2010 NCSL Spring Forum
April 8-10, 2010
Washington, DC

Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee
Agenda and Handouts

Last Updated: April 19, 2010

Committee sessions are noted in bold

Thursday | Friday |Saturday

Thursday, April 8

7:30 am – 5:30 pm

Registration A-Mezzanine Level

Registration

7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Thurgood Marshall Foyer-Mezzanine Level

Coffee

A special thank you to Transurban for providing coffee breaks throughout the day during the Forum.

9:00 am – 10:45 pm

McKinley-Mezzanine Level

Preserving Our Legislative Legacies
Jointly sponsored by the Communications, Financial Services and the Legislative Effectiveness Committees
(Coffee and breakfast pastries will be provided)

Almost all legislative documents are born digital—they are created, tracked and transmitted electronically, and an unprecedented amount of information is being made available to the public online. And although this transition has made legislative work more efficient and has enhanced transparency and public access, it has also placed legislative records at risk. Documents created in digital formats can deteriorate more quickly than paper or become inaccessible over time. A national partnership, created through the Library of Congress and led by the Minnesota Historical Society, is working to help ensure that legislative records will remain trustworthy, enduring and accessible. This session will discuss this partnership and will provide options to help states preserve their legislative legacy.

Moderators:

  • Senator Karin S. Brownlee, Kansas, CFI Vice Chair
  • Tim Rice, Executive Director, Legislative Information System, Illinois, NCSL Staff Vice Chair

Speakers:

  • Butch Lazorchak, Digital Archivist, Library of Congress
  • Robert Horton, State Archivist and Director of Library, Publications and Collections, Minnesota Historical Society

Handouts: 

11:30 am – 12:45 pm

Maryland A-Lobby Level

Main Street Fairness - Streamlined Sales Tax 2010
Open to members of the Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce and Budgets and Revenue Committee and the Task Force on State & Local Taxation of Telecommunications & Electronic Commerce

Twenty-two states have complied with the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement and over 1,100 out of state sellers are collecting sales taxes for these states. The Sales Tax Fairness and Simplification Act has been introduced in Congress with bipartisan support. This session will provide an update on state efforts for 2010.

Speaker:

  • Delegate John Doyle, West Virginia

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Thurgood North-Mezzanine Level

Financial Regulatory Reform Update
One of the priorities of the 111th Congress was reform of the financial regulatory system. The House has passed its version of regulatory reform and the Senate is about to begin consideration. What will regulatory reform look like if it passes and how will it impact state regulatory authority?

Moderator:

  • Representative Brian Kennedy, Rhode Island, CFI Chair

Speakers:

  • Deborah Fischione, North American Securities Administrators Association, Washington, D.C.
  • John Ryan, Conference of State Bank Supervisors, Washington, D.C.
  • Ethan Sonnichsen, National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Washington D.C.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Thurgood North-Mezzanine Level 

Health IT: From the Perspective of Broadband Providers
Health IT is the new elixir for what ails the country, or at least the future of health care delivery. The Administration and Congress in the stimulus legislation provided a large financial boost to health IT and its implementation. But are states ready to reap the benefits. This session will provide the opportunity to hear from broadband providers on health IT issues and concerns.

Moderators:

  • Representative Dan Eaton, New Hampshire, CFI Vice Chair
  • Gary Schaefer, Louisiana, CFI Staff Vice Chair

 

Speakers:

  • Eleanor Chye, Executive Director, Mobility Healthcare and Pharma, Virginia
  • Dane Snowden, Vice President, External and State Affairs, CTIA, Washington, D.C.
  • Joel White, Executive Director, Health IT Now! Coalition, Washington, D.C.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Thurgood Southwest-Mezzanine Level  

Opening General Session

Presiding Officer Alex Fergusson of the Scottish Parliament brings greetings from Scotland to the Spring Forum. The Scottish Parliament is a member of NCSL. Mr. Fergusson has the duty of presiding over sessions of the Parliament in a politically impartial fashion, and the additional responsibility of representing the Parliament abroad.

  • Alex Fergusson, Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament

Dr. Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of Energy and Nobel Prize winner, is charged with leading the administration’s agenda to invest in alternative and renewable energy sources, reduce our use of foreign oil, and address issues of climate change. Dr. Chu brings us his views of the energy challenges facing the United States.

  • Dr. Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of Energy

5:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Maryland B-Lobby Level

  

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

6:15 pm – 7:30 pm

Thurgood Northeast-Mezzanine Level

Welcome Reception

A special thank you to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, National Air Transportation Association, National Business Aviation Association, National Association of State Aviation Officials and Redbird Flight Simulations for sponsoring this reception.

Friday, April 9

7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Registration A-Mezzanine Level

Registration

7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Thurgood Marshall Foyer-Mezzanine Level

Coffee

A special thank you to Transurban for providing coffee breaks throughout the day during the Forum.

8:00 am – 8:30 am

Thurgood Marshall Foyer-Mezzanine Level

Continental Breakfast

8:30 am – 10:00 am

Maryland A-Lobby Level

Is An Effective Broadband Policy Key to Global Competitiveness?
Broadband is touted as the enabling infrastructure for economic growth needed to ensure the U.S. can keep pace with other nations that are developing innovative technologies. This session will discuss the FCC’s National Broadband Plan and the role of industry and government in bringing high-speed Internet access to American homes.

Moderators:

  • Senator Karin S. Brownlee, Kansas, CFI Vice Chair
  • Duncan Goss, Vermont, CFI Staff Vice Chair

Speakers:

  • Brian Adkins, Director of Federal Legislative Affairs, CenturyLink, Washington, D.C.
  • Erik Garr, General Manager, Omnibus Broadband Initiative, Federal Communications Commission, Washington, D.C.
  • Rick Cimerman, Vice President State Government Affairs, National Cable and Telecommunications Association, Washington, D.C. 

Handouts:

10:00 am – 11:30 am

Maryland A-Lobby Level

CFI Committee Business Meeting
Presiding:

  • Representative Brian Kennedy, Rhode Island, CFI Chair

Insurance Modernization and Federal Threats

Consideration of Policy Statements and Resolutions:

  • Spectrum Management
  • State Sovereignty in Financial Services

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Thurgood Southwest-Mezzanine Level

General Session Luncheon

Before taking up his current post in Washington, Ambassador Doer served as Premier of Manitoba for ten years. During that time, he worked extensively with U.S. Governors to enhance Canada-U.S. cooperation on trade, agriculture, water protection, climate change and renewable energy.

  • Gary Doer, Ambassador of Canada to the United States

Since his departure from the House, Mr. Newt Gingrich has served as a consultant, film producer and television commentator, and he has authored 19 books including 11 fiction and non-fiction New York Times best sellers. Mr. Gingrich’s interests and expertise span a wide spectrum of issues including world history, military issues, health care, environmental studies, basic science research, national security and volunteerism, and he serves in a variety of leadership positions on government and industry commissions and boards that address these topics. Newt Gingrich is Chairman of the Gingrich Group, a communications and consulting firm that specializes in transformational change.

  • Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Maryland A-Lobby Level 

The New Communication Strategy
Joint with Legislative Effectiveness Committee
Many state legislative bodies are in a transition from using a purely information distribution office or approach to a more comprehensive communications office offering news, information, features, issue papers, presentations, speeches and guest editorials on behalf of members, and for use by state and local media. The new approach is more assertive, innovative and technically savvy.

Moderator

  • Robert McCurley, Alabama Law Institute, Alabama

Speakers:

  • Tom Pyne, Republican Public Relations Department, Pennsylvania
  • Jesse Lee, White House Online Programs Director, Washington, D.C.

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Maryland A-Lobby Level

  

Community Financial Institutions and Lending: Is the Market Thawing?
What is the climate for small business lending? Is the tight lending market beginning to thaw as the economy begins its slow recovery? What can be done to encourage community financial institutions to lend to small businesses?

Moderators:

  • Senator Karin S. Brownlee, Kansas, CFI Vice Chair
  • Patricia Murdo, Montana, CFI Staff Vice Chair

Panelists:

  • Timothy Flanagan, Program Director, Washington Area Community Investment Fund, Washington, D.C.
  • Steve Verdier, Executive Vice President, Director of Congressional Relations Group, Independent Community Bankers of America, Washington, D.C.
  • Eric Zarnikow, Associate Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington, D.C.

Handouts:

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Maryland A-Lobby Level

Credit Card Reforms Update
Now that the new credit card laws are in effect, how are credit cards revising their operations to adjust for the changes required by the new laws? What impact is the Credit CARD Act of 2009 having on consumers and retailers?

Moderator:

  • Mike Sunseri, Kentucky, CFI Immediate Past Chair

Panelists:

  • Ed Mierzwinski, Consumer Program Director, U.S. Public Interest Research Group, Washington, D.C.

Handouts:

5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

Maryland A-Lobby Level

Steering Committee Meeting
Standing Committee Chairs and Staff Chairs, as members of the Steering Committee, should plan to attend. The Steering Committee will review policy statements reported out of Committees and determine the calendars for the Spring Forum Business Meeting on Saturday.

Saturday, April 10

8:00 am – 11:00 am

Registration A-Mezzanine Level

Registration

8:30 am – 11:30 am

Thurgood Southwest-Mezzanine Level

General Session Breakfast and Business Meeting

Finding Money for Transportation Projects
Hear an overview of state transportation funding issues as to where we are and the outlook from Joung Lee, Associate Director for Finance and Business Development, at AASHTO. He will update you on lessons learned from Recovery Act implementation, what’s happening with federal transportation funding, and what states are doing. Legislators on the panel will comment on issues of national interest from their states, and the session will be opened to comments and responses from the audience.

Presiding:

  • Senator D. Scott Dibble, Minnesota

Speaker:

  • Joung Lee, Associate Director for Finance and Business Development, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Washington, D.C.

Respondents:

  • Representative Terri J. Austin, Indiana
  • Representative Linda Harper-Brown, Texas
  • Senator Bruce Starr, Oregon

NCSL Business Meeting

Forum delegates will debate and vote on NCSL's policy statements and resolutions passed out of the committees. All Forum participants are invited to attend.

 

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The NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Standing Committee
will next meet during NCSL's Legislative Summit to be held in Louisville, Kentucky, July 25-28, 2010.

Please plan to attend!

 

2009-2010 Committee Officers

Chair:                                                     

Representative Brian Kennedy
Rhode Island

Vice Chairs:

Senator Karin Brownlee
Kansas

Senator Ann Duplessis  
Louisiana

Representative Dan Eaton
New Hampshire

Representative Wayne Harper
Utah 

Delegate Tim Hugo

Virginia

Representative Ross Hunter
Washington

Immediate Past Chair: 

Representative Phil Montgomery
Wisconsin

Staff Chair:

Melissa Calderwood
Legislative Research Division
Kansas

Staff Vice Chairs:

Duncan Goss
Legislative Council
Vermont

Patricia Murdo
Legislative Services Division
Montana

Roger Norman
Division of Legislative Audit
Arkansas

Gary Schaefer
Senate
Louisiana 

Immediate Past Staff Chair: 

Mike Sunseri
Legislative Research Commission
Kentucky

 

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.
Neal Osten (202-624-8660)