CFI Committee 2013 Fall Forum Agenda


The Fall Forum brings together legislators and staff to craft solutions to critical issues and network with colleagues from around the nation. Legislators met at Lobby Day on Capitol Hill to advocate for the states while legislative staff attended exclusive issue briefings. And work on important state issues as part of NCSL's standing committees.

Committee-related sessions are noted in bold. All sessions were held at the Marriott Wardman Park (MWP) unless otherwise noted.

View the master Fall Forum online agenda. Go back to the Fall Forum Homepage.


Master Agenda | Committee Officers | NCSL Staff

Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday
Tuesday, Dec. 3

7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
MWP Mezzanine-Registration A


8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Pre Conference Seminars and Workshops

11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
MWP Mezzanine-Harding


Insurance University (Invite Only)
Sponsored by the Griffith Foundation

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Registration, Welcome and Lunch

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Insurance Fundamentals

1:20 – 2:30 p.m.
Insurance Coverages

2:45 – 4 p.m.
Insurance Public Policy and Regulation

4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
Panel on State-Based Insurance Regulation

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 4

7 a.m. – 5 p.m.


8 a.m. noon

Pre Conference Seminars and Webinars

10 11 a.m.
MWP Mezzanine-Thurgood Marshall North

New Staff Officer Orientation

An opportunity for new standing committee legislative staff officers to meet and discuss staff engagement in the committee process.

11 11:30 a.m
MWP Mezzanine-Thurgood Marshall North

Steering Committee of the Standing Committees

The steering committee, which includes the overall standing committee officers and the legislator and staff co chairs of each standing committee, review plans for the meeting and preview policies under consideration, and decide on joint referrals of policy resolutions as necessary.

11:30 a.m.  – 12:30 p.m.
MWP Mezzanine-Thurgood Marshall SW

Welcome Lunch

Attend a briefing by NCSL officers and staff on the issues to be discussed on Capitol Hill.

12:30 - 1:00 pm

Buses leave for Capitol Hill and Staff Briefings

1 – 5 p.m.

Congressional Meetings on Capitol Hill

All state legislators and interested legislative staff meet with members of their congressional delegation to discuss NCSL's priority issues.

1 – 5 p.m.

Legislative Staff Briefings

Legislative staff have the opportunity to participate in special briefings.

  • IDEA Partnership Workshop
  • Library of Congress Tour and Briefing
  • Visit and Discussion at the Federal Communications Commission
  • A Discussion with Congressional Budget Office Staff
  • Briefing on Intelligent Transportation Systems at the U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Briefing with Department of Interior (DoI) Officials and DoI Museum Tour

5 – 6:30 p.m.


The 2013 Restoring the Balance award will be presented to Senator Lamar Alexander, Senator Dick Durbin, Senator Mike Enzi and Senator Heidi Heitkamp.

Thursday, Dec. 5

7 a.m. – 5 p.m.


8:15 – 9:45 a.m.
MWP Exhibition Hall C-Lincoln 4

Mobile Payments and Digital Currencies
Co-sponsored with the Budgets and Revenue Committee

Mobile payments and related technologies are disrupting traditional payment methods. But the regulatory framework underpinning these novel technologies—money transmission—was largely designed in the late 19th century. Are the money transmission laws still relevant for these new technologies? How are states addressing the onset of mobile payments and digital currencies?


  • Douglas Kantor, Steptoe, Washington, D.C.
  • Jason Oxman, Electronic Transactions Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Devin Whitney, eBay Inc., California


9:45 – 10 a.m.


10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
MWP Exhibition Hall C-Lincoln 4


Housing Finance Reform Roundtable
Co-sponsored with the Labor and Economic Development Committee

Discussions are underway to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. There are proposals in Congress and the administration, but the devil is in the details. What should the reform look like?


  • Mark Calabria, Cato Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • Julia Gordon, Center for American Progress, Washington, D.C.
  • Gerald Howard, National Association of Home Builders, Washington, D.C.

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Plenary Lunch

1:30 – 2 p.m.
MWP Exhibition Hall C-Lincoln 4

CFI Committee Business Meeting

Vote on the following submitted policy directive amendment and resolution and discuss developing issues in the states:


  • Representative Chris Perone, Connecticut
  • Gary Schaefer, Senate, Louisiana

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
MWP Exhibition Hall C-Lincoln 4


States Up the Ante on Online Gaming
Co-sponsored with the Budgets and Revenue Committee

In April, Nevada officially began offering poker players within the state an opportunity to gamble online legally. With New Jersey and Delaware soon to follow suit, states will begin evaluating the early successes and problems presented when initially offering online gambling to citizens. Examine the issues Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey have faced setting up online gambling, potential state legislation in 2014 and pending federal action.


  • Jonathan Griffin, NCSL, Colorado
  • Jennifer Webb, National Council of Legislators From Gaming States, Washington, D.C.

3:30 – 4:45 p.m.
MWP Exhibition Hall C-Lincoln 4


Financial Exploitation of the Elderly
Co-sponsored with the Law and Criminal Justice Committee

Seniors and their money are frequent targets of those who perpetrate financial frauds and scams, making it a growing concern in states. Learn about state legislation and federal policies designed to prevent the crime and protect the elderly and vulnerable adults.


  • Senator Terry Clark Burton, Mississippi
  • Senator Mac Schneider, North Dakota
  • Robert Chapman, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Washington, D.C.
  • Nora Dowd Eisenhower, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Washington, D.C.
  • Ryan Wilson, AARP, Washington, D.C.

5 – 6 p.m.
MWP Mezzanine-Thurgood Marshall North

Steering Committee of the Standing Committees

Review the policies reported from the standing committees at the Fall Forum and determine the calendar for the business meeting on Friday, Dec. 6, at 1:00 p.m.

6 – 7 p.m.
MWP Mezzanine-Thurgood Marshall Foyer


Friday, Dec. 6

7:30 a.m. – 12 noon
MWP Mezzanine-Registration A


8:30 – 10 a.m.
MWP Exhibition Hall C-Lincoln 4


Taxing the Cloud and Discussion on State & Federal Tax Reform
Co-sponsored by the Budgets and Revenue Committee, Labor and Economic Development Committee and the Task Force on State and Local Taxation of Communications

Join us for a two part breakfast session on Digital Taxation and Tax Reform.

The development of cloud computing and digital products has put state governments in a fog to define what a digital product or service is, determine whether or not it is taxable, and if so, who has the authority to tax it. Clarify the hazy definition of "cloud" and explore how other states have taxed digital services and products.


  • Larry Crenshaw, AT&T, Texas
  • Stephen Kranz, McDermott, Will & Emery, Washington, D.C.
  • Scott Mackey, KSE Partners, LLP, Vermont

Many states have recently reformed their tax systems, and now the federal government may follow suit. What does this mean for states? Find out what the implications may be and discuss recent state tax reform efforts.


  • David Brunori, Tax Analysts, Virginia
  • Joe Crosby, Multistate Associates Incorporated, Virginia


10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
MWP Exhibition Hall C-Lincoln 4


Leveraging IT Investments to Strengthen Government

New technologies provide a range of opportunities for governments to strengthen services to citizens, improve efficiency and security, and fight fraud and abuse. Learn about programs that improve government decision making and deliver cost savings and/or revenue return for states.


  • Mitch Herckis, NASCIO, Washington, D.C.
  • Robert Latham, SAS, North Carolina
  • Scott Straub, LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Washington, D.C.


11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
MWP Mezzanine-Thurgood Marshall SW


Plenary Lunch
NCSL gratefully acknowledges AT&T for sponsoring this plenary luncheon session.

The 2013 Americans for the Arts award will be presented to Senator Wes Hayes, South Carolina. The 2013 Steven D. Gold Award for Significant Contributions in Public Finance will be presented to Stephen Klein, Chief Fiscal Officer, Vermont Legislative Joint Fiscal Office. Gridlock in Washington. Who’s to blame? Republicans? Democrats? Both parties? Bottom line, Americans want and expect their government to work. How do we get there? Hear from two national leaders spearheading an effort to find a way for politicians to work together for the common good. John Huntsman, former Utah Governor and Evan Bayh, former Indiana Governor and U.S. Senator are the leaders of No Labels, a national organization working with members of Congress from both political parties to work across the aisle to solve our nation’s problems.

1 – 1:30 p.m.
MWP Mezzanine-Thurgood Marshall SW

NCSL Business Meeting

The business meeting features consideration of policy directives and resolutions adopted in the standing committees on Thursday.

1:30 – 2 p.m.
MWP Exhibition Hall C-Lincoln 3


Leveraging IT Investments to Strengthen Government FSL Partners Project Business Meeting

The project steering committee, which includes all the officers of the CFI Committee and Foundation for State Legislatures (FSL) partners, will meet to discuss project goals and plan future project activities.

1:30 – 5 p.m.

Post Conference Workshops and Seminars


The NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Standing Committee will next meet
during NCSL's Legislative Summit to be held in Minneapolis, Minn., Aug. 19-22, 2014.
Please plan to attend!


2013-2014 Committee Officers


Senator Wayne Harper
Representative Chris Perone
Vice Chairs:
Senator Thomas Alexander 
South Carolina
Representative Joe Atkins
Senator Judson Hill
Senator Travis Holdman
Representative John Hunt
New Hampshire
Representative Ross Hunter
Representative Martha Jane King
Representative Darryl Scott
Delegate Michael Vaughn
Representative Henry Zuber, III

Staff Co-Chairs:
Curtis Clothier
Legislative Affairs Agency
Gary Schaefer

Staff Vice Chairs:
Heather Fennell
Research Division
North Carolina
Russell Humphrey
Chief Clerk of the Senate
Brian Johnson
Senate Research

Immediate Past Staff Co-Chairs:
Patricia Murdo
Legislative Services Division
Lisa Wallmeyer
Joint Committee on Technology and Science


For additional information about the CFI Committee, please contact:
Heather Morton, 303-856-1475
Jo Anne Bourquard, 303-856-1355
Washington, D.C.
James Ward, 202-624-8683