NCSL Fall Forum

December 8-11, 2010

Phoenix, Arizona


Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee

Agenda and Handouts

(As of December 17, 2010)

Committee sessions are noted in bold.

All sessions will be in the Arizona Biltmore Hotel, unless otherwise noted.

Committee Officers | NCSL Staff Contacts


Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday 


Wednesday, December 8

7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Biltmore McArthur Registration, Level 1


8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Pre-conference Workshops and Seminars

Thursday, December 9

7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Biltmore McArthur Registration, Level 1


8:00 am - 12:45 pm

Pre-conference Workshops and Seminars

10:30 am - 12:00 noon
Biltmore FLW-Salon E, Level 1 

NCSL Steering Committee of the Standing Committees and Committee Officers Orientation

The steering committee consists of the overall Standing Committee officers and the legislator and staff chairs of the individual committees. Members will review plans for this Forum, any policies under consideration, and the rules of procedure in the committees and business meeting.

12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Biltmore FLW-Salon E, Level 1

Standing Committee Legislative Officers Luncheon

This luncheon gives legislative officers of the committees an opportunity to discuss their role in the committees and the committee agendas at the Forum. All legislative officers of the committees are invited to attend.

12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Biltmore FLW-Camelback, Level 2

Standing Committee Staff Officers Luncheon

This luncheon gives staff officers of the committees an opportunity to discuss their role in the committees and the committee agendas at the Forum. All staff officers of the committees are invited to attend.

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Biltmore FLW-Salon D, Level 1

Dodd Frank: Who Won—Banks or Consumers?

In the wake of the economic crises, federal legislators are carefully scrutinizing the dual banking system. The recently passed Dodd-Frank Act brings significant changes to product regulation and protections, including new fees and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Where does this leave the state regulation of banking?


  • Senator Delores Kelley, Maryland, CFI Chair


  • Brad Merrill, Snell & Wilmer, LLP, Utah
  • Chris Mozilo, Vice President, Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Arizona
  • Diane Standaert, Center for Responsible Lending, North Carolina


2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Biltmore FLW-Salon D, Level 1


Communication Regulation and Investment

In this challenging economy, states are looking for ways to increase capital investment and create jobs. Some experts suggest excessive government regulation may impact capital investment by the communications industry, which in turn limits job growth. This session will discuss the balance between regulation and investment, highlighting regulatory strategies that ensure fair and open competition while supporting the growth of the communications industry.


  • Senator Curtis Bramble, Utah
  • Linda Pittsford, Computer Support Center, Legislative Council, Texas, CFI Staff Vice Chair


  • Robert D. Atkinson, President, The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Washington, D.C.
  • Michael Keeling, Past Chair, Arizona Telecommunications and Information Council, Arizona
  • Albert Sterman, Arizona Consumers Council, Arizona


4:15 pm - 6:45 pm
Biltmore McArthur 4, Level 1

Opening Plenary Session

Christopher Thornberg is a founding principal of Beacon Economics and widely considered to be one of California’s leading economic forecasters. An expert in economic forecasting, regional development, real estate dynamics, and labor markets, he was one of the earliest and most adamant predictors of the housing market crash and of the economic recession that has followed.

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Biltmore Aztec, Level 1

Reception at the Biltmore
Friday, December 10

7:00 am - 5:30 pm
Biltmore McArthur Registration, Level 1


7:30 am - 8:30 am
Biltmore McArthur Registration, Level 1

Continental Breakfast

8:30 am - 9:45 am
Biltmore FLW-Salon D, Level 1

Can IT Systems Save Money and Improve Efficiency?

Information technology is a critical, but very costly, part of governments’ infrastructure. When systems need to be upgraded or replaced, what are the best strategies for evaluating options and what opportunities exist to save money and improve delivery of service to citizens?


  • Senator Karin Brownlee, Kansas, CFI Vice Chair
  • Duncan Goss, Director of Information Technology, Legislative Council, Vermont, CFI Vice Staff Chair


  • Carol Henton, Vice President, State and Local Government, TechAmerica, California
  • Chad Kirkpatrick, Director and Chief Information Officer, Government Information Technology Agency (GITA), Arizona
  • Doug Robinson, National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), Kentucky



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9:45 am - 10:00 am


10:00 am - 11:15 am
Biltmore FLW-Salon D, Level 1

Foreclosure Frenzy

The foreclosure process is in turmoil with some mortgage lenders facing law suits and some lenders suspending foreclosure actions. Learn what policymakers and lenders are doing to address problems with the process and ensure fair treatment for homeowners.


  • Melissa Calderwood, Principal Analyst, Legislative Research Department, Kansas, CFI Staff Chair


  • Verise Campbell, Program Administrator, State of Nevada Foreclosure Mediation Program, Nevada
  • Thomas Heinemann, Director, Intergovernmental Relations, Homeownership Preservation Office, Department of the Treasury, Washington, D.C.
  • Kate Krietor, Deputy Director, Community Development, Neighborhood Services Department, City of Phoenix, Arizona
  • Meghan Sullivan, Director, State Legislative and Political Affairs, Mortgage Bankers Association, Washington, D.C.


11:15 am - 11:45 am
Biltmore FLW-Salon D, Level 1

CFI Committee Business Meeting

The committee will consider an action calendar resolution regarding the Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act (NRRA), supporting the enactment of the Surplus Lines Insurance Multistate Compliance Compact (SLIMPACT).


  • Senator Delores Kelley, Maryland, CFI Chair
  • Melissa Calderwood, Kansas, CFI Staff Chair

11:45 am - 1:15 pm
Biltmore McArthur 4, Level 1

Plenary Luncheon

Lou Cannon is author of the critically acclaimed "President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime." His distinguished journalism career includes five books, 26 years as a reporter for The Washington Post and contributing editor and chief executive officer of California Journal. He currently writes on contemporary state government and politics for State Net's Capitol Journal and lectures on the presidency, the media and California politics.

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm  

Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee (LSCC)

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Issue Briefings

3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Biltmore McArthur 1, Level 1

Safety, Privacy and Civility in Cyberspace

Social media tools like Facebook and Twitter are now considered mainstream, but what guidelines or protections govern their use? Whether a user’s private behavior or communications is disclosed or they are bullied online, the consequences can be devastating. Learn about laws and practices that protect privacy and safety and promote civility online.


  • Senator Pamela J. Althoff, Illinois, CFI Vice Chair
  • Assemblymember William C. Horne, Nevada


  • Susan Brenner, University of Dayton School of Law, Ohio
  • Justin Fitzsimmons, National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse, Virginia
  • Nicky Jackson Colaco, Policy Manager, Facebook, California


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Executive Committee Orientation

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Biltmore Gold Room, Level 1

Reception at the Biltmore

Joint with LSCC and Executive Committee

NCSL gratefully acknowledges the Personal Care Products Council for their support of this evening's reception.

Saturday, December 11

7:30 am - 5:30 pm  

Executive Committee


Post-conference Workshops and Seminars


The NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Committee will next meet
during NCSL's Spring Forum to be held in Washington, D.C., April 14-16, 2011.


2010-2011 Committee Officers


Senator Delores Kelley

Vice Chairs:

Senator Pamela Althoff

Senator Karin Brownlee

Representative Cynthia Dill  

Representative Wayne Harper

Delegate Timothy Hugo

Representative Peter Koutoujian

Representative Greg Wren

Immediate Past Chair: 

Representative Brian Kennedy
Rhode Island


Staff Chair:

Melissa Calderwood
Legislative Research Division

Staff Vice Chairs:

Karen Cochrane-Brown
General Assembly
North Carolina

Duncan Goss
Legislative Council

Patricia Murdo
Legislative Services Division

Roger Norman
Division of Legislative Audit

Linda Pittsford
Legislative Council

Immediate Past Staff Chair: 

Mike Sunseri
Legislative Research Commission


For additional information about the Committee, please contact:
Jo Anne Bourquard (303-364-7700, ext. 1355)
Heather Morton (303-364-7700, ext. 1475)
Washington, D.C.
Neal Osten (202-624-8660)
James Ward (202-624-8683)