2014 (August) Legislative Administrator Committee Meeting Minutes


American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries (ASLCS)

Minneapolis, Minn.

Aug. 19, 2014

Call to Order

The meeting of the Legislative Administrator Committee was called to order by David Byerman (NV), chair.


The following members of the committee were present: David Byerman (NV), chair, Rose Ramsey (VA), vice chair, Scott Caffey (TX), Maryann Horch (VA).

Other members/guests in attendance included: Suzi Lowell (AK), 2013‐2014 ASLCS president.

Approval of Minutes

Upon a motion by Scott Caffey (TX), seconded by Rose Ramsey (VA), the minutes of the ASLCS Legislative Administrator Committee meeting of May 3, 2014, and the minutes of the virtual meeting of June 25, 2014, were approved.

New Business

Chair David Byerman (NV) initiated a review of the summer issue. Committee members discussed what they liked about the issue and what could be improved. Rose Ramsey (VA) led a discussion about the quick turnaround needed for the Fall 2014 issue of The Legislative Administrator. There is also advance work needed to ensure that the appreciation gifts customarily given at the Professional Development Seminar can be produced in a timely manner. The committee agreed to the following timeline:

  • Early September: Final reminders to committees to submit agendas for inclusion.
  • Sept. 5: Cover complete.
  • Sept. 8‐10: Nevada staff to finalize editorial content and edit documents.
  • Sept. 11‐12: Virginia staff to finalize layout.
  • September 15: Final draft to be circulated and final version to be sent to printer.

The committee brainstormed content for the next issue. Planned articles include agenda and speaker profiles for the Professional Development Seminar, States‐at‐a‐Glance, profiles of award winners from the NCSL Legislative Summit, an advertisement for the new Mason’s Manual quiz website, a memorial page for Marion Milne (former state representative and wife of Vermont House Clerk Donald G. Milne), an article from David Byerman (NV) on the use of remote invocations and remote “virtual visits” from K‐12 students, and an “Ask Mr. Mason” column that is already in‐hand.

David Byerman (NV) indicated that The Legislative Administrator is on‐budget and that the partnership between Virginia and Nevada continues to work well. He thanked Virginia for being such excellent partners. Rose Ramsey (VA) indicated the partnership had worked well for Virginia as well.


There being no objection the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
David A. Byerman (NV), Chair