2013 (October) Canadian-American Relations Committee Meeting Minutes

10/12/2013

American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries (ASLCS)

ASLCS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR
Sacramento, Calif.
Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013

Call to Order

The meeting of the Canadian-American Relations Committee was called to order by Steve Marshall (Vt.), Committee Chair.

Attendance

The following members of the committee were present:

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Steve Marshall (Vt.), Chair

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Greg Gray (W.Va.)

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Ann Corwell (Ark.), Co-Vice Chair

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JoAnn Hedrick (Del.)

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Robert Altman (W.Va.)

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Sam Rowe (W.Va.)

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Dave Avant (Ala.)

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Shalla Sluyter (Texas)

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Mick Bailey (W.Va.)

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Patsy Spaw (Texas)

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Ginny Edwards (Va.)

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Sandy Tenney (Utah)

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Janice Gadd (Utah)

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Denise Weeks (N.C.)


International guests present at the meeting were Beverly Isles (Ottawa, Canada) and Rick Yarish (Manitoba, Canada). Also present was Suzie Lowell (Alaska), President of ASLCS.

Approval of Minutes

Approval of the minutes of the last committee meeting held August 2013 during the NCSL Summit in Atlanta, Ga., was deferred to the next meeting after distribution of the Administrator.

Old Business

A discussion was had regarding the Jane Richards Scholarship Fund and suggestions were solicited from those present regarding encouraging participation in the Canadian-American Staff Exchange program. The consensus was to utilize the staff support of NCSL (via emails and the like) to remind the membership of the program and the scholarship fund.

New Business

Discussion was had regarding the Joint Canadian/American meeting held in Quebec City, Quebec.

Upcoming meetings of interest were announced:

  • The annual meeting of CATTS is scheduled for July 28–Aug. 1, 2014, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is scheduled to be in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, in 2015; dates not yet established.
  • The NCSL Summit is scheduled for Aug. 18–22, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minn.
  • The ALCS Annual Professional Development Seminar is scheduled for October 2014 in Baton Rouge, La.; dates to be announced.
  • The Joint Canadian/American meeting is scheduled to be in the US in 2015. A general discussion was had regarding potential sites, including, but not limited to: New Mexico, Illinois, West Virginia and Arkansas; committee members were encouraged to seek a host site for the meeting.

Adjournment

Upon a motion by Denise Weeks, the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
Steve Marshall (Vt.), Recorder