NCSL Spring Forum

April 14-15, 2011

Washington, D.C.


Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee

Agenda and Handouts

(As of April 20, 2011)

Committee sessions are noted in bold.

Committee Officers | NCSL Staff Contacts

ThursdayFriday | Saturday

Thursday, April 14

7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Registration A – Mezzanine Level


8:45 am - 11:30 am
Lincoln 4 – Exhibition Level

Transforming Rural Health Through Technology
(Co-sponsored by the Health Committee and the Transforming Health Care Through Technology Foundation Partners Project. CFI committee members are encouraged to participate)

Examine several important policy issues related to health information technology, including electronic health records, telehealth and home monitoring. Discuss the expansion of affordable broadband capacity, relevant programs and strategies working in rural communities.

8:45-9:00 am Welcome & Opening Remarks
  • Senator Richard T. Moore, Massachusetts, NCSL President and Co-Chair, Transforming Health Care Through Technology FSL Partners Project
9:00-9:30 am HHS Efforts to Address HIT Issues in Rural Communities
  • Tom Morris, Associate Administrator for Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, Washington D.C.
  • Sherilyn Pruitt, Director, Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, Washington D.C.
  • Leila Samy, Special Assistant to the Deputy National Coordinator for Operations, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Washington, D.C.
9:30-10:00 am Building Broadband Capacity for Rural Areas 
  •  Kerry McDermott, Director, Healthcare, Federal Communications Commission, Washington D.C.
10:00-11:00 am Panel Discussion: Innovations in Rural Health Technology
  • Deanna Larson, Vice President Quality Initiatives, Avera Health, South Dakota
  • Jeffrey Dygert, Executive Director, Public Policy, AT&T Services, Inc., Washington D.C.
  • Jill Stark, Vice President, Charter Business, Colorado
11:00-11:30 am Roundtable Discussion on Improving Rural Health Technology
  • Discussion Leader: Senator Richard T. Moore, Massachusetts, NCSL President and Co-Chair, Transforming Health Care Through Technology FSL Partners Project

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Lincoln 3 – Exhibition Level

Steering Committee of the Standing Committees

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

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Lincoln 5 – Exhibition Level 

21st Century Communications

NCSL’s omnibus communications policy is slated to expire at this year’s Legislative Summit in San Antonio. This session will begin the dialogue on the modernization of the policy with regard to recent developments in communications services, particularly the deployment of broadband. Items discussed will include the proposed retooling of the Universal Service Fund, the recently released broadband map, and the appropriate regulatory balance for achieving increased access and availability of broadband services in the states.


  • Senator Delores Kelley, Maryland, CFI Chair


  • Delegate Joe May, Virginia
  • Link Hoewing, Verizon, Washington, D.C.
  • Gerry Keegan, CTIA-The Wireless Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Ellen Satterwhite, Federal Communications Commission, Washington, D.C.
  • Lisa Schoenthaler, National Cable & Telecommunications Association, Washington, D.C.


2:40 pm - 4:10 pm
Lincoln 5 – Exhibition Level

Banking Regulation and Dodd-Frank Act

States play a significant role in the regulation of financial services. This authority relies on the preservation of a dual-banking system, state regulation of insurance and a state-federal partnership in securities regulation authority. We’ll discuss these relationships and explore how implementation of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law is impacting states’ responsibilities and authorities. 


  • Senator Delores Kelley, Maryland, CFI Chair


  • John Ryan, Conference of State Bank Supervisors, Washington, D.C.
  • Jess Sharp, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C.


4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Thurgood Southwest – Mezzanine Level  

Opening General Session

John Morton is director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Mr. Morton has strengthened ICE's investigative efforts, and has focused ICE's efforts to remove criminal offenders, recent border violators, those who ignore removal orders, and those who obtain legal immigration status fraudulently.

5:45 pm - 7:00 pm
Thurgood Northeast – Mezzanine Level


Welcome Reception

Friday, April 15

7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Registration A – Mezzanine Level


7:30 am - 9:00 am
Thurgood Southwest – Mezzanine Level

General Session Breakfast

Karen Bass, a California congresswoman who honed her political skills in the state Legislature, is serving her first term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Bass made history when she became the first African American woman in the nation to serve as speaker.

9:15 am - 10:30 am
Lincoln 5 – Exhibition Level

Foreclosures: Strategies for Saving the Neighborhood

The housing market is still in turmoil with record numbers of homes in foreclosure. State policymakers are crafting legislation to help homeowners facing foreclosure and address issues in the foreclosure process. Learn what policymakers and lenders are doing to address problems with the process and ensure fair treatment for homeowners.


  • Representative Greg Wren, Alabama, CFI Vice Chair
  • Linda Pittsford, Texas, CFI Staff Vice Chair


  • Senator Curtis Bramble, Utah
  • Chelsea Crucitti, Mortgage Bankers Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Jeanne Fekade-Sellassie, National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling Progam, NeighborWorks America, Washington, D.C.


10:45 am - 11:15 am 
Lincoln 5 – Exhibition Level

CFI Committee Business Meeting


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

Members of the committee will discuss and vote on committee business, consider any new policy resolutions submitted for consideration and review policies scheduled to expire at Legislative Summit in San Antonio. The meeting will include an update on Surplus Lines and states’ implementation of the Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act (NRRA).

The committee plans to vote on the following policies:

11:15 am - 12:30 pm 
Lincoln 5 – Exhibition Level

Shifting Spectrum Priorities: Who are the Winners and Losers?

The upsurge in adoption of Internet capable mobile devices has prompted concern that the present amount of spectrum designated for wireless broadband is not sufficient to meet increasing demands. The National Broadband Plan calls for the reallocation of 500 MHz of spectrum for wireless broadband use, with 120 MHz coming from the spectrum currently allocated to television broadcasting. This session will examine current spectrum topics including incentive auctions, encouraging broadcasters to relinquish some of their spectrum in exchange for a portion the proceeds.


  • Duncan Goss, Vermont, CFI Staff Vice Chair


  • Scott Goodwin, National Association of Broadcasters, Washington, D.C.
  • Christopher Guttman-McCabe, CTIA-The Wireless Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Rebecca Hanson, Media Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, Washington, D.C.


12:45 pm - 2:15 pm  
Thurgood Southwest – Mezzanine Level

General Session Luncheon

Jim Leach, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, previously served 30 years representing southeastern Iowa in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he founded and co-chaired the Congressional Humanities Caucus. Leach will be speaking about civility, and the importance of bipartisanship and civil disagreement in creating a stronger and more cohesive nation.

12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
Thurgood North – Mezzanine Level


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 at 4 p.m.

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm 
Lincoln 4 – Exhibition Level

Cybersecurity—Potential for a Perfect Storm

Governments hold vast amounts of personal information about their citizens, most of which is stored online. As cyber criminals become more sophisticated and effective, confidential constituent and government data is at risk. How can state, federal and local governments as well as the private sector work together to thwart potentially devastating cyber attacks?


  • Senator Jeff King, Kansas, CFI Vice Chair


  • Delegate Susan C. Lee, Maryland
  • Samuel Chun, Cyber Security Practice, U.S. Public Sector, Hewlett-Packard Company, Virginia
  • Doug Robinson, National Association of Chief Information Officers, Kentucky
  • Srini Subramanian, Enterprise Risk Services, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Pennsylvania


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thurgood North – Mezzanine Level

Spring Forum Business Meeting

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

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Marriott Lawn 


Saturday, April 16

8:00 am - 2:00 pm 

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 San Antonio, Texas, August 8-11, 2011.

Please plan to attend!


2010-2011 Committee Officers


Senator Delores Kelley

Vice Chairs:

Senator Pamela Althoff

Representative Cynthia Dill  

Representative Wayne Harper

Delegate Timothy Hugo

Representative Ross Hunter

Representative Chris Perone

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.
James Ward (202-624-8683)