social media polices for state legislatures


Webinar Details

  • Title:
    Social Media: Social Media Policies for State Legislatures 
  • Date:
    Friday, April 27, 2012
  • Time:
    1 p.m. ET
  • Cost:
    Legislators: Free
    Legislative staff: Free
    All others: $89


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Social Media: Social Media Policies for State Legislatures 
Friday, April 27, 2012 
1 p.m. ET/ Noon CT/ 11 a.m. MT/ 10 a.m. PT


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Many state legislatures are adopting—if not embracing—social media as a communications tool, however. There are many legitimate legal and ethical concerns about about what can and should be said. We’ll review the trends, policies and best practices and answer your questions on social media policies.


Jon Heining, as general counsel for the Texas Legislative Council, provides legal support for administrative, contractual and personnel issues. He drafts or reviews several categories of legislative documents.  Previously, he served as counsel for public policy in the office of Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, where he monitored the Senate State Affairs and Criminal Justice Committees, assisted the general counsel in advising the lieutenant governor, and helped develop public policy.  He graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University with a B.B.A. and earned a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Texas School of Law. He earned a Master of Laws degree from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.  A certified PADI divemaster, Jon can often be found underwater teaching scuba diving skills to new divers. 

Pam Greenberg is a senior fellow at NCSL, where she monitors legislative information technology, privacy, public records and Internet policy issues, topics she has written about extensively. She also has conducted surveys and written articles on legislative information technology, and provided technical assistance related to the use of technology to legislatures in several states and internationally. She serves as the NCSL liaison to the National Association of Legislative Information Technology (NALIT). Previously, she held research positions at Regis University and the Education Commission of the States. Pam attended the Legislative Staff Management Institute at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. She holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from the University of Colorado. 

Natalie O'Donnell Wood is a program principal with the Center for Ethics in Government at NCSL, where she specializes in and conducts trainings on ethics and lobbying issues. She came to NCSL in 2000 and has worked on a variety of topics, including child support and family law policy, legislative rules and procedure, and legislative staff issues.  She serves as NCSL's liaison to the Leadership Staff Section, and is currently the NCSL liaison to the Illinois General Assembly.  Natalie completed her undergraduate studies at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana, where she obtained a degree in political science. She holds a master's degree in political science, politics and public policy from the Center for New Directions in Politics and Public Policy at the University of Colorado at Denver.   

Gene Rose is executive vice president of the strategic communications firm Marmillion + Company, where he assists clients with his experience as a national media director, video producer, speechwriter and journalist. He began his career as a reporter for newspapers in Michigan and Missouri. Following that, he spent nearly 15 years with the Missouri House of Representatives, where he led the legislative chamber’s public information activities. He later directed the National Conference of State Legislatures Communications Division. Members of the National Association of Government Communicators elected Rose to a two-year term as president in 2006. He’s been recognized for writing, video, speech writing and video awards by the National Newspaper Association, the Missouri Press Association, the National Association of Government Communicators and the Telly Awards.

This webinar is sponsored by the NCSL Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee.

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