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Guide to NALIT

The National Association of Legislative Information Technology (NALIT) provides legislative information technology managers and staff with opportunities for training, professional growth and information sharing. NALIT is one of ten staff sections at NCSL. The relationships that develop out of the sections create a unique network for assistance, consultation and support.

Executive Committee

The NALIT Executive Committee, made up of four officers and six directors, guides NALIT efforts in all areas, including sessions and activities at the NCSL Legislative Summit, outreach to NALIT members, and other programs and activities.  Visit the Officers and Directors page to see who is guiding NALIT.


Governance

NALIT is governed by a ten-member executive committee. The NALIT chair, vice-chair, and secretary are elected at the annual NALIT business meeting held in conjunction with the annual meeting of NCSL. The six regional directors are appointed by the NALIT chair immediately following the annual meeting. The immediate past chair of NALIT also serves as a member of the executive committee. All members of NALIT are entitled to participate in all of the association's activities and to vote at its annual business meeting. A three member nominating committee is appointed each year to report a slate of candidates to the annual business meeting.


  Purposes

The purposes of NALIT are:

  1. To promote the exchange of ideas and information on all aspects of legislative information systems. This includes, but is not limited to, the management and technical development of these systems.
  2. To provide a network of information exchange among persons involved in providing management and technical support for legislative information systems.
  3. To provide improved communications and foster better relations between legislative information systems management and staff, and the legislators and legislative staff they serve.
  4. To promote the service of the Association membership on the various committees, subcommittees, task forces, etc., of NCSL.
  5. To enhance the professionalism of the members of the Association through activities supporting the purposes noted above. 

Membership

Information technology professionals working for a state or territorial legislature are automatically members of NALIT. To sign up for the NALIT listserv and to be added to the membership list, contact NCSL Liaison to NALIT, Kae Warnock.

There are two classes of membership in the Association. The classes are as follows:

  1. General Members: General members are legislative information technology professionals employed by a legislature of one of the fifty states, insular possessions, or territories of the United States. General members are voting members in the Association.
  2. Associate Members: Associate members are persons interested in legislative information technology, including legislators and other staff serving a legislature of one of the fifty states, insular possessions, or territories of the United States, legislative staff of provincial governments and representatives of private vendors. Associate members are non-voting members in the Association. 

NALIT News Newsletter

The NALIT News articles include lessons learned by other legislative information technology organizations, announcements from NALIT, articles of interest, opportunities for professional development, and news of various functions and events organized through NCSL.

NALIT Listserv

This is a communication tool used by the members. Discussions on the NALIT Listserv have focused on bill drafting systems, networking issues, websites, cloud computing, e-mail policies, and many other issues.


Activities

NALIT meets annually in conjunction with the NCSL Legislative Summit and holds a professional development seminar (PDS) each fall.

NALIT members can communicate electronically with others interested in legislative information technology issues by subscribing to the NALIT listserv or visiting the website. The NALIT Newsletter and other materials and announcements are regularly posted to the listserv and the website.

Bylaws and Standing Orders

NALIT is guided by the Bylaws and Standing Orders.

Additional Resources