American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries (ASLCS) Canadian-American Relations Minutes

Spring Business Meeting
Santa Fe, N.M.
April 20, 2013


Call to Order   

The meeting of the Canadian-American Relations Committee was called to order by Denise Weeks (N.C.), Committee Chair.

 

Attendance

The following members of the committee were present:


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Denise Weeks, Chair (N.C.)

 

Tim Kehoe (Conn.)

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Steven Marshall, Vice-Chair (Vt.)

 

Andrew Ketchings (Miss.)

   

Alan Whittington (Tenn.)

 

Ann Krekelberg (Alaska)

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Steve Arias (N.M.)

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Suzi Lowell (Alaska)

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Dave Avent (Ala.)

 

Bernadette McNulty (Calif.)

 

Diane Bell (Fla.)

 

Brad Metcalf (Ky.)

 

Paul Campos (Wash.)

 

Jennifery Novak (Idaho)

   

Joe Carleton (Maine)

    

Sherry Rodriguez (Nev.)

 

Lee Cassis (W.Va.)

  

Donna Scott (Ore.)

   X 

Liz Clark (Alaska)

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Butch Speer (La.)

 

Ann Cornwell (Ark.)

 

Joyce Wright (Alaska)

   

Lisa Davis (Miss.)

 

 

 

Bernard Dean (Wash.)

 

 

   X

Yolanda Dixon (La.)

   
 

Jeff Finch (Va.)

 

 

 

Leann Gallagher (Calif.)

 

 

   

John Garrett (Va.)

   

 

 

Pat Harris (Ala.)

   

 

   

JoAnn Hedrick (Del.)

   

 

 

Brad Hendrickson (Wash.)

   

 

 

Donna Holiday (Ky.)

   

 

 

John Hollman (Ill.)

   
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Scott Kaiser (Ill.)

   


Guests present at the meeting were Deborah Deller (Ontario, Canada) and Brenda Erickson (NCSL).

Approval of Minutes

Upon a motion by Dave Avant and seconded by Liz Clark, the minutes of the last committee meeting held Oct., 6, 2012, during the ASLCS Professional Development Seminar (PDS) in Richmond, Va., as printed in the Administrator, were approved.

 
Old Business       

The chair reviewed the status of the Canadian-American Staff Exchange program; Butch Speer presented the Bylaws’ Committee recommendations to be made to the Executive Committee regarding bylaws amendments relating to the Jane Richards Scholarship fund, with further recommendation that the funding be increased to $1,000 per recipient and that an article (or articles) be published in the Administrator to give members notice and opportunity to participate.
 
Scott Kaiser moved, and Steve Arias seconded, that the recommendation of the Bylaws Committee be approved and that such approval be forwarded on to the Executive Committee. Motion carried.
 

New Business


  • Deborah Deller reported on the “Parliamentary Officers’ Study Program” offered by the Canadian National Parliament

  • Upcoming meetings of interest were announced:

    • The annual meeting of CATTS is scheduled for July 29-Aug. 2 in Saskatchewan.

    • The Joint Canadian/American meeting is scheduled for Aug. 4-8 in Quebec City, PQ.

    • The NCSL Summit is scheduled for August 12-15 in Atlanta, Ga.

    • The annual ANOMAC meeting is scheduled for Aug. 18-20 in Mexico City.Discussion was had regarding possible topics for seminars at the Joint Canadian/American meeting; Deborah Deller advised that she is program chair this year and is looking forward to assistance by members of the Committee.

  • Discussion was had regarding possible topics for seminars at the Joint Canadian/American meeting; Deborah Deller advised that she is program chair this year and is looking forward to assistance by members of the Committee.

    • Topics raised included: Redistricting; Traditions & Decorum (lost due to politics and term limits); dealing with presiding officers – “to script or not to script”;  Day in the Life of the Table Officers,” from the Quebec point of view; and the ever popular “Scenes from a Hat.” The chair assured Deller that in the coming months the committee would work with her in help planning the program.

  • The final item of discussion turned on the actual process for the Canadian-American Exchange program, from applications [scholarship v. non-scholarship], notice to members on both sides, willingness of the Provinces of Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario to host U.S. exchanges; the consensus was that interested applicants should contact the Chair of the Canadian-American Committee for information and contacts.

Adjournment 

Upon a motion by Steve Arias, the meeting was adjourned.
 
Respectfully submitted,
Steve Marshall (Vt.), Recorder