2014 NALIT Professional Development Seminar Agenda


NALIT LogoSanta Fe, New Mexico  |  Oct. 14-17, 2014

Agenda, Presentations and Handouts

The NALIT Professional Development Seminar brings together state legislative information technology professionals who are interested in advancing the effectiveness and efficiency of state legislatures through technology.The seminar provides a combination of educational sessions, demonstrations, roundtables and small group discussions and exhibits with the latest from information technology vendors.

Learn the history of the only round capitol building in the U.S. during tours and briefings at the "Roundhouse." Experience the crisp fall weather, the golden aspen trees and scenery, and the art and history that is Santa Fe. 

All sessions were held at the Inn and Spa at Loretto, except for tours and briefings at the Capitol on Thursday morning, or unless otherwise indicated. Information about registration and seminar hotels is available on the Seminar Homepage. 

TUESDay, Oct. 14
Time Sessions

10 a.m.-5 p.m.



12:30-1:30 p.m.


Lunch, Welcome and Seminar Overview

  • Joel Redding, Legislative Research Council, Kentucky; Chair, NALIT
  • Mark Guillen, Legislative Council, New Mexico

Join your colleagues for lunch and hear about the legislative applications that will be showcased during the pre-seminar sessions this afternoon. Pre-seminar sessions offer an informal, close-up look at legislative applications in several states. See and discuss specific solutions or innovations developed in other legislatures while sharing your own experiences and lessons learned with others. 

1:30-2:45 p.m.

Pre-seminar Demos/Exhibits: Legislative Dashboards and Mobile Solutions

See how legislatures are leveraging mobile solutions for collaboration, communications, and productivity.

  • California: Committee application for legislative approval of governor’s appointments to commissions.
    • Toni Miller, Legislative Data Center, California
  • Colorado: Live Proceedings (real time floor updates) / Committee Display Board (real time committee updates) / iLegislate (mobile app for legislators)
  • Idaho: Android-based help desk solution.
    • Glenn Harris, Legislative Services Office, Idaho
  • Tennessee: Mobile device management solution
    • Vinay Dattu, Alan Osborne, Tennessee General Assembly
  • Virginia House: Redesigned iPad app, including daily agendas for committees, bill tracking, bill comment feature, and tracking of appointments to commissions and studies.
    • Troy Adkins, Paul Pinner, House of Delegates, Virginia
  • Washington: Mobile-capable version of the Floor Activity Reports (public-facing House and Senate floor calendars), with real-time updates.
    • Kate Beck, Legislative Service Center, Washington
  • NALIT/NCSL: Information about NALIT and NCSL. Bring your ideas, questions and suggestions.
    • Joel Redding, NALIT Chair; Pam Greenberg, NCSL Liaison to NALIT
2:45.-3 p.m. Break
3-4:30 p.m.

Pre-seminar Demos/Exhibits: Legislative Solutions

Take a look at legislative solutions to address current needs and new issues coming up in legislatures.

  • California: Authentication of digital legal materials and implementation of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA)
    • Mendora Servin, Legislative Data Center, California
  • Illinois: Electronic timekeeping system for the Illinois General Assembly (cancelled)
    • Tim Rice, Illinois
  • Minnesota: Authentication of digital legal materials and implementation of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA)
    • Melissa Patsch, Office of the Revisor of Statutes, Minnesota
  • North Carolina: Committee notice system.
    • Kelly Stallings, Information Systems Division, North Carolina
  • Texas: E-filing system and integration with legislative drafting system.
    • Thomas Graser, Scott Loiselle, Joe Diana, Texas Legislative Council
  • NALIT/NCSL: Information about NALIT and NCSL. Bring your ideas, questions and suggestions.
    • Joel Redding, NALIT Chair; Pam Greenberg, NCSL Liaison to NALIT
5-6 p.m. Opening Reception
WEDNESDay, oct. 15
8 a.m.-5 p.m.


8:15-9 a.m. Breakfast

NALIT gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsor, Propylon.

9-9:45 a.m.

Opening Keynote: Cyber Security Inside the Network—The Emerging Threat and Defensive Landscape

While much of contemporary cyber security is focused on detection and mitigation of cyber threats at the perimeter of enterprise networks, this session will focus on the threats and defensive measures originating from within the internal environments of the controlled enterprise IT network. Even with best practices of configuration management and centralized patching, the M&M candy metaphor of “a hard shell with a soft chewy center” applies well to the cyber security situation of modern enterprise networks. Internal threats include traditional insider information theft or damage and external cyber actors masquerading as insiders though direct physical access or firewall evasion techniques. Technical concerns within the network include easy access to information, trust exploitation, and minimal to no internal monitoring or detection of anomalous behavior. Learn about the importance of centralized internal activity monitoring, the value of virtual and physical information controls, and the increasing use of complex data analytics to characterize the activity within the enterprise network. The future of cyber security will be within and across the network and computers of the enterprise.
Welcome and Introduction: Representative Carl Trujillo, New Mexico


  • Alex Kent, Ph.D, Senior Research Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory
9:45-10 a.m. Break
10-11:45 a.m.

Five Minutes of Fame
Hear a concise overview of current IT projects, issues and accomplishments in other states. Share your experiences and expertise and hear from others for new ideas, information or advice.


  • Joel Redding, Kentucky; and Troy Adkins, House, Virginia

Handouts from participants:

11:45-12:45 p.m.


NALIT gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsor, Thomson Reuters

1-2 p.m.

Third Party Use of Legislative Data

Companies and non-profit groups are gathering volumes of data from legislative websites and combining it with other data to analyze and present the information in new ways, or create new tools. Hear how legislatures can make data easily available and how other groups use the data to supplement information provided by legislatures.  

Moderator: Linda Pittsford, Texas Legislative Council


2-2:15 p.m. Break
2:15-3:15 p.m.

Productivity Tools

Legislators and legislative staff are looking to technology to improve efficiency and productivity in the workplace. Hear about productivity tools used in several states and see demonstrations of how they were developed and how they are used.

ModeratorTroy Adkins, House of Delegates, Virginia


  • Texas: Read-against tool for proofreaders and "summoner" tool.
    • Speakers: Joe Diana and Rebecca Garcia, Legislative Council, Texas
  • California: web-based “Compare Bill Versions” feature. 
    • Speaker: Mendora Servin, Legislative Data Center, California
3:15-3:30 p.m. Break
3:30-4:45 p.m.

Electronic Committees

Technology is being deployed to help committees operate more efficiently, effectively and with less paper. Hear from states that have created applications to streamline and replace manual and paper-based processes for committees.

Moderator: Kurt McDowell, Legislative Information Services, Ohio


Evening Dinner on your own / Dutch treat networking dinners
THURSDay, oCT. 16
7:30-9 a.m. and 12-5 pm Registration desk open
7:45-8:45 a.m. Breakfast
NALIT gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsor, Sliq Media Technologies.
8:45-9 a.m.

Tours and Briefings at the New Mexico State Capitol (Roundhouse)

Walk to capitol--about a 5 minute walk from the Inn at Loretto.

9-11:30 a.m.

Tours and Briefings

The New Mexico State Capitol, often referred to as the “Roundhouse,” because of its circular structure, houses a permanent, public collection of contemporary art by artists of New Mexico. It is a unique example of how art and politics can enhance each other. 


Hear about technology and the legislative process in New Mexico and the information technology services provided to members and staff.

11:30-11:45 a.m. Walk back to hotel.
12-1 p.m.


NALIT gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsor, International Roll-Call

1:15-2:15 p.m.

Mobility Infrastructure

Learn about collaboration to improve wireless infrastructure, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and the hardware required for implementation. Hear about experiences in managing vendors from initial contract to final execution, and learn what’s really required to make it all happen. 


  • Terri Clark, Legislative Office of Information Services, Kansas


  • Alan Osborne, Tennessee General Assembly
  • David Bortz, Virginia Senate, Troy Adkins, Virginia House
2:15-2:30 p.m. Break
2:30-3:45 p.m.

If You Build It Will They Come? Change Management in 5 Acts

Change is challenging in any environment; in the legislature it can be daunting. Yet change goes hand-in-hand with technology. Explore the challenges we face in our work and strategies to enhance our likelihood of success in this unique interactive session.


  • Tim Rice, Legislative Information System, Illinois


  • Mark Humphrey, Information Systems Division, Texas Legislative Council
  • Vinay Dattu, Legislative Information Services, Tennessee General Assembly
3:45-4 p.m. Break
4-5 p.m.

Everything I Learned About Help Desk I Learned from Star Trek

The traditional help desk focused on break/fix issues, password resets and escalation to tier 2 and above resources. Traditional field service focused on desktop computing. The consumerization of IT and other changes, however, are making this support model untenable. Customers’ expectations of IT are higher and require more than makeshift solutions for a 24/7 world. Learn how to change the service culture, shift focus in training programs, and build and manage influence within your organization.

Moderator: Linda Wettstone, Senate, Virginia


5-7 p.m.

NALIT Reception and Exhibits
NALIT exhibits bring you the latest in information technology products and services for legislatures. Take a leisurely and first-hand look at our exhibits while enjoying the reception.


FRIDay, OCT. 17
8-11 a.m. Registration/Information Desk    
8:15-9:15 a.m. Breakfast
8:30-9:45 a.m.

Leveraging the Cloud

IT managers are faced with the challenge of having limited funds and staff available to meet the demands for expanding IT systems and applications. Hear how three states are leveraging the cloud to accommodate changing needs while reducing the complexity of their infrastructure.

Moderator: Jonathan Palmore, Senior Assistant Clerk of Technology, Senate, Virginia


9:45-10 a.m.


10-11 a.m.

Quantifying ROI in the Legislature

Making a case for new legislative IT investments or more funding often requires IT managers to prepare an analysis of the expected return on investment (ROI). Learn about financial analyses, reporting tools, and how project planning, staffing and organizational changes can help with the process.

Moderator: Peter Capriglione, Business Applications Manager, Information Systems Division, North Carolina


  • Mark Humphrey, Information Systems Division, Texas Legislative Council
  • Vinay Dattu, Legislative Information Services, Tennessee General Assembly 
11-11:30 a.m.

Last Chance Q & A/Seminar Wrapup

If you came with questions that didn’t get answered during the week, or if what you heard at sessions raised new questions, here’s your final chance.


  • Joel Redding, Kentucky; Chair, NALIT


Seminar ends






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