National Association of Legislative Technology (NALIT) Business Meeting | August 2015


NALIT Business Meeting Minutes

NCSL Legislative Summit
Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015


The following NALIT members were in attendance:

Michael Adams, Senate, Virginia
Wallace Austin, North Carolina
Rich Beckwith, House, Missouri
Peter Capriglione, North Carolina
David Coles, Kentucky
Bruce Ellsworth, South Carolina
Kyle Forster, North Dakota
Glenn Harris, Idaho
Rick Johnson, Washington
Suzanne Keim, Colorado
Michael Lauth, South Carolina
David McGehee, South Carolina
Joel Redding, Kentucky
Mendora Servin, California
Ronda Tentarelli, Washington

Troy Adkins, House of Delegates, Virginia
Richard Brown, Nebraska
Terri Clark, Kansas
Curtis Clothier, Alaska
Vinay Dattu, Tennessee
Doug Farr, Utah
Scott Gage, South Carolina
Soren Jacobsen, Idaho
Kevin Kumpf, South Dakota
Lee Ann Lawrence, South Carolina
Dennis McCarty, North Carolina
Troy Pound, South Carolina
Mike Rohrbach, Washington
Joey Sheen, West Virginia
Linda Wettstone, Senate, Virginia

Also in attendance were Pam Greenberg, NCSL liaison to NALIT; Marlene Finell, guest of Ronda Tentarelli; and Mike Sasko, VP-Business Development, hCentive.

Meeting Minutes

The adoption of the minutes from the 2014 Business Meeting were placed into motion. Peter Capriglione, passed the motion to accept and Joey Sheen seconded the motion.

All the NALIT officers, directors and committees were thanked for their work serving NALIT in the last year. Also, a thank you to our host state, Washington, for all the time and effort they have put into the last year in making this Summit a success.

Reports from Committees/Awards

2015 Professional Development Seminar
Joel thanked members of the planning committee for their work on developing the program for the seminar. Pam Greenberg, NCSL, briefed the NALIT members in attendance committee on the agenda and possible presenters for the Professional Development Seminar Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif.

Mendora Servin, a member of the host state of the future PDS in Sacramento, was in attendance and was asked to give a brief report. She mentioned that the planning was going well and that some of the original meeting space that she thought was not going to be available, is currently available. She also mentioned that if anyone had any thoughts or suggestions to let her know. The Executive Committee agreed the PDS Planning Committee is on track for the seminar.

NALIT/LINCS Online Democracy Award
The NALIT/LINCS Online Democracy Award Committee was recognized for their work. The NALIT Committee Members who served on the committee this year were:

Doug Farr, Utah and Michael Hurley, Massachusetts Senate

Chair Doug Farr explained the Online Democracy Award is sponsored by NALIT and the Legislative Information and Communication Staff Section (LINCS). The Online Democracy Awards committee is made up of members of LINCS, NALIT and one other NCSL staff section.

The Tennessee General Assembly’s website was selected to receive the award. The website won over the panel of judges with its straightforward search capabilities and intuitive navigation that facilitates the public's access to the legislature.

Doug Farr presented the online democracy award to the Tennessee General Assembly. Vinay Dattu accepted the award.

Legislative Staff Achievement Award
NALIT Chair Joel Redding explained NALIT selects two individuals or teams to receive the achievement award each year. The Legislative Staff Achievement Award recognizes excellence in strengthening the legislative institution, supporting the work of a state legislature, contributing to NALIT and NCSL and contributing to existing knowledge or demonstrating expertise in a particular field. Members of the committee were:

Chair: Vinay Dattu, Tennessee
Committee Members: Shannon Young. California, and Tim Rice, Illinois.
Vinay Dattu presented the awards to Ronda Tentarelli, Washington and the South Carolina Legislative Staff Services Team.

Ronda was recognized for her dedication to providing the best support, software products, and advice possible to her customers—legislators and legislative staff.

The South Carolina Legislative Staff Services Team was recognized for major improvements to the legislature’s infrastructure that are critical to legislative operations. Troy Pound accepted the award.

2015 Nominating Committee
Chair Joel Redding explained the NALIT Nominating Committee is responsible for compiling a slate of nominees for the offices of chair, vice chair and secretary, which is then submitted for a vote of the general members of the Association present at this meeting. (General members are legislative information technology professionals employed by a legislature of one of the 50 states, insular possessions, or territories of the United States.) Members of the committee this year were:

Chair: Troy Adkins, Virginia
Members: Sheila Harvey, WV; Kelly Stallings, NC.

Joel Redding presented the following slate of officers for the 2015-16 conference year:
Chair: Terri Clark, Kansas.
Vice-Chair: Linda Wettstone, Virginia Senate
Secretary: Kyle Forster, North Dakota
There were no nominations from the floor.

A motion to accept the slate of officers was made by David Coles.  Joey Sheen seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Past Chair Adkins presented Joel Redding with a plaque expressing NALIT's appreciation for his service during the past year.

Statements from Incoming and Outgoing NALIT Chairs

Outgoing Chair Joel Redding thanked Pam Greenberg, NCSL, for her help and support with NALIT. Pam was presented a Commemorative Plate from Kentucky as a token of his appreciation.

Incoming Chair Clark thanked the members for their confidence, and noted creating webinars and online training would be a focus point for the coming year.  Outgoing Chair Redding was thanked for his focus and commitment to moving NALIT forward during the past year.

The bus to tour Microsoft will be leaving at 9:30 a.m.

The Executive Committee will meet Aug. 6, 2015, at 4:30 p.m. in Room WC301.

The meeting was adjourned.

Submitted by Linda Wettstone, Secretary, Aug. 24, 2015.