CFI Committee 2018 Legislative Summit Agenda

Heather Morton 7/19/2018

Los Angeles Skyline

Join us in Los Angles, July 30-Aug. 2, for the largest legislative gathering in the nation. The Summit covers the latest issues and provides opportunities for legislators and staff have come together to tackle critical problems and find solutions that work.

On this page, you'll find all sessions of the Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce (CFI) Committee.

For more information, visit the 2018 Legislative Summit website. See you in Los Angeles!

Items in bold denote committee activities. All sessions will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC), unless otherwise noted.

Click here to access the full master agenda and session resources.


SunDay, july 29
Time Sessions

8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Task Forces

10 a.m.-5 p.m.
JW Marriott Diamond 9
NCSL Task Force on State and Local Taxation
Noon-3 p.m.
JW Marriott
Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee (LSCC)

Noon-5 p.m.

LACC South Lobby

3:15-5 p.m.
JW Marriott Diamond 5
Executive Committee Meeting
monDay, july 30
7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
LACC South Lobby


JW Marriott Diamond 5
NCSL Task Force on Cybersecurity
Noon-1:15 p.m.

CFI Committee Policy Working Group

The members of the CFI Committee’s Policy Working Group will review recently introduced and existing policy directives and resolutions and discuss the committee’s work products. Any policy directives and resolutions considered by the Policy Working Group will be referred to the full committee for further discussion and vote at the committee’s business meeting.

Noon-1:15 p.m.


New Attendee Orientation

If you are 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. Learn about meetings that will get you more involved with NCSL, including our business meeting, staff sections, standing committees and more.

1-1:15 p.m.

NCSL Steering Committee

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.

1-4 p.m.
Exhibit Hall
1:30-2:45 p.m.

General Session: CEO Forum: The Next Generation of Innovation
Hear from leading technology CEOs about the next generation of innovation and how tech will play an active role in identifying our country’s most promising opportunities and solving its biggest challenges. The conversation will address key policy issues facing the tech industry and legislative bodies, and ways to spur innovation and job creation across America. NCSL is pleased to offer this general session in conjunction with TechNet, the voice of the innovation economy.


  • Andrea Deveau, vice president, TechNet


  • Tim Chen, CEO, Nerdwallet
  • Brynne Kennedy, CEO, Topia
  • Marco Zappacosta, CEO, Thumbtack

3:15-4:15 p.m.


Changing Federal Landscape: Financial Services for Marijuana Businesses
Recent developments at the federal level have placed states with legalized marijuana in limbo. From the rescission of the industry-friendly “Cole Memo” to the treasury secretary’s seemingly pragmatic stance, the question remains: Can any financial services be offered to the industry in the current federal regulatory environment? Is there an alternative to the cash-only business model? Hear experts discuss novel ways to provide banking and financial services to marijuana businesses.


  • Michael Correia, National Cannabis Industry Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Andrew Guggenheim, American Bankers Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Senator Robert M. Hertzberg, California
  • Dustin McDonald, Weedmaps, California
  • Brenda Wells, East Carolina University, North Carolina*

*Professor Wells is speaking at the invitation of The Institutes Griffith Insurance Education Foundation, a collaborative partner of NCSL. In keeping with the non-partisan, non-advocative mission of The Institutes Griffith Foundation, Professor Wells’ comments will be unbiased and purely educational.

4:15-4:30 p.m. Break

4:30-5:30 p.m.


Net Neutrality Update
After the Federal Communications Commission released the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, over half the states introduced legislation to restore net neutrality, where all data on a network is treated indiscriminately. Learn the latest from experts who will provide the lay of the land, and join the discussion about the FCC action, developments at the state level, the prospects for litigation, and possible action on Capitol Hill.


  • Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, California


  • Ernesto Omar Falcon, Electronic Frontier Foundation, California
  • Kim Keenan, Internet Innovation Alliance, Washington, D.C.
  • Adam Peters, Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer LLP, Colorado
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Google Home States Reception

NCSL invites you to attend a reception at SKYstudio honoring leaders from states with Google offices and infrastructure. Join us for interactive demos of virtual reality, machine learning, information about Grow with Google, Google’s functions in your state, and tasty regional food and drink! Space is limited. Buses depart from the Los Angeles Convention Center. Afterward, one bus will return to the Los Angeles Convention Center and a second bus will return to Bunker Hill area hotels. Please RSVP to

5:30-7 p.m.

JW Marriott L.A. Live

Opening Reception

Feel the vibrancy of Los Angeles with the opening reception at the JW Marriott LA LIVE! Feel as though you’ve been transported to wine country as you experience a California wine tasting inside the Gold Ballroom. As you make your way outside, you’ll enjoy sights and sounds typical of LA’s iconic Olvera Street. Revel in the LA sunshine while networking with peers at this exciting event that is within walking distance of the convention center. You must have your badge to enter.

tuesDay, july 31
7 a.m.-5 p.m.
LACC South Lobby
7:30-8:45 a.m.
Petree CD

Legislative Staff Breakfast: Ethics in the Legislature: How to Avoid the Danger Spots

Protecting the legislative institution requires ethical decision-making by those who work in the legislature. Legislative staff need to be objective, credible and immune to political pressure. This session looks at the danger spots and the deception of rationalizations, and provides tools for navigating ethical challenges in the legislative environment.


  • Marianne Jennings, Marianne M. Jennings, LLC, Arizona

7:30-8:45 a.m.

LACC 151

Democratic Breakfast


  • Donna Brazile, Washington, D.C.

7:30-8:45 a.m.


Republican Breakfast

NCSL gratefully acknowledges GOPAC for its support of this breakfast.


  • Honorable Jason Chaffetz, U.S. Congress, Washington, D.C.
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Exhibit Hall

9-10 a.m.


General Session: Healthy Workplaces: Culture Trumps Compliance

As organizations across the country grapple with charges of harassment and other challenges, the national conversation has turned to workplace culture. Hear from Johnny Taylor Jr., president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), about the importance of workplace culture, especially in environments with complicated power dynamics like those inherent in state legislatures. Learn why the underlying culture is even more essential than rules and enforcement, and how to create a safer and more respectful workplace.

10:15-11:45 a.m.


Broadband, Smart Communities and Beyond
Communities across the country are integrating connected technologies and becoming “smart communities” in an effort to improve the lives of residents. What does the next 10, 20 50 years look like for communities and the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT)? How are broadband service providers preparing to support the increased demand on networks?


  • Representative Tom Sloan, Kansas


  • Daniel Leary, T-Mobile USA Inc., Illinois
  • Michael Lee Sherwood, City of Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Satya Parimi, Charter Communications

12:15-1:15 p.m.

LACC 152

The Future of Gaming and Sports Betting (Audio Streamed)
Joint with the Budgets and Revenue Committee
The U.S. Supreme Court in May ruled the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) unconstitutional, allowing states to legalize and regulate sports betting for the first time since 1992. Join us for an in-depth look at sports betting trends and laws, regulations and tax frameworks across the states, along with the implications for state finances and law enforcement.


  • Steven DiMasi, Scientific Games, Nevada
  • Assemblymember Adam Gray, California
  • Jeff Moorad, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, California
  • Scott Rader, Mintz Levin, New York
  • Bryan Seeley, Major League Baseball, New York

1:30-2:45 p.m.


CFI Committee Business Meeting
Committee members discuss, consider, review policies and vote on any new policy resolutions submitted for consideration and other committee business.


  • Senator Wayne Harper, Utah
  • Representative Brian Patrick Kennedy, Rhode Island

CFI Committee Summit Policy Book



  • Taria Barron, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, Washington, D.C.
2:45-3 p.m. Break

3-4:45 p.m.

LACC 152

Online Sales Taxes: What’s Ahead for States (Audio Streamed)

In June, the Supreme Court ruled in South Dakota v. Wayfair that states can require remote businesses to collect and remit sales taxes on residents’ transactions. While a tremendous victory for states and Main Street USA, states have a lot of work ahead to ensure that their newfound authority is implemented correctly and fairly. Explore what happened and states’ next steps.


  • Max Behkle, NCSL, Washington, D.C.


  • Jason Brewer, Retail Industry Leaders Association, Virginia
  • Craig Johnson, Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board, Wisconsin
  • Greg Matson, Multistate Tax Commission, Washington, D.C.

5-5:30 p.m.


NCSL Steering Committee
The steering committee reviews the policies reported from the standing committees at the Summit and determines the calendar for the NCSL Business Meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 8 a.m.
5-6:30 p.m.
JW Marriott ION Pool Deck

Joint Reception of the NCSL Foundation and Women's Legislative Network

Join the NCSL Foundation and the Women’s Legislative Network to recognize Foundation gold and platinum sponsors and celebrate women in politics. Note:  The ION Rooftop Patio is that the JW Marriott.

5:15-6:30 p.m. Ancillary Events
  States' Night
wednesDay, aug. 1

7 a.m.-5 p.m.

LACC South Lobby


8-9:45 a.m.

LACC Petree CD

Setting the States’ Agenda (Business) Meeting Breakfast
Legislators and legislative staff will elect the NCSL officers and Executive Committee for 2018-2019, approve the Conference’s Budget for 2019 and consider changes to NCSL’s By-Laws. Following the Business portion, all legislators will consider the policy directives and resolutions reported from the NCSL Standing Committees. If approved, they will form the States’ Agenda in Washington, D.C., guiding NCSL’s advocacy effort before Congress and the administration. All are encouraged to attend.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Annual Business Meeting is paperless this year. The policy directives, the Conference’s budget and other Business Meeting documents are accessible in electronic format on the NCSL app and on the agenda and resources page on the Summit website.

10-11:30 a.m. Issue Sessions
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Exhibit Hall

Noon-1:45 p.m.


Salute to Legislative Staff Luncheon: Play-by-Play Leadership Lessons
From her job as the first female CEO in the NFL to serving as chairman of Ice Cube’s BIG3 basketball league, Amy Trask has an abundance of experience to share. Amy will take you on her journey of successes and failures, where she learned to thrive under pressure, advocate for herself, make decisions under a microscope, deal with strong personalities and “negotiate like a girl,” as her memoir declares. Join Amy as she offers a play-by-play of some of her most memorable leadership lessons—in life and in business.

Noon-1:45 p.m.


Exhibit Hall Lunch

2-3:15 p.m.


Cryptocurrency: Currency of the Future or Just a Fad?
Bitcoin and Ether are examples of digital currencies, or cryptocurrencies, digital assets created by complex computer algorithms. Among other issues raised by this new type of currency, regulators are concerned about “initial coin offerings,” or using cryptocurrencies as capital in start-up formations. Hear an overview of this technology and discuss its enormous potential and challenges.


  • Andrew Beal, Ernst & Young, California
  • Lucinda Fazio, Department of Financial Institutions, Washington
  • Michael Pieciak, Department of Financial Regulation, Vermont
  • Peter Van Valkenburg, Coin Center

3:30-4:45 p.m.


Artificial Intelligence: The Future is Here
As the science and technology of artificial intelligence continues to develop, more products and services are coming onto the market. For example, companies are developing AI to help consumers run their homes and allow the elderly to stay in their homes longer. Examine AI’s benefits and challenges, along with potential roles for policymakers.


  • Rich Ehisen, State Net Capitol Journal, California


  • Michael Hayes, Consumer Technology Association, Virginia
  • Osande Osoba, RAND Corporation, California
5-5:45 p.m. Ancillary Meetings
6:30-9 p.m.

Closing Event at Paramount Studios

Lights, camera, action! Get a glimpse behind the scenes at this exclusive event on the New York Street Backlot at Paramount Pictures Studios. Pose for the paparazzi before rubbing elbows with some of Hollywood’s elite impersonators! As you tour through the streets used for so many memorable scenes in movies and television, stop to enjoy small bites from one of the various food stations. This will be an unforgettable evening fit for the stars! You must have your badge to enter.

thursDay, aug. 2

7:30-10 a.m.

LACC South Lobby


8-9:30 a.m.


General Session/Nashville Kickoff Breakfast: It’s All About Country: Politics, Polling and Pop Culture
Explore what America is thinking with nationally renowned pollsters Margie Omero and Kristen Soltis Anderson as Nashville sets the stage for next year’s Summit. Enjoy a scrumptious, southern-style breakfast while Omero and Soltis Anderson share how the numbers reveal the public’s mindset on news, politics and pop culture. You won’t want to miss the bipartisan team that co-hosts the top-200 podcast, “The Pollsters,” while getting a peek at what’s in store at next year’s Summit in Nashville.

9:45 a.m.-Noon

LACC 151

Big Data: How Information Can Help Create Good Policy
Join us for an inside look into how states can harness big data, as well as the challenges in doing so. The session will be broken into three distinct sections that define big data and its challenges, provide examples of data-driven programs that solve specific problems, and discuss challenges and solutions.
What You’ll Learn:

  • What big data is, what it isn’t, and what its challenges are.
  • How states have overcome challenges to implement data-driven programs to solve a problem, such as unemployment insurance overpayments and fraud in New Mexico and public safety in Indiana.
  • Best practices for balancing data use with privacy concerns.
  • Solutions to take back to your state.


  • Monty Faidley, LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Georgia
  • John Scianimanico, Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Texas
11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Issue Sessions/Deep Dives
Noon-1:30 p.m.

Women's Legislative Network Luncheon

Join us for a discussion of women's representation in politics and the media with Dr. Stacy Smith, founder of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, the leading think tank studying issues of inequality in entertainment. The lunch also will include the Women's Legislative Network's annual board elections.

12:30-5 p.m.

State-Facilitated Retirement Security Initiatives for Private Sector Workers
NCSL gratefully acknowledges AARP for its support of this luncheon.

More than 40 states have taken action to expand workplace retirement savings programs for small businesses and their employees. Learn how states are using these state-facilitated programs to address the retirement crisis, and hear from legislators and experts about different program designs being pursued and implemented around the country.

1:30-5 p.m.

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Ancillary Meetings