Difference between revisions of "National Conference of State Legislatures"

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
(Task Forces)
(2001 I&R task force)
(5 intermediate revisions by one user not shown)
Line 1: Line 1:
{{tnr}}The '''National Conference of State Legislatures''', also known as '''NCSL''', is a bipartisan organization that "serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories."<ref name="About">[http://www.ncsl.org/about-us.aspx ''NCSL.org'',"About Us: Mission," retrieved April 27, 2012]</ref>
+
{{Short organization profile |
 
+
name                =  National Conference of State Legislatures|
The organization was established in 1975.
+
organization image  =  |
 +
leadership          =  William T. Pound|
 +
website            =  [http://www.ncsl.org ncsl.org]|
 +
}}{{tnr}}The '''National Conference of State Legislatures''', also known as '''NCSL''', is a bipartisan organization established in 1975 that "serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories."<ref name="About">[http://www.ncsl.org/about-us.aspx ''NCSL.org'',"About Us: Mission," retrieved April 27, 2012]</ref> The organization is classified as a nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation.<ref name="501c3">[http://www.ncsl.org/about-us.aspx?tabs=1027,82,570 ''NCSL'',"NCSL Foundation for State Legislatures," retrieved April 30, 2012]</ref>
  
 
William T. Pound currently serves as the NCSL Executive Director.<ref name="About"/>
 
William T. Pound currently serves as the NCSL Executive Director.<ref name="About"/>
 +
 +
The foundation supports: the [http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections.aspx?tabs=1116,87,245#1116 Trust for Representative Democracy], the [http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections.aspx?tabs=1116,87,245 Center for Ethics in Government] and the [http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections.aspx?tabs=1116,83,197 Women's Legislative Network].<ref name="501c3"/>
  
 
==Mission==
 
==Mission==
Line 27: Line 32:
  
 
===2001 I&R task force===
 
===2001 I&R task force===
On December 7, 2001, the NCSL convened an I&R (initiative and referendum) Reform Task Force chaired by then Sen.[[DiAnna Schimek]]. The purpose of the task force was "to review the growing use of initiatives and referendums around the country and to examine their effect on representative democracy at the state level."<ref>[http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/elections/i-and-r-reform-task-force-bios.aspx ''NCSL'',"I&R REFORM TASK FORCE," retrieved April 27, 2012]</ref><ref name="TaskForce"/>
+
On December 7, 2001, the NCSL convened an I&R (initiative and referendum) Reform Task Force chaired by then Sen. [[DiAnna Schimek]]. The purpose of the task force was "to review the growing use of initiatives and referendums around the country and to examine their effect on representative democracy at the state level."<ref>[http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/elections/i-and-r-reform-task-force-bios.aspx ''NCSL'',"I&R REFORM TASK FORCE," retrieved April 27, 2012]</ref><ref name="TaskForce"/>
  
 
<u>'''Task Force:'''</u><br>
 
<u>'''Task Force:'''</u><br>
Line 50: Line 55:
  
 
[http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/elections/initiative-and-referendum-in-the-21st-century.aspx The full list of recommendations can be viewed here.]
 
[http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/elections/initiative-and-referendum-in-the-21st-century.aspx The full list of recommendations can be viewed here.]
 +
 +
==Sponsors==
 +
NCSL has a number of sponsors. The organization features a list of sponsor, divided into three primary groups: platinum sponsors - $25,000; gold sponsors $12,500; and silver sponsors - $7,500.<ref name="Sponsors">[http://www.ncsl.org/about-us.aspx?tabs=1027,82,573 ''NCSL'',"NCSL: sponsorship list," retrieved April 30, 2012]</ref>
 +
 +
As of early 2012, platinum sponsors include:<ref name="Sponsors"/>
 +
{{colbegin|2}}
 +
*[http://www.1800contacts.com/ 1-800 CONTACT, Inc.]
 +
*[http://www.att.com/#fbid=h8I9A12qooi AT&T]
 +
*[http://www.anga.us/srdlanding America's Natural Gas Alliance]
 +
*[http://www.us.astellas.com/ Astellas Pharma US, Inc.]
 +
*[http://www.astrazeneca-us.com/ AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals]
 +
*[http://www.comcast.com/ Comcast Cable Communications]
 +
*[http://www.theesa.com/ Entertainment Software Association]
 +
*[http://www.esri.com/ Esri]
 +
*[http://www.isri.org/iMIS15_prod/ISRI/default.aspx Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.]
 +
*[http://www.mylan.com/ Mylan]
 +
*[http://www.nea.org/ National Education Association]
 +
*[http://www.nei.org/ Nuclear Energy Institute]
 +
*[http://www.timewarnercable.com/ Time Warner Cable]
 +
*[http://usa.visa.com/?country=us&ep=v_gg_new&akamai=true Visa]
 +
*[http://www.walmart.com/ Walmart]
 +
{{colend}}
 +
 +
'''''[http://www.ncsl.org/about-us.aspx?tabs=1027,82,573 Other sponsors can be found here.]'''''
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
  
 
* [http://www.ncsl.org Official website]
 
* [http://www.ncsl.org Official website]
* [http://ncsl.typepad.com/the_thicket/ The Thicket], the blog of the NCSL.
+
* [http://www.ncsl.org/documents/public/execlscc/NCSLOfficers1975_2011.pdf NCSL officers 1975-2011]
 +
* [http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/elections/the-canvass-all-issues-and-index.aspx The Canvass: States and Election Reform]
 +
* [http://ncsl.typepad.com/the_thicket/ The Thicket], NCSL blog
 +
* [http://ncsl.typepad.com/prop50/ Prop*50: Ballot Measure News from All 50 States], NCSL blog
 +
* [http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/elections/ballot-measures-database.aspx Ballot Measure Database]
  
 
==References==
 
==References==

Revision as of 10:13, 30 April 2012





National Conference of State Legislatures
Website:ncsl.org
The National Conference of State Legislatures, also known as NCSL, is a bipartisan organization established in 1975 that "serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories."[1] The organization is classified as a nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation.[2]

William T. Pound currently serves as the NCSL Executive Director.[1]

The foundation supports: the Trust for Representative Democracy, the Center for Ethics in Government and the Women's Legislative Network.[2]

Mission

According to NCSL, the organization has three primary goals:[1]

  • "Improve the quality and effectiveness of state legislatures;"
  • "Promote policy innovation and communication among state legislatures;"
  • "Ensure state legislatures a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system."

Task Forces

In addition to 12 standing committees, NCSL currently has eight task forces. The task forces can have 20-30 legislators and legislative staff. According to NCSL, task forces are appointed by the NCSL president and staff chair. Task forces have Republican and Democratic co-chairs.[3]

Below is a list of the eight task forces:

  • Energy Supply
  • Federal Health Reform Implementation
  • Federal Deficit Reduction
  • Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness
  • Immigration & the States
  • International Relations
  • Military & Veterans' Affairs
  • State & Local Taxation of Comm. & Electronic Commerce

2001 I&R task force

On December 7, 2001, the NCSL convened an I&R (initiative and referendum) Reform Task Force chaired by then Sen. DiAnna Schimek. The purpose of the task force was "to review the growing use of initiatives and referendums around the country and to examine their effect on representative democracy at the state level."[4][5]

Task Force:
In addition to former Sen. Schimek, the task force included:

  • Christopher J. Badgley - Vice President for State Government Affairs, for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
  • Albert G. Barnett (Jerry) - the President of Americans for Representative Democracy and the principal of Thomas-Huntington, Ltd.
  • Sen. Jim Costa - member of the U.S. House representing California's 20th congressional district. Costa was first elected to the House in 2004.
  • Sharon L. Eubanks - Senior Attorney for Administration with the Office of Legislative Legal Services (OLLS), the non-partisan, in-house counsel for the Colorado General Assembly
  • Sen. Marilyn Jarrett - represented the 21st District of Arizona
  • Patrick M. Kelly - Director of State Government Relations and Grassroots Programs for the Biotechnology Industry Organization
  • Frank H. Plescia - Senior Director of U.S. State Government Affairs for Monsanto Company in St. Louis
  • Rep. Lane Shetterly - represented 34th District of Oregon
  • Michael J. Stewart - Senior Research Analyst with the Research Division of Nevada's Legislative Counsel Bureau

Recommendations:
Ultimately, the group made 34 recommendations. In summary, the task force reported:[5]

...the task force concluded that the initiative has evolved from its early days as a grassroots tool to enhance representative democracy into a tool that too often is exploited by special interests. The initiative lacks critical elements of the legislative process and can have both intended and unintended effects on the ability of the representative democratic process to comprehensively develop policies and priorities.

As a result, the task force suggests that initiative states reform drafting, certification, signature-gathering and financial disclosure statutes; adhere to single subject rules; and improve practices regarding voter education. It also recommends that initiatives be allowed only on general election ballots.

It is the task force's intent that the discussion and adoption of the reforms in this report lead to a more thoughtful lawmaking process, improve interaction between initiative proponents and legislatures, and ultimately produce better public policy and reinforce representative democracy.

The full list of recommendations can be viewed here.

Sponsors

NCSL has a number of sponsors. The organization features a list of sponsor, divided into three primary groups: platinum sponsors - $25,000; gold sponsors $12,500; and silver sponsors - $7,500.[6]

As of early 2012, platinum sponsors include:[6]

Other sponsors can be found here.

External links

References