2014 (August) Canadian-American Relations Committee Minutes


American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries (ASLCS)

Minneapolis, Minn.
Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

Call to Order

The meeting of the Canadian-American Relations Committee was called to order by Steve Marshall (Vt.), chair.


The following members of the committee were present:


Steve Marshall (Vt.), Chair


Steve Arias (N.M.)


Ann Cornwell (Ark.), Vice-Chair


Russell Humphrey (Tenn.)


Paul Campos (Wash.)


Sandy Tenney (Utah)


Patience Worrel (Texas)


Ginny Edwards (Va.)


Polly Emerson (Texas)








Approval of Minutes

Upon a motion by Steve Arias (Minn.), seconded by Ginny Edwards (Va.), the minutes of the last meeting held May 4, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn., were approved.

New Business

Report by Steve Marshall (Vt.) and Steve Arias (N.M.) on CATTS meeting held July 28–August 1 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The chair presented the two submissions received for the Jane Richards Exchange scholarships and, after discussion, the committee recommended their approval to the Executive Committee. Motion by Paul Campos (Wash.), seconded by Polly Emerson (Texas).

Old Business

In 2015 the United States will host the Joint Canadian-American Conference and a site has not yet been determined. Steve Arias (N.M.) tentatively offered Santa Fe, N.M., but won't be able to commit until after November's elections. Nonetheless, the committee, on motion of Paul Campos (Wash.) and seconded by Ann Cornwell (Ark.), conditionally accepted the offer and recommended that Executive Committee approval be obtained and that the committee proceed to pursue planning, assuming the site can be finalized.

The committee also discussed planning a program for the meeting, and the general consensus was that the chair would send out to all members of the committee copies of past meeting schedules and programs, with the goal that all will come to the PDS in Baton Rouge, La., with ideas to share with the Canadians who attend, to start fleshing out the program and schedule.


Upon a motion by Steve Arias. (N.M.), seconded by Sandy Tenny (Utah), the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
Steve Marshall (Vt.)