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Welcome to NALIT News, an online feed of articles of interest to the members of the National Association of Information Technology (NALIT) professional association.

Here you will find posts by the membership, leadership and staff of NALIT. These items 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. To submit an article to newsletter editor, Nate Rohan, please email it to Kae Warnock.

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photo of NALIT Chair, Jeff FordHello, NALIT members!

On behalf of the NALIT executive committee—Soren Jacobsen, vice chair; Nate Rohan, secretary/newsletter editor; Cindy O’Dell, past chair; and directors Dave Burhop, Guillermo Cordon, Michael Norris, Michael Ganesan, DeLynn VanDriel, Dave Warycha and myself—I hope this newsletter finds you and your families healthy. I have enjoyed the opportunity to serve NALIT over the last three years. This year has been especially challenging due to the COVID-19 restrictions we have seen nationwide. We are disappointed that, due to the many social distancing mandates, NALIT meetings will be different this year.

As you know, NCSL has announced that it is postponing the 2020 Legislative Summit that was scheduled for Aug. 10-13 in Indianapolis. This decision was made jointly by legislative leaders in the Indiana General Assembly and NCSL leadership. It is sad because so many people had worked hard to create a great meeting, but such a large gathering is just not feasible at present. It is especially sad for me, as I was the host for NALIT events, and I was eager to share my beautiful city with you. Happily, we were able to reschedule the Legislative Summit in Indianapolis to 2023 and I look forward to hosting you then.

After careful review, the NALIT executive committee made some tough decisions. We discussed the challenges that the NALIT officers have had this year in serving the association. Usually, the chair and vice chair travel to NCSL Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee meetings to represent NALIT, and our annual business meeting has always been held at the Legislative Summit. Unfortunately, almost all of these physical meetings were cancelled for the year. We feel it is important to maintain the continuity of the association until we can meet in person again. Because of these factors, we decided to delay the NALIT annual election and business meeting until 2021. All members of the executive committee, including the chair, vice chair and secretary, will remain in their positions until we can meet next year at the Legislative Summit in Chicago.

We also decided to postpone the 2020 NALIT Professional Development Seminar, scheduled for October in Madison, Wisc., to Oct. 3-7, 2021. We are grateful to the Wisconsin host committee for being flexible with us in delaying the meeting.

In the meantime, our 2020 goal is to bring you a new online newsletter and numerous professional development opportunities via webinars and Zoom!

Beginning in July, we will present a series of virtual events that include discussions of technical issues important to legislative IT and a few of the sessions that NALIT members find most valuable at our annual Professional Development Seminar, including “5 Minutes of Fame” and the legislative showcases. Please check our calendar of virtual events for more information.

As you can see, the NALIT newsletter has an updated look and will now be available online. Our goal is to release articles on a regular basis instead of periodically. I hope that you will enjoy the “NALIT News” and that you will submit articles on technology innovations, new applications you are developing and other items of interest to your peers.

As your chair, it has been a pleasure serving you and the executive committee, and I hope that we can help to provide you with the best possible programming for the coming year.

Thank you for all you do!

Jeff Ford
Chair, NALIT
Chief Technology/Security Officer
Office of Technology Services
Indiana Legislative Services Agency

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