2012 (April) Support Staff Committee Meeting Minutes


American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries (ASLCS)

Phoenix, AZ
April 21, 2012

Call to Order

The meeting of the Support Staff Committee was called to order by Paula Rossetto (CA), vice chair.


The following members of the committee were present: Paula Rossetto (CA), George Bishop (VA), Janice Gadd (UT), Nathan Hatfield (VA), Jamie Kruse (NE), Tara Perkinson (VA), and Joyce Wright (AL).

Other members/guests in attendance included Leslie Edwards (AZ), Joan Romano (AZ), Sharon SoPiere (AZ), and Brenda Erickson (NCSL).

Approval of Minutes

Upon a motion by Tara Perkinson (VA), seconded by Nathan Hatfield (VA), the minutes of the meeting held October 1, 2011, during the Professional Development Seminar in Branson, MO, were approved.

New Business

There are currently three participants in the Associate Exchange Program: Julie Bochat (MO) to the Louisiana Senate, Michelle Wright (VA) to the Louisiana Senate and House, and Brad Metcalf (KY) to the Alaska House. Nathan Hatfield (VA) stated that Michelle Wright (VA) had a very positive experience in the Louisiana Senate and House.

Regarding the Legislative Expo, it was discussed and agreed that the Expo needed to be “revitalized.” It was decided that a two-hour time frame with nothing else coinciding on the schedule with the Expo would be best. It was agreed that it would be a good idea to have each state/participant focus on showcasing one item. Tara Perkinson (VA) mentioned that she liked the theme name “Tools for a Successful Session” which had been discussed by the group. All agreed.

Cross-training was discussed for the concurrent session that the Support Staff would sponsor. It was agreed that different cross-training items may include emergency level training and job swap opportunities. Brenda Erickson (NCSL) mentioned that a survey went out for Inside the Legislative Process, which asked about cross-training. She will collect the results of the cross-training answers within the survey and forward them on to the Support Staff chair and/or vice chairs so they have the ability to reach out to those states and explore their willingness to assist with the session.

When discussing the staff breakout sessions in Branson, it was noted that the layout of the rooms needs to be considered so that it is a smaller more intimate gathering with all participants having the ability to talk. Tara Perkinson (VA) mentioned that the moderator may need more direction, and Janice Gadd (UT) mentioned that two moderators worked especially well in the past.


Upon a motion by George Bishop (VA), seconded by Janice Gadd (UT), the meeting was adjourned.