NCSL LSCC Subcommittees and Work Groups

7/26/2022

The work of the 2021-2022 Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee (LSCC) is completed by workgroups and subcommittees. Every member of the LSCC is appointed to a workgroup and to a subcommittee by the NCSL staff chair. The LSCC bylaws describe the scope of each of the workgroups and the subcommittees and the NCSL staff chair also sets goals for each workgroup and subcommittee.

Each LSCC meeting includes meetings of the workgroups and subcommittees and at least one meeting of the entire LSCC.

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Information Technology, Social Media, E-Learning and Outreach Subcommittee

Members

Co-Chair: Sabrina Lewellen, Arkansas
Co-Chair: Eric Nauman, Minnesota 
Vice Chair: Jon Courtney, New Mexico
Vice-Chair: Miriam Fordham, Kentucky
Tim Bommel, Missouri
Martin Brock, North Carolina
Justin Cajindos, Oklahoma
Lonnie Edgar, Mississippi
Sarah Elmore-Hernandez, Guam
Soren Jacobsen, Idaho
Claudia Mendez, Puerto Rico
Nate Rohan, Wisconsin
John Snyder, Kentucky
Betsy Theroux, Georgia
Kristin Rottinghaus, Kansas
Brad Young, Ohio

Staff Chair Goals, 2021-2022: 

  • Provide feedback about the NCSL website and ways to enhance the user experience for legislative staff.
  • Review the NCSL meetings app and provide feedback about the user experience for legislative staff.
  • Review quarterly metrics of NCSL’s social media accounts.
  • Review NCSL’s communication tools that help facilitate legislative staff communication (listserves, newsletters, marketing emails, etc) to ensure they are effective communication and information sharing tools for legislative staff.
  • Study, make recommendations and, if feasible, create a legislative staff state coordinator program to promote NCSL in conjunction with the legislator state coordinator program and NCSL staff state liaison programs.  
  • Review NCSL’s plan for legislative staff outreach to ensure that legislative staff with diverse backgrounds are aware of NCSL’s services and opportunities to get involved and assist NCSL in producing an outreach campaign to staff with diverse backgrounds.
  • Examine the benefits and challenges of NCSL using digital badging and, if feasible, provide recommendations to NCSL about engaging in a digital badging program.
  • In conjunction with the standing committee and professional staff association workgroups, assist with the creation of an online orientation to NCSL for new legislative staff.
  • Review LSCC bylaws as it pertains to the scope and responsibilities of the IT, Social Media, E-Learning and Outreach subcommittee and, if necessary, provide recommendations for revising the bylaws regarding the scope of this subcommittee to the current staff chair.

NCSL Staff: Victor Vialpando-Nuñez, Gene Rose, Molly Ramsdell

Legislative Institution Subcommittee

Members

Chair: Matt Gehring, Minnesota
Vice-Chair: Tim Sekerak, Oregon
Vice-Chair: Will Tracy, Arkansas
Monique Appeanning, Louisiana
John Bjornson, North Dakota
Michelle Davis, Maryland
Ingrid Hernquist, New Jersey
Susan Kannarr, Kansas
K.C. Norwalk, Indiana
Michelle O'Brien, Idaho
Amy Skei, Washington
Paul Smith, New Hampshire
Richard Webb, South Carolina
Jeff Wice, New York

Staff Chair Goals, 2021-2022:

  • Study, make recommendations and, if feasible, establish a Young and New Professionals (YNP) mentor program to encourage young and new legislative staff to continue in their legislative careers and NCSL involvement. 
  • In conjunction with the Programs and Professional Development subcommittee, monitor the implementation of recommendations from the YNP subgroup from the 2020-2021 LSCC.
  • Coordinate with the Professional Staff Association workgroup to develop a plan to implement the Legislative Staff Exchange Program (LSEP) and study the feasibility of broadening to include international exchanges.   
  • Continue to guide NCSL with the study of legislative staff turnover and retention and support the creation of a resource document that summarizes strategies for retaining legislative staff. 
  • Finalize the “Oral History of the Institution” video series with NCSL staff chairs.
  • Establish a process to update, either annually or biennially, NCSL/LSCC publications, including the Legislative Litigation Toolkit and NCSL’s Guide for a Writing a State Personnel Manual.
  • Review LSCC bylaws as it pertains to the scope and responsibilities of the Legislative Institution subcommittee and, if necessary, provide recommendations for revising the bylaws regarding the scope of this subcommittee to the current staff chair.

NCSL Staff: Laura Tobler, Natalie Wood, Mary Wild

Programs and Professional Development Subcommittee

Members

Co-Chair: Aurora Hauke, Alaska 
Co-Chair: Othni Lathram, Alabama
Vice-Chair: Scott Kaiser, Illinois
Doug Himes, Tennessee
Jessica Lundgren, Maine
Fred Messerer, California
Natalie Mullis, Colorado
Rich Olsen, West Virginia
Aundrea Peterson, Utah
Anthony "Steve" Pike, Virginia
Branden Pursinger, Oregon
Jill Reinmuth, Washington
Eric Thomas, Washington
Erica Warren, Kentucky
 

Staff Chair Goals, 2021-2022:

  • Evaluate the 2021 legislative staff certificate program and recommend any necessary changes that will strengthen the certificate program and consider the creation of additional certificate programs and/or “stackable credentials.”    
  • Study, make recommendations and, if feasible, create a stipend or scholarship program for the Legislative Staff Management Institute (LSMI) and other NCSL staff professional development programs, so as to encourage participation by legislative staff who might otherwise be unable to afford NCSL professional development opportunities. 
  • Study the feasibility of holding a future Legislative Staff Management Institute program in 2023 in a location other than Sacramento, Calif.
  • Provide faculty recommendations for NCSL legislative staff programming, including the Legislative Staff breakfast and Legislative Staff University at the 2022 Legislative Summit, 2022 Base Camp, Young and New Professionals (YNP) and staff directors.
  • In conjunction with the Legislative Institution subcommittee, monitor the implementation of recommendations from the YNP subgroup from the 2020-2021 LSCC.
  • Review LSCC bylaws as it pertains to the scope and responsibilities of the Programs and Professional Development subcommittee and, if necessary, provide recommendations for revising the bylaws regarding the scope of this subcommittee to the current staff chair.

NCSL Staff: Angela Andrews, Stacy Householder, Arturo Pérez

Professional Staff Association Officers Work Group

Members

Co-Chair: Soren Jacobsen, NALIT, Idaho
Co-Chair: Fred Messerer, RELACS, California
Vice-Chair: Aundrea Peterson, LINCS, Utah
Vice-Chair: Erica Warren, RELACS, Kentucky
Justin Cajindos, LSPA, Oklahoma
Ingrid Hernquist, LRL, New Jersey
Jessica Lundgren, LRL, Maine
Michelle O'Brien, NLSSA, Idaho
Braden Pursinger, Oregon, LSPA
Nate Rohan, NALIT, Wisconsin
Kristen Rottinghaus, NLPES, Kansas
Tim Sekerak, ASLCS, Oregon
Amy Skei, NALFO, Washington
Eric Thomas, NLPES, Washington
Will Tracy, LINCS, Arkansas
Richard Webb, NLSSA, South Carolina
Brad Young, ASLCS, Ohio

Staff Chair Goals, 2021-2022:

  • Evaluate the current overhead allocation for joint and “Staff Hub” meetings and make recommendations, if warranted, to revise the overhead allocation formula for future joint and “Staff Hub” meetings.
  • In conjunction with the Staff Hub ATL 2022 Program Planning and Oversight Committee, create an evaluation that will be used at the 2022 Staff Hub meeting in order to inform participating professional staff associations and NCSL about the value of holding this type of meeting in future.    
  • In conjunction with the Standing Committee workgroup and IT subcommittee, assist with the creation of an online orientation to NCSL program.
  • Coordinate with the Legislative Institution subcommittee to develop a plan to implement the Legislative Staff Exchange Program (LSEP) and study the feasibility of broadening to include international exchanges.  
  • Review LSCC bylaws as it pertains to the scope and responsibilities of the Professional Staff Association Officers work group subcommittee and, if necessary, provide recommendations for revising the bylaws regarding the scope of this work group to the current staff chair.

NCSL Staff: Angela Andrews, Arturo Pérez, Mary Wild

Standing Committees Work Group

Members

Co-Chair: Lonnie Edgar, Mississippi
Co-Chair: K.C. Norwalk, Indiana
Monique Appeaning, Louisiana
John Bjornson, North Dakota
Michelle Davis, Maryland
Miriam Fordham, Kentucky
Jeff Wice, New York
 

Staff Chair Goals, 2021-2022:

  • Evaluate any proposed changes to the standing committees, task forces, and policy working groups to ensure legislative staff interests are best served, make recommendations, and implement recommendations.
  • Study, make recommendations and, if feasible, establish a program for legislative staff to take on a participatory role in committee business meetings and the annual business meeting by serving as neutral parliamentarians.        
  • In conjunction with the Professional Staff Association workgroup and IT subcommittee, assist with the creation of an online orientation to NCSL program.
  • Review LSCC bylaws as it pertains to the scope and responsibilities of the Standing Committee Officers work group and, if necessary, provide recommendations for revising the bylaws regarding the scope of this work group to the current staff chair.

NCSL Staff: Molly Ramsdell, Laura Tobler, Gene Rose

Strategic Planning Work Group

Members

Chair: Anne Sappenfield, NCSL Staff Vice Chair, Wisconsin
Martin Brock, North Carolina
Jon Courtney, New Mexico
Sarah Elmore-Hernandez, Guam
Matt Gehring, Minnesota
Aurora Hauke, Alaska
Othni Lathram, Alabama
Sabrina Lewellen, Arkansas
Eric Nauman, Minnesota
John Snyder, Kentucky

Goals and responsibilities, pursuant to the LSCC Bylaws:

  • The work group may develop, annually, a strategic plan that establishes goals and priorities which are consistent with the purposes of the LSCC and which are to be accomplished in the following year, propose initiatives and programs suitable for accomplishing the goals and priorities, and suggest strategies for implementing the initiatives and programs.

NCSL Staff: Stacy Householder, Victor Vialpando-Nuñez

2021-2022 Legislative Operations and the Pandemic Special Work Group 

Members

Co-Chair: Paul Smith, New Hampshire
Co-Chair: Betsy Theroux, Georgia
Tim Bommel, Missouri
Doug Himes, Tennessee
Scott Kaiser, Illinois
Susan Kannarr, Kansas
Claudia Mendez, Puerto Rico
Natalie Mullis, Colorado
Rich Olsen, West Virginia
Anthony "Steve" Pike, Virginia
Jill Reinmuth, Washington

Staff Chair Goals, 2021-2022:

  • Study legislative operations and legislative staff practices implemented by various legislatures during the pandemic and produce a report or resource document summarizing practices and institutional lessons.
 

NCSL Staff: Natalie Wood