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NALIT 2013 Legislative Summit Agenda

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2013 Legislative Summit

Atlanta, Georgia—Georgia World Congress Center

Agenda and Session Presentations/Handouts

(As of Aug. 22, 2013)


For more information about the Legislative Summit, see NCSL 2013 Legislative Summit.

 Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Speaker Biographies

Monday, Aug. 12, 2013

7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Registration
 

1:30-2:45 p.m.
Thomas Murphy Ballroom

General Session: Our Constitutional Legacy

Sandra Day O’Connor is a trailblazer who has made an enduring mark on the nation. In this 225th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution, you will hear from the first woman—and crucial swing justice—appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court on the principles that have made the nation strong through the centuries. She’ll share her views on representative democracy, civic education and fair courts. She is the author of three books, including the recently released, Out of Order, a history of the Supreme Court, its famous justices and how it evolved into the sometimes controversial institution it is today.

 

3-4 p.m.
Level 2 - B213

NALIT: How to Keep Hackers Out of Your Capitol
Come and enjoy this interactive session as we talk about the latest security threats facing individual legislators and legislative staff and discuss common sense approaches we can take to keep our Capitols “hacker free.”

Moderator: Joel Redding, Deputy CIO,Legislative Research Commission,  Kentucky
Speaker: Jerry Gamblin, Senior Security Specialist, House of Representatives, Missouri

4:15-5:15 p.m.
Level 2 - B213

NALIT: The Forecast for Cloud Computing
What is the cloud? How much of your work or personal information is already in the cloud? How secure is it? What are your options? Explore what cloud computing means and hear about the potential for convenience and cost savings the cloud can offer.

Moderator: Troy Adkins, Network Administrator, House of Delegates, Virginia
Speakers:

  • Sean Johnson, Senior Manager, Systems Engineering, VCE, Florida
  • Sharon Crouch Steidel, Chief Technology Officer, House of Delegates, Virginia

5:30-7 p.m.
Bldg. C, Georgia Ballroom
 

Opening Reception—Georgia on My Mind
Delight in a taste of Georgia and special Southern entertainment. This kick-off to the Summit will definitely put Georgia on your mind.

Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013

7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Registration
 

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Level 3 - B309

NALIT Business Meeting and Breakfast for NALIT Members
NALIT members will elect new officers and recognize the winners of the NALIT Legislative Staff Achievement Awards.

Presiding: Peter Capriglione, Business Applications Manager, North Carolina; Chair, NALIT

8:30-9:45 a.m.
Thomas Murphy Ballroom

General Session: America's Retirement Crisis

Despite our sluggish economy and the global economic uncertainty, building lifetime financial security is not a pipe dream in 21st century America. But for most Americans, it’s become a do-it-yourself proposition, as a result of the decline of traditional pension plans in the private sector and the challenge of unfunded liabilities in state and local pension plans. TIAA-CREF’s CEO Roger Ferguson believes we need to rethink, repair and restart America’s retirement system so individuals can better ensure their own lifetime financial security.
 

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Level 1 - Hall B3

Exhibit Hall Open
 

10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

NCSL Standing Committee Meetings/ Standing Committee Lunches
NCSL's standing committees will hold informational sessions and policy meetings. The sessions are open to all attendees.

1:30-5 p.m.

NCSL Standing Committee Meetings
NCSL's standing committees will hold informational sessions and policy meetings. The sessions are open to all attendees.

3:30-5 p.m.
Level 4 - B407

Legislative Staff University: Staying Engaged and Motivated
Legislative staff work in an environment where the motives that drive individual members may not always match the values of the institution. How can staff help legislators achieve their policy goals while ensuring that the process remains open and objective? Learn from Phil Boyle—a distinguished professor and leadership consultant who works with state and local governments on ethics, problem solving and decision making—about how to stay motivated and engaged during tough legislative sessions.

Presiding: Paula Dominguez, Rhode Island General Assembly
Speaker: Phillip Boyle, Leading and Governing Associates, Inc., North Carolina

Evening

NALIT Dinner
Join IT colleagues from around the country for a great evening at a local restaurant. Spouses and guests are welcome. Advance reservations are required. Email pam.greenberg@ncsl.org by August 1 for more information and to RSVP. Sponsored by NanoLumens.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

6:30-8 a.m.

Walk for Wellness

7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Registration
 

8:30-9:30 a.m.
Thomas Murphy Ballroom

General Session: Economic Recovery--Great Expectations

The economy and the jobs market are on the mend after a long and grueling recession. But is the momentum strong enough to continue solid growth? Will sequestration take a bite out of 2013, and can an energized private sector offset any economic damage? Standard & Poor's Deputy Chief Economist Beth Ann Bovino will give her perspective on where the U.S. economy stands today and its prospects in the future.
 

9:45-10:45 a.m.

Issue Forums

Topics:

  • Increase Your Presence with Tech Tools
  • Cyber Warfare
  • The State Role in Local Government Pension and Retiree Health Care Costs
  • Natural Gas: Panacea or Pariah?
  • Taming Health Costs: New Solutions, New Challenges
  • Plugging the Skills Gap
  • Veterans and Civil Employment: State Legislative Approaches

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Level 1 - Hall B3

Exhibit Hall Open
 

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Level 2 - B406

Issue Forums
 
Going Mobile: What It Means for Legislatures (Co-sponsored by NALIT)
The dramatic growth in mobile devices is changing the way legislatures communicate and do business. States are seeing benefits and cost savings from moving to mobile devices and going paperless. Hear about and learn from experiences in states that are going mobile.

Moderator:

  • Representative Jeff Morris, Washington

Presentations - 11:00-11:50 am:


Legislative App Demonstrations - 11:50 am-12:15 pm

  • Troy Adkins, House of Representatives, Virginia
  • Curtis Clothier, Legislative Affairs Agency, Alaska
  • Robert Haney, House of Representatives, Texas
  • Dennis McCarty and Peter Capriglione, Information Systems Division, North Carolina
  • Kurt McDowell, Legislative Information Systems, Ohio
  • Jonathan Palmore, Technology Office, Virginia
  • Bob Ward and Ryan Duffy, House of Representatives, Florida

 

12:15-1:45 p.m.
Thomas Murphy Ballroom

Salute to Legislative Staff Luncheon: Celebrating Success

Join fellow legislative staffers from around the country to celebrate the outstanding work, commitment and contributions you make each year to America’s Legislatures! Art Hamilton, former member of the Arizona House of Representatives and NCSL President and CEO of a successful public affairs firm, will talk about the critical contributions legislative staff made to him in advancing his career, and to the legislature as an institution in sustaining its values. Hear his perspective on those qualities that staff may forget about during tough legislative sessions that make the whole thing possible. Don’t miss this inspiring and humorous presentation from a man that Bill Clinton called “one of the finest speakers I have ever heard.”
 
Presiding: Patsy Spaw, Texas Legislature
Speaker:  Art Hamilton, The Art Hamilton Group, LLC, Arizona
 

1:45-3 p.m.

Issue Forums
Topics:

  • Be Great at Debate
  • Managing State Pension Liabilities
  • DNA and Crime
  • Food Safety in America
  • Casino Royale
  • Reinventing College
  • U.S. Jobs Outlook
  • How States Can Prepare for Disasters
  • Cultivating an Honest Environment

3-4:30 p.m.
Level 4 - B404

NALIT: Emerging Technologies Roundtable
Emerging technologies like mobile devices and wearable technologies are innovative and exciting, but may raise concerns about privacy and security or require changes in policies and procedures. Discuss the latest technologies and the implications they may have for legislatures.

Moderator: Gary Schaefer, Information Systems Coordinator, Senate, Louisiana
Facilitator: Brian Weberg, NCSL
 

6:30-9 p.m.
Georgia Aquarium

Closing Event—A Whale of an Evening
You'll have a whale of a good time in the underwater world of dolphins, sharks, belugas and more at the Georgia Aquarium. It's one of the world's largest and contains more aquatic life in its seven stunning exhibits than any other aquarium in the world. You'll dine on delectable Southern cuisine and enjoy the music of Georgia while you mingle with friends.

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013

6:30-8 a.m.

Bipartisan Bike Ride
 

7:30 a.m.-Noon

Registration
 

8:30-9:45 a.m.

Issue Forums
Topics:

  • Legal Implications of Social Media
  • Being a Great Legislative Leader
  • A Crash Course in Parliamentary Procedure
  • Re-Reinventing Government
  • Election Voting Technology
  • All About Drones
  • Demographic Shifts and the Future of State Policy
     

9 a.m.-Noon
Level 1 - Hall B3

Exhibit Hall Open
 

10 a.m.-Noon
Level 4 - B405-B407

NCSL Annual Business Meeting
 

Noon-1:30 p.m.
Thomas Murphy Ballroom

General Session Luncheon: Leadership and Politics Today

David Gergen, a respected CNN senior political analyst, advisor to four presidents, and director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, has a unique perspective on politics. He will share his views on leadership in today’s partisan climate, the state of the nation and why things are the way they are in Washington, D.C. An advisor to four presidents—both Democrat and Republican—he has a view of leadership from the pinnacle of power.
 

1:45-3:00 p.m.
Level 3 - B314

NALIT: High Tech Committees
Legislatures are using technology to help committees operate more efficiently, effectively and with less paper. They are streaming hearings live, making recordings available on-demand, posting testimony online, and creating electronic committee voting systems. Electronic witness slips and online request to speak in committee systems also are making it easier for citizens to testify at hearings.

Moderator: Terri Clark, Director of Technical Services, Office of Information Services, Kansas
Speakers:

  • David Lemons, Project Leader, Legislative Council, Texas
  • Kurt McDowell, Director, Legislative Information Systems, Ohio
  • Jonathan Palmore, Senior Assistant Clerk of Technology, Senate, Virginia


 

3:15-4:30 p.m.
Level 3 - B314

Technology Innovations for Constituent Services

Constituents often turn to legislators for help with problems. Keeping track of constituent requests and resources can be daunting. This session focuses on technology and programs to efficiently track requests and resources.

Moderator: Aurora Hauke, Alaska Legislature

Speakers:

Contact Pam Greenberg, NCSL Liaison to NALIT, with questions.

 

Biographies

How to Keep Hackers Out of Your Capitol


Jerry Gamblin, Senior Security Specialist, Information Services Division, House of Representatives, Missouri
Jerry Gamblin has been the Network Security Specialist for the Missouri House of Representatives since 2005. He manages the Missouri House of Representatives security program and speaks regularly to groups about network security and security awareness issues. Jerry has recently been a featured speaker at DellWorld, DerbyCon, CyberCrime Symposium in the United States, 44Con in London and PHDays in Moscow, Russia.

Joel Redding, Deputy CIO, Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky
Joel Redding has been employed with the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission (LRC) since 1995. Joel served as a programmer/analyst before becoming webmaster in 2005. In 2009, Joel became the Deputy Chief Information Officer and still serves as webmaster. Before coming to the LRC, Joel was employed by Humana, Inc. Joel has a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Kentucky State University.


The Forecast for Cloud Computing

Troy Adkins, Network Administrator, House of Delegates, Virginia
Troy Adkins manages and administers the network infrastructure for the Virginia House of Delegates, where he has been the network administrator since 2005. Prior to joining the House of Delegates, Troy served as network engineer for J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. He began his 20-year networking/computer career as a programmer before focusing on the networking area. He holds an Associates in Applied Science degree in data processing.

Sean Johnson, vArchitect Manager, VCE, Texas
Sean Johnson leads Systems Engineering for the Southeast and Latin America for VCE, a global company created by VMware, Cisco and EMC to accelerate the adoption of cloud computing. He has been with the company for over three years and was one of its first 100 employees.  He has since helped it to reach over 1300 employees across the globe and a billion dollar annual run rate (one of the fastest companies to reach a billion dollars in revenue ever). Sean is also a former NCSL/NALIT member and graduate of the Legislative Staff Management Institute. He served seven years leading the IT department for the Florida House of Representatives. Sean currently lives in Tallahassee, Florida with his wife of over 20 years and two girls, Lily and Emma. Their oldest son Jeremy is a pilot in the Air Force stationed in Charleston, South Carolina flying the C-17. Their younger son Jonah is married and working for a technology company as an engineer in Tallahassee, Florida.

Sharon Crouch Steidel, Chief Technology Officer, House of Delegates, Virginia
Sharon Crouch Steidel currently serves as Chief Technology Officer, Information Systems and Telecommunications, for the Virginia House of Delegates. She first began working for the House in 1975. Sharon is responsible for all aspects of IT development for the House of Delegates and advises staff and members on technology issues. She also has worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID, on democratic initiative projects related to information technology. In this role, she has worked with legislative entities in countries such as Yemen, Brazil, Argentina, Central America and Ghana. Sharon served as Staff Chair of NCSL’s Executive Committee. She also was a member of NCSL's Website Advisory Steering Committee and chaired various NCSL Technology Task Forces and teams. She also is a Past Chair of the National Association of Legislative Information Technology (NALIT).



High-Tech Committees

Terri Clark, Director of Technical Services, Kansas Legislature
Terri Clark is the Director of Technical Services for the Kansas Legislature. In this capacity, she manages the legislature’s data centers, telecommunications, customer service, technical support, and software testing. She has been with the legislature since 1997. Terri also represents the legislature on the statewide Information Technology Advisory Board, Information Technology Security Council, and serves as the Legislative Security Officer. Prior to joining the legislature, Terri worked as a stockbroker and financial planner with American Express Financial Services, specializing in small business financial planning.

David Lemons, Project Leader, Legislative Council, Texas Legislative Council
David Lemons is a software developer, project leader and University of Memphis Tiger.  He works with  the team that supports Texas Senate and House committees, the Legislative Reference Library and other legislative support agencies.  He worked closely with House officers and other stakeholders to automate the committee witness registration process.  Prior to his joining the Legislative Council, he worked in the hospitality industry where he gained experience working with automated kiosks.  Prior to becoming a software developer, David was a logistics manager in the surgical implants industry.

Kurt McDowell, Director, Legislative Information Systems, Ohio
Kurt McDowell has been employed by the Ohio Legislative Information Systems (LIS) since 1997. Kurt has held multiple positions at LIS from Intern, Network Engineer, Sr. Network Engineer, Engineering Group Manager and finally his current position, Director. LIS is a non-partisan agency established to facilitate the legislative process. LIS strives to provide the very highest quality professional information technology services through robust, reliable, cost-effective systems that meet the needs of the legislative agencies they support. Kurt received a BA in CIS from The Ohio State University and a MBA from Ashland University.

Jonathan Palmore, Senior Assistant Clerk of Technology, Senate, Virginia
Jonathan Palmore is a native Virginian. He serves as the Senior Assistant Clerk of Technology for the Senate of Virginia. Jonathan holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. Before entering the public sector, Jonathan worked with UNIX-based computer systems in the health care information systems arena.



Technology Innovations for Constituent Services

Sabrina Lewellen, Deputy Director and Assistant Secretary of the Arkansas Senate
Sabrina Lewellen is the Deputy Director and Assistant Secretary of the Arkansas Senate, a position she was named to in 2013.  Prior to that, she served as the Constituency Services/ Research & Special Projects Manager for the Arkansas Senate, beginning in 2003.  Since 2005, she has attended NCSL annual meetings, RACSS Professional Development seminars, and has been an active staff section member including serving on the RACSS Advisory Council from 2007 to 2008.  Sabrina has served two terms as a director on the RACSS Executive Committee, is the current vice-chair of the staff section and will assume the office of RACSS chair for 2013-2014.  In 2010, NCSL's State Legislatures magazine featured Sabrina in the article entitled "New Wave" which highlighted 10 emerging individuals in a generation of legislative staff leaders who may change and challenge the way legislatures across the nation do business.  Sabrina was featured in the April 2011 issue of STAND! News as one of four Women to Watch in 2011, and in June 2012, Sabrina was named one of Arkansas’s most prominent people under age 40 in Arkansas Business’ 18th class of “40 Under 40.”  Sabrina is a member of the 2009 class of the Legislative Staff Management Institute and a graduate of Florida A&M University and Vanderbilt Law School.

Joel Redding, Deputy CIO, Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky
Joel Redding has been employed with the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission (LRC) since 1995. Joel served as a programmer/analyst before becoming webmaster in 2005. In 2009, Joel became the Deputy Chief Information Officer and still serves as webmaster. Before coming to the LRC, Joel was employed by Humana, Inc. Joel has a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Kentucky State University.

Jim Swain, CIO, Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky
Jim Swain currently serves as Kentucky's Legislative Branch Chief Information Officer.  He began working as a general assembly employee for the Clerk of the House of Representatives in 1978.  He has spent the last 32 years working in the information technology section helping to develop bill drafting and business and legislative automation systems, network and computer platforms, and planning IT strategies.  He also has served as staff to the Kentucky Information Technology Task Force, and as legislative liaison to the Kentucky Geographic Information Advisory Council, the Executive Chief Information Officer’s Advisory Council, and is a member of the Kentucky Digital Government Summit Advisory Board.
 


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