ASLCS International Communication and Development Committee Meeting Minutes

Professional Development Seminar
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
September 11, 2010


Call to Order

The meeting of the International Communication and Development Committee was called to order by Denise Weeks, Committee Chair. 


The following members of the committee were present: 


Denise Weeks, Chair (NC)


Russell Humphrey (TN)


Jay Braxton, Vice-Chair (VA)


Crystaline Jones (AK)


Jeff Finch, Recorder (VA)


Mary Ann Krol (KY)


Robert Altmann (WV)


Tim Kehoe (CT)


Diane Bell (FL)


Ann Krekelberg (AK)


Brad Bolin (VA)


Steve Marshall (VT)


Paul Campos (WA)


Annette Moore (UT)


Liz Clark (AK)


Neva Parker (CA)


Ann Cornwell (AR)


Sherry Rodriquez (NV)


Bernard Dean (WA)


Obie Rutledge (OR)


Polly Emerson (TX)


Susan Clarke Schaar (VA)


Londi Ensor (AK)


Scott Sloan (TN)


Greg Gray (WV)


Gina Spartz (AK)


Lourdes Guerra (TX)


Patsy Spaw (TX)


Judy Hall (OR)


Alfred Speer (LA)


Robert Haney (TX)


Peter Wattson (MN)


Pat Harris (AL)


Jeannine Wood (ID)


Brad Hendrickson (WA)




Martha Hopson (AK)



 Other members/guests in attendance included Debbie Deller, Toronto, Ontario, Canada and Marian Johnston, Prince Edward Island, Canada; and Russell Grove, New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. 

Approval of Minutes

There were not any minutes presented for approval. 

Old Business

There was not any Old Business pending before the Committee. 

New Business

Discussion began with Denise Weeks asking for the committee’s desire to expand the comparative session that was held during this year’s PDS into a plenary session at next year’s PDS. In addition, discussion was held regarding doing a similar session at next year’s NCSL Summit. This idea was backed by Russell Grove. In addition, Susan Clarke Schaar agreed to coordinate with NCSL’s International section and to coordinate with the NCSL University for session at NCSL. It was suggested that session at NCSL should focus on US legislative roles to educate the international participants and allow the international participants to educate the ASLCS membership at the PDS. 

The discussion also highlighted that an interactive format should be utilized with features that define legislative terminology and provide for a question and answer period. 

Pat Harris suggested that a similar or even the same presentation could be provided at the Joint Canadian/American meeting in October 2011. 

The compilation and production of the International Directory was discussed. It was noted that the publication should expand to include all international organization’s members and focus on distributing to all in an electronic format. It was also suggested that video clips be added to an electronic format that showed the respective legislative assemblies in session and a glossary of respective terms should be included. Butch Speer agreed to coordinate with other groups to provide online content.

 Russell Grove suggested that ASLCS should explore an expanded mentoring role for international participants at the PDS. The committee agreed that they would like to hold a small reception for the international guests at the first of the meeting. It was suggested that this reception could be co-sponsored by the International Communications and Development Committee and the Canadian-American Relations Committee. This idea was to be discussed further at the Canadian American Committee meeting which was to be held next. 

Jeff Finch suggested that the committee explore the compilation of a bibliography of resources to post online that explains the operations of the US Parliamentary models and the Westminster parliamentary models. Jeff agreed to coordinate the compilation of such resources for inclusion on the ASLCS website or other appropriate online venue. 


Upon a motion by Pat Harris, seconded by Ann Cornwell, the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
Jeff Finch (VA), Recorder