National Association of Legislative Information Technology

Sessions Overview
Presentations and Handouts from NALIT Meetings

 2009 Professional Development Seminar  2009 Legislative Summit  
 2008 Professional Development Seminar  2008 Legislative Summit  

2007 Professional Development Seminar

 2007 Annual Meeting


 2006 Professional Development Seminar   2006 Annual Meeting  
 2005 Professional Development Seminar   2005 Annual Meeting    



2009 NALIT Professional Development Seminar 
Austin, Texas
September 9-12, 2009

Using GIS for Legislative Research and Policy Development
Speakers:  Ray Hardy, Sr. Trainer, ESRI, Texas; and Richard Leadbeater, Manager of the State Government Industry, ESRI, Maryland

GIS and Redistricting Tools in Texas
Speakers:  Clare Dyer, Manager, Mapping & Redistricting; Ed Clow, Programmer Analyst, Applications; Marshall Kunze, Programmer, Applications; Texas Legislative Council

Five Minutes of Fame 

Disaster Recovery
Speakers: Joel Redding, Deputy CIO and Trish Pittman, Network Administrator; Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky

Open Source and Other Free Security Tools for Windows
Speaker:  Jerry Gamblin, Security Specialist, House of Representatives, Missouri

Keeping Current: Examining the Latest Tools and Strategies for Malware Prevention
Speaker:  Paul Carter, PC Technical Lead, Computer Support Center, Texas Legislative Council

Web Streaming and Transcription Services
Speakers: Nic Cote, Vice President, Customer Engagement, Sliq Media Technologies, Inc., Quebec; Steve Kriegish, Director, Legislative Information Services, Tennessee; Sanjiv Menezes, CEO, Sliq Media Technologies, Quebec; Chris Rynders, Director, Eastern U.S. Operations, Granicus

Washington's Web Services (Webinar)
For more information, see NALIT gratefully acknowledges the support of the Washington Legislative Service Center for hosting this interactive webinar.

Speakers:  Ronda Tentarelli, Manager, Applications Support Group; Brad Ellis, Web Designer; Laura Graham, Application Architect; Fred McDowell, Manager, Applications Support Group; Legislative Service Center, Washington

Agile Software Development
Speakers:  Bryan Nehl, Software Development Supervisor, House of Representatives, Missouri;Carol Nemir, Section Coordinator, Applications; Paul Prachyl, Deputy Director, Applications; Members of the Agile development teams, Texas Legislative Council: Amy Crandall, Joe Diana, Shane Faulkner, Amber Snyder, Craig Whisenhunt

Enterprise Architecture in the Legislature

Speakers:  Dave Larson, Director-Legislative Computer Services, Kansas; Terri Clark, Document Management System Manager; Legislative Computer Services, Kansas


Speakers: Tim Rice, Executive Director, Legislative Information System, Illinois, and NCSL Staff Vice Chair; Gary Schaefer, Information Systems Coordinator, Senate, Louisiana; Gary Wieman, Network Manager, Nebraska


2009 Legislative Summit
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
July 21-25, 2009

Opening Up Legislatures Through Social Media (Session audio, Session summary)
Speakers: Sharon Crouch Steidel, Director of Information Systems, House of Delegates, Virginia; Ric Cantrell, Chief Deputy of the Senate, Senate, Utah; Andrew Hoppin, CIO, State Senate, New York

Valuing Differences, Creating Success (Session summary)
Speakers: Michael Adams, Director, Legislative Information Services, Colorado; Mary Camp, Director, Legislative Reference Library, Texas; Susan Clarke Schaar, State Senate, Virginia; James Tamburro, General Assembly, Connecticut

Connecting Through Social Media (Session Video
Trainers: Representative Rosie Berger, Wyoming; Brad Blake, Office of the Governor, Massachusetts; Ric Cantrell, Chief Deputy of the Senate, Utah; Tim Rice, Legislative Information System, Illinois; Senator Bruce Starr, Oregon


2008 NALIT Professional Development Seminar  
Louisville, Kentucky
September 3-6, 2008

Each year since 2005, NALIT Seminar attendees have contributed to a charity raffle, initiated by Dennis Loudermilk of West Virginia.  This year, Dennis donated a hand-crafted Native American-style flute for the raffle.  A check was sent on behalf of NALIT to the WHAS Crusade for Children, which raises money for agencies, schools and hospitals to better the lives of special needs children in the Louisville area.  The Crusade for Children acknowledged the contribution.  View photos from the NALIT seminar (courtesy Dennis Loudermilk).  

Thursday, September 4
Opening General Session: Get Connected

Technical Track: Implementing Voice over IP

Five Minutes and Five Seconds of Fame

Saturday, September 6

Technical Track:  Implementing SharePoint Server

Management Track: Social Networking in the Legislative Environment

Technical Track: Web Applications for Core Legislative Functions

Technical Track: Wireless Personal Devices


2008 Legislative Summit  
New Orleans, Louisiana
July 22-26, 2008

Legislative Websites--Enhancing Access to Information

  • Adobe PDF Billwatch, Joel Redding, Webmaster, Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky
  • Adobe PDF  My Legislative Research, Scott Darnall, Senior Programmer/Analyst, Legislative Research Council, South Dakota


Protecting Legislative Digital Records: Audiorecording of session
Learn how to ensure that electronic records are accessible for legal discovery, business continuity, and disaster recovery purposes. Learn about a model way to preserve legislative electronic data and digital records.



Other sessions of interest:


Government E-Mail: Laws and Policies
Is all government e-mail a public record? Do citizens have any privacy rights regarding electronic communications with government officials? What policies are needed for retention of e-mail records? In this video experts discuss current laws, policies and court cases.



A New Life for Online Government
Web 2.0--a second generation of the Internet--offers new ways to provide services and collaborate with citizens on health, education, public safety and civic life. Explore Second Life and other social networking tools being used by Congress, NASA, the CDC and others.

  • Adobe PDF Goovernment, Mark Stencel, Governing Magazine, Virginia
  • Video

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2007 Professional Development Seminar
Springfield, Illinois
September 26-29, 2007

NALIT Seminar attendees contributed $210 as part of a charity raffle.  Dennis Loudermilk donated one of his hand-crafted bowls with an inlaid NALIT logo for the raffle. A check and letter were sent on behalf of NALIT to the Mini O-Bierne Crisis Nursery in Springfield, which acknowledged the contribution in this letter.

Wednesday, September 26
Management Track: Project Management Methodologies: What and Why

  •  Adobe PDF Project Management  --PN Narayanan, PMP, Delaware Department of Technology and Information, Delaware

Technical Track II: Website Roundup

Thursday, September 27
Five Minutes of Fame: State Roundtable

  • Adobe PDF  California --Brenda Fleming, Manager, Chamber & Committee Division, Legislative Data Systems, California
  • Adobe PDF  Hawaii --Jean Cox, Systems Analyst/Programmer/Webmaster, Senate, Hawaii
  • Adobe PDF  Illinois --Tim Rice, Executive Director, Legislative Information System, Illinois
  • Adobe PDF  Idaho --Glenn Harris, Division Manager, Information Technology, Legislative Services Office, Idaho
  • Adobe PDF  Kansas --Dave Larson, Director-Legislative Computer Services, Kansas
  • Adobe PDF  Maine --Scott Clark, Deputy Director, Office of Information Services, Maine
  • Adobe PDF  North Dakota --Maryann Trauger, Manager, Information Technology Services, North Dakota
  • Adobe PDF  Texas --Linda Pittsford, Manager, Computer Support Center, Legislative Council, Texas

Saturday, September 29
Management Track: Technology and Access to Information: FOIA and Open Meetings

Technical Track I: Authentication of and Permanent Access to Electronic Documents

State-by-State Report on Authentication of Online Legal Resources, American Association of Law Libraries, Washington, D.C.

Technical Track II: VPN and Remote Access

  • Adobe PDF  Remote Access --Glenn Harris, Division Director, Information Technology, Legislative Services Office, Idaho

Technical Track I: Document Management Systems

Management Track: Change Management

  •  Adobe PDF Change Management  --PN Narayanan, PMP, Delaware Department of Technology and Information, Delaware

Technical Track I: Constituent Communications

Technical Track II: Managing Complexity and Quantity of Legislative Applications


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2007 Annual Meeting  
Boston, Massachusetts
August 5-9, 2007

Will Your Hotspot Get You Into Hot Water? The Hazards of Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

IT: The Budget, Bill Drafting and the Public

NALIT Business Meeting

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2006 Professional Development Seminar
Washington, D.C.
Oct. 10-14, 2006

NALIT Seminar attendees contributed $80 as part of a charity raffle.  Dennis Loudermilk donated one of his hand-crafted bowls with an inlaid NALIT logo for the raffle. A check and letter were sent on behalf of NALIT to the American Red Cross, which acknowledged the contribution in this letter.

Lights, Camera, Action!
This session presents an overview of what legislative broadcast production is all about--the history of the medium in state legislatures, who’s doing what and where, and the future of these converging technologies.

  • Digital Broadcasting - Gene Rose, Co-Director of Communications, NCSL, Denver

Digital Broadcasting of Press Conferences, Capitol Reports, Civic Education, and Special Events
It’s not only live or archived committee meetings and floor sessions that you can broadcast.  Capturing important capitol press conferences, producing specialized capitol reports and providing civic education programming to the public can be an important piece of your job.

  • Digital Opportunities - Dan Shellenbarger, Executive Director, OGT/Ohio Channel, Statehouse, Ohio

Closed Captioning
Are there closed captioning or other ADA requirements or expectations for legislatures that broadcast legislative proceedings?  This session highlights ways to respond to special needs and how states have done it.

  • Captioning Web Video - Jennifer Sagalyn, Manager of Strategic Partnerships, CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media, Boston, Massachusetts

Digital Records Preservation
State governments are creating vast amounts of information solely in digital form, including legislative records. Much of this material is of permanent value, yet is at risk because of fragile media, technological obsolescence, or other hazards.  Information technology professionals play critical roles in managing and preserving digital information.  This session will provide tools IT  professionals can use when considering or planning for a digital preservation initiative.

  • Digital Records Preservation & Adobe PDFDigital Preservation Resources- Theresa Pardo, Deputy Director & Brian Burke, Program Associate, Center for Technology in Government, Albany, New York

Legislative Communicators and Technology Professionals: Working Together
No longer are the fields of communication and technology separate and distinct.  More than ever before, communicators rely on technology to deliver their messages to their intended audiences.  This session is designed to help foster the relationship between the "techies" and the "talkies."

  • Top Ten Things You Need to Know Working with Public Information & Communications Professionals / Information Technology Professionals - Mitch McCartney, Public Information Office Director, Nebraska Legislature and Gary Wieman, Network Manager, Legislative Technology Center, Nebraska

Management Track: Dealing With Decision Makers
Regardless of your profession, most people have to get buy-in for their projects and programs from someone higher up on the organizational chart.  This session will explore methods for effectively dealing with the decision makers in your organization.

  • Thoughts from a Techie Turned to the Dark Side - Tim Rice, Executive Director, Legislative Information System, Illinois
  • You Want Me to Spend How Much? - Karl Aro, Executive Director, Department of Legislative Services, Maryland

Technical Track: User Setup and Administration
PC setup, user rights, Active Directory policies, and testing/release of those aggravating patches. What combinations of these are employed to keep systems up-to-date while maintaining security and ease of use? Topics covered will include methods employed for Patch Tuesday, least privilege user accounts (LUA), Windows Update vs. Microsoft Update, local administrator rights with AD restrictions, applications that have problems with LUA, and patch testing procedures.

  • Managing and Maintaining PCs in the Enterprise - Chris Leishman, Network Specialist, Legislative Technology Center, Nebraska

Preview: Microsoft Vista
There’s been a lot of attention given to the next release of Windows – Windows Vista.  A number of changes have been made to Windows Vista, from the end user experience for Flip-3D to architectural changes that harden the security of Windows Vista.  The four pillars of Windows Vista are: security, next-generation desktop, infrastructure and mobile professionals.  Although each of these pillars will be discussed, the majority of the conversation will be around the security changes in Windows Vista.  Topics of discussion will include: 1) BitLocker Drive Encryption – protecting your data at rest with a fully encrypted drive; 2) Internet Explorer 7 - changes implemented to reduce its attack vector; 3) User Account Control – letting end users truly run as a standard user; 4) Windows Defender – the 2nd line of defense on spyware and malware; and 5) Network Access Protection – the framework for maintaining network health.  Throughout the session there will be demonstrations of these security features to help illustrate the value and benefit of Windows Vista.

  • Windows Vista - Scott Villinski, Microsoft

XML: Why and for What?
You have a base understanding of what XML technologies are.  You’ve heard that lots of legislatures are moving toward XML-based systems for applications such as bill drafting, amendments, journals and calendaring.  Is this technology the correct course to take for your legislature?  This track session will discuss and investigate the issues, advantages, disadvantages and possible pitfalls.  You'll hear from legislatures with different experiences in moving toward XML-based systems--their successful, and in some cases, not so successful, stories of moving from legacy to XML-based systems.

  • Maryland General Assembly Bill Drafting - Michael Gaudiello, Director, Office of Information Systems, Maryland
  • XML: Why and for What -  - Jason Montgomery, Information System Analyst III, Legislative Information System, Illinois
  • Adobe PDFXML: Why and for What - Clyde Hatter, Vice President, Legislative and Regulatory Solutions, Propylon, New York

IT Personnel Recruitment and Retention
Selecting the right employee is similar to, but more difficult, than selecting the right software or hardware and can have a much bigger impact on your operations.  Identifying the right candidate from the start is one of the most important factors in hiring the right employee.  It is equally important to understand and recognize all of the resources you have available to help identify these candidates and to reduce the subjectivity involved in hiring decisions.  This session will provide various approaches and techniques to help you efficiently and productively identify the best candidate for your position.

  • Objective Selection and Adobe PDFObjective Selection & Interview Guide (form)- Marc Rize, Human Resources Director, Becton Dickinson, Maryland
  • Candidate Identification - Matt Merchant, Client Services Market Manager, Kforce Technology Staffing, Baltimore, Maryland

Technical Track: New Technologies
This session will take a look at how some newer technologies, like .NET, SQL 2005, and Office 2007 are or will be used in state legislatures.

  • Server Virtualization Technologies - Gary Wieman, Network Manager, Legislative Technology Center, Nebraska

User Setup and Administration
PC setup, user rights, Active Directory policies, and testing/release of those aggravating patches. What combinations of these are employed to keep systems up-to-date while maintaining security and ease of use? Topics covered will include methods employed for Patch Tuesday, least privilege user accounts (LUA), Windows Update vs. Microsoft Update, local administrator rights with AD restrictions, applications that have problems with LUA, and patch testing procedures.

  • Group Policy - Eric Dugger, Network Services Manager, Legislative Counsel Bureau, Nevada


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2006 Annual Meeting  
Nashville, Tennessee
August 14-18, 2006

Picking Up the Pieces After Katrina and Rita
This session focuses on how a major disaster affects state legislatures, even if the disaster doesn't strike the capitol.  Topics include: offering resources to citizens through web sites, suspending laws, conducting elections, establishing new operation sites, and communication issues.

  • Picking Up the Pieces After Hurricanes Katrina & Rita - Glenn Koepp, Secretary and Alfred Speer, Clerk, Louisiana
  • Picking Up the Pieces: Actions of the Special House Committee on Recovery - Max Arinder, Executive Director, Legislative PEER Committee, Mississippi
  • An Overview of Legislative Continuity of Government and Operations Planning - Earnest Sumner, Sergeant at Arms, House of Representatives, Florida

You Are Not Anonymous
What you do on your computer at work is seen by others, sometimes even if they’re not intentionally looking. Also, because your computer is owned by citizens, this information might be made public. This session will show you just how vulnerable you are.

TechTalk--on Smartphones, PDAs and Voice Over IP
Like most places in the world today, our legislatures are inundated with mobile communication devices, and the planning and implementation of internet phone systems (VoIP) is on the rise.  This session will provide specific examples of the use of devices such as Treos and Blackberries in a legislative setting, as well as insight on converting to a VoIP system from some who have done it.  Get some practical, business ideas along with product reviews from legislative IT professionals.

  • VoIP Implementation, Minnesota House of Representatives, Paul Schweizer, Controller, House of Representatives, Minnesota

Secure: Are You Sure?
Today's computer users are bigger malware targets than ever. From "Evil Twin" attacks on wifi networks to personally tailored 'spear phishing' emails and malware hitchhiking on IMs, malicious people are finding more and more ways to breach networks and individual systems. This session will discuss these problems and what computer security specialists are doing to counter them.

Constituent Services Software
Constituents are using technology to communicate their needs and concerns. Therefore, these requests are escalating and are more complex in nature. The expectation was that a response would always address these needs and concerns. Now, more than ever, the expectation is that the response too should be immediate, if not sooner. This session will explore how software has matured and is being used today to meet the needs as requests for information increase from a growing and diverse constituent base.

  • Constituent Management Systems, Rich Beckwith, Director of Information Services, House of Representatives, Missouri
  • Correspondence Management System, Linda Pittsford, Manager, Computer Center, Legislative Council, Texas

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2005 Professional Development Seminar
Rapid City, South Dakota
Oct. 5-8, 2005

NALIT 2005 Seminar Blog
The NALIT Seminar blog has photographs and reports on events from the seminar in Rapid City, including a raffle to raise contributions for hurricane relief.  Dennis Loudermilk donated a beautiful hand-crafted bowl with inlaid NALIT logo for the raffle.  NALIT attendees raised more than $200.  A check and letter were sent on behalf of NALIT to the Louisiana Disaster Relief Foundation (LDRF) (see LDRF letter).

XML Tutorial
Wednesday, October 5, 2005
This introductory session is designed to explore the XML approach in the context of Legislative data. Whether you are championing a new era of electronic publishing and content management, designing a replacement to a sophisticated existing drafting solution, or delving into interoperable data exchange to enhance delivery of Legislative documents to the Web, XML offers an opportunity to create an industrial-strength, self-describing, data-driven solution that delivers multi-channel publication options.

  • Adobe PDF Download PDF Version: XML Tutorial - Devan Shepherd, CEO, CTO, XMaLpha, Minnesota

XML in Legislatures
Wednesday, October 5, 2005
States that are at various stages of implementing XML-based systems will discuss why they chose to use XML, its value for the particular application, and how they have gone about implementation.  Following the presentations, panelists and audience members will participate in a roundtable discussion.

  • XML in Illinois Legislature - Jason Montgomery, Legislative Information System, Illinois & Mark Wenda, Legislative Information System, Illinois

  • XTEND: XML-based Text Editor New Development - Tim Orr, Office of the Revisor of Statutes, Minnesota

Avoiding Outdated Applications
Are there best practices for managing the update process?  How do you get buy-in from management and users for updates? Should they be done in-house or outsourced?  This session explores how to manage the update process, but will also look at maintaining older applications when justified or necessary.

Web Search Engines
Thursday, October 6, 2005
This session reviews and compares the various search engine products available for web sites and how they have worked in state legislatures.

  • Utah Web Search Engines - Mark Allred, Office of Legislative Research & General Counsel, Utah

Policies for Mobile Technology
Thursday, October 6, 2005
PDAs and cell phones are becoming commonplace in legislatures, but they can be difficult and expensive to support and manage.  This session will look at what policies should be in place and how states are managing mobile devices.  It will also look at customizing legislative content for users of these devices.

  • Virginia IT Policies for Mobile Technology - Paul Pinner, House of Delegates, Virginia

  • Michigan Policies for Mobile Technology and Guest Wireless Access Acceptable Use Policy - Rick Wright, House of Representatives, Michigan

  • Mobile Technology in the Texas Legislature - David Elder, Legislative Council, Texas

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Issues for Legislatures
Thursday, October 6, 2005
How do states provide for the disabled in meeting rooms, chamber galleries, chamber desks and Web sites?  This session will explore the technology, vendors, types of devices, and how legislatures are meeting these needs.

Public Wireless Systems
Friday, October 7, 2005
A growing number of legislatures offer wireless access to legislative information at the capitol.  Panelists will discuss their experience with costs, benefits, risks, and strategies for deploying wireless networks.

  • Public Wireless Overview for the State of South Dakota - Amanda Jost, Bureau of Information and Telecommunications, South Dakota

Technical Track: Disaster Preparedness
Recent natural disasters have again raised awareness of the need to prepare for events that can take down mission- critical legislative systems.  This session will look at how states can gain support for and implement disaster preparedness and recovery plans. 

IT Staffing and Structure
Friday, October 7, 2005
Most legislatures have a central information technology office that serves all legislators and staff, but many have separate house and senate IT offices or even a separate office for each caucus.  Panelists will discuss the variations on these structures and the benefits and challenges posed by each.

  • Minnesota Staffing Structure - Paul Schweizer, House of Representatives, Minnesota

  • Louisiana Staffing and Structure - Gary Schaefer, Senate, Louisiana

  • Illinois Staffing and Structure - Mark Wenda, Legislative Information System, Illinois

Data Management and Preservation of Digital Records
Friday, October 7, 2005
This session will cover the preservation of digital records and publications and tools available to states--an electronic recordkeeping plan/template, a Library of Congress Capability Assessment, and the OAIS Reference Model.  The session will provide a closer look at how states are approaching the issue and discussion of the differences in these approaches.

  • Kansas Digital Material Preservation Efforts - Terri Clark, Legislative Administrative Services, Kansas

  • Preserving the Records of the E-Legislature and Building State Government Digital Partnerships - Robert Horton, State Archivist, Minnesota

Closing Keynote Address:  John Gilroy
Saturday, October 8, 2005
John Gilroy, a columnist for The Washington Post since 1994, has published more than 500 columns regarding all aspects of personal computing.  Readers and audiences praise him for his humor, his clear, concise answers and his wide knowledge of the world of high technology. 

  • Handouts/White Papers

Voting Systems
Saturday, October 8, 2005
State legislatures are exploring new options in voting systems and displays.  This session will look at recent developments in voting systems.

  • Illinois Senate Voting System Upgrade - Jason Montgomery, Legislative Information System, Illinois

Washington's Floor Activity Report
Saturday, October 8, 2005
This application was developed to present information about the status of bills during House and Senate floor sessions in real time. House and Senate workroom staffs enter actions as they occur on the floor. All participating clients are notified to refresh local data displays using multicast technology. The client application also includes a feature to allow members to create and store personal notes on each bill and amendment. Originally written in ASP and VB6 with a SQL Server backend, the application has recently been updated to ASP.NET.

  • Get Windows Media Player Washington Floor Activity Report - Tom Puleo, Legislative Service Center, Washington
  • Washington Floor Activity Report - Tom Puleo, Legislative Service Center, Washington

Washington's Selected Bill Tracking
Saturday, October 8, 2005
This application provides custom bill tracking functionality and is available to legislative members, staff, liaisons, lobbyists and the general public. Features include the ability to create and manage custom bill lists in a folder tree structure. Custom reports can be generated and exported to Excel, Word, Access, or plain text. Custom lists can be shared with other system users.  The application is written in ASP.NET accessing a SQL Server backend.

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2005 Annual Meeting  
Seattle, Washington
August 16-20, 2005

Microsoft Tours
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
NALIT members experienced a glimpse of the future on a tour of the Center for Information Work and Home at Microsoft. Both concepts are under the creative direction of Microsoft Research, a division tasked with wondering how technology can make a difference in everyday life and then to build it.

  • Summary

Opening Plenary Session and Keynote Address by Bill Gates of the Microsoft Corporation
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Bill Gates is Chairman and Chief Software Architect, Microsoft Corporation, Seattle. Gates started the world's leading software company in 1975. His vision and leadership have changed the way the world uses computers. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with an endowment of $27 billion, is dedicated to global health and learning.

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Thursday, August 18, 2005

Technology for Legislators: Manage or Be Managed
Wireless at the capitol, handheld computers and cell phones, web sites and blogs...all this new technology allows legislators available 24/7. This session will help legislators understand these tools and to manage, not be managed by, technology.

  • Summary

Phishing, Pharming, Spyware and Spam
Thursday, August 18, 2005
E-mail spam and scams, spyware, viruses and various types of malicious software or "malware" are a growing problem for all computer users.  This session will provide guidance to help identify, prevent and resolve these problems in the legislative environment.

  • Symantec Internet Security Threat Report, Volume VII, March 2005 - John Belle, Symantec
  • Anti-Spyware/Malware URLs - Lorie Johnson, Bureau of Legislative Research, Arkansas

Voting Systems and Displays: A View to the Future
Friday, August 19, 2005
As many states are realizing the need to replace their legacy voting systems, this session looks at ways to get the most out of your voting system, including exploring how to leverage your system for expanded use. We will hear from the state of Illinois on their recent reengineering of their voting system, which they developed in house.  In addition, a leading technology expert will discuss the future of display technology, giving practical assessments of the pros and cons of the various display options available to legislatures.

  • Illinois Senate Voting System - Tim Rice, Illinois Legislative Information System, Illinois

  • Voting Systems and Image Displays: A View of the Future - Gregory Moquin, Shen Milsom & Wilke, Inc., Arlington, Virginia

Legislative Websites: Everything Old Is New Again
Friday, August 19, 2005
New technologies are turning old challenges into new realities for legislative Web sites. Hear how states are archiving Web casts, making them widely accessible and searchable, and how they are managing content through new methods of information distribution.

  • End User Content Management: Utah's Tools - Mark Allred, Office of Legislative Research & General Counsel, Utah
  • Audio Archiving in Utah: Annotating the  Audio Streams - Mark Allred, Office of Legislative Research & General Counsel, Utah
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