Technology Committee Meeting Minutes

Professional Development Seminar
Branson, Missouri
October 1, 2011

Call to Order

The meeting of the Technology Committee was called to order by David Byerman, NV, Chair.


The following members of the committee were present:



David A. Byerman, Chair (NV)


Robert Marchant (WI)


Robert Haney, Vice-Chair (TX)


Bill MaGill (VT)


Dana Miller, Vice-Chair (MO)


Brad Metcalf (KY)


Bonnie Alexander (ID)


Tara Perkinson (VA)


Stephen Arias (NM)


Rose Ramsey (VA)


Mick Bailey (WV)


Pat Saville (KS)


Matthew Baker (NV)


Jim Schratz (AR)


Karen Brown (UT)


Scott Sloan (TN)


Bernard Dean (WA)


Tammy Tackett (MO)


Polly Emerson (TX)


Robert Taylor (OR)


Joy Engelby (MO)


Tricia Vaughan (VA)


Lourdes Guerra (TX)


Rachel Veum (WI)


Maryann Horch (VA)


Crissy Wilson (UT)


Cyndy Johnston (OR)


Maureen Wilson (UT)


Scott Kaiser (IL)


Tammy Wright (NH)


Susan Kannarr (KS)


Diana Williamson (WY)


Tim Mapes (IL)



Other members/guests in attendance included Angela Andrews, NCSL’s liaison to ASLCS.

Approval of Minutes

Upon a motion by Bonnie Alexander (ID), seconded by Jim Schratz (AR), the minutes of the last meeting, held August 8, 2011, at the NCSL Legislative Summit in San Antonio, TX, were approved.

Terry Spieler (MO), ASLCS President-Elect, introduced herself, welcomed all members, and briefly outlined the committee’s role with respect to the new e-learning project.

Old Business

Chair Byerman, Past-Chair Horch and Angela Andrews provided a summary of the 2010-11 E-Learning Funds Allocation and Grant. In 2010, the ASLCS applied and received a grant from NCSL to purchase two flip cameras and related equipment that will be available on a check-out basis to state legislative staff to record short e-learning videos relating to the role of the ASLCS and its value to legislative staff. The completed videos will be uploaded to the ASLCS e-learning channel on YouTube. Angela added that the ASLCS is the first staff section to pilot this initiative; and while the goal is to attract new and existing legislative staff to the society, the project will also provide educational opportunities to legislative staff unable to travel. The equipment is currently housed in NCSL’s Denver office. Jim Schratz (AR) noted that the wide-spread video availability on smart phones could be useful in capturing future recordings. It was agreed that this would be a possibility once proper guidelines are established by the committee.

Chair Byerman indicated that it is his intent to form working groups to continue to develop the e-learning project, and that a follow-up e-mail to the committee would be forthcoming.

New Business

There was discussion concerning the possibility of employing social networking tools such as Facebook and Twitter to keep ASLCS members engaged within their respective committees throughout the year. Chair Byerman suggested expanding the current ASLCS Facebook page and the possibility of establishing an ASLCS Twitter feed. Angela indicated that she would check with NCSL Communications to verify if there are any guidelines or if an approval process is needed. Karen Brown (UT) also suggested the possibility of hosting an introduction to social media via a “Twitter and Facebook 101” class for those currently not familiar with social networking.

Chair Byerman proposed that the committee consider hosting its next meeting using Cover It Live—a web-chat tool that will enable committee members to participate in a live meeting from their respective states. It was agreed to hold a meeting using this platform on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. PST/4:00 p.m. EST., and in the meantime, the committee think of possible sessions for the 2012 PDS as a topic for discussion.


Upon a motion by Maryann Horch (VA), seconded by Mick Bailey (WV), the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
Dana Miller, MO, acting recorder