NCSL Legislative Summit

August 8-11, 2011

San Antonio, Texas

 

Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee

Agenda and Handouts

 (As of August 24, 2011)

 Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday 

Committee sessions are noted bold.

Committee Officers | NCSL Staff Contacts

Monday, August 8

7:00 am - 5:00 pm
CC Bridge Hall, Street Level
 

Registration

9:00 am - 11:30 am
CC 205, Concourse Level - 2

 

Task Force on State and Local Taxation of Telecommunications and Electronic Commerce
Discuss emerging issues in state and local electronic commerce, including “The Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act of 2011: H.R. 1860” and Contingent-Fee Based Auditing. Hear about the current status of the Main Street Fairness Act in Congress and discuss strategies to pass the legislation. Consider policies and resolutions which will then be considered by other NCSL committees.

10:45 am - 12:00 noon
CC 007A, River Level

Strategies for States and the Military to Share Health Information
Joint with the Transforming Health Care Through Technology Partners Project and the Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs
Examine ways the military can make TRICARE electronic health records for service members and families available to the states and explore ways for the states to share vaccination information with the military.

Moderators:

  • Senator Jeremy Nordquist, Nebraska
  • Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Texas

Speakers:

  • Colonel Ralph Franco, Director-Total Army Medical Department Systems Management, U.S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Center and School, Texas
  • Tony Gilman, Chief Executive Officer, Texas Health Services Authority, Texas 

Handouts:

12:00 noon - 2:00 pm
CC 217A, Concourse Level - 2

Working Lunch: Online Sales Taxes: Can They Be Collected
Joint with the Budgets and Revenue Committee and the Task Force on State and Local Taxation of Telecommunications & Electronic Commerce
Almost every legislature this year debated how to collect sales taxes for online transactions. Two U.S. Supreme Court rulings say states cannot force out of state sellers to collect. Twenty-four states think they have the answer. Hear about options available to state legislators, what works and what doesn't.

Panelists:

  • Senator Dwight C. Cook, North Dakota
  • Delegate John Doyle, West Virginia
  • Representative Wayne A. Harper, Utah
  • Senator Howard A. Kenley, Indiana
  • Christopher Rants, Former Speaker, Iowa House of Representatives, Rauschenberger Partners LLC, Illinois,
  • Steve Rauschenberger, Past NCSL President, Rauschenberger Partners, LLC, Illinois
  • Maureen Riehl, National Retail Federation, Washington, D.C.
  • Joe Rinzel, Retail Industry Leaders Association, Virginia

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm 
CC 216A, Concourse Level - 2

Health Care Technology Showcase
Joint with the Transforming Health Care Through Technology Partners Project
Learn about the latest technologies and devices that are cutting costs and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of health care delivery. Hear about this fast-changing industry and then take a leisurely and close-up look at these new tools while enjoying beverages, fruit and desserts.

Moderators:

  • Senator Richard T. Moore, Massachusetts, NCSL President 
  • Representative David Clark, Utah

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
CC 217B, Concourse Level - 2

21st Century Communications
NCSL’s omnibus communications policy is slated to expire this year. This hearing-style session will continue the discussion about updating the policy to reflect recent developments in communications services. Members will vote on the expiring policy.

Presiding:

  • Senator Delores Kelley, Maryland, CFI Chair
  • Melissa Calderwood, Kansas, CFI Staff Chair

NCSL 21st Century Communications Policy

4:15 pm - 5:30 pm  
CC 217B, Concourse Level - 2

Overcoming Barriers to Using Health Care Technology
Joint with the Transforming Health Care Through Technology Partners Project
Advances in technology are transforming the delivery of health care, and states play an important role in promoting them. Examine legal and regulatory hurdles that stand in the way of implementing new health care technologies.

Moderator:

  • Senator Kemp Hannon, New York

Speakers:

  • John D. Blum, John J Waldon Research Professor of Law, Beazley Institute for Health Law & Policy, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Illinois
  • Rick Cimerman, Vice President, External and State Affairs, National Cable & Telecommunications Association, Washington, DC
  • Lisa Wallmeyer, Executive Director, Joint Commission on Technology and Science, Virginia

Handouts:

5:45 pm - 6:45 pm  
CC 214B, Concourse Level - 2

Steering Committee Meeting
The Steering Committee is comprised of the Chair and Staff Chair, or their designee, of each Standing Committee and is led by the officers of the Steering Committee. This meeting will review the Committees’ plans for the Legislative Summit, preview any policies anticipated for debate, and make determinations regarding joint and re-referral of the resolutions.

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm  
Boudro's Texas Bistro
 

AFSA Social Event for the CFI Committee

 

Tuesday, August 9

7:00 am - 5:30 pm
CC Bridge Hall, Street Level

Registration

8:00 am - 5:00 pm
CC 211, Concourse Level - 2

Dell Technology Lounge for Legislators and Staff
NCSL gratefully acknowledges the support of Dell.
Legislators and legislative staff are welcome to visit the communications and technology lounge to relax and to check e-mail.

9:00 am - 10:30 am
CC Lila Cockrell Theater, Street Level

General Session: Jim Collins
Jim Collins, author of the mega-hit Good to Great and expert on how great businesses—led by great leaders—endure, grow and maintain top performance, will guide us in making the leap from good to great. Collins' work has been featured in Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Harvard Business Review, and Fast Company.

Presiding:

  • Senator Richard T. Moore, Massachusetts

Welcome:

  • Speaker Joe Straus III, Texas

10:00 am - 4:00 pm
CC Exhibit Hall C, Street Level

Exhibit Hall

10:45 am - 12:00 noon
CC 214C, Concourse Level - 2

Banking Regulation and Dodd-Frank Act
States play a significant role in the regulation of financial services. This authority relies on the preservation of a dual-banking system, state regulation of insurance and a state-federal partnership in securities regulation authority. We’ll discuss these relationships and explore how implementation of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law is impacting states’ responsibilities and authority through this hearing-style session. Members will vote on a Banking Regulation policy.

Presiding:

  • Senator Delores Kelley, Maryland, CFI Chair
  • Melissa Calderwood, Kansas, CFI Staff Chair

NCSL Banking Regulation Policy

12:00 noon - 1:15 pm
CC 214C, Concourse Level - 2

Working Lunch: Using Technology to Get More Bang for the Buck
NCSL gratefully acknowledges the support of IBM
This session will examine best practices for using technology to reduce government spending while improving the level of service to citizens. Learn from the experts how to harness technology to maximize government productivity and achieve cost savings.

Moderators:

  • Representative Chris Perone, Connecticut, CFI Vice Chair 
  • Linda Pittsford, Texas, CFI Staff Vice Chair

Speakers:

  • Frank Muehleman, Vice President and General Manager, North America Public Business Group, Dell, Texas
  • Frieda Yueh, Strategic Trends and Directions, Public Sector Solutions, IBM Americas, New York

Handouts:

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
CC 214C, Concourse Level - 2  

CFI Committee Business Meeting

Presiding:

  • Senator Delores Kelley, Maryland, CFI Chair
  • Melissa Calderwood, Kansas, CFI Staff Chair

Members of the committee will discuss and vote on committee business and consider and vote on any new policy resolutions submitted for consideration and review policies. The committee plans to vote on the following remaining policies:

2:30 pm - 3:45 pmCC 214C, Concourse L
evel - 2

Tax Fairness in the Digital Age
Many of the laws governing the taxation of sales transac­tions do not reflect our burgeoning digital economy.  For example, digital goods, online purchases that are downloaded directly by consumers, may be exposed to multiple taxing authorities.  This has lead some to call for a national framework to distinguish which state and local jurisdiction can tax digital transactions.  Proponents argue that this will offer greater certainty to consumers, the providers asked to collect such taxes and state and local governments seeking to tax such goods and services.  However, others caution that a federally imposed national framework may impact states’ ability to collect revenue.  This session will examine current activity in Congress aimed at addressing the fair taxation of digital goods.

Moderators:

  • Representative Wayne Harper, Utah, CFI Vice Chair
  • Duncan Goss, Vermont, CFI Staff Vice Chair

Speakers:

  • Robin Corrigan, Comptroller of Public Accounts, Texas
  • Helen Hecht, Federation of Tax Administrators, New Mexico
  • Steve Rauschenberger, Past NCSL President, Rauschenberger Partners, LLC, Illinois
  • Stacey Sprinkle, Verizon Wireless, Colorado

Handouts:

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
CC 214C, Concourse Level - 2

Surplus Lines after SLIMPACT
In 2011, states began adopting legislation to comply with the federal Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act, but not all states have done so. Where do states go from here and can non-SLIMPACT states access their pro-rata share of premium taxes?

Moderators:

  • Patricia Murdo, Montana, CFI Staff Vice Chair 
  • Roger Norman, Arkansas, CFI Staff Vice Chair 

Speakers:

  • Dan Maher, Executive Director, Excess Lines Association of New York, New York
  • Rick Masters, Special Counsel, Council of State Governments, Kentucky
  • Steve Parton, Regulator Consultant, Florida

Handouts:

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
CC 214B, Concourse Level - 2

Steering Committee Meeting
The steering committee will review the policies reported from the standing committees at the Forum and determine the calendar for the NCSL Business Meeting on Thursday, August 11, at 11:00 am.

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Social Event: An Evening in Old San Antonio
Savor the flavors of “Old San Antone” during the opening fiesta in beautiful, historic La Villita, the city’s original neighborhood on the banks of the San Antonio River. The quaint streets, full of brightly colored piñatas and folk art banners, will come alive with the sights, sounds and tastes of a traditional fiesta. Wander the shops and art galleries and discover why San Antonio is the most visited city in Texas. You’ll be serenaded with traditional music by Las Alteñas, Texas’ finest all-female mariachi and Ultra Nova Musica Latina, a local band with a salsa/jazz sound. Folklorico dancers in beautiful costumes and an amazing dance and music show will entertain you. Catch up with old friends from around the country and the globe on the streets of this historic plaza. Viva NCSL!

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Ácenar HotMex/CoolBar Restaurant

CTIA Social Event for the CFI Committee

Wednesday, August 10

6:30 am - 8:00 am

Walk for Wellness

7:00 am - 8:30 am
CC Grotto, River Level

 

Breakfast on the Grotto
NCSL gratefully acknowledges American Beverage Association for sponsoring this breakfast.
Join us for a healthy breakfast on the Grotto and refuel after the Walk for Wellness.

7:00 am - 5:00 pm
CC Bridge Hall, Street Level

 

Registration

8:00 am - 8:45 am
CC 215, Concourse Level - 2

NCSL 50-State + Bill Information Service (BIS) Training
Stop by to learn the basics of using the NCSL 50-State + Bill Information Service (BIS), available exclusively to state legislators and state legislative staff. Search the full text of legislation in the 50-states, D.C. and the U.S. Congress. Summaries of Puerto Rico legislation also are available. No advance registration required. (Developed in partnership with State Net.)

8:00 am - 5:00 pm
CC 211, Concourse Level - 2

Dell Technology Lounge for Legislators and Staff
NCSL gratefully acknowledges the support of Dell.
Legislators and legislative staff are welcome to visit the communications and technology lounge to relax and to check e-mail.

8:30 am - 9:45 am
CC Lila Cockrell Theater, Street Level

 

General Session: Texas Governor Rick Perry
Texas Governor Rick Perry is “Fed Up” with Washington regulations, mandates and intrusion into state decisions. Author of Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America From Washington, Perry is a staunch advocate of the 10th Amendment, believing that states should have the freedom to determine programs that best fit their respective state.

Welcome:

  • Lieutenant Governor/Senate President David Dewhurst, Texas

Presiding:

  • Senator Stephen R. Morris, Kansas

Remarks:

  • Senator John J. Cullerton

State Legislator National Public Leadership in the Arts Award
The State Legislator National Public Leadership in the Arts Award is given by Americans for the Arts in partnership with NCSL to recognize a state legislator who plays an important and consistent role in the advancement of the arts and arts education within his or her state, and whose vision and leadership provide heightened visibility to the value of the arts.

2011 Recipient:

  • Senator Roger Reitz (R – Kansas)

10:00 am - 11:30 am
CC 216, Concourse Level - 2

 

CFPB: The Unique Bureau
This session will analyze the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and how it will function. It will look at the CFPB’s power and authority and how it will operate differently from other financial regulatory agencies.

Moderator:

  • Mike Sunseri, Kentucky, CFI Immediate Past Staff Chair 

Speakers:

  • Robert Cook, Partner, Hudson Cook LLP, Maryland
  • Buz Gorman, General Counsel, Conference of State Bank Supervisors, Washington, D.C.
  • Gail Hillebrand, Associate Director, Office of Consumer Education and Engagement, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Washington, D.C.

Handouts:

10:00 am - 4:00 pm
CC Exhibit Hall C, Street Level

 

Exhibit Hall

11:30 am - 1:30 pm
CC Exhibit Hall D, Street Level

 

Clean Diesel Exhibit Hall Luncheon
NCSL gratefully acknowledges Clean Diesel for sponsoring this luncheon.
Clean Diesel Delivers – A Texas-style old-fashioned backyard barbecue. Enjoy lunch on Wednesday set amongst the latest technology that keeps America moving – clean diesel power. You’ll see the latest in technology getting the job done today -- fuel efficient heavy-duty trucks, cars, highway construction equipment, farm tractors, buses, pick-up trucks and emergency service vehicles - all powered by the latest clean diesel power. Finish by getting the scoop (ice cream!) on the hottest trends in how this new generation of clean diesel technology drives our economy and delivers vital services critical to your state and our nation’s future while meeting environmental, energy and climate challenges.

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
CC 214B, Concourse Level - 2

 

Issue Forum
Is Technology Transforming Government?
Collaborative social media pages, transparency websites and other open government initiatives have the potential to improve public trust and promote civic engagement. Explore institutional, cultural and policy implications of these new technologies, and identify elements of successful initiatives.

Moderator:

  • Senator Pamela Althoff, Illinois, CFI Vice Chair 

Panelists:

  • Representative Peggy Welch, Indiana
  • Senator Jeff Wentworth, Texas
  • Phineas Baxandall, U.S. PIRG, Federation of State of PIRGs, Massachusetts

Handouts:

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
CC 215, Concourse Level - 2

NCSL 50-State + Bill Information Service (BIS) Training
Stop by to learn the basics of using the NCSL 50-State + Bill Information Service (BIS), available exclusively to state legislators and state legislative staff. Search the full text of legislation in the 50-states, D.C. and the U.S. Congress. Summaries of Puerto Rico legislation also are available. No advance registration required. (Developed in partnership with State Net.)

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
CC 213, Concourse Level - 2

 

A Revenue Opportunity WITHOUT a Tax Increase

Simple software programs—called zappers—allow businesses to skim cash off receipts, lowering totals, and cheating states out of millions of dollars in tax revenues each year. Some businesses may evade as much as 50 percent of income taxes. Learn about the options available for combating this new technology for committing fraud, including state experiences with imposing penalties on users of this software.

Moderator:

  • Representative Chris Perone, Connecticut, CFI Vice Chair

Speakers:

  • Senator Don Balfour, Georgia
  • Richard T. Ainsworth, Boston University School of Law, Massachusetts

Handouts:

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

 

Legislators' Roundtable

Staff Sections

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
CC Grand Ballroom, Grand Ballroom Level - 3

 

2012 Illinois Reception
A delicious taste of Illinois awaits everyone at this evening event that will showcase the foods and flavors that Chicago and Illinois are proud to call their own. The state is home to America’s best restaurants, and the evening will feature some of the finest of them. Chefs from Illinois’ top-rated restaurants will offer demonstrations and samples of their favorite, celebrated treats and drinks. From Illinois’ favorite foods, to its beloved sports teams, respected businesses and famed crops, you will get a sneak peek of all the state has to offer, and what you can expect next summer in Chicago.

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

 

Private Tour of the Alamo: Celebrating the 175th Anniversary of the Texas Revolution
"Remember the Alamo"—a "must-see" for all who come to San Antonio—by celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Texas revolution and famous battle with the Texas Host Committee. Ever wonder who Santa Anna really was, what a Texian is, or what is carved above the entrance? Private, one-hour tours at 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. will give you an insider's perspective and answer all your questions about this world-renowned complex, which has come to symbolize courage and sacrifice for the cause of Liberty.

 

States' Night

Thursday, August 10

6:30 am - 8:00 am

Bipartisan Bike Ride

8:00 am - 2:00 pm
CC Bridge Hall, Street Level

 

Registration

8:00 am - 12:00 noon
CC 211, Concourse Level - 2

 

Dell Technology Lounge for Legislators and Staff
NCSL gratefully acknowledges the support of Dell.
Legislators and legislative staff are welcome to visit the communications and technology lounge to relax and to check e-mail.

8:00 am - 9:15 am
CC 214D, Concourse Level - 2

 

Issue Forums
Here and Now: States Respond to Health Insurance Reform

Sixteen months into federal health reform, states are responding in different ways–some relying on existing laws, some creating new state policies, while others let the federal government initiate programs. These "market reforms" include coverage for adult dependents, patients with pre-existing conditions and early-retirees, as well as expanded consumer protections, premium rate review and medical loss ratios.

Moderator:

  • Senator Jeremy J. Nordquist, Nebraska

Speakers:

  • Gary Cohen, Oversight Group, CCIIO, Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Maryland
  • Kim Holland, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Commissioner Sandy Praeger, Kansas Insurance Department, Kansas

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
CC Exhibit Hall C, Street Level

Exhibit Hall

9:30 am - 10:30 am
CC Lila Cockrell Theater, Street Level

 

General Session: Politics, Policy and Polls: What Americans Think Today
Pollsters Peter Hart and Neil Newhouse know better than anyone what's on the minds of Americans. This Republican and Democratic duo reveal the people's pulse on the economy, what's happening in Washington and who's likely to win in the next elections.

Presiding:

  • Representative Terie T. Norelli, New Hampshire

10:45 am - 12:30 pm
CC Grand Ballroom C-2, Grand Ballroom Level - 3

 

NCSL Business Meeting
The Business Meeting includes consideration of policy resolutions that will guide NCSL's advocacy efforts before Congress and the administration, election of NCSL officers and approval of the Conference budget. All legislators and legislative staff are urged to attend; all other meeting participants are welcome to attend as observers.

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

 

Legislative Staff Lunches

DLCC/RLCC Luncheons

2:15 pm - 3:45 pm
CC 212A, Concourse Level - 2

 

Emergency Communications Support for State and Federal Disasters
Joint with the Task Force on Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
This session will provide a hands-on look at Sprint’s emergency response system that deploys multiple satellite cell on light trucks (SatCOLTS) providing wireless voice coverage and data coverage for first responders, public safety and emergency medical personnel.

Moderator:

  • Representative John McCoy, Washington

Speaker:

  • Ryan McGill, Business Development Manager, Emergency Response Team, Sprint, Colorado

2:15 pm - 4:45 pm

 

Site Visit: Clinical Practice Model Resource Center, University Hospital, San Antonio, Texas
Joint with the Transforming Health Care Through Technology Partners Project
Join this site visit to see first-hand how technology is transforming and improving healthcare at the point of care. Meet with hospital staff and tour the hospital to see the CPM Framework™, a comprehensive system of clinical practice models used to develop interdisciplinary, evidence-based care, improve patient safety and enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the care process. This system, which was the brainchild of a nurse’s compilation of “best practices” for providing care at the point of care, has blossomed into a consortium of over 150 hospitals.

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
CC Lila Cockrell Theater, Street Level

 

Making History: Legislative Staff Working for America’s Legislatures
Being a legislative staffer is challenging work. So it's time to celebrate legislative staff for all you do on behalf of your legislatures and NCSL. Join us as we recognize outstanding staff contributions and practical solutions, and enjoy some great music along the way.

Presiding:

  • Tim Rice, Legislative Information System, Illinois

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

 

Staff Sections

Ancillary

6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

 

Social Event: Texas Dancehall Review
Grab your cowboy hat and boots and get ready for a boot scootin’ good time. Everyone will enjoy Grammy award-winning artist Ray Benson and his band, Asleep at the Wheel, along with musical performances by Pat Green, Raul Maulo, The Texas Tornadoes, The Trishas, Ruthie Foster and The Quebe Sisters. We'll honor the legacy of the dancehall in Texas' heritage by creating one of the biggest ones you’ll ever experience. Dance demos will have y’all two-stepping in no time. And if dancin’ isn’t your thing, place a bet at the armadillo races or have your photo taken with a real Texas longhorn. Mouth-watering barbecue and toe-tappin’ music will get everyone in the historic Freeman Coliseum in a Texas state of mind. Yee-haw! Everything in Texas is big, and this night will not disappoint.

 


The NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Standing Committee will next meet
during NCSL's Fall Forum to be held in Tampa, Florida, November 30-December 2, 2011.

Please plan to attend!

 

2010-2011 Committee Officers

 

Chair:                                                     

Senator Delores Kelley
Maryland

Vice Chairs:

Senator Pamela Althoff
Illinois

Senator Cynthia Dill  
Maine

Representative Wayne Harper
Utah

Delegate Timothy Hugo
Virginia

Representative Ross Hunter
Washington

Senator Jeff King
Kansas

Representative Chris Perone
Connecticut

Representative Greg Wren
Alabama 

Immediate Past Chair: 

Representative Brian Kennedy
Rhode Island

Staff Chair:

Melissa Calderwood
Legislative Research Division
Kansas

Staff Vice Chairs:

Karen Cochrane-Brown
General Assembly
North Carolina

Duncan Goss
Legislative Council
Vermont

Patricia Murdo
Legislative Services Division
Montana

Roger Norman
Division of Legislative Audit
Arkansas

Linda Pittsford
Legislative Council
Texas

Immediate Past Staff Chair: 

Mike Sunseri
Legislative Research Commission
 

 

For additional information about the Committee, please contact:

Denver
Jo Anne Bourquard (303-364-7700, ext. 1355)
Heather Morton (303-364-7700, ext. 1475)
Washington, D.C.
James Ward (202-624-8683)