NCSL Legislative Summit
July 25-28, 2010
Louisville, Kentucky

 

Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee
Agenda and Handouts

(as of August 9, 2010)

All sessions will be in the Kentucky International Convention Center, unless otherwise noted.

Committee sessions are noted in bold.

Saturday | Sunday | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday

Committee Officers | NCSL Staff Contacts

Saturday, July 24, 2010

6:30 pm - 10:00 pm 

Executive Committee Task Force on State and Local Taxation of Communications and Electronic Commerce Dinner

Sunday, July 25, 2010

6:30 am - 5:00 pm
Convention Center Exhibit Hall 1AB, Level 1

Registration

7:00 am - 9:00 am
Convention Center Exhibit Hall 1AB, Level 1

Continental Breakfast

Provided by the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau

8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Marriott Kentucky Ballroom A-D, Level 1

Executive Committee Task Force on State and Local Taxation of Communications and Electronic Commerce
Open to members of the Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce and Budgets and Revenue Committee, the Task Force on State and Local Taxation of Telecommunications & Electronic Commerce and Fiscal Leaders

The Task Force will meet to consider compensation for sellers for collecting sales taxes, combined reporting and income taxes on business travelers.

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm 
Marriott Kentucky Ballroom A-D, Level 1

Streamlined Sales Taxes—Fairness for Main Street Luncheon
Open to members of the Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce and Budgets and Revenue Committee, the Task Force on State and Local Taxation of Telecommunications & Electronic Commerce and Fiscal Leaders

Twenty-four states have complied with the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement and more than 1,100 out-of-state sellers are collecting sales taxes for these states. The Main Street Fairness Act has been introduced in Congress with bipartisan support. Hear an update on state efforts for 2010 as well as prospects for congressional consideration and passage.

1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Convention Center 100, Level 1 

Information Anytime, Anywhere
Sponsored by the National Association of Legislative Information Technology

In our fast paced ultra-connected world, legislators, policy advocates and staff have come to expect real time access to data and systems that foster communication, effective decision support and efficient operations. Explore the technologies available today that allow you to be connected and productive even when away from the office.

Moderator:

  • Rich Beckwith, House of Representatives, Missouri

Panelists:

  • Curt Clothier, Legislative Affairs Agency, Alaska
  • Kent Cunningham, Microsoft U. S. Public Sector, Tennessee
  • Douglas Young, Chief Information Officer, Missouri

Handouts:

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Marriott Bluegrass I & II, Level 2 

Banking Regulation and State Sovereignty in Financial Services

States have traditionally played a significant role in the regulation of financial services. This foundation is built with the preservation of a dual-banking system, state regulation of insurance and a state-federal partnership in securities regulation authority. We’ll discuss this relationship and explore how financial reform legislation may affect state responsibilities.

Moderator:

  • Representative Brian Patrick Kennedy, Rhode Island, CFI Chair

Panelists:

  • Commissioner Jane Cline, National Association of Insurance Commissioners, West Virginia
  • Diane Standaert, Center for Responsible Lending, North Carolina
  • Mathew Street, American Bankers Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Commissioner Charles Vice, Department of Financial Institutions, Kentucky 

Handouts:

4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Marriott Bluegrass I & II, Level 2
  

Credit vs. Debit

There are a number of differences between debit and credit cards and how each is used as a payment instrument. For example, how does the recent credit card reform and the financial regulatory reform legislation affect debit cards, the issue of liability and unauthorized transactions, and overdraft fees and other charges/fees for the privilege of using the debit card. For merchants, there appear to be distinct advantages to encouraging the use of debit cards. Debit card transactions exceed those now of credit cards—are they subject to similar regulations and protections afforded to credit cardholders? How are states regulating this payment instrument?

Moderators:

  • Senator Karin Brownlee, Kansas, CFI Vice Chair
  • Melissa Calderwood, Kansas, CFI Staff Chair

Speakers:

  • Jean Ann Fox, Director of Consumer Protection, Consumer Federation of America, Washington, D.C.
  • Ron Gagliardi, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Kentucky Telco Federal Credit Union, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Richard Santoro, Vice President, Government Affairs, MasterCard Worldwide, New York

Handouts:

5:45 pm - 6:45 pm
Marriott Ballroom 5-6, Level 2

  

Steering Committee Meeting

The Steering Committee is comprised of the Chair and Staff Chair, or their designee, of each Standing Committee and is led by the officers of the Steering Committee. This meeting will review the Committees’ plans for the Legislative Summit, preview any policies anticipated for debate, and make determinations regarding joint and re-referral of the resolutions.

Monday, July 26, 2010

7:00 am - 9:00 am
Convention Center Exhibit Hall 1AB, Level 1

Continental Breakfast
Provided by the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau

7:00 am - 5:30 pm
Convention Center Exhibit Hall 1AB, Level 1

Registration

7:30 am - 8:00 am
Convention Center 207, Level 2

New Legislative Staff Orientation

If you are a state legislative employee attending your first NCSL Legislative Summit, take part in this interactive orientation and learn how to navigate your way through the nation's most substantive public policy meeting. Veterans of the meeting will talk to you about staff networks you can join and the professional development opportunities available to you at the meeting.

7:30 am - 8:00 am
Convention Center 208, Level 2

New Legislator Orientation

If you are a legislator attending your first NCSL Legislative Summit, take part in this interactive orientation and learn how to navigate your way through the nation's most substantive public policy meeting. Veterans of the meeting will let you know how to participate in the organization's Standing Committees, point out the meeting highlights and answer your questions.

8:15 am - 9:45 am
Convention Center Cascade Ballroom, Level 1 

General Session

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell headline the opening ceremony for the 2010 NCSL Legislative Summit. Hear their perspectives on key national issues and the relationship between states and the federal government. A welcome from Kentucky's legislative leaders and a tribute to state legislators and state legislative staff who served in current U.S. military operations overseas will highlight this session.

Presiding:

  • State Senator Don Balfour, Georgia, NCSL President

Welcome:

  • Senate President David L. Williams, Kentucky
  • House Speaker Greg Stumbo, Kentucky

10:15 am - 11:45 am
Convention Center 207, Level 2
 

Internet Regulation and Net Neutrality

In April, the federal appeals court ruled that the Federal Communications Commission lacks the authority to force Internet service providers to keep their networks open to all forms of content. In addition to the net neutrality implications, the decision cast significant doubt on the agency's authority to regulate Internet services altogether. Panelists will address the varying perspectives of the FCC’s appropriate regulatory role, and share insights into some of the current proposals under consideration.

Moderators:

  • Representative Dan Eaton, New Hampshire, CFI Vice Chair
  • Duncan Goss, Vermont, CFI Staff Vice Chair

Speakers:

  • Representative Cynthia Dill, Maine
  • Markham Erickson, Open Internet Coalition, Washington, D.C.
  • Shirley Franklin, Alliance for Digital Equality, Georgia

Handouts:

11:45 am - 12:00 noon  

Break

12:00 noon - 1:30 pm
Convention Center 207, Level 2

  

Health Care and Technology: The Wave of the Future
Lunch session sponsored by CTIA - The Wireless Association

Advances in communications technologies--such as wireless broadband networks and smart phones--have demonstrated many practical applications in the health care industry in addressing patient accessibility, physician shortage, and cost. The use of interactive audio, video and other electronic devices are being used to diagnose and treat patients across the country. Hear about emerging technologies and programs aimed at promoting their use among states.

Moderators:

  • Representative Wayne Harper, Utah, CFI Vice Chair
  • Gary Schaefer, Louisiana Senate, CFI Staff Vice Chair

Speakers:

  • Melissa Boudreault, Dell State Health Services, North Carolina
  • Michael Lemnitzer, Philips Telehealth Solutions, Massachusetts
  • Tim Study, Hewlett-Packard, Texas

Handouts:

12:00 noon - 5:00 pm
Exhibit Hall 2CD, Level 2

Exhibit Hall Open

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Convention Center 207, Level 2

CFI Committee Business Meeting

Presiding:

  • Representative Brian Kennedy, Rhode Island, CFI Chair
  • Melissa Calderwood, Kansas, CFI Staff Chair

Consideration of Policy Statements and Resolutions:

  • Banking Regulation
  • Internet and Electronic Commerce
  • Natural Disaster Mitigation and Insurance
  • Spectrum Management
  • State Sovereignty in Financial Services

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Break

3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Convention Center 207, Level 2

 

Smart Grid Solutions to Energy Efficiency

A smart grid uses telecommunications and information technologies to optimize electricity consumption by enhancing the delivery of electricity from power plants to consumers, and permitting consumers to interact with the grid. Proposed benefits of a smart grid include improved reliability and management of power demand and outages, in addition to environmental and security considerations. Speakers will cover developments in smart grid technologies as well as share examples of state policies and innovations.

Moderator:

  • Representative Brian Patrick Kennedy, Rhode Island, CFI Chair

Speakers:

  • Senator Curtis Bramble, Utah
  • Senator Beverly Gard, Indiana
  • Ray Gifford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, Colorado
  • Dave Mohre, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Virginia

Handouts:

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Convention Center 211, Level 2

Steering Committee Meeting

Standing Committee Chairs and Staff Chairs, as members of the Steering Committee, should plan to attend. The Steering Committee will review policy statements reported out of Committees and determine the calendars for the Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday.

6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Waterfront Park

Social Event: Country, Culture and Cuisine: Opening Event

The spirit of Kentucky is on parade tonight! Wynona Judd, Loretta Lynn and Patty Loveless—three great champions of country music—star in our private concert on the shores of the Ohio River. You’ll enjoy a delicious Southern dinner and stroll through a crafts village featuring traditional Kentucky arts and crafts. Visit the memorial to one of Kentucky’s most famous natives—Abraham Lincoln—whose inspiration for the Emancipation Proclamation came from these shores—and talk with the sculptor who created it. Warm up for the concert by visiting the Steamer Belle of Louisville, a national historic monument, for dancing and socializing. A night of legends, a night to remember.

9:00 pm - 12:00 midnight
The Seelbach Hotel
500 Fourth Street

 

Juleps in July
Sponsored by CTIA-The Wireless Association

All CFI Committee members and their guests are invited to attend this event.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010

6:30 am - 8:00 am

Walk for Wellness

7:00 am - 9:00 am
Convention Center Exhibit Hall 1AB, Level 1

Continental Breakfast
Provided by the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau

7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Convention Center Exhibit Hall 1AB, Level 1

Registration

7:30 am - 8:45 am
Convention Center 108, Level 1

Improving Government Efficiency and Saving Money
Breakfast session sponsored by IBM

Learn about strategies that government organizations can implement to increase revenue and decrease costs. Advanced technology, tailored to the public sector, provides governments with sophisticated analytics engines, tools and procedures that deliver unprecedented savings and efficiencies.

Speaker:

  • Frieda Yueh, Strategic Trends and Directions, Public Sector Solutions, IBM Americas, New York 

Handouts:

9:00 am - 10:15 am
Convention Center Cascade Ballroom, Level 1

General Session – An Education Success Story

Jeb Bush was governor of a state whose education system ranked at the bottom nationally, but the will to improve and the courageous leadership of the Florida Legislature changed so much in a decade. Hear Governor Bush discuss why Florida didn’t abandon reform during tough times, but focused on the long-term benefits of providing quality education to every student in the state and reversed a generation of decline in public schools.

10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Exhibit Hall 2CD, Level 2

Exhibit Hall Open

10:30 am - 12:00 noon
Convention Center 104, Level 1

Online Sales Taxes: Are They New Taxes?

States have been working for 10 years to streamline the collection of sales taxes to make it less burdensome for out-of- state sellers. Critics argue that this effort is really a new tax on a struggling industry—online sales. Two leading advocates debate the question.

Speakers:

  • Michael Mazerov, Center on Budget and Policy, Washington, D.C.
  • Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform, Washington, D.C.
Convention Center 108, Level 1 

The Transparent Legislature

An open government—one that is transparent, participatory and collaborative—is increasingly the new paradigm at all levels and branches of government. How can legislatures provide access and transparency while ensuring that important privacy, security, data integrity and institutional values are not compromised?

Facilitator:

  • Paul Taylor, Editor-at-Large of Governing magazine and the Chief Content Officer for e.Republic, Inc., Washington

Speaker:

  • Senator Pamela J. Althoff, Illinois
  • John Heining, Texas Legislative Council
  • Robert Horton, State Archivist/Director of Library, Publications-Minnesota Historical Society, St Paul, Minnesota
  • Daniel Schuman, Sunlight Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Handouts:

11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Exhibit Hall

A Taste of Texas, 2011 Kickoff Lunch

Visit with our outstanding exhibitors to learn about an amazing range of great products, information and services, while getting excited for next year's Summit in San Antonio. All meeting participants are invited to join the Texas Host Committee for "A Taste of Texas" and enjoy the Lone Star State’s famous barbecue and Mexican food. Come with a hearty appetite and be prepared for Texas-sized hospitality and scrumptious food.

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Issue Forums

2:45 pm - 4:15 pm
Convention Center 108, Level 1

Boosting Savings in Troubled Times
Sponsored by the Women's Legislative Network

Americans who develop a savings habit create a cushion in case of emergency and strengthen the country’s financial foundation. Research shows that even the poorest Americans will save money with relevant incentives and access to savings opportunities. Learn about innovative public/private approaches—from outreach campaigns by banks to video games—that engage more people in traditional financial services.

Moderator:

  • Representative Rosie Berger, Wyoming

Speakers:

  • Peter Tufano, Harvard Business School, Massachusetts
  • Eloy Villafranca, Bank on California, FDIC, Texas

Access the Webcast here.

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm
Convention Center 110, Level 1

Digital Information and Copyright Issues [CLE]
Sponsored by the Legislative Research Librarians Staff Section

Online and digital information presents new challenges to fundamental copyright doctrines. Copyright issues are among the most hotly contested issues. Come hear a discussion regarding how legal principles and technological capabilities are constantly challenging each other and every outcome can directly affect the future of libraries.

Moderator:

  • Elizabeth Lincoln, Reference Services Group Manager, Legislative Reference Library, Minnesota

Speaker:

  • Dwayne Buttler, Evelyn J. Schneider Endowed Chair for Scholarly Communication, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

Handouts:

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm 
Z's Fusion
115 South Fourth Street

AFSA Reception
Sponsored by the American Financial Services Association

All CFI Committee members and their guests are invited to attend this event.

 

States Night
Wednesday, July 28, 2010

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Statehouse Ambassadors

7:00 am - 8:30 am

Bipartisan Bike Ride

7:00 am - 9:00 am
Convention Center Exhibit Hall 1AB, Level 1

Continental Breakfast
Provided by the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau

8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Convention Center Exhibit Hall 1AB, Level 1

Registration

8:00 am - 9:30 am
Convention Center 106, Level 1

Investing in Our Nation’s Infrastructure

Highways, bridges, drinking and waste water facilities, telecommunications, smart grid, high-speed rail. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act made significant investments in our nation's infrastructure, both the aging systems and those still in their infancy. Explore the future of our nation's infrastructure and how we continue to maintain these critical systems.

Panelists:

  • Jason Goldman, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C.
  • Adam Krantz, National Association of Clean WaterAgenies, Washington, D.C.
  • Bill Owens, PCL Construction Enterprises, Inc., former governor, Colorado
  • Martin Wachs, The Rand Corporation, California

9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Exhibit Hall 2CD, Level 2

Exhibit Hall Open

9:35 am - 11:00 am
Convention Center Cascade BC, Level 1

General Session – America's Take

Pollsters Peter Hart and Neil Newhouse have different political leanings but they both have a take on how Americans view the economy, the current direction of the country and how today’s politics will play out in November. Hear Hart, a Democrat whose client list includes the Clintons and Kennedys, and Newhouse, a Republican recently named “Pollster of the Year” for his work on Scott Brown’s Massachusetts Senate campaign, dissect Americans’ attitudes in this time of political turbulence.

11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Convention Center Cascade A, Level 1

NCSL Business Meeting

Attend the business meeting to vote on policy positions that guide NCSL's advocacy efforts before Congress and the administration; elect a new president and other officers for NCSL; and vote on the budget for the coming conference year.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Salute to Legislative Staff

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

DLCC Luncheon

RLCC Luncheon

Staff Section Lunches

2:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Legislative Staff University

Ancillary

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Convention Center 108, Level 1

Protecting Legislative Records in the Digital Age
Joint with the Legislative Research Librarians and National Association of Legislative Information Technology

Legislative documents have survived for decades But now they consist of digital content including text, images, audio, video and more, and are more fragile than paper. Digital materials and content depend on technology and active management to ensure ongoing accessibility. Learn about a proposed model law, technical solutions and other collaborative efforts to ensure that digital legislative records are authentic, trustworthy, enduring and accessible.

Moderator:

  • Linda Pittsford, Computer Support Center, Legislative Council, Texas

Panelists:

  • Daniel Dodge, Thomson Reuters, Minnesota
  • Robert Horton, Minnesota Historical Society, Minnesota
  • Michael Wash, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.

Handouts:

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Churchill Downs

Social Event: Race to the Finish Line: Closing Event

Experience the magic of Churchill Downs, the host of “the most exciting two minutes in sports.” You’ll wander the paddock area where the horses, jockeys and trainers will be on hand. You’ll dine in Millionaire’s Row and taste some of Kentucky’s Master Bourbon Distillers’ best offerings. Have your picture taken under the historic twin spires. The highlight of the evening will be live racing exclusively for our guests. You can bet on the race with your $100 voucher, and the person who parlays it into the largest winnings will receive a 2011 Derby Box. It’s a night of champions!

 

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The NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Committee will next meet
during NCSL's Fall Forum to be held in Phoenix, Arizona, December 8-11, 2010.

Please plan to attend!

 

2009-2010 Committee Officers

Chair:                                                     

Representative Brian Kennedy
Rhode Island

Vice Chairs:

Senator Karin Brownlee
Kansas

Senator Ann Duplessis  
Louisiana

Representative Dan Eaton
New Hampshire

Representative Wayne Harper
Utah 

Delegate Tim Hugo

Virginia

Representative Ross Hunter
Washington

Immediate Past Chair: 

Representative Phil Montgomery
Wisconsin

Staff Chair:

Melissa Calderwood
Legislative Research Division
Kansas

Staff Vice Chairs:

Duncan Goss
Legislative Council
Vermont

Patricia Murdo
Legislative Services Division
Montana

Roger Norman
Division of Legislative Audit
Arkansas

Gary Schaefer
Senate
Louisiana 

Immediate Past Staff Chair: 

Mike Sunseri
Legislative Research Commission
Kentucky

 

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