2013 (August) International Communication and Development Committee Minutes


American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries (ASLCS)

Atlanta, Ga.
Monday, Aug. 12, 2013

Call to Order

The meeting of the International Communication and Development Committee was called to order at 3:45 p.m. by Steve Arias (N.M.), committee chair.


The following members of the committee were present:


Steve Arias, Chair (N.M.)


Russell Humphrey (Tenn.)


Terry Rumley, Vice-Chair (N.C.)


Rob Hunt (Maine)


Brad Metcalf, Vice-Chair (Ky.)


Steve James (Mass.)


Jocelyn Acquino (Calif.)


Crystaline Jones (Alaska)


Dave Avant (Ala.)


Tim Kehoe (Conn.)


Diane Bell (Fla.)


Joel Kintsel (Okla.)


Brad Bolin (Ill.)


Ann Krekelberg (Alaska)


Jay Braxton (Va.)


Bill Magill (Vt.)


Paul Campos (Wash.)


Al Mathiowetz (Minn.)


Lee Cassis (W.Va.)


Steve Marshall (Vt.)


Liz Clark (Alaska)


Lenore Naranjo (N.M.)


Lisa Davis (Miss.)


Paul Nardo (Va.)


Bernard Dean (Wash.)


Rose Ramsey (Va.)


Brian Ebbert (Calif.)


Sherry Rodriguez (Nev.)


Susan Furlong (Nev.)


Susan Schaar (Va.)


Leann Gallagher (Calif.)


Donna Scott (Ore.)


John Garrett (Va.)


Paul Smith (N.H.)


Tisha Geiser (Alaska)


Butch Speer (La.)


Chris Griesel (Texas)


Terry Spieler (Mo.)


Pat Harris (Ala.)


Sandy Tenney (Utah)


Brad Hendrickson (Wash.)


Joyce Wright (Ala.)


Donna Holiday (Ky.)


Aldeha Edward-Salvador (Federated States of Micronesia)


Bo Hoover (W.Va.)


Guests present at the meeting were Megan Consedine (Pa.), Yolanda Dixon (La.), Ann Cornwell (Ark.), and Judy Hall (Ore.). Also present was Angela Andrews (NCSL).

Approval of Minutes

Upon a motion by Brad Metcalf (Ky.) and seconded by Dave Avant (Ala.), the minutes of the April 20, 2013, committee meeting held at the ASLCS spring business meeting in Santa Fe, N.M., were approved.

Old Business

Chair Arias reported that work on the compilation of photos, video, and materials from past meetings of the Association of Chief Clerks of Mexico’s State Legislatures and the Federal District of Mexico (ANOMAC) is progressing well. He anticipates the final compiled video will be ready for display in the hospitality suite during the October Professional Development Seminar (PDS) in Sacramento.

Continuing, Chair Arias reported he is working with Angela Andrews (NCSL) on a draft invitation letter to send to international parliamentary staff. As discussed at the committee’s April meeting, the letter will contain an explanation of the background and purpose of ASLCS along with information on the 2013 PDS. Informal contact has been made with Scotland staff, who have indicated they will be unable to attend. Invitations will also be extended to Ireland and Wales once contact information is obtained. Chair Arias will seek direction from ASLCS President Karen Wadsworth (N.H.) on the appropriate protocol for extending formal invitations to international guests.

Chair Arias also reported that the August meeting of ANOMAC was cancelled due to elections in 14 of the 31 states in Mexico. It is possible a meeting will be held in February 2014. He noted the 2013 International Directory was sent to all principals in April, the earliest this task has been completed.

Tish Geiser (Alaska) asked if the committee would be putting together a session on comparative practices for the Sacramento PDS. Responding, Ms. Andrews reported she plans to send letters to international invitees the week of August 19. The invitation letter will ask each invitee to indicate whether he or she is interested in participating in a panel discussion on comparative practices. Once those responses are received, a determination can be made as to the feasibility of a panel.

Angela reminded the committee that per the Standing Orders, ASLCS pays for the registration fee and one room for a delegate from each of our international partner organizations: AN0MAC, ALTECA, CATTS, ANZACATT, and SALSA. Budget restraints have affected their ability to attend.


Susan Scharr (Va.) moved the committee adjourn, seconded by Steve Marshall (Vt.), and passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 4:02 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Susan Furlong (Nev.), Recorder