
  • Research Division and Research Library   Handouts
11:45 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

Luncheon — Room 3100

12:45 p.m. — 1:45 p.m.

Ethics Basic Training — Assembly Chamber

1:45 p.m. — 2:15 p.m.

Presentation on Annual Filings of Contribution and Expense Reports — Assembly Chamber

  • Representative, Office of the Secretary of State
2:30 p.m. — 5 p.m.

Group and Individual Legislator Activities (by appointment)

5 p.m. Questions and Answers — Room 3100

5:30 p.m.

Dinner (Individual Responsibility)

Presession Orientation Program for New Legislators 2011

Friday, November 19, 2010

8 a.m. — 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast — Room 3100

8:30 a.m. — 10 a.m.

Practical Advice on Legislating — Room 3100

  • Roundtable Discussions with Returning Legislators
10:15 a.m. — 10:30 a.m.

Preview of Issue Briefings and Academy — Assembly Chamber

  • Lorne J. Malkiewich, Director
  • Research Division Staff
10:45 a.m. — 11:15 a.m.

Security and Safety Procedures — Assembly Chamber

  • Robert Milby, Chief, Legislative Police
  • Sergeants at Arms
11:15 a.m. — Noon

Practical Advice on Maintaining Family Time, Healthy Habits, and Personal Space — Assembly Chamber (With Spouses and Partners)

  • Former and Returning Legislators
Noon — 1:15 p.m.

Luncheon — Topic:  Living in Carson City — Room 3100 (With Spouses and Partners)

  • Former and Returning Legislators
1:15 p.m.

Group and Individual Legislator Activities (by appointment)

2 p.m.

Tour of Carson City (Optional)


Presession Orientation Program for Spouses and Partners of New Legislators 2011

Friday, November 19, 2010

8 a.m. — 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast — Room 3100

8:30 a.m. — 9:30 a.m.

Discussion:  Expectations and Challenges Facing Family Members — Room 3161

  • Spouses and Partners of Former and Returning Legislators
9:30 a.m. — 10 a.m.

Legislator Compensation, Benefits, and Travel Information — Room 3161

  • Chuck Mahoney, Chief Accountant, Accounting Unit, Administration Division
10 a.m. — 11 a.m.

Tour of Legislative Building and Capitol Complex

  • Legislative Police
  • Constituent Services Unit Staff
11:15 a.m. — Noon

Practical Advice on Maintaining Family Time, Healthy Habits, and Personal Space — Assembly Chamber (With New Legislators)

  • Former and Returning Legislators
Noon — 1:15 p.m.

Luncheon — Topic:  Living in Carson City — Room 3100 (With New Legislators)

  • Former and Returning Legislators
1:15 p.m.

Group and Individual Legislator Activities (by appointment)

2 p.m.

Tour of Carson City (Optional)

Presession Orientation Program for New Legislators 2011

Briefings on Selected Policy Issues

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Location:  Room 4100, Legislative Building, Carson City, Nevada and Room 4401, Grant Sawyer State Office Building, Las Vegas, Nevada

Legislative Counsel Bureau Presenters' Biographies

8:30  Health and Human Services

In this session, legislators will briefly review major health and human services topics, including an overview of recent federal health care reforms; Medicaid and Nevada CheckUp; caseload growth for certain supportive services; issues concerning children, senior adults, and persons with disabilities; public health concerns; and mental health and development services.  Legislators will also receive information on the roles of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and local governments.  The session will conclude with a discussion regarding the process in Nevada for determining: whether certain health and human services are essential services or optional services; and who should provide the services.

Presenters:  Marsheilah Lyons, Principal Research Analyst, Research Division,  Legislative Counsel Bureau (LCB); Amber Joiner, Senior Research Analyst, Research Division, LCB; Mike Willden, Director, DHHS, and Local Government Representatives.   Presenters' Biographies   |   Handouts

10:45  Economic Development and Energy

Legislators will receive information on economic development programs in Nevada.  The session will cover the Nevada Commission on Economic Development (NCED), county and regional development authorities, and partners in such key areas as education, renewable energy, and workforce development.  Legislators will learn about recent accomplishments in global business development as well as other economic strategies employed by NCED.  Legislators will be briefed on strengths, weaknesses, and current issues in the economic development environment.

In the second part of this session, legislators  will receive an overview of Nevada's energy industry.  The presentation will include federal and state jurisdictional differences, including the role of the federal Bureau of Land Management in generation and transmission siting decisions, funding for energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), state energy regulatory and advisory apparatus, and the energy industry structure.

Presenters:  Rebecca Wagner, Commissioner, Public Utility Commission of Nevada; Jim Groth, Director, Office of Energy, Office of the Governor; Scott Young, Principal Policy Analyst and Special Projects, Research Division, LCB.   Presenters' Biographies   |   Handouts

12:45  LUNCH

1:30  Public Employees:  Benefits, Retirement, and Collective Bargaining

The Public Employees' Benefits Program (PEBP) is a state agency responsible for providing group health insurance benefits to all State employees and retirees as well as employees and retirees of participating local governments.  At this briefing, Legislators will receive information on the PEBP and how the budget shortfall is being shifted to active employees and retirees either through decreased benefits or increased premiums.

In the second part of this session, legislators will receive an overview of the Public Employees' Retirement System of Nevada (PERS), which is a tax-qualified defined benefit plan that provides retirement and disability benefits to State employees, police and firefighters, nonprofessional staff of the Nevada System of Higher Education, county and city employees, and school district and other local district employees.  The Legislature oversees PERS, although PERS has an independent board with an executive director and staff who handle day-to-day operations. The presentation will include an overview of benefits, eligibility requirements, contribution rates and mechanisms, unfunded liability issues, and recent legislative changes affecting new employees.  Legislators will learn about a benefit available to them, the Legislative Retirement System, which is one of two additional retirement systems overseen by PERS for a specific group of public employees.  The other system, the Judicial Retirement System includes Supreme Court and District Court Judges, as well as local judges.

The final part of this session will cover the statutes and issues relating to collective bargaining for local governments and their employees.  The presentation will include the formation of employee bargaining units, the role of the Local Government Employee-Management Board, mandatory and permissive subjects of collective bargaining, and the dispute resolution processes.

Presenters:  Jim Wells, Executive Director, PEBP; Dana K. Bilyeu, Executive Officer, PERS; Jim Penrose, Partner, Dyer Lawrence Law Firm, Carson City; Dan Tarwater, Human Resources Director, City of Las Vegas; Moderated by LCB Staff.   Presenters' Biographies   |   Handouts

Presession Orientation Program for New Legislators 2011

Briefings on Selected Policy Issues

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Location:  Room 4100, Legislative Building, Carson City, Nevada and Room 4401, Grant Sawyer State Office Building, Las Vegas, Nevada

Legislative Counsel Bureau Presenters' Biographies

8:30  Transportation

This session will provide an overview of current transportation issues.  The presentation will include the role of state and local agencies in developing and maintaining Nevada's transportation system from the perspective of Nevada's Department of Transportation (NDOT) and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).  Additionally, the presentation will provide a summary of the recommendations made by the Nevada Vision Stakeholders Group's concerning transportation.

Presenters:  Susan Martinovich, Director, NDOT; Edgar J. Roberts, Director, DMV; Terry J. Reynolds, The Reynolds Company and Member of the Nevada Vision Stakeholders Group.   Presenters' Biographies   |   Handouts

10:45  Education:  Public K-12 and Higher Education in Nevada

Legislative Staff will provide an overview of the two major public education systems in Nevada.  The Superintendent of Public Instruction will then provide a briefing about K-12 education, including governance; the basic structure of school funding; demographic information on school districts, licensed staff and students; graduation rates; selected state rankings; and state-funded categorical programs.  Next, the Chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), will provide information concerning the various System institutions; System goals; and student demographics including enrollment data and graduation rates.

Presenters:  Melinda Martini and Pepper Sturm, Research Division, LCB; Keith Rheault, Superintendent of Public Instruction; and Dan Klaich, Chancellor, NSHE.   Presenters' Biographies   |   Handouts

12:45 LUNCH

1:30  Reapportionment and Redistricting

During this briefing, legislators will learn the basics of the reapportionment and redistricting process in Nevada.  The program will begin with a general overview of the requirements for this process, along with a brief review of the history of reapportionment and redistricting and potential scenarios for drawing legislative districts based on population estimates.  This will be followed by an overview of the LCB's work with the United States Census Bureau in preparation for reapportionment and redistricting.  A review of the legal requirements and parameters under which reapportionment and redistricting must be conducted will also be provided.  In addition, the session will include a discussion of the available computer technology and functions of the LCB's Information Technology Unit relating to redistricting.  The session will conclude with a review of the anticipated timeline for reapportionment and redistricting during the 2011 Legislative Session and an overview of the findings and recommendations of the Legislative Commission's Committee to Study the Requirements for Reapportionment and Redistricting (Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 19, File No. 76, Statutes of Nevada 2009).

Presenters:  Patrick Guinan, Senior Research Analyst, Research Division, Legislative Counsel Bureau (LCB) (Moderator), Michael J. Stewart, Supervising Principal Research Analyst, Research Division, LCB, Brian Davie, Legislative Services Officer, Las Vegas Office, LCB, Eileen G. O'Grady, Chief Deputy Legislative Counsel, Legal Division, LCB, Kristin C. Roberts, Senior Principal Deputy Legislative Counsel, Legal Division, LCB, Lorne J. Malkiewich, Director, LCB.   Presenters' Biographies   |   Handouts

3:45  Mining

Legislators will receive information on the mining industry from the perspective of the Nevada Mining Association.  The presentation will include an overview of mining’s role in the social and economic development in Nevada.

Presenter:  Tim Crowley, President, Nevada Mining Association.   Presenter's Biography   |   Handouts

Presession Academy for New Legislators 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

8 a.m. — 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast — Welcome and Preview — Room 3100

  • Lorne J. Malkiewich, Director, Legislative Counsel Bureau (LCB)
8:45 a.m. — 9:45 a.m.

The Structure of Government — Assembly Chamber

Research Division, LCB

10 a.m. — 11: 30 a.m.

Public Policy and the Legislature — Assembly Chamber

11:45 a.m. — 1 p.m.

Luncheon — Topic:  The Nevada Legislature as an Institution — Room 3100

  • Former Senator Randolph J. Townsend
  • Former Speaker of the Assembly Barbara E. Buckley
  • Handouts
1:15 p.m. — 2:15 p.m.

Being an Effective Legislator — Assembly Chamber

  • Former Speaker of the Assembly Barbara E. Buckley
  • Former Senator Randolph J. Townsend
  • Handout
2:30 p.m. — 3:15 p.m.

How a Bill Becomes a Law — Process — Assembly Chamber

  • Lorne J. Malkiewich, Director, LCB
  • Allison Combs, Chief Principal Research Analyst, Research Division, LCB
  • PowerPoint Presentation
3:30 p.m. — 4:15 p.m.

How a Bill Becomes a Law — Content — Assembly Chamber

  • Lorne J. Malkiewich, Director, LCB
  • Susan E. Scholley, Chief Principal Research Analyst, Research Division, LCB
  • PowerPoint Presentation
4:15 p.m. — 4:45 p.m.

Fiscal Notes — Assembly Chamber

  • Michael Nakamoto, Deputy Fiscal Analyst, Fiscal Analysis Division, LCB
4:45 p.m. — 5 p.m.

Announcements — Assembly Chamber

  • Donald O. Williams, Research Director, LCB
5:30 p.m. — 8 p.m.

Reception, State Library and Archives

Presession Academy for New Legislators 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011

7:30 a.m. — 8 a.m.

Breakfast — Review and Preview — Room 3100

8:15 a.m. — 11:45 a.m.

Mock Committee Hearings and Floor Session — Part I

  • Rules and Procedures — Assembly Chamber
  • Mock Committee Hearings — Committee Rooms 3137 and 3138
  • Mock Floor Session — Assembly Chamber
    • David A. Byerman, Secretary of the Senate
    • Susan Furlong Reil, Chief Clerk of the Assembly
    • Invited Committee Chairs and Other Returning Legislators
Noon — 12:45 p.m

Luncheon — Topic:  Managing Time and Getting Organized — Room 3100

  • Assemblyman Kelvin D. Atkinson
  • Lona Domenici, Personal Attaché to Assemblyman Atkinson
1 p.m. — 5 p.m.

Negotiation and Consensus Building — Room 3100

Dinner (Individual Responsibility)

Presession Academy for New Legislators 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011

7:30 a.m. — 8 a.m.

Breakfast — Review and Preview — Room 3100

8 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.

Mock Committee Hearings and Floor Session — Part II

  • Mock Committee Hearings — Committee Rooms 3137 and 3138
  • Mock Floor Session — Assembly Chamber
    • David A. Byerman, Secretary of the Senate
    • Susan Furlong Reil, Chief Clerk of the Assembly
    • Invited Returning Committee Chairs
11:45 a.m. — 1:15 p.m.

Luncheon — Topic:  Working with Constituents — Room 3100 (With Spouses and Partners)

  • Senator Valerie Wiener
  • Assemblywoman Debbie Smith
  • Constituent Services, Research Division, LCB
    • Paul T. Mouritsen, Manager of Constituent Services
    • Beverly E. Mobley, Assistant Manager of Constituent Services
  • Invited Returning Personal Attachés
1:30 p.m. — 2:15 p.m.

Budget Process and Revenue Forecasts — Assembly Chamber

  • Fiscal Analysis Division, LCB
    • Mark Krmpotic, Senate Fiscal Analyst
    • Rick Combs, Assembly Fiscal Analyst
    • Russell J. Guindon, Principal Deputy Fiscal Analyst
2:30 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.

Working with Lobbyists and the Media — Assembly Chamber

  • Scott Young, Principal Policy and Special Projects Analyst, Research Division, LCB
  • Rose E. McKinney-James, Managing Principal, Energy Works Consulting and McKinney-James & Associates
  • Robert D. Fisher, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nevada Broadcasters Association
  • Barry Smith, Executive Director, Nevada Press Association
3:30 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Review and Preview:  Questions and Answers — Assembly Chamber

  • Donald O. Williams, Research Director, LCB

Presession Training Program for Spouses and Partners of New Legislators 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011

7:30 a.m. — 9 a.m.

Breakfast Available — Room 3100

9 a.m. — 10:15 a.m.

Introduction to Carson City:  Past and Present — Room 3142

  • Bob Nylen, Curator of History, Nevada State Museum
  • Ronni Hannaman, Executive Director, Carson City Chamber of Commerce
10:30 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.

Introduction to the Legislature:  People and Processes — Room 3142

  • Research Division, LCB
    • Michael J. Stewart, Supervising Principal Research Analyst
    • Patrick Guinan, Senior Research Analyst
    • Nan Bowers, Legislative Librarian, Research Library
11:45 a.m. — 1:15 p.m.

Luncheon — Topic:  Working with Constituents — Room 3100 (With New Legislators)

  • Senator Valerie Wiener
  • Assemblywoman Debbie Smith
  • Constituent Services, Research Division, LCB
    • Paul T. Mouritsen, Manager of Constituent Services
    • Beverly E. Mobley, Assistant Manager of Constituent Services
  • Invited Returning Personal Attachés

Presession Academy for New Legislators 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011

9:30 a.m. — 10:30 a.m.

Acting Ethically in the Legislative Environment — Room 1214 (All Legislators)

  • Peggy Kerns, Director, Center for Ethics in Government, National Conference of State Legislatures   Handout
10:45 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.

Nevada Perspective:  Ethics in the Legislative Environment — Room 1214 (All Legislators)

  • Legal Division, Legislative Counsel Bureau
    • Brenda J. Erdoes, Legislative Counsel
    • Eileen G. O'Grady, Chief Deputy Legislative Counsel
11:30 a.m. — Noon

Anti-Harassment Training — Room 1214 (All Legislators)

  • Legal Division, LCB
    • Brenda J. Erdoes, Legislative Counsel
    • Risa B. Lang, Chief Deputy Legislative Counsel
Noon — 1 p.m. Lunch Break (Individual Responsibility)
1 p.m. — 2 p.m.

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Nevada Electronic Legislative Information System (NELIS) Training — Training Room, State Printing Office (All Legislators)
2:15 p.m. — 3:15 p.m.

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Nevada Electronic Legislative Information System (NELIS) Training — Training Room, State Printing Office (All Legislators)
3:30 p.m. — 4:30 p.m. Nevada Electronic Legislative Information System (NELIS) Training — Training Room, State Printing Office (All Legislators)
6 p.m.

State of the State Address by Governor Brian Sandoval — Assembly Chamber (Please be seated by 5:15 p.m.)

 

New Legislator Mid-Session Orientation Luncheon

Friday, April 1, 2011

Room 3100, Legislative Building
11:45 a.m.* to 1:15 p.m.

 
 

Welcome

  • Assemblyman John Oceguera, Speaker of the Assembly
 
 

Working Your Bills in the Second House

  • Senator Mike McGinness, Senate Minority Floor Leader
  • Assemblywoman Debbie Smith, Speaker Pro Tempore
 
 

First House Deadlines and Bills in the Second House

  • Susan Furlong, Chief Clerk of the Assembly
  • David Byerman, Secretary of the Senate
  • Lorne J. Malkiewich, Director, Legislative Counsel Bureau (LCB)   Handout
 
 

Review of the Legislative Session to this Point

  • Carol Stonefield, Supervising Principal Research Analyst, Research Division, LCB
 
 

 

*Or Upon Adjournment Of The Floor Sessions

 
 

New Legislator End-of-Session Orientation

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Assembly Chamber, Legislative Building
12 noon to 1 p.m.

 
 

Welcome

  • Lorne J. Malkiewich, Director, Legislative Counsel Bureau (LCB)
 
 

Working with the Executive Branch

 
 

Conference Committees

  • Brenda J. Erdoes, Legislative Counsel, LCB
  • Susan E. Scholley, Chief Principal Research Analyst, Research Division, LCB
  • Michael J. Stewart, Supervising Principal Research Analyst, Research Division, LCB
 
 

Vetoes and Special Sessions

  • Lorne J. Malkiewich, Director, LCB   Handouts
  • Brenda J. Erdoes, Legislative Counsel, LCB
 
 

Interim

  • Lorne J. Malkiewich, Director, LCB   Handout
  • Donald O. Williams, Research Director, LCB
 

Interim Committee Training for Legislators 2011

Monday, September 26, and Tuesday, September 27, 2011

 

Monday, September 26, 2011
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

   Edited Transcription of Testimony

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

   Video
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m
   Edited Transcription of Testimony

Interim Committee Training for New Legislators

Introduction to the Interim

  • Lorne J. Malkiewich, Director, Legislative Counsel Bureau

Interim Committees

  • Assemblywoman Debbie Smith, Speaker pro Tempore
  • • Purposes and Types of Interim Committees
  •    Linda J. Eissmann, Principal Research Analyst, Legislative Counsel Bureau
  • • Role of a Legislator
  •    Marjorie Paslov-Thomas, Principal Research Analyst, Legislative Counsel Bureau
  • • Open Meeting Law
  •    Michael J. Stewart, Supervising Principal Research Analyst, Legislative Counsel Bureau
  • • Compensation
  •    Tammy Koon, Principal Account Clerk, Legislative Counsel Bureau

Legislative Staff Services

  • • Legislative Counsel Bureau
  • • Senate and Assembly
  •    Donald O. Williams, Research Director, Legislative Counsel Bureau

Work of an Individual Legislator during the Interim

  • • Developing Legislation
  •    Brenda J. Erdoes, Legislative Counsel, Legal Division, Legislative Counsel Bureau
  • • Working with Constituents
  •    Paul T. Mouritsen, Manager of Constituent Services Unit, Legislative Counsel Bureau
  •    Kay Graves, Back-to-School Program Coordinator, Legislative Counsel Bureau

Monday, September 26, 2011
8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

   Edited Transcription of Testimony

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

   Video

Interim Committee Training for Chairs and Vice Chairs

Getting Organized and Working with Staff

Defining the Scope of the Study and Scheduling Time for Issues

Complying with Meeting Notices and Agenda Requirements

Developing Recommendations for Legislation

Presenters

  • Assemblywoman Debbie Smith, Speaker pro Tempore
  • Senator David R. Parks
  • Michael J. Stewart, Supervising Principal Research Analyst, Legislative Counsel Bureau
  • Linda J. Eissmann, Principal Research Analyst, Legislative Counsel Bureau

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