CFI Committee 2017 NCSL Capitol Forum Agenda

Heather Morton 12/8/2017

NCSL Capitol Forum, Dec. 10-13, 2017, Coronado, California

Come to the NCSL Capitol Forum, Dec. 10-13, in Coronado, Calif., to help craft the States’ Agenda and be a voice for the states. The NCSL Capitol Forum features sessions on important state-federal issues, special tours and briefings for legislative staff, and opportunities to connect with legislative colleagues from across the nation. 

Below is the agenda for the Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce (CFI) Committee. Items in bold denote CFI Committee-sponsored activities.

To access the session handouts, please click here for the master agenda and select the individual session. If available, the handouts are listed underneath the speaker names. Alternatively, you can access the session handouts through the NCSL Mobile App.


SUNDAY, Dec. 10
Time Sessions

7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

NCSL Task Force on Insurance

9:30 a.m.-Noon

Legislative Staff Professional Development: The Power of Connecting
This interactive presentation focuses on the “power of connecting” through presence, range of feelings, and empathic stance. Emerging trends in leadership go beyond the “soft skills” of communication, networking and motivation. Dive deeper into self-awareness characteristics that help you connect with others on a human scale. Your trainers are the co-directors of the Legislative Staff Management Institute (LSMI), a world-class, executive management program for legislative staff.

  • Steve Boilard, Center for California Studies
  • Paul Danczyk, University of Southern California
1-5:30 p.m.
Group Registration
3:30-5 p.m.

Orientation to NCSL Standing Committees for Legislative Staff

An opportunity for standing committee legislative staff officers and members to meet and discuss their role on the standing committee. All legislative staff are welcome to participate.

5:30-7 p.m.

Vista Walk

Opening Reception

Join us for a welcome reception in the hotel’s beautiful gardens.

8:30-9:30 p.m.
1500 Ocean

Women’s Legislative Network Dessert Reception

Join the Women’s Legislative Network to unwind, talk about women in politics, and share ideas for programs in 2018.

MONDay, Dec. 11
7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Group Registration


7:30-8:45 a.m.

Garden Room

Financial Exploitation of the Elderly
NCSL gratefully acknowledges AARP for their support of this breakfast.

Seniors and their money are frequent targets of those who perpetrate financial frauds and scams, making it a growing concern in states. Learn about state legislation and policies designed to address and prevent the crime and protect the elderly and vulnerable adults.


  • Luke Gustafson, Senate Committee Staff, Tennessee


  • Corey Carlisle, American Bankers Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Diana Hinton Noel, AARP, Washington, D.C.
  • David Slayton, Texas Judicial Branch, Texas

8:30-9 a.m.

Wilder Complex

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. Members will preview policies for consideration and decide on joint and re-referrals of policy resolutions as necessary.

9-10:15 a.m.

Garden Room

State and Federal Response to the Equifax Breach

Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies, announced that sensitive personal information of 143 million U.S. consumers and 15.2 million U.K. consumers was exposed in a data breach. Discuss how states and the federal government are responding to help consumers, given the breadth and depth of information collected by credit reporting agencies.


  • Richard Corbett, Office of Legislative Services, New Jersey


  • Eric Ellman, Consumer Data Industry Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Senator David S. Carlucci, New York
  • Heather Morton, NCSL, Colorado

10:15-11:30 a.m.

Garden Room

Wireless Federalism: Balancing Government Intervention in a Dynamic Industry

State lawmakers are frequently asked to examine the intersection between federal and state laws. Hear an overview of the federal laws that impact the wireless industry and the interaction between state and federal agencies that implement those laws. We also spotlight hot topics percolating at the federal level.


  • Sherry Lichtenberg, National Regulatory Research Institute, Maryland
  • Bryan Tramont, Managing Partner, Wilkinson Baker Knauer LLP

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.


Plenary Luncheon—California: History and Politics

Welcome to California! Join us for an engaging discussion on the rich history and politics of our nation’s 31st state. With more than a quarter century of reporting before becoming state librarian, Greg Lucas has written on everything from presidential politics to the introduction of prune burgers in school cafeterias. Senator Toni Atkins, former speaker of the California Assembly, will introduce the discussion. Don’t miss this start to your time in the Golden State.

1:30-2:45 p.m.

Garden Room

The Future of Sports Betting: State Regulation?

With the future of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in doubt, states may soon be faced with regulating sports betting. If PASPA is found unconstitutional--or is repealed in Congress--states, will be able to regulate sports betting in a fashion that works best for them. Tax, revenue and spending, law enforcement, and gaming laws will all be implicated. Attend this session to hear a discussion on how states might regulate sports betting if the federal prohibition is lifted.


  • Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton, Nevada


  • Lauren Blas, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, California
  • Dr. Russell Sanna, National Center For Responsible Gaming, Massachusetts
  • Sarah Slane, American Gaming Association, Washington, D.C.
2:45-3 p.m. Break

3-4 p.m.

Garden Room

CFI Committee Business Meeting

Committee members discuss, consider, review policies and vote on any new policy resolutions submitted for consideration and other committee business. Committee members will hear an update on the implementation of FirstNet.


  • Senator Wayne Harper, Utah
  • Representative Brian Patrick Kennedy, Rhode Island
  • Richard Corbett, Office of Legislative Services, New Jersey


  • Edward Parkinson, First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), Washington, D.C.

Resolution for consideration:

Resolution Requesting Increased State Representation on the Federal Communications Commission Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee 

This is a new resolution that urges the Federal Communications Committee (FCC) to increase the representation of state legislators in the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee membership. The advisory committee provides recommendations to the FCC on accelerating the deployment of high speed broadband internet service and should include state legislator representation.

5-6:30 p.m.

Sundeck Back


NCSL gratefully acknowledges the sponsorship of AT&T.

Network with your colleagues while enjoying stunning views of the Pacific.

TUESDay, Dec. 12

7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Group Registration


8-9:30 a.m.


Plenary Breakfast—The Next Ten Years: What You Need to Know

The iPhone is 10 years old, we have apps for every thing and we can talk with Siri, Bixby and Alexa when we need something. What’s next? What do the next 10 years--and beyond—portend for technology and how will it continue to change our world and affect the role of state policymakers? John Feland, CEO of Argus Insights, Inc., will parse the tea leaves of technological trends and provide a glimpse into the future.

9:45-10:45 a.m.

Garden Room

"Buyer Beware" - Counterfeit and Hazardous Goods Bought and Sold Online

Joint with the Budgets and Revenue Committee

From defective solar eclipse eye glasses and lead painted toys to counterfeit airbags and illicit substances, online sales can be the source of dangerous products delivered right to consumers’ doors. What role can states play in protecting consumers from counterfeit and defective products purchased online? Attend this session to hear about how states can help protect consumers from counterfeit and hazardous materials purchased through online marketplaces and third-party sources.


  • Representative Brian Patrick Kennedy, Rhode Island


  • Craig Orlan, Honda North America, Washington, D.C.
  • Jon Ruttencutter, Department of Homeland Security, National IPR Coordination Center, Virginia
  • Norm Schenk, UPS, Washington, D.C.
  • Jayme Smaldone, Mighty Mug, New Jersey
10:45-10:50 a.m. Break

10:50-11:50 a.m.

Garden Room

A New World: Blockchain and Initial Coin Offerings

Joint with the NCSL Cybersecurity Task Force

Blockchain, the distributed-ledger technology originally designed for digital currencies like Bitcoin to function, is growing its roots, while cryptocurrencies, or virtual currencies, such as Bitcoin and Ether, are increasingly being used as capital in start-up formations as initial coin offerings. Hear an overview of this nascent technology and discuss its enormous potential for making our world more effective, efficient and safe.


  • Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, California


  • Steve Hurst, AT&T, Pennsylvania
  • Richard Morris, Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Illinois
11:50 a.m.-Noon Break

Noon-1 p.m.


Protecting Energy Consumers with Residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

Joint with the Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee

States can authorize Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs, which permits property owners to voluntarily agree to a special tax assessment for clean energy measures that they pay back through a new line item on their property tax bill. PACE program design for residential customers has raised concerns, related to consumer protections and a PACE lien’s senior mortgage status. Come discuss how legislators and PACE stakeholders are working together to address concerns.


  • Senator Tyson Larson, Nebraska


  • Cisco DeVries, Renew Financial, California
  • Kevin Gould, California Bankers Association

12:15-1:30 p.m.

Garden Patio

Box lunches will be available prior to all tours leaving the Hotel Del Coronado.

12:30-1 p.m.

Wilder Complex

Steering Committee of the Standing Committees

The steering committee will review the policies reported from the standing committees at the Summit and determine the calendar for the NCSL Capitol Forum Business Meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 11:15 a.m.

1:30-6 p.m.
Qualcomm Headquarters
5775 Morehouse Drive
San Diego, CA  92121

Qualcomm Tour

Billions—maybe trillions of times a day—people around the world touch something improved by Qualcomm. It could be the smartphone in your pocket, the tablet on your coffee table, that wireless modem in your briefcase. It could even be the navigation system in your car or the action camera strapped to your chest. Come tour the Qualcomm headquarters and learn about the future of technology and the intersection of innovation and cybersecurity. Note: NCSL Task Force on Cybersecurity and Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce (CFI) Committee members will be given priority. Please RSVP to either, or


WEDNESDay, Dec. 13


Group Registration


8-9:30 a.m.


Plenary Breakfast—What’s Happening in Washington and How Will It Affect Elections in 2018

After taking control of Congress and the presidency last November, Congressional Republicans announced an ambitious agenda. With almost 11 months into this Congress and the Trump administration, there is little progress. Hear what to expect in our nation’s capital and how will it affect state capitols across the country and the 2018 elections. Reid Wilson is the national correspondent for The Hill newspaper, Washington’s most widely-read political publication, and an expert in spotting political trends. Wilson covered politics for The Washington Post, and he is the former editor-in-chief of National Journal’s The Hotline. His work has appeared in The New York Times, RealClearPolitics and Atlantic Monthly, and he appears regularly on FOX NEWS, MSNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, and radio shows across the nation.

9:30-10 a.m.


NCSL Capitol Forum Policy Setting (Business) Meeting

The business meeting features consideration of the policy directives and resolutions adopted in the standing committees.

10:15-11:45 a.m.

Issue Forums

  • Managed Lanes, Congestion Pricing and Transit: Opportunities and Challenges
  • To Speak or Not to Speak: Public Speaking Workshop at the Lamb's Players Theatre
  • Historically and Legally Speaking: How We Arrived at Gill v. Whitford
  • States Transforming Early Education: Findings from NCSL’s State Policy and Research for Early Education Working Group
1:30-5:30 p.m. Post-conferences