2022 NALIT Professional Development Seminar


Wisconsin Capitol

2022 NALIT Professional Development Seminar - Sept. 27-Oct. 1

The National Association of Legislative Information Technology (NALIT) Professional Development Seminar (PDS) 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, tours and briefings by our host state at the Wisconsin State Capitol, legislative showcases and vendor exhibits, and networking opportunities.

The agenda offers a mix of technical, policy and management sessions and provides opportunities to share solutions and discuss innovative uses of technology. Speakers combine the knowledge of industry experts and the experience and expertise of legislative information technology staff. Integral to the seminar is the opportunity to compare experiences in roundtable sessions and small group discussions.

Topics List

  • Cybersecurity
  • What did we learn from COVID – Remote/Hybrid Legislatures
  • Workforce Challenges
  • GIS in Legislatures
  • Search Technologies
  • Data Visualization
  • IT Financials
  • Birds of a Feather Roundtables
  • Cloud Technologies
  • Constituent Management
  • Accessibility in State Legislatures
  • Communicating Tech to non-tech Stakeholders
  • Closed Session on Ransomware


Tuesday, Sept. 27 - Madison Concourse Hotel


Registration/Information Desk

Wednesday, Sept. 28 - Madison Concourse Hotel


Welcome Breakfast

NALIT gratefully acknowledges our breakfast sponsor, Xcential Legislative Technologies


Seminar Overview: Meet and Greet/ Orientation to NALIT

Meet the NALIT officers and your peers from other states!  Learn about the association, its structure, purposes and traditions.

Find out how legislative IT professionals have been sharing information over the last two years. For all attendees.

Opening Keynote: Hackers are Looking for your Vulnerabilities

Hackers and bad actors are looking for easy, and sometimes unconventional, ways to gain access to legislative systems and networks.

Hear from a frontline pentester on how he approaches attacks on digital systems to help find and fix flaws before they become a problem.

Speaker: Weston Hecker, Principal Application Security Engineer/ Principal Pentester, NCR Corporation



While lawmakers often talk about cybersecurity issues and legislation as they affect consumers, securing legislative systems is discussed less frequently. Join your peers in this discussion of the cybersecurity issues you heard about in the opening keynote and share strategies explored by other legislative IT offices.



NALIT gratefully acknowledges our luncheon sponsor International Roll Call.


What We Learned from COVID – Remote/Hybrid Legislatures

The COVID-19 pandemic pushed legislative IT shops to create and innovate at record speed. Looking back on the technology and the processes implemented for the short-term, what innovations can we continue to use in the future and what can we expand upon to help our legislatures?

Data Visualization

Legislative IT clients are looking for innovative ways to present information. Learn about the needs the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau identified and about the solutions one IT shop has been providing for their clients.

Five Minutes of Fame

Hear a concise overview of current IT projects, usses and accomplishments in other legislatures. Share your experiences and expertise and hear from others for new ideas, information or advice.

NALIT gratefully acknowledges our session sponsor, Xcential.


Opening Reception

NALIT gratefully acknowledges our Megabyte sponsor, Sliq Media Technologies.

Thursday, Sept. 29 - afternoon in the Wisconsin State Capitol

Morning Breakfast

Legislative Applications Showcase – Overview

Hear from colleagues in several states about new or innovative applications. This part of the showcase session provides a short overview from each state about the application that they will showcase.

Legislative Applications Showcase – Exhibits

Take an informal and close-up look at the legislative applications just highlighted. Ask in-depth questions and share your own experiences with others.

The end of this session is your opportunity to discuss the kinds of applications just showcased and brainstorming others.

  • Scripting Application
  • CM App
  • Remote Functionality of Voting System
  • New LIS System
  • Onboarding New Employees


NALIT gratefully acknowledges our luncheon sponsor, Thomson Reuters.

Afternoon Capitol Tour and sessions
Afternoon A Concurrent Session: GIS in Legislatures
Afternoon A Concurrent Session: Communicating Tech to non-technical people
Afternoon B Concurrent Session: The Future of Infrastructure: Cloud and On-Premises
Afternoon B Concurrent Session: Constituent Management

Exhibitors' Reception at the Capitol

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


  • Thomson Reuters
  • Tallan
  • Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)
  • International Roll Call
  • Propylon
  • Xcential
  • Sliq Media Technologies
  • Lexum

Friday, Sept. 30 - Madison Councourse Hotel

Morning Breakfast

Deliberate Creative Teams: How to Innovate on Demand

Speaker: Amy Climer, Ph.D., CSP, Climer Consulting


Birds of a Feather Roundtables

Meet in small groups with your colleagues to discuss questions directly relevant to your position – whether management, support/help desk, infrastructure and systems administration, or applications development and programming.



NALIT gratefully acknowledges our luncheon sponsor, Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)

Afternoon A Concurrent Session: Accessibility in State Legislatures – What are the aspects we are finding most important?
Afternoon A

Concurrent Session: IT Financials

Afternoon B Concurrent Session: Workforce Challenges
Afternoon B Concurrent Session: Search Technologies
Late Afternoon Lessons from Virginia: Closed Session – NALIT members only


Madison Club


NALIT gratefully acknowledges our Megabyte sponsor, Propylon

Saturday, Oct. 1 - Meeting ends


Meeting Registration Fees:

Legislators/Legislative Staff

Early Bird (through Sept. 4): $375
On-site: $400 | Daily: $225

Attendee (Business, Government, University, Charitable and All Others) $475
Exhibitors and Sponsors Please contact Kae Warnock
Host State (Wisconsin Legislature) Please contact Kae Warnock
Guest (Immediate Family or Spouse/Partner) $150


Register Online
Requires a credit card for everyone except legislators and legislative staff. Confirmations will be sent by email.

Spouse/Guest Registration. The ($150) guest fee includes admission to all scheduled meal functions and evening social events.

REGISTER NOWCancellations must be emailed to registration@ncsl.org by Sept. 26. Fees cannot be refunded for registrations cancelled after the conference begins. Fees cannot be refunded for registrations cancelled after the conference begins.

Hotel Information

The conference hotel, the Madison Concourse Hotel, is sold out.  If you are able to secure a room at the Madison Concourse our room rate cannot be guaranteed.

The conference hotel is:
The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governors Club
1 West Dayton Street | Tel: 1- 800 356 8293

BOOK YOUR ROOMUse the NALIT group direct booking link - No login/Attendee Code needed - You may try the link to see if a room has become available, however you will likely need to find an alternate hotel. Here is a link to a search tool for other hotels in the area: 

Each attendee is responsible for making his or her hotel and travel arrangements.

Travel Information

The Dane County Regional Airport is served by five airlines that offer nonstop flights to 18 destinations, with connecting flights to thousands of cities worldwide.

The Madison Concourse Hotel offers a complimentary airport shuttle to and from the Dane County Regional Airport. The shuttle serves all overnight guests and runs between 4:30AM and 11PM.

From the airport: Simply call the hotel when you are ready for pick-up. The shuttle pick-up area is across the street from baggage claim Door 5. If you arrive after 11PM, taxis are available outside Door 7. Rideshare vehicles such as Uber and Lyft also pick up at the median across the street from Door 5.

From the hotel: Please make a reservation at the front desk. The shuttle runs to the airport daily on the hour and half-hour during shuttle hours..

If you need assistance booking air travel:
Christopherson Travel
800-825-3283 (7 a.m. to 6 p.m. MDT) or 303-694-4344

Special Needs
To ensure full participation and accessibility for all meeting attendees, please notify Kae Warnock at 303-856-1553, of any special accommodations you may require.

City Information

The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club is located in the heart of downtown Madison Wisc. The hotel is adjacent to the state capitol and just two blocks away from the State Street pedestrian mall that runs from the Capitol Square to the University of Wisconsin campus.

More than 300 venues including restaurants, cafes, museums, theaters and retail shops are in Madison’s easily walkable downtown area. Stop here for more information on Madison.

In late September, the average high temperatures in Madison are in the mid-70s, with average low temperatures around 55.

If you plan to stay in Madison after the conference ends, you might want to visit the Saturday Dane County Farmers’ Market, conveniently located on the tree-lined grounds surrounding the Wisconsin State Capitol building.