National Association of Legislative Technology
Legislative Summit Speaker Handouts and Presentations

August 8-10, 2011

(As of August 30, 2011)

Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday |

Monday, August 8, 2011

 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
CC Bridge Hall, Street Level


 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
CC 202A, Concourse Level - 2

What Can NALIT Do for You?
Share your thoughts and ideas about how NALIT can best meet your needs. In this roundtable, we’ll discuss existing NALIT services, meetings and outreach efforts, and brainstorm about possible new tools and services to enhance the association’s relevance and activities.

Facilitator: Rich Beckwith, Director of Information Services, House of Representatives, Missouri

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
CC 006A, River Level 

NALIT: Open and Accessible Legislative Documents
Explore methods to provide enhanced online access to legislative materials in digital form. This session will discuss how the public's interests and expectations about access to and use of legislative records are changing. It will also review preservation options and recommendations for how to manage digital records more effectively, and will describe a model law on the preservation and authentication of digital legislative documents being developed by the Uniform Law Commission and its potential impact on legislatures.

Moderator: Troy Adkins, Network Administrator, House of Delegates, Virginia

Speaker: Robert Horton, State Archivist/Director of Library, Publications and Collections, Minnesota Historical Society, Minnesota

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

NALIT Dutch Treat Dinner
Join IT colleagues from around the country for a great evening at a local restaurant. Spouses and guests are welcome.  Advance registration required. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

 12 pm - 1:30 pm

Using Technology to Get More Bang for the Buck 
Examine best practices for using technology to reduce government spending while improving services to citizens. Learn from the experts how to harness technology to maximize government productivity and achieve cost savings.

  • Moderators:
    • Representative Chris Perone, Connecticut, CFI Vice Chair 
    • Linda Pittsford, Texas, CFI Staff Vice Chair
  • Speakers (Speaker Biographies):

    • Frank Muehleman, Vice President and General Manager, North America Public Business Group, Dell, Texas (PDF presentation)
    • Frieda Yueh, Strategic Trends and Directions, Public Sector Solutions, IBM Americas, New York (PDF presentation)

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
CC Lila Cockrell Theater, Street Level

Legislative Staff University: Ethics and the Box Office

Hollywood films often feature ethical dilemmas, mirroring ones we face in real life. This lively and interactive workshop puts you in the director's chair to examine different models for making ethical choices as they play out in movie clips and mini case studies for an entertaining glimpse into how we make ethical decisions in the workplace.

Speaker: Allan Wallis, School of Public Affairs,  University of Colorado

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

1:00 pm - 3:45 pm
CC 205, Concourse Level - 2

Legislative Staff Workshops: So You Think Things Were Tough Before? Turning Challenges into Opportunities
Legislative staff faced many challenges before the recession began. Budget cuts have only made them worse. How do you deal with impending retirements, job competition, new members unsure of your value, increasing partisanship and incivility? Review survey results on what staff consider to be their greatest challenges and develop ideas about how best to resolve them.

Presiding: Tim Rice, Legislative Information System, Illinois


  • Susan Byorth Fox, Legislative Services Division, Montana
  • Laura Clemens, House of Representatives, Ohio
  • Tim Mapes, Office of the Speaker of the House, Illinois
  • John O'Brien, Legislative Budget Board, Texas
  • Connie Ridley, Tennessee General Assembly
  • Gregory Schmidt, Senate, California Legislature

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
CC 214B, Concourse Level - 2

Issue Forum: Is Technology Transforming Government?
Collaborative social media pages, transparency websites and other open government initiatives have the potential to improve public trust and promote civic engagement. Explore institutional, cultural and policy implications of these new technologies, and identify elements of successful initiatives.

Moderator: Senator Pamela J. Althoff, Illinois
  • Phineas Baxandall, U.S. PIRG, Federation of State of PIRGs, Massachusetts (Handout, PDF presentation)
  • Representative Peggy M. Welch, Indiana
  • Senator Jeff Wentworth, Texas

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

NALIT: iPads and Tablets in the Legislature
iPads and tablets are some of the most successful consumer devices ever, and they are frequently turning up in legislatures. Several states are piloting iPad projects for committees or are developing legislative applications for the iPad. Learn about these projects and how legislative IT staff are handling support for these devices.

Moderator: Joel Redding, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky


  • Duncan Goss, Director of Information Technology, Legislative Council, Vermont
  • Jonathan Palmore, Information Systems Director, Senate, Virginia (PDF presentation)
  • Sharon Crouch Steidel, Systems Director, House of Delegates, Virginia (PDF presentation)
  • Greg Tingle, Application Programmer, Information Systems Division, Legislative Council, Texas (PDF presentation)
Thursday, August 11, 2011

12:30 pm - 2:15 pm
CC 006D, River Level

NALIT Lunch and Business Meeting
NALIT members will hear committee reports, present the Online Democracy and NALIT Legislative Staff Achievement Awards, and elect new officers.

Presiding: Dave Larson, Director of Computer Services, Kansas, NALIT Chair

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm CC 217BC, Concourse Level - 2 

NALIT: Social Media and Mobile Technologies: Legislative Game-Changers
Social media and mobile devices are creating huge changes in the legislature. This new way of communicating and the new devices are changing the way legislators and staff do their work and how they communicate with constituents and each other. This new environment means that IT needs to become more agile and find new ways to provide services to remain relevant. Learn ways of adapting to this “new normal.” 

Moderator: Chuck Truesdell, Assistant Public Information Officer, Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky


  • Robert Haney, Chief Clerk, House of Representatives, Texas
  • Mark Humphrey, Deputy Director of Infrastructure & Operations, Information Systems, Legislative Council, Texas 
  • Chris McCroskey, Developer of TweetCongress, IdeaLoop, LLC, Texas (PDF presentation)
  • Delegate Meshea Poore, West Virginia

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