CFI Committee 2014 Legislative Summit Agenda

CFI Committee 2014 Legislative Summit Agenda


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Join the Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce (CFI) Committee when they meet in Minneapolis.


Items in bold denote committee activities.

All meetings will take place at the Minneapolis Convention Center unless otherwise noted. 

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Time Sessions
9 a.m.-Noon Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee
1-2:15 p.m. Outreach and Communications

1-5 p.m.

Hilton Minneapolis Level 3- Grand Ballroom E

State and Local Taxation Task Force

1-5 p.m. International Delegations
2:30-3:45 p.m. Budget Committee
4-5:30 p.m. Executive Committee

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

Level 1-Registration Lobby


8 a.m.-Noon

Hilton Minneapolis Level 3- Grand Ballroom E

State and Local Taxation Task Force

11 a.m.-Noon

Level 2-207B

Leveraging IT To Strengthen Government FSL Partnership Project Business Meeting

Discuss project accomplishments and plan future project activities.


  • Senator Wayne Harper, Utah
  • Representative Chris Perone, Connecticut

Noon-1:15 p.m.

Level 1-103ABC

New Attendee Orientation

If you are attending your first NCSL Legislative Summit, take part in this interactive orientation and learn how to navigate your way through the nation's most substantive public policy meeting. Learn about meetings that will get you more involved with NCSL, including our business meeting, staff sections, standing committees and more.

1:30-2:45 p.m.

Level 1-Auditorium

General Session: A New Education Revolution

Sir Ken Robinson, international education leader, is an expert on creativity, education and the economy. His ideas to revolutionize - not just reform - education challenge conventional wisdom and inspire a whole new approach to our educational system. He believes we can transform education so creativity and individual talents flourish and our children can meet the future wisely.

3-4 p.m.

Level 1-101DEFG

Crowdfunding: Simplifying the Investment Process

Crowdfunders, like GoFundMe, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, are making it easier to raise capital for personal, entrepreneurial, cause-related and charity campaigns. Crowdfunding opens new opportunities for investors and provides quicker access to capital for the fundraisers. Hear about and learn from experiences in states that are actively shaping this trend to suit their state’s needs.


  • Representative Joe Atkins, Minnesota


  • Anya Coverman, North American Securities Administrators Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Senator Travis Holdman, Indiana
  • Carol Mihalik, Securities Commissioner, Indiana

4-5 p.m.

Level 1-101DEFG

Preparing for the Worst, Beyond Flooding

Over the past several years, uncharacteristic weather and other events have occurred in communities across the country, raising questions about disaster insurance. Can consumers get insurance to cover disasters beyond flood insurance? Are they prepared for events like earthquakes, mudslides and sinkholes?


  • Representative Martha Jane King, Kentucky


  • Kenton Brine, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, Washington
  • Daniel Schwarcz, University of Minnesota

5-5:30 p.m.

Level 1-101DEFG

Steering Committee

The steering committee includes the overall standing committee officers and the legislator and staff chairs of each standing committee. Members will preview policies for consideration and decide on joint and re-referrals of policy resolutions as necessary.

6-7:30 p.m.

Mill City Museum

Opening Reception

Meet with colleagues old and new at the historic Mill City Museum located on the bank of the beautiful Mississippi river, whose power was harnessed for one of the state's first industries – flour milling. Experience the pioneering spirit of Minnesota with local food, musical acts, log rolling and wood carving in one of the city's most treasured locations. The Mill City Museum is a spectacular venue to showcase a proud state considered one of the most innovative in the country.


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

Level 1-Registration Lobby

7:45-8:45 a.m.

Staff Sections

8-8:45 a.m.

Level 2-200DEFG

Prayer Breakfast

9-10:15 a.m.

Level 1-Auditorium

General Session: Ending Human Trafficking
Human trafficking in the United States exploits tens of thousands of children and vulnerable victims each year. Two women, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and humanitarian Cindy McCain, are working with Congress, the states and through private initiatives to bring national focus on trafficking, ensure that victims are not treated as criminals and to develop policies to end it.

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Level 1-Exhibit Hall B

Exhibit Hall

10:30–11:30 am

Level 1-101DEFG

The Changing Communications Landscape

Learn about new technologies and the transition to Internet based communications and the potential impact on consumers, public safety, and regulatory frameworks. Hear an update on spectrum availability and auction, net neutrality, E-rate and more.


  • Senator Thomas Alexander, South Carolina
  • Representative Chris Perone, Connecticut


  • Representative Angela Williams, Colorado

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Level 1-101DEFG

CFI Committee Business Meeting

Committee members will discuss and vote on committee business and consider, review policies and vote on any new policy resolutions submitted for consideration. The deadline for submitting new policies for consideration at the NCSL Legislative Summit is July 23. Please submit policies to Molly Ramsdell and Neal Osten at: or by fax at 202-737-1069.


  • Senator Wayne Harper, Utah
  • Representative Chris Perone, Connecticut
  • Curtis Clothier, Legislative Affairs Agency, Alaska
  • Gary Schaefer, Senate, Louisiana

12:30–1:45 pm

Level 1-103ABC

The State Role in Private Retirement Security Luncheon
Joint session with the Budgets and Revenue Committee
NCSL gratefully acknowledges the American Council of Life Insurers and the Minnesota Insurance and Financial Services Council for sponsoring this luncheon.

A number of states are considering state-run retirement savings plans for private workers without an employer-provided pension. Some would mandate employer participation, others would be voluntary. These proposals raise several questions – do private employers and workers currently lack access to cost effective private retirement plans? Would these state proposals offer new options, lower costs or incentives not available from private sector providers? How would a state plan mesh with the federal framework of worker protections and income taxation? Explore the merits of state, federal and private sector savings reforms.


  • Jeffrey Brown, University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign
  • Sarah Mysiewicz, S10, Washington, D.C.

2–3:15 pm

Level 2-205ABCD

Emergency Communications
Joint session with the Law and Criminal Justice Committee and the National Legislative Services and Security Association

A teenager with a smart phone possesses greater communications capabilities than a police officer in the field. The First Responder Network Authority is operational and prepared to roll out the national network architecture to bring public safely communication into the 21st Century. Discuss the framework for this effort and the critical role state lawmakers will play as the network rolls out.


  • Representative Dan Eaton, New Hampshire
  • Senator Thomas Wyss, Indiana


  • Brian Fontes, National Emergency Number Association, Virginia
  • Matt Gerst, CTIA-The Wireless Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Mitch Herckis, NASCIO, District of Columbia
  • Victoria Lee, First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), Oregon

3:30–5 pm

Level 1-101DEFG

Crypto-Currencies: Changing the Way We Do Commerce

Some stores offer alternative credit options and accept alternative payments, such as Bitcoins and other virtual currencies, that benefit both customers and merchants. With the concept of cryto-currencies becoming more popular, the IRS issued new guidelines on virtual currencies. Explore the policy implications these new payment methods present for the states.


  • Representative Joe Atkins, Minnesota
  • Gary Schaefer, Louisiana Legislature


  • Jim Harper, Bitcoin Foundation, Washington, D.C.
  • Matthew Lambert, Conference of State Bank Supervisors, Washington, D.C.
  • Jason Thomas, Thomson Reuters, Virginia

5-6 p.m.

Level 2-Lounge A

Women's Legislative Network Reception

Join the Women's Legislative Network for a reception honoring the incoming president, New Mexico Representative Jane Powdrell-Culbert, the Network executive board, and women in politics around the world.

5:15–6:30 p.m.

Level 1-101DEFG

Steering Committee

The steering committee will review the policies reported from the standing committees at the Summit and determine the calendar for the NCSL Business Meeting on Friday, Aug. 22, at 10:30 am.

5:30-7:30 p.m.

The Living Room, W Minneapolis – The Foshay, 825 Marquette Avenue South

American Financial Services Association and Card Coalition’s Reception for the Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee members

Please RSVP to Susan Sullivan at by Tuesday, Aug. 12.
  States’ Night
6:30–8 a.m. Walk for Wellness  

7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Level 1-Registration Lobby


9–10 a.m.

Level 1-Auditorium

General Session: Polls, Politics and What Americans Really Think

Neil Newhouse and Geoffrey Garin are two of the most respected political pollsters in the nation. Their different political stripes make for a lively discussion of what Americans think about their country, which party is likely to win in the upcoming election, and what that will mean for the nation.

10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Level 1-Exhibit Hall B

Exhibit Hall

10:15–11:15 am

Level 2-205ABCD

Issue Forums

New Online Threats and Dangers: Can the Law Keep Up?

NCSL gratefully acknowledges Dell for providing the coffee break

Bad actors are involved in revenge porn, mug-shot extortion, online impersonation, privacy invasions, harassment and hacking. Learn about actions legislatures are taking to combat these new challenges and the complex issues they raise.


  • Jim Halpert, DLA Piper, Washington, D.C.
  • Lee Rowland, ACLU, New York
  • Jeff Williams, Dell Secureworks, Washington

11:30 am–12:45 pm

Lower Level- L100DEFG

Issue Forums

All Bets are Off: Feds Regulate Internet Gambling

Despite decades of successful state stewardship of the gambling industry, Congress continues to try to encroach on states’ prerogatives to regulate gambling within their own borders. Find out about early efforts among a handful of states to introduce online gambling as well as the regulatory impacts on states posed by the federal legislation.


  • James Kilsby, Gambling Compliance, Washington, D.C.


  • Andy Abboud, Las Vegas Sands Corp., Nevada
  • Roger Salazar, Alliance For State and Consumer Rights, Washington, D.C.

12:30–2 pm

Level 1-Exhibit Hall C

Exhibit Hall Luncheon

NCSL gratefully acknowledges ISRI for sponsoring this luncheon.

12:30–2 p.m.

Level 1-Ballroom A

Salute to Legislative Staff Luncheon

Staff work hard every day to effectively run our most important institution—the state legislature. Roger Moe, Minnesota's Senate majority leader for 22 years, knows that every lawmaker is indebted to the talented staff who are at the very heart of democracy. Enjoy a luncheon celebrating the talents, achievements and triumphs of the nation’s legislative staff.

12:30-2 p.m.

Level 2-200ABIJ

Women's Legislative Network Luncheon and Business Meeting

Join the Women's Legislative Network for our annual elections and a keynote address about women, small business, and the economy.


  • Representative Marion O'Neill, Minnesota
  • Laura Ooley, Appmosphere, Minnesota
2:15–3:30 p.m. Issue Forums

3:45–5 p.m.

Lower Level-L100ABC






Level 1-101DE

Issue Forums

3D Printing is Here

Making a three-dimensional solid object from a digital model is no longer just a thing of science fiction. Explore the potential of this revolutionary new technology and what it means for the future of manufacturing, the way we do business, and how we develop state policy.


  • Senator Terri E. Bonoff, Minnesota
  • Jon Cobb, Stratasys, Ltd., Minnesota

Big Data: Big Opportunities, Big Risks

High profile security breaches have highlighted the enormous amount of data being collected, stored and shared by governments and businesses. Hear about the risks and opportunities big data creates for consumers, government and business, and learn about state and federal approaches to address the growing risk.


  • Senator Wayne Harper, Utah
  • Lisa Wallmeyer, Joint Committee on Technology and Science, Virginia


  • Dave Garriepy, Retail Industry Leaders Association, Virginia
  • Jim Halpert, DLA Piper, Washington, D.C.
  • Doug Robinson, NASCIO, Kentucky
  • Christopher Surdak, Hewlett-Packard, California

6:30–9 p.m.

Nicollet Island

Social Event

Experience the beauty of Nicollet Island, smack dab in the middle of the Mississippi River with its historic St. Anthony Falls, just north of the birthplace of Minneapolis. Delight in the creative, cultural and innovative spirit that makes Minnesota unique. Local musical acts, runway shows, an exciting chef challenge and a biergarten will delight your senses with all that makes Minnesota unique.

6:30–8 a.m.

Bipartisan Bike Ride

Contact for registration and ride details.

7:30 a.m.–Noon

Level 1-Registration Lobby


7:45–8:45 a.m.

Mezzanine Level-M100FG

Statehouse Ambassadors

NCSL staff network with their Statehouse Ambassadors. The NCSL Statehouse Ambassadors are legislative staff who serve as in-state field representatives for NCSL. The Statehouse Ambassador program is designed to energize and sustain legislative participation in NCSL and strengthen the organization’s role as an extension of state legislatures.

9–10:15 a.m. Republican and Democrat Breakfasts
9–10:15 a.m. Staff Sections

9 a.m.–Noon

Level 1-Exhibit Hall B

Exhibit Hall

10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.


NCSL Business Meeting

All legislators and legislative staff are urged to attend the Business Meeting and consider Policy Directives and Resolutions that will guide NCSL's advocacy efforts before Congress and the administration, amendments to the Bylaws and Rules of Procedure, election of NCSL officers and approval of the Conference budget. All other meeting participants are welcome to observe.

12:30–2 p.m.

Level 1-Ballroom AB

General Session: Seattle Kick-off Luncheon

The Insiders’ View: Politics Today: Smart, perceptive and the ultimate political insiders, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann share their unrivaled insights on the interplay among the economy, Wall Street and Washington and the forces that shape American politics. Managing editors of Bloomberg Politics and best-selling authors of Game Change and Double Down, their keen analysis and lively observations make them two of the top political observers today. Find out what’s ahead for Democrats and Republicans in the upcoming election from two of the best political pros..






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