NCSL LSCC Subcommittees and Work Groups

11/12/2020

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: Betsy Theroux, Georgia
Tim Bommel, Missouri
Jon Courtney, New Mexico
Jeff Ford, Indiana
Eric Glover, Idaho
Rachel Gudgel, New Mexico
Jennifer Jones, Texas
Susan Kannarr, Kansas
Joshua Nacey, Kentucky
Anthony "Steve" Pike, Virginia
Kristen Rottinghaus, Kansas
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 Subcommittee, 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 effectively 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, 2020-2021:

  • In partnership with NCSL staff, develop and oversee the implementation of a multi-pronged communications strategy and general outreach plan for legislative staff.
  • Review and evaluate the following 2019-2020 IT subcommittee deliverables and make recommendations to strengthen (if needed): the NCSL Preference Center, LSCC Annual Report, NCSL Meetings App, Building Democracy podcast, and ensure all LSCC job descriptions are posted on NCSL's webpage by winter of 2021.
  • Advise on the continued development of the State Engagement Reports.
  • In conjunction with the Certificate and Career Development workgroup, create a training map/infographic that shows NCSL’s professional development opportunities for legislative staff.
  • Provide guidance for re-envisioning a web presence for Young and New Professionals (YNP) group. 
  • Review the metrics and evaluate the communications plan for heightening the status of the legislative staff awards (Legislative Staff Achievement Awards, Notable Document Awards, Online Democracy Award) and make adjustments for 2021.
  • Update the Legislative Staff Nominating Procedures, specifically the general provisions of the procedures.
  • Plan for the 2021 Legislative Staff Week (May 3-7, 2021). 
  • 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: Victor Vialpando-Nuñez, Gene Rose, 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
Ingrid Hernquist, New Jersey
Soren Jacobsen, Idaho
Scott Kaiser, Illinois
Natalie Mullis, Colorado
Eric Nauman, Minnesota
Connie Ridley, Tennessee
Jamie Shanks, Tennessee
Paul Smith, New Hampshire
Will Tracy, Arkansas
Esther van Mourik, Colorado
Sheron Violini, California
Richard Webb, North Carolina
 

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 issues.
  • 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, 2020-2021:

  • Using the blueprint created by the 2017-18 LSCC Legislative Institution Subcommittee, produce a legislative success story video to be shown at the 2021 Legislative Summit.
  • Create a plan, or process, to regularly update LSCC institutional products: Legislative Litigation Toolkit and Guide to Writing and Personnel Manual and make updates as needed.
  • Finalize the following 2019-2020 Legislative Institution subcommittee deliverables: Staff Chair Oral History project and NCSL state liaison support for legislative staff. 
  • Continue to study proven strategies of legislative staff retention and create a deliverable summarizing these strategies.
  • Compile information about how legislatures are operating during the pandemic and create resource document summarizing institutional lessons. 
  • 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: Laura Tobler, Natalie Wood, Mary Wild

Programs and Professional Development Subcommittee

Members

Chair: Sabrina Lewellen, Arkansas
Vice-Chair: Jackie Little, Maine
Melody DeBussey, Georgia
Lonnie Edgar, Mississippi
Miriam Fordham, Kentucky
Matt Gehring, Minnesota
Aurora Hauke, Alaska
Maryann Horch, Virginia
Wendy Jackson, Wisconsin
Othni Lathram, Alabama
Kiernan McGorty, North Carolina
Fred Messerer, California
K.C. Norwalk, Indiana
Jill Reinmuth, Washington
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 Legislative 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, 2020-2021:

  • Review the walking app used during the 2019 Legislative Summit and provide guidance to NCSL about utilizing the walking app (or other fitness programming) at the 2021 Legislative Summit and determine the feasibility of providing fitness apps at future Capitol Forum and PDS meetings. 
  • Review the evaluation results of the 2020 LSMI Online Experience and make recommendations, if needed, about strengthening future online LSMI programs. 
  • Provide faculty recommendations for the Legislative Staff breakfast and the Legislative Staff University at the 2021 Legislative Summit.
  • Monitor the 2019 Senior Staff Leadership Development Program (Dec 1-4, 2019 in Lexington, Mass) and explore options for continued engagement with the cohort.
  • Review the 2020 programming for staff directors (networking/roundtable discussions and professional development series) and determine next steps for staff director engagement in 2021.
  • Review NCSL 2020 Base Camp evaluations and provide programming recommendations for future conference-wide live learning events.
  • Provide hard and soft skill programming ideas for young and new professional (YNP) legislative staff.
  • Discuss the feasibility of providing specific programming for division/deputy directors.
  • 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, Arturo Pérez

Professional Staff Association Officers Work Group

Members

Chair: Eric Nauman, NALFO, Minnesota
Vice-Chair: Martin Brock, NLSSA, North Carolina
Vice-Chair: Fred Messerer, RELACS, California
Melody DeBussey, NALFO, Georgia
Jeff Ford, NALIT, Indiana
Eric Glover, LRL, Idaho
Ingrid Hernquist, LRL, New Jersey
Soren Jacobsen, NALIT, Idaho
Kiernan McGorty, NLPES, North Carolina
Joshua Nacey, LSPA, Kentucky
Kristen Rottinghaus, NLPES, Kansas
Jamie Shanks, RELACS, Tennessee
Paul Smith, ASLCS, New Hampshire
Betsy Theroux, LINCS, Georgia
Will Tracy, LINCS, Arkansas
Sheron Violini, LSPA, California
Richard Webb, NLSSA, South Carolina
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, 2020-2021:

  • Review "Staff Association Overhead Allocation Formula" for “Staff Hub” and joint meetings.
  • Continue to discuss a plan ro market the “best in show” for webinars produced by the professional staff associations.
  • Develop and finalize a generic description about the role of the professional staff association officers on the LSCC that can be used by all professional staff associations. 
  • Finalize the following 2019-2020 Professional Staff Association Officers workgroup deliverables: LSCC designee policies, conference safety guidelines for distribution at meetings, and present the revised overhead allocation formula (for standalone meetings) for consideration to the Full LSCC.
  • Provide a common framework to document and consolidate how staff associations have handled staff association business and programming during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 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: Angela Andrews, Arturo Pérez, Mary Wild

Standing Committees Work Group

Members

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

Goals and responsibilities, pursuant to the LSCC Bylaws:

  • Promote legislative 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, 2020-2021:

  • Plan one to two professional development programs specifically for standing committee officers.
  • Monitor standing committee programming and legislative staff engagement in those programs during the 2020-2021 conference year.
  • Develop a strategy and plan for communicating with legislative staff directors about updating staff standing committee appointments.
  • Create job description for the staff officers of the overall standing committees.
  • 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, Gene Rose

Strategic Planning Work Group

Members

Chair: J.J. Gentry, South Carolina 
Tim Bommel, Missouri
Jon Courtney, New Mexico
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: Stacy Householder, Victor Vialpando-Nuñez, Natalie Wood

Certificate and Career Development Work Group

Members

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

Staff Chair Goals, 2020-2021:

 
  • Evaluate the delivery and execution of the 2020 Legislative Staff Certificate Program.
  • Reccommend targeted engagement or marketing to the inaugural cohorts.
  • Determine whether or not to deliver a certificate program in 2021 and, if yes, establish the next steps with any recommended improvements.
  • In conjunction with the Information Technology, Social Media, E-Learning and Outreach subcommittee, create a training map/infographic that shows NCSL’s professional development opportunities for legislative staff.
  • Establish the groundwork for the development of the second phase for the staff certificate program.

NCSL Staff: Angela Andrews