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NALIT Overview

National Association of Legislative Information Technology Overview

Governance

The National Association of Legislative Information Technology (NALIT) provides legislative information technology managers and staff with opportunities for training, professional growth and information sharing. NALIT is one of ten staff sections at NCSL. The relationships that develop out of the sections create a unique network for assistance, consultation and support.

NALIT is governed by a ten-member executive committee. The NALIT chair, vice-chair, and secretary are elected at the annual NALIT business meeting held in conjunction with the annual meeting of NCSL. The six directors are appointed by NALIT chairs immediately following the annual meeting. The immediate past chair of NALIT also serves as a member of the executive committee.

All general (legislative) members of NALIT are entitled to participate in the association's activities and to vote at its annual business meeting. A three member nominating committee is appointed each year to report a slate of candidates to the annual business meeting, where the candidates are elected by the membership present at the meeting.

Purposes

The purposes of NALIT are:

  • To promote the exchange of ideas and information on all aspects of legislative information systems. This includes, but is not limited to, the management and technical development of these systems.

  • To provide a network of information exchange among persons involved in providing management and technical support for legislative information systems.

  • To provide improved communications and foster better relations between legislative information systems management and staff, and the legislators and legislative staff they serve.

  • To promote the service of the Association membership on the various committees, subcommittees, task forces, etc., of NCSL.

  • To enhance the professionalism of the members of the Association through activities supporting the purposes noted above.

Membership

There are two classes of membership in the Association. The classes are as follows:

  • General Members: General members are legislative information technology professionals employed by a legislature of one of the fifty states, insular possessions, or territories of the United States. General members are voting members in the Association.

  • Associate Members: Associate members are persons interested in legislative information technology, including legislators and other staff serving a legislature of one of the fifty states, insular possessions, or territories of the United States, legislative staff of provincial governments and representatives of private vendors. Associate members are non-voting members in the Association.

Activities

Meetings: NALIT meets annually in conjunction with the annual meeting of NCSL, and holds a professional development seminar each fall.
Webinars: NALIT occasionally sponsors webinars on topics of interest to the membership.
Listserv: NALIT members can communicate electronically with others interested in legislative information technology issues by subscribing to the NALIT listserv. The NALIT Newsletter and other materials are regularly posted to the listserv. To subscribe, send an e-mail message to and type subscribe nalit-l in the body of the message.

For more information about NALIT, contact: Pam Greenberg, NCSL Staff Liaison to NALIT.
 

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