NALIT 2014 Legislative Summit Agenda and Handouts



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Monday, AUG. 18
Time Sessions
6:30-8:30 p.m.
NALIT Dutch Treat Dinner

Join legislative IT colleagues from around the country for a great evening at a local restaurant. Spouses and guests are welcome, but space may be limited, so advance reservations are required.

Tuesday, AUG. 19
Time Sessions

7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.


1:30-2:45 p.m.
Level 1-Auditorium
General Session: A New Education Revolution
3-3:45 p.m.
Level 1-102ABC

NALIT: Recruiting and Retaining Tech Talent

Technology continues to grow in importance in legislatures, and technology staffs are crucial in providing efficient and effective operations and services. Recruiting technology workers with high-level IT skills can be a challenge, however, especially for government. Retention also is important in legislatures, where knowledge of the legislative process and complex procedures is crucial. Hear about successful strategies to attract and retain top tech talent. 

Moderator: Peter Capriglione, Applications Manager, North Carolina General Assembly


  • Peter Capriglione, Applications Manager, North Carolina General Assembly
  • Doug Robinson, Executive Director, NASCIO

Speaker Biographies

4-5 p.m.

Level 1-102ABC

NALIT: Ensuring the Authenticity of Online Legal Information

The Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) has been enacted in eight states, with others considering legislation. UELMA, which applies to state constitutions, statutes, session laws, and administrative rules, sets forth specific requirements of authentication, preservation, and access that must be met. Learn about UELMA and technological approaches that are used in two states to satisfy the authentication requirement.

Moderator: Gary Wieman, Network Manager, Nebraska


  • Michele Timmons, Revisor, Office of the Revisor, Minnesota
  • Tim Orr, Deputy Revisor for Information Services, Office of the Revisor of Statutes, Minnesota
  • Mendora Servin, Information Systems Manager, Office of the Legislative Counsel, California

Session Resources and Handouts:

6-7:30 p.m. Opening Reception: Mill City Museum
Wednesday, AUG. 20
7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.


7:45-8:45 a.m.
Mezzanine Level-M100FG

NALIT Business Meeting and Breakfast

NALIT members will elect new officers and recognize the winners of the NALIT Legislative Staff Achievement Awards during breakfast.


  • Troy Adkins, Network Manager, House of Delegates, Virginia; Chair, NALIT

NALIT and NCSL gratefully acknowledge Dell for providing breakfast.

9-10:15 a.m.
Level 1-Auditorium

General Session: Building a Safe Harbor for Trafficking Victims
In 2006, Amy Klobuchar became the first woman elected to represent Minnesota in the United States Senate. A former prosecutor, she has sponsored major legislation to combat sex trafficking modeled on Minnesota’s Safe Harbor laws, her bill aims to protect the thousands of U.S. children sold for sex and give prosecutors tools to crack down on perpetrators.

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Mezzanine Level-M100FG

Managing Legislative Staff: Best Practices

(Co-sponsored by NALIT and other NCSL staff sections/networks.)
State legislatures manage their staff in diverse ways. Hear about performance management innovations in state legislatures and discuss common performance challenges faced by staff today.


  • Alan Calandro, Connecticut General Assembly
  • Amy Carlson, Montana Legislature
  • Michael Christensen, Utah Legislature
  • Bernard Dean, Washington Legislature
  • Amy Zook, Colorado General Assembly
12:30-1:45 p.m.

Standing Committee Sessions

NCSL's standing committees will hold informational sessions and policy meetings. The sessions are open to all attendees.

2-3:30 p.m. Standing Committee Sessions

NCSL's standing committees will hold informational sessions and policy meetings. The sessions are open to all attendees.

3:30-5 p.m.
Level 1-Auditorium Room 3

Legislative Staff University: Communicate Like a Rock Star
(Co-sponsored by NALIT and other NCSL staff sections/networks.)

Are you ready to go from good to great—to reach rock star status—as a communicator? How receptive people are to your message depends in large part on what you say beyond your words. Learn how to increase your charisma, adapt in the moment and control your breathing while communicating authentically. Sari de la Motte is a communications expert who has coached Fortune 500 executives, trial attorneys and others on how to boost their influence and enhance their leadership with silent signals.


  • Sari De La Motte, FORTE, Oregon

States' Night


Thursday, Aug. 21
6:30-8 a.m. Walk for Wellness
9-10 a.m.
Level 1-Auditorium

General Session: Polls, Politics and What Americans Really Think

Neil Newhouse and Geoffrey Garin are two of the most respected political pollsters in the nation. Their different political stripes make for a lively discussion of what Americans think about their country, which party is likely to win in the upcoming election, and what that will mean for the nation

10:15-11:15 a.m.

Issue Forums

11:30-12:45 p.m. Issue Forums
12:30-2 p.m.
Level 1-Ballroom A

Legislative Staff Achievement Luncheon

(Co-sponsored by NALIT and other NCSL staff sections/networks.)
Staff work hard every day to effectively run our most important institution—the state legislature. Roger Moe, Minnesota's Senate majority leader for 22 years, knows that every lawmaker is indebted to the talented staff who are at the very heart of democracy. Enjoy a luncheon celebrating the talents, achievements and triumphs of the nation’s legislative staff.


  • Roger Moe, Former Senate Majority Leader, Minnesota
2:15-3:30 p.m. Issue Forums
3:45-5 p.m.
Level 1-101FG
NALIT: Remote Testimony for Committee Hearings

Legislatures increasingly are using various videoconferencing tools to allow citizens to participate in committee hearings without having to travel to the Capitol. Learn from states with long experience in videoconferencing legislative hearings, as well as from others that are considering or just beginning to expand these capabilities. 

Moderator: Terri Clark, Director of Technical Services, Kansas


  • Curtis Clothier, Information Services Manager, Alaska
  • Soren Jacobsen, Sr. IT Specialist, Legislative Services Office, Idaho
  • Senator Jill Tokuda, Hawaii

Session Resources:

5-5:30 p.m.
Level 2-207B

NALIT Executive Committee Business Meeting
Discuss association services, meetings and outreach efforts. All NALIT members are welcome to attend.


6:30-9 p.m. Nicollet Island Social Event
Friday, AUG. 22
7:30 a.m.-Noon Registration
6:30-8 am. Bipartisan Bike Ride
8:30-12 p.m.

NALIT: Minnesota Legislative Technology Offices Program and Tour

NALIT members will learn about information technology at the Minnesota Legislature in tours and briefings at the State Capitol. Space is limited and advance reservations are required.

12:30-2 p.m.
Level 1-Ballroom AB

General Session: Seattle Kick-off Luncheon



Speaker Biographies


Recruiting and Retaining Tech Talent

Peter Capriglione
Peter Capriglione has been with the North Carolina General Assembly (NCGA) since October 1986. Before his employment with the NCGA, he worked with Public Systems Associates from 1983 until 1986. From 1986 until 2000, he was the Infrastructure Manager for the Information Systems Division. Now he is the Business Applications Manager for the division and serves as a staff member to the legislative IT committees. Peter received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and his M.A. at North Carolina State University.

Doug Robinson
Doug Robinson serves as executive director for the National Association of State Chief Information Officers. Representing state CIOs and information technology executives, NASCIO is the premier network and resource for state CIOs and an advocate for information technology at all levels of government. Doug is responsible for the overall executive leadership of the association including strategic planning, policy execution, government affairs, strategic alliances, emerging issues and board and committee oversight. Doug is a frequent speaker, panelist and author representing NASCIO issues, state CIOs, IT policy, trends and state government issues. In addition, he represents NASCIO on several national boards, committees and advisory groups. Among his recognitions, Doug was elected as a Fellow of the prestigious National Academy of Public Administration in 2012. Doug was named to Government Technology magazine’s 2006 Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers in public sector information technology. His career spans over 35 years in state government, higher education and public sector IT consulting. Prior to joining NASCIO in 2004, he served as an executive director in the Kentucky Governor's Office for Technology. His previous leadership positions in state government include executive director of the Kentucky Information Resources Commission and executive director of the Kentucky Office of Geographic Information. Doug holds a B.A. from Maryville College in Tennessee and an M.P.A. with a concentration in science, technology and public policy from the University of Tennessee.


Ensuring the Authenticity of Online Legal Information

Michele L. Timmons, Revisor of Statutes, Minnesota Legislature
Michele Timmons has served as the Revisor of Statutes for the State of Minnesota since 1998. During that same time period, she has also been a Commissioner on the Uniform Law Commission, and served on drafting committees for the Uniform Environmental Covenants Act and the Uniform Collateral Consequences of Conviction Act. Recently, she chaired the Uniform Law Commission drafting committee for the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (“UELMA”). Michele did her undergraduate work at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and obtained her juris doctor, cum laude, at the University of Minnesota Law School. Immediately following law school, she clerked for the Minnesota Supreme Court. Prior to becoming Revisor, Michele had an eighteen-year career in county government, serving as Assistant Ramsey County Attorney, Director of the Civil Division of the County Attorney’s office, and as Director of Risk Management. Throughout her career, Michele has managed large projects, ranging from environmental resource recovery to departmental mergers to the recent development of an XML-based computer system for bill-drafting and publishing at the Revisor’s office. Because of her commitment to making Minnesota laws, statutes, and rules accessible on the Minnesota Legislature’s web site, and her national work on UELMA, Michele was the 2012 recipient of the Public Access to Government Information Award from the American Association of Law Libraries and the 2013 recipient of the John R. Finnegan Freedom of Information Award in Minnesota.

Mendora Servin, Information Systems Manager, Office of the Legislative Counsel, California
Mendora Servin is an Information Technology Manager at the California Office of Legislative Counsel. She has 20 years of experience providing technology solutions for legislative customers. Mendora graduated with a B.S in electrical and computer engineering from UC Davis. After graduation, Mendora joined the TRW Corporation and worked on defense projects. Later, she moved to the Legislative Counsel Bureau where she dedicates her time to providing solutions to help the legislative staff work more efficiently and effectively. Mendora’s projects include systems for managing constituent contacts, legislative appointments and others. Mendora is a certified Project Management Professional and used those skills to provide California with a state-of-the-art bill drafting system. This work led to collaborating with the Minnesota Historical Society, the National Archives and several other states to develop guidelines for archiving legislative legal material.

Tim Orr, Deputy Revisor for Information Services, Office of the Revisor of Statutes, Minnesota Legislature
Tim is currently the Deputy Revisor for Information Services (IS) in the Office of the Revisor of Statutes at the Minnesota Legislature. He has worked in the Revisor's Office for 16 years and worked the last seven years as the IS manager. Previously he worked as the project manager for the legislature's XML-based bill drafting and publishing system. The XTEND system entered production in 2006. Tim has also written PHP code for the office's web site.

Gary Wieman, Network Manager, Nebraska
Gary Wieman is the Network Manager for the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature. He has been with the legislature for 19 years, the last 15 years in his current position. His duties include server, workstation, and laptop installation and maintenance, network monitoring, and applying security updates. He also coordinates the activities of the helpdesk to support the systems group. Gary participates in state of Nebraska workgroups to develop network security policies and a state enterprise directory, and was legislative technical representative for the capitol wiring project. Gary earned bachelor's and master's degrees in agricultural engineering from the University of Nebraska. He then worked at the university as a programmer for modeling livestock production systems, validating soil erosion prediction models, and building a data acquisition system to measure soil-water release curves before joining the Legislative Technology Center staff. Gary received the NALIT Legislative Staff Achievement Award in 2008. He served two terms as NALIT Chair from 2005 to 2007 and also served on the NCSL Executive Committee.

Remote Testimony for Committee Hearings

Terri Clark
Terri Clark is the Director of Technical Services for the Kansas Legislature. In this capacity she manages the legislature’s data centers, telecommunications, customer service, technical support, and software testing. She has been with the legislature since 1997. Terri also represents the legislature on the statewide Information Technology Advisory Board and Information Technology Security Council, and also serves as the Legislative Security Officer. Prior to joining the legislature, Terri worked as a stockbroker and financial planner with American Express Financial Services, specializing in small business financial planning.

Curtis Clothier
Curtis Clothier is the Information Services Manager for the Legislative Affairs Agency, which supports both the House and the Senate for the State of Alaska. The Information Services group provides support for all desktop applications, network services, and hardware for legislative offices in the Capitol, as well as numerous satellite offices across the state. In addition to his work with the State of Alaska, Curtis has worked at the federal level as an IT consultant for the Federated States of Micronesia, and at the municipal level as the IT Director for the City of Juneau.

Soren Jacobsen
Soren Jacobsen is a Senior IT Specialist for the Legislative Services Office in Idaho, supporting the Legislature for the last eleven sessions. In addition to desktop, phone system, and web site/social media responsibilities, he is the primary technical point of contact and assistance for hearing room technology. Prior to joining LSO, Soren owned a company that provided Internet based reporting services.

Senator Jill Tokuda
Senator Jill N. Tokuda has served in the Hawai‘i State Senate since 2006.  Senator Tokuda chaired the Higher Education and Agriculture/Hawaiian Affairs Committees in the Senate, prior to her current role as Majority Whip and Chair of the Senate Committee on Education.  Currently, she is also a member of the Ways and Means Committee, Higher Education and Technology and The Arts. In January of 2010, Senator Tokuda was invited to join the Complete College America Alliance of States team and is currently a Commissioner with the Education Commission of the States.  She is a member of the Hawaii P-20 Council, serves on the Board of the Joint Venture Education Forum, and serves nationally on the Education Standing Committees for both the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) and the Council of State Governments (CSG). In 2013, Senator Tokuda volunteered her Senate Education Committee to pilot the Hawaii State Senate's Videoconference Testimony during committee hearings and continues to encourage open communication among constituents and stakeholders throughout our state and nationally with the use of technology. Senator Tokuda was selected by NCSL to the Early Learning Fellows Program in 2013.  She most recently received a "Champion for Charter" award by the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools for working to advance the growth and success of public charter schools here in Hawaii.  Her passion for early learning and education extends to the home front, where she and husband Kyle are raising their 2 sons, Matt, age 5 ½ , and Aden, age 4.