NCSL Fall Forum

November 30-December 2, 2011

Tampa, Florida


Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee

Agenda and Handouts

(As of December 19, 2011)

 Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday

Committee sessions are noted in bold.

Master Agenda | Committee Officers | NCSL Staff Contacts

Tuesday, November 29


Pre-conference Workshops and Seminars

12:00 noon - 5:00 pm
Registration, Level 2 


Wednesday, November 30

7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Registration, Level 2 


8:30 am - 10:00 am
Meeting Room 1, Level 2

Mobile Health
Joint with Transforming Health Care Through Technology Partners Project

This session will focus on advancements in home health care and explore the ways that mobile technology is revolutionizing health care delivery.


  • Senator Delores Kelley, Maryland


  • Colleen Lerro, Consumer Electronics Association, Virginia
  • Laurie Orlov, Aging In Place Technology Watch, Florida
  • Michael Santorelli, Advanced Communications Law & Policy Institute, New York


10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Salon F, Level 2

Steering Committee of the Standing Committees and Committee Orientation

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

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Salons CD, Level 2

Debt Collection [CLE]

With the recession and housing crisis, many consumers fell behind in paying their bills, causing their creditors to initiate the debt collection process. Despite state and federal regulations designed to prohibit deceptive, unfair, and abusive practices by collectors, consumers logged more than 140,000 complaints in 2010 with the FTC about collectors and their practices. Come learn about debt collection regulation and recent reforms.


  • Patricia Murdo, Legislative Services Division, Montana


  • Julie Bush, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, D.C.
  • David Cherner, ACA International, Minnesota
  • Bill Morin, Office of Financial Regulation, Florida


2:30 pm - 2:45 pm


2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Salons CD, Level 2

State Sovereignty in the Regulation of Online Gaming
Joint with Budgets & Revenue Committee

Regulation and taxation of the gaming industry has traditionally been left to the discretion of state governments. However, federal legislation has been introduced that may encroach upon a states prerogative to regulate gaming within its own borders, and have a negative impact on states revenues. This session will provide an overview of the possible fiscal and regulatory impacts on states.


  • Representative Wayne Harper, Utah


  • Senator Roderick D. Wright, California
  • Mark Hichar, Edwards Wildman Palmer, LLP, Rhode Island
  • Anthony Holtzman, K&L Gates LLP, Pennsylvania 

4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Salon E, Level 2  

Opening General Session: John Rutledge

For 35 years, John Rutledge has traveled the world advising governments, corporations, pension funds and individual investors on how to create, grow and manage wealth. He is chairman of Rutledge Capital, and was one of the principal architects of the Reagan economic plan in 1980-81.

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Young Professionals’ Networking Reception

Join your colleagues at Champions Sports Bar in the hotel before the opening reception. Light appetizers provided, cash bar.

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tampa Bay History Center
801 Old Water Street

NCSL gratefully acknowledges the NCSL Foundation for State Legislatures for sponsoring this event.

Join your colleagues for a networking reception! The Tampa Bay History Center is located at 801 Old Water Street which is a five-minute walk, east along the channel Riverwalk.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Registration, Level 2 


7:30 am - 8:30 am
Salon E, Level 2

Continental Breakfast
NCSL gratefully acknowledges ExxonMobil for sponsoring this event.

Enjoy some breakfast before attending your committee meetings!

8:30 am - 9:45 am
Salons CD, Level 2

Dodd Frank Implementation Update

The session will explore the implementation of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law and its impact on banking, insurance and securities regulation.


  • Representative Greg Wren, Alabama


  • Kevin McKechnie, American Bankers Insurance Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Nicholas Rathod, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Washington, D.C.
  • Amanda Yanek, National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Washington, D.C.

9:45 am - 10:15 am
Salons CD, Level 2

CFI Business Meeting

Members of the committee will discuss and vote on revised policy directives relating to communications issues.

10:15 am - 10:30 am


10:30 am - 11:45 am
Salons CD, Level 2

Flood Insurance

The National Flood Insurance Program has been devastated by past years’ hurricane seasons and other natural disasters. This session will review the program, efforts on Capitol Hill to shore it up or reform it, and states’ interests in these efforts.


  • Karen Cochrane-Brown, General Assembly, North Carolina


  • Kenton Brine, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, Washington
  • Richard Clements, PIA National Secretary/Assistant Treasurer, Louisiana
  • Edward Connor, Deputy Associate Administrator for Federal Insurance, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, D.C.
  • Merle Scheiber, Director of Insurance, Department of Labor and Regulation, South Dakota

11:45 am - 1:15 pm
Salons EF, Level 2

General Session Luncheon - A Model for State Pension Reform

States are considering a model for state pension reform called a "hybrid" that provides employees with both a traditional pension plan and a 401(k)-type plan. It has been adopted in Utah and is under consideration in Rhode Island. It can provide safer employee benefits than moving entirely to a 401(k)-type plan, and can be less expensive for governments than a traditional plan. Speakers will show how this plan works, and its pros and cons.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Salons AB, Level 2

Smart Phone Meet the 4th Amendment [CLE]
Joint session with Law & Criminal Justice Committee

As wireless technology becomes smaller and smarter, issues around warrantless searches of cell phones become larger and more common. Discuss state issues and actions related to warrantless searches of cell phones at time of arrest.


  • Senator Joni Cutler, South Dakota
  • Representative Chris Perone, Connecticut


  • Representative Thomas Upton Reynolds, II, Mississippi
  • Mary Kennedy, Counsel, Senate Committee on Public Safety, California
  • Wayne Logan, Florida State University College of Law, Florida

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm


3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Salons CD, Level 2

Leveraging Innovative Technologies to Combat Health Care Fraud
Joint session with Transforming Health Care Through Technology Partners Project

This session will explore successful strategies to combat fraud and abuse in health care. Speakers will discuss the use sophisticated IT systems and increased information sharing to identify abuses and reduce losses.


  • Representative Rosie Berger, Wyoming


  • Kelli Garvanian, Emdeon, Illinois
  • David Lewis, Director, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Office of the Attorney General, Florida
  • Kathy Mosbaugh, LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Florida


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Florida Salons V & VI, Level 2

Steering Committee of the Standing Committees

The steering committee will review the policies reported from the Standing Committees at the Forum and determine the calendar for the NCSL Business Meeting on Friday December 2, at 10:30 a.m.

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Lobby Patio, Level 2


NCSL gratefully acknowledges AT&T for sponsoring this event.

Friday, December 2

7:30 am - 10:00 am
Registration, Level 2 


8:30 am - 10:30 am
Salons EF, Level 2

Plenary Breakfast - Doing More with Less in K-12 Education

National and state education leaders will discuss ways to reallocate education money based on successful reforms to achieve better student performance. Speakers include Karen Baroody, managing director at Education Resource Strategies and Texas Representative Scott Hochberg, a leader in public school finance.

10:30 am - 12:00 noon
Salons ABCD, Level 2

NCSL Fall Forum Business Meeting

The business meeting features consideration of policy directives and resolutions of the 12 Standing Committees adopted earlier in the Forum. Come discuss and vote on policy directives and resolutions that guide NCSL's advocacy efforts before Congress and the administration.

12:00 noon - 1:30 pm
Meeting Room 8, Level 3

Transforming Health Care Through Technology Partners Project Business Meeting


  • Representative David Clark, Utah
  • Senator Richard T. Moore, Massachusetts


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 Chicago, Illinois, August 6-9, 2012.

Please plan to attend!


2011-2012 Committee Officers



Senator Carol Fukunaga

Representative Greg Wren

Vice Chairs:

Senator Thomas Alexander 
South Carolina

Representative Wayne Harper

Representative Ross Hunter

Delegate Susan Lee

Delegate Joe May

Representative Chris Perone

Immediate Past Chair: 

Senator Delores Kelley

Staff Co-Chair:

Duncan Goss
Legislative Council

Patricia Murdo
Legislative Services Division

Staff Vice Chairs:

Karen Cochrane-Brown
General Assembly
North Carolina

Gary Schaefer

Immediate Past Staff Chair: 

Melissa Calderwood
Legislative Research Division


For additional information about the Committee, please contact:

Heather Morton (303-364-7700, ext. 1475)
Jo Anne Bourquard (303-364-7700, ext. 1355)
Washington, D.C.
James Ward (202-624-8683)