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July 28, 2010

Adams Selected As Legislative Staff Vice Chair

Colorado Director of Legislative Information Services will assist legislative staff.

LOUISVILLE, KY. – Michael Adams will succeed Tim Rice as staff chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). He will serve as staff vice chair for 2010-2011. NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the nation’s 7,382 state lawmakers. Adams will be vice chair for 2010-2011.

Adams is the director of Legislative Information Services for the Colorado General Assembly. The office provides information technology services for the legislature. He went to work for the General Assembly in 1990 and took his current role in 2001.

“It’s thrilling to play such a vital role in supporting the public trust through NCSL,” Adams said. “Talented, well-trained legislative staff are essential to effective and efficient legislatures.”

Adams attended his first NCSL Legislative Summit in 1995. He was elected as an officer in the National Association of Legislative Information Technology (NALIT) in 2001 and served as chair of the organization in 2003-04. He also spent three years as a member of NCSL’s Executive Committee.

NCSL provides training, professional growth opportunities and information sharing for legislative staff. There are 10 staff sections and a staff network that sponsor meetings, training and publications. Legislative staff are also eligible to be members of the NCSL standing committees, which address state policy issues and state-federal issues.

Adams received his B.A. in International Political Studies-International Relations from the American College of Switzerland. He is a native of Colorado.

NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.