NCSL LSCC Subcommittees and Work Groups

3/27/2020

The work of the 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

Chair: John Snyder, Kentucky
Vice-Chair: Linda Triplett, Mississippi
Joe Ayala, California
Tim Bommel, Missouri
Jen Carlton, Indiana
Jeff Ford, Indiana
Eric Glover, Idaho
Tim Hay, Florida
Jennifer Jones, Texas
Susan Kannarr, Kansas
Joshua Nacey, Kentucky
Anthony "Steve" Pike, Virginia
Betsy Theroux, Georgia
Brad Young, Ohio

Goals and Responsibilities, pursuant to the LSCC Bylaws:​​​​​​

  • Encouraging and assisting professional staff associations in producing e-learning tools using e-learning funds in part by developing a plan for contacting professional staff associations individually and for providing guidelines for e-learning grant requests and helping make such requests, if needed; 
  • Oversee and Review the use of recording equipment during professional staff association activities;
  • Reviewing e-learning data reflecting participation levels and evaluations;
  • In partnership with the Programs and Professional Development Subcommitte, actively guiding and reviewing NCSL programs for state legislative staff professional education, such as:
    • Introductory education regarding state legislatures to new and junior staff.
    • Encouraging the participation of all staff in NCSL.
    • Informing all state legislative staff, including staff who work for term-limited legislatures, of the value of NCSL and its programs for staff.
    • Promoting legislative service as a career.
  • In partnership with the Programs and Professional Development Subcommittee, the NCSL marketing team, and other NCSL outreach programs, developing outreach strategies that efffectively communicate with state legislative staff and facilitate communications among state legislative staff;
  • Ensuring that electronic learning opportunities, the Annual Summit, the Capitol Forum, and the Legislative Staff Management Institute are effectively promoted and marketed to staff;
  • Ensuring the efficacy and utility of information technology resources deployed by NCSL for state legislative staff use.

Staff Chair Goals, 2019-2020:

  • In partnership with NCSL staff, develop and oversee the implementation of a multi-pronged communications strategy and general outreach plan for legislative staff.
  • Provide feedback of the new NCSL association management system after the "go-live" date.
  • Review the NCSL Event App used at the Legislative Summit, Capitol Forum, and most PDS meetings.
  • Formalize the state data/engagement reports that can be given to legislative staff directors and other key staff during state visits.
  • Provide support and guidance in the development and execution of the "History of State Legislatures" podcast.
  • Create a communications plan for heightening the status of the legislative staff awards andextending the exposure of these awards (Legislative Staff Achievement Awards, Notable Document Awards, Online Democracy Award).
  • Develop an example for an LSCC Annual Report, that can be displayed online and distributed to key staff.
  • Develop a job description for every LSCC membership category (at-large Exec. Committee member, standing committee staff officers, professional staff association officers, descretionary appointments).
  • Update the Legislative Staff Nominating Procedures, specifically the general provisions of the prodecures.
  • After each meeting of the subcommittee, disseminate to the subcommittee members and the Staff Chair an action plan that describes what the subcommittee members and NCSL staff intend to accomplish before the next LSCC meeting. Enter the plan into the electronic chair book. At the end of the summit year, provide a summary of the subcommittee's activities and accomplishments to the incoming Staff Chair and the succeeding subcommittee chair.

NCSL Staff: Arturo Pérez, Victor Vialpando-Nuñez, Molly Ramsdell

Legislative Institution Subcommittee

Members

Chair: Jennifer Jackson, Texas
Vice-Chair: Charlotte Carter-Yamauchi, Hawaii
Monique Appeaning, Louisiana
John Bjornson, North Dakota
Martin Brock, North Carolina
Soren Jacobsen, Idaho
Scott Kaiser, Illinois
Eric Nauman, Minnesota
Connie Ridley, Tennessee
Jamie Shanks, Tennessee
Paul Smith, New Hampshire
Will Tracy, Arkansas
Esther van Mourik, Colorado
Sheron Violini, California
Teresa Wilt, Nevada

Goals and Responsibilities, pursuant to the LSCC Bylaws:​​​​​​

  • Develop a strategy to prepare LSCC members to perform their duties, including updating written materials and improving the orientation and mentorship programs.
  • Develop programs and materials to assist legislatures in dealing with institutional inssues.
  • Develop strategies and programs to promote legislative service as a career.
  • Develop strategies and programs to promote the value of both nonpartisan and partisan legislative staff in legislatures.
  • Identify, support, and create opportunities to positively highlight and promote legislative staff activities and achievements to states' legislative leadership and to the public.

Staff Chair Goals, 2019-2020:

  • Complete the revision and update of NCSL's Guide for Writing a State Legislative Personnel Manual.
  • Using the blueprint created by the 2017-2018 Legislative Institution Subcommittee, produce a legislative success story video to be shown at the 2019 Legislative Summit.
  • Examine the feasibility of creating an exchange program for legislative staff.
  • Establish a process to update, either annually or biennially, the Legislative Litigation Toolkit.
  • Create a scope of work to study the retention of legislative staff and develop strategies legislatures can use to retain legislative staff.
  • Conduct a review and provide constructive feedback on the ways to strengthen the effectiveness of the State Liaison program to heighten NCSL's institutional work.
  • Discuss the viability and potential process of creating an "Oral History of the Institution" with past Staff Chairs.
  • Provide suggestions and ideas for the May 2020 Legislative Staff Week.
  • After each meeting of the subcommittee, disseminate to the subcommittee members and the Staff Chair an action plan that describes what the subcommittee members and NCSL staff intend to accomplish before the next LSCC meeting. Enter the plan into the electronic chair book. At the end of the summit year, provide a summary of the subcommittee's activities and accomplishments to the incoming Staff Chair and the succeeding subcommittee chair.

NCSL Staff: Natalie Wood, Laura Tobler, Mary Wild

Programs and Professional Development Subcommittee

Members

Chair: Sabrina Lewellen, Arkansas
Vice-Chair: Othni Lathram, Alabama
Jon Courtney, New Mexico
Melody DeBussey, Georgia
Lonnie Edgar, Mississippi
Miriam Fordham, Kentucky
Matt Gehring, Minnesota
Rachel Gudgel, New Mexico
Aurora Hauke, Alaska
Maryann Horch, Virginia
Wendy Jackson, Wisconsin
Jackie Little, Maine
Kiernan McGorty, North Carolina
Fred Messerer, California
K.C. Norwalk, Indiana
Anne Sappenfield, Wisconsin

Goals and Responsibilities, pursuant to the LSCC Bylaws:​​​​​​

  • Work with professional staff association officers to review and promote professional development seminars.
  • Recommend speakers, programming, and related marketing for LSCC-sponsored sessions at the Legislative Summit, including associated scheduling and program format issues.
  • Oversee the Leigslative Management Institute and its marketing efforts.
  • Identify topics for Lscc-sponsored e-learning opportunities and relay those topics to the Subcommittee on Information Technology, Social Media, E-Learning and Outreach for consideration and possible production.

Staff Chair Goals, 2019-2020:

  • Review the walking app used during the 2019 Legislative Summit and provide guidance to NCSL about utilitizing the walking app (or other fitness programming) at the 2020 Legislative Summit and determine the feasibility of providing fitness apps at the 2020 Capitol Forum and 2020 PDS meetings.
  • Study the feasibility of holding a future Legislative Staff management Institute (2021 or 2022) in an east coast location.
  • Provide faculty recommendations for the Legislative Staff breakfast and the Legislative Staff University at the 2020 Legislative Summit.
  • evaluate the inaugural Senior Staff Leadership Development Program (Dec. 1-4, 2019 in Lexington, Mass.) and make recommendations regarding future programming.
  • Review the 2019 Staff Director summit workshop and make recommendations for future programming.
  • Discuss programming for each major meeting targeted specifically to "Young and New Professionals".
  • After each meeting of the subcommittee, disseminate to the subcommittee members and the Staff Chair an action plan that describes what the subcommittee members and NCSL staff intend to accomplish before the next LSCC meeting. Enter the plan into the electronic chair book. At the end of the summit year, provide a summary of the subcommittee's activities and accomplishments to the incoming Staff Chair and the succeeding subcommittee chair.

NCSL Staff: Angela Andrews, Stacy Householder

Professional Staff Association Officers Work Group

Members

Chair: Eric Nauman, NALFO, Minnesota
Vice-Chair: Martin Brock, NLSSA, North Carolina
Vice-Chair: Betsy Theroux, LINCS, Georgia
Jon Courtney, NLPES, New Mexico
Melody DeBussey, NALFO, Georgia
Jeff Ford, NALIT, Indiana
Eric Glover, LRL, Idaho
Tim Hay, NLSSA, Florida
Soren Jacobsen, NALIT, Idaho
Kiernan McGorty, NLPES, North Carolina
Fred Messerer, RELACS, California
Joshua Nacey, LSPA, Kentucky
Jamie Shanks, RELACS, Tennessee
Paul Smith, ASLCS, New Hampshire
Will Tracy, LINCS, Arkansas
Sheron Violini, LSPA, California
Teresa Wilt, LRL, Nevada
Brad Young, ASLCS, Ohio

Goals and responsibilities, pursuant to the LSCC Bylaws:

  • Promote and assist in producing annual professional development seminars for professional staff associations, including assistance in program planning and coordination.
  • Consider options other than seminars for offering professional development opportunities, including the use of e-learning grant funds, and provide oversight of any group efforts and coordinate with the Subcommittee on Information Technology, Social Media, E-Learning and Outreach regarding e-learning plan.
  • Exchange ideas and share information with professional staff associations.
  • Develop strategies to support the operation of each professional staff association and communicate those strategies to the LSCC as necessary.
  • Promote professional staff association outreach and encourage involvement in staff association activities.

Staff Chair Goals, 2019-2020:

  • Review "Staff Association Overhead Allocation Formula".
  • Study the feasibility of giving an award to a professional staff association for the best webinar.
  • Develop a policy for staff association designees at the LSCC in order to ensure continuity of work.
  • Create a concise conference safety guidelines flyer that can be distributed at every PDS meeting.
  • After each meeting of the work group, disseminate to the work group members and the Staff Chair an action plan that describes what the work group members and NCSL staff intend to accomplish before the next LSCC meeting. Enter the plan into the electronic chair book. At the end of the summit year, provide a summary of the work group's activities and accomplishments to the incoming Staff Chair and the succeeding work group chair.

NCSL Staff: Arturo Pérez, Mary Wild

Standing Committees Work Group

Members

Co-Chair: Lonnie Edgar, Mississippi
Co-Chair: Jennifer Jones, Texas
John Bjornson, North Dakota
Monique Appeaning, Louisiana
K.C. Norwalk, Indiana
Esther van Mourik, Colorado

Goals and responsibilities, pursuant to the LSCC Bylaws:

  • Promote legisaltive staff participation in the NCSL standing committees.
  • Monitor NCSL standing committee meetings.
  • Evaluate staff officer involvement and inclusion in NCSL standing committee activities such as the setting of the committee agenda and participation in committee sessions. Develop outreach proposals to encourage staff to serve on NCSL standing committees and relay those proposals to the Subcommittee on Information Technology, Social Media, E-Learning and Outreach for consideration.

Staff Chair Goals, 2019-2020:

  • Examine the effectiveness of the policy working groups and make recommendations for improving the priority-setting process.
  • Establish and/or reinforce the roles and responsibilities of legislative staff to participate in the policy-making process and standing committee meetings.
  • Develop an at-a-glance guide of NCSL rules of procedure and parliamentary procedures that are commonly used during standing committee business meetings.
  • After each meeting of the work group, disseminate to the work group members and the Staff Chair an action plan that describes what the work group members and NCSL staff intend to accomplish before the next LSCC meeting. Enter the plan into the electronic chair book. At the end of the summit year, provide a summary of the work group's activities and accomplishments to the incoming Staff Chair and the succeeding work group chair.

NCSL Staff: Molly Ramsdell, Laura Tobler

Strategic Planning Work Group

Members

Chair: J.J. Gentry, South Carolina 
Joe Ayala, California
Tim Bommel, Missouri
Jen Carlton, Indiana
Rachel Gudgel, New Mexico
Jennifer Jackson, Texas
Scott Kaiser, Illinois
Susan Kannarr, Kansas
Anthony "Steve" Pike, Virginia

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: Natalie Wood, Stacy Householder, Victor Vialpando-Nuñez

Certificate and Career Development Work Group

Members

Co-Chair: Wendy Jackson, Wisconsin
Co-Chair: Linda Triplett, Mississippi
Charlotte Carter-Yamauchi, Hawaii
Miriam Fordham, Kentucky
Matt Gehring, Minnesota
Aurora Hauke, Alaska
Maryann Horch, Virginia
Othni Lathram, Alabama
Sabrina Lewellen, Arkansas
Jackie Little, Maine
Connie Ridley, Tennessee
Anne Sappenfield, Wisconsin
John Snyder, Kentucky

Staff Chair Goals, 2019-2020:

  • Provide guidance and assist in the development, marketing and execution of the 2020 pilot Legislative Staff Certificate Program.
  • Develop an evaluation to be used after the execution of the 2020 pilot Legislative Staff Certificate Program.
  • Lay the groundwork for the development of the second phase for the staff certificate program.
  • Determine the feasibility of establishing a partner to administer the certificate program.
  • Discuss and make recommendations on establishing a biennial senior staff experiential learning experience held in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with the Capitol Forum.
  • Create and finalize a training map or infographic that shows NCSL's professional development opportunities for legislative staff.

NCSL Staff: Angela Andrews