NCSL Spring Forum
May 2-4, 2013
Denver, Colo.

Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee
Agenda and Handouts

(As of May 10, 2013)

Committee sessions are noted in bold. All sessions were held at the Hyatt Regency Denver.

Master Agenda | CFI Committee Officers | NCSL Staff Contacts

Thursday | Friday | Saturday

Thursday, May 2

7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Mineral Foyer, Level 3 


8 a.m. -  Noon

Pre-Conference Workshops / Task Forces / Working Groups

10:30 - 12:00 p.m.
Centennial DE, Level 3

Committee Officer Orientation and NCSL Steering Committee of the Standing Committees
The Steering Committee consists of the overall Standing Committee officers and the legislator and staff co-chairs of the individual committees. Members will review plans for this Forum, policy directives and resolutions for consideration and the rules of procedure in the committees and business meeting.

  • Senator Curtis S. Bramble, Utah, Co-Chair, NCSL Standing Committees
  • Speaker Terie Norelli, New Hampshire, NCSL President
  • Linda Pittsford, Texas, Staff Co-Chair, NCSL Standing Committees
  • Tom Wright, Alaska, NCSL Staff Vice Chair

10:30 - 12:00 p.m.
Marble, Level 4

New Attendee Orientation
First time attendee? Don't miss this informative introduction to NCSL and the Spring Forum. Find out what the committees are all about and what policy will be discussed.

  • Representative Jay Kaufman, Massachusetts
  • Senator Don Balfour, Georgia
  • Nancy Cyr, Nebraska, Staff Vice Chair, NCSL Standing Committees
  • Nancy Rhyme, NCSL
  • Neal Osten, NCSL

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Centennial A, Level 3

The Trans Pacific Partnership and its Potential Impact on Intellectual Property
Joint session with Labor and Economic Development Committee
The TPP seeks to boost U.S. economic growth and support the creation and retention of high-quality American jobs by increasing exports in the Asian-Pacific region. The proposed trade agreement has come under fire from critics who argue the TPP will extend restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws and rewrite international rules on its enforcement. Come learn about the TPP and discuss what impact it will have on intellectual property regulation.

  • Jake Colvin, National Foreign Trade Council, Washington, D.C.
  • Stephen Ezell, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Washington, D.C.


2:30 - 2:45 p.m.


2:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Centennial A, Level 3

Mobile Apps—Privacy and Policy Issues [CLE]
Smartphones and mobile apps are increasingly popular with consumers, and the apps economy is growing exponentially. The information that apps can collect and store, however, raises concerns for some about privacy and security. Take a look at the importance of the apps industry in states and the various options for addressing privacy concerns.

  • Senator Wayne Harper, Utah, CFI Committee Co-Chair


  • Representative Darryl Scott, Delaware
  • Jason Haislmaier, Bryan Cave LLP, Colorado
  • Jamie Hastings, CTIA-The Wireless Association, Washington, D.C.

4:30 - 5:45 p.m.

Opening General Session: The Silver Tsunami
The baby boomer retirement has been called the "graying" of America. The first baby boomer turned 65 on Jan. 1, 2011. With almost 11,000 people a day turning 65, 79 million baby boomers could exit the workforce by 2030, transforming America's economy and workforce and placing a heavy burden on Medicare, Social Security and other government programs.

  • Senator David C. Long, Indiana, Vice Chair, NCSL Standing Committees
  • Linda Pittsford, Texas, Staff Co-Chair, NCSL Standing Committees
  • Senator Deb Peters, South Dakota


  • Dr. James H. Johnson, Jr., UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, North Carolina

5:45 - 7 p.m.
Centennial Foyer, Level 3

Opening Networking Reception
Sponsored by America's Natural Gas Alliance
Join your colleagues and get to know one another at the Spring Forum opening reception at the Hyatt Regency. Enjoy food and refreshments before you explore Denver!

Friday, May 3

7:30 - 5:00 p.m. 
Mineral Foyer, Level 3


8:30 - 10 a.m.
Centennial H, Level 3

Do Our National Infrastructures Make the Grade?
Joint session with the Energy, Transportation and Agriculture Committee
Physical infrastructure is critical to the nation's economy and affects the daily life of virtually all Americans. Yet highways, transit, and water and hazardous waste systems are under strain because of years of underinvestment and continued budget constraints. Learn how states have responded to these challenges and whether or not they’ve made the infrastructure honor roll. Breakfast will be served.

  • Senator Ross Tolleson, Georgia


  • Richard Norment, National Council of Public-Private Partnerships, Virginia
  • Brian Pallasch, American Society of Civil Engineers, Virginia
  • Michael Santorelli, New York Law School, New York

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Mineral FG, Level 3

Using Technology to Reach Your Constituents
With technological advances, legislatures and lawmakers are webcasting, providing constituents with a broad array of options to observe or participate in legislative proceedings or “talk” with their legislator. These advances bring a host of additional questions about what to provide, who should lead the legislative effort and how to spend funds wisely. Breakfast will be served.

  • Michael Adams, Virginia Senate
  • Representative Jay Kaufman, Massachusetts
  • Senator Bruce Starr, Oregon

10 - 10:15 a.m.


10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Centennial A, Level 3

Mortgages, Loans and Dodd-Frank
In January, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued hundreds of pages of new mortgage regulations. Mortgage lenders, loan originators and mortgage servicers all will face new oversight when the CFPB’s new laws take effect in January 2014. Come learn about these new regulations, how they impact state regulation and get an update on the implementation of Dodd-Frank.

  • Senator Travis Holdman, Indiana, CFI Committee Vice Chair
  • Delegate Michael Vaughn, Maryland, CFI Committee Vice Chair


  • Eleanor Blume, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Washington, D.C.
  • Terry Jones, CMB, Mortgage Bankers Association, Colorado
  • Kevin McKechnie, American Bankers Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Dory Rand, Woodstock Institute, Chicago, Illinois


11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Centennial A, Level 3

CFI Committee Business Meeting and Roundtable
Members of the committee will discuss committee plans for Legislative Summit and developing issues in the states.

  • Senator Wayne Harper, Utah
  • Representative Chris Perone, Connecticut
  • Patricia Murdo, Legislative Services Division, Montana
  • Lisa Wallmeyer, Joint Committee on Technology and Science, Virginia

12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Centennial DE, Level 3

Plenary Luncheon: The Natural Gas Bonanza
 The combined use of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling has unlocked a bounty of natural gas, often in regions unaccustomed to oil and gas extraction. Explore the domestic natural gas picture and issues states are confronting as they work to ensure safe, responsible natural gas development.

  • Senator Curtis S. Bramble, Utah, Co-Chair, NCSL Standing Committees
  • Nancy Cyr, Nebraska, Staff Vice Chair, NCSL Standing Committees


  • Former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr., Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University
  • Tisha Conoly Schuller, Colorado Oil and Gas Association
  • Dan Grossman, Environmental Defense Fund, Incorporated, Colorado
  • Scott Moore, Anadarko Petroleum Company, Colorado

2:45 - 4:45 p.m.
Centennial ABC, Level 3

General Session: Federal Deficit Reduction
Hear economist Alison Felix's perspective on the impact of the federal budget crisis – the fiscal cliff, sequestration, the continuing budget resolution – on states and the nation. Then participate in a town hall meeting where you can share your approaches to dealing with cuts and uncertainty.

  • Senator Richard Devlin, Oregon, Vice Chair, NCSL Standing Committees
  • Jan Yamane, Hawaii, Staff Co-Chair, NCSL Standing Committees


  • Michael Bird, NCSL
  • Corina Eckl, NCSL
  • Alison Felix, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City – Denver Branch, Colorado

5 - 6 p.m.
Centennial G, Level 3

Steering Committee
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 Saturday, May 4.

  • Senator Richard Devlin, Oregon, Vice Chair, NCSL Standing Committees
  • Jan Yamane, Hawaii, Staff Co-Chair, NCSL Standing Committees

5 - 6 p.m.
Agate C, Level 3

Women’s Legislative Network Roundtable
Join the Women's Legislative Network for an informal discussion of top issues in 2013 and to plan for the Legislative Summit.

5 - 6 p.m.
Peaks Lounge, Level 27

NCSL Young & New Professionals Networking Event
Join your colleagues on the 27th floor of the Hyatt in Peaks Lounge before the closing reception. Light appetizers provided, cash bar.

6 - 7 p.m.
Centennial Foyer, Level 3

Closing Reception
Sponsored by the Colorado Brewers Guild
Join us for a closing event, Colorado style.

Saturday, May 4

7:30 - 10:00 a.m. 
Mineral Foyer, Level 3


8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Centennial DE, Level 3

Plenary Breakfast: Higher Education
States have less money to invest in higher education at a time when a college degree is more important than ever. Hank Brown, former Colorado legislator, congressman and U.S. senator, has been president of two state institutions – the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Colorado. Hear his view on the changing world of higher education and state legislators’ role in planning for the future.

  • Assemblyman Herb C. Conaway, Jr., New Jersey, Vice Chair, NCSL Standing Committees
  • Julie Pelegrin, Colorado, Staff Vice Chair, NCSL Standing Committees


  • Hank Brown, Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber & Shreck LLP, Colorado

10 - 10:30 a.m.
Centennial DE, Level 3

NCSL Spring Forum Business Meeting
Attend the NCSL Spring Forum business meeting immediately after the general session. Vote on policy that will direct the states' agenda in Washington. All are welcome to attend.

  • Senator Curtis Bramble, Utah, Co-Chair, NCSL Standing Committees

10:30 a.m. - Noon

Special Briefings

Mineral ABC, Level 3

Countdown to Health Reform. The countdown has begun. In five months, health exchanges will be open to the public in all 50 states, and in eight months, 100 percent federal funding will be available for Medicaid expansion. What will states do? Hear how employers large and small are responding to new roles and choices in health.

  • Assemblyman Herb C. Conaway, Jr., New Jersey, Vice Chair, NCSL Standing Committees
  • Representative Greg Wren, Alabama


  • Joshua Goldberg, National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Washington, D.C.
  • Christopher Watts, Mercer Health and Benefits, LLC, Colorado
  • Steven Wojcik, National Business Group on Health, Washington, D.C.
  • Marguerite Salazar, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Region 8, Colorado

Mineral DE, Level 3

Bond Rating Agency Changes Affecting Pensions. Hear how Moody’s Investor Services may adjust the way it measures public sector pension obligations, expected to be finalized in April. Learn how Moody’s will evaluate reported and adjusted pension data, including the effects of material pension plan amendments or reforms yet to be reflected in reported pension data.

  • Timothy Blake, Moody's Investor Services, New York

Centennial F, Level 3

State Options to Help Returning Veterans. Veterans coming home from recent conflicts face a host of challenges. Learn how states are meeting the growing need for effective treatment and services through new initiatives, coordination and efficiency measures, and partnerships with federal, local and private entities.

  • Representative Thomas Sloan, Kansas


  • Representative Tim M. Cosgrove, Utah
  • Hilda Heady, Atlas Research, Washington, D.C.
  • Manuel Urbina, California Department of Health Care Services and PARIS Board of Directors
  • Kevin Cavanaugh, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

Noon - 5 p.m.

Post-conference seminars and workshops


The NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Standing Committee will next meet
during NCSL's Legislative Summit to be held in Atlanta, Ga., August 12-15, 2013.
Please plan to attend!

2012-2013 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
Senator Deb Peters
South Dakota
Representative Darryl Scott
Delegate Michael Vaughn
Representative Henry Zuber, III

Immediate Past Co-Chairs:
Senator Carol Fukunaga
Representative Greg Wren

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

Staff Vice Chairs:
Curtis Clothier
Legislative Affairs Agency
Heather Fennell
Research Division
North Carolina
Russell Humphrey
Chief Clerk of the Senate

Immediate Past Staff Co-Chairs:
Duncan Goss
Legislative Council
Patricia Murdo
Legislative Services Division


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
Max Behlke, 202-624-3586