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Monday, August 18, 2014

 

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Task Force on State and Local Taxation

Location:
Hilton Minneapolis Hilton Level 3- Grand Ballroom EF
  • NCSL Task Force On State & Local Taxation

1:00 PM -- 1:05 PM
Welcome

  • Senator Pam Althoff, Illinois, Co-Chair
  • Delegate Sheila Hixson, Maryland, Co-Chair

1:05 PM -- 1:30 PM
Federal Update

  • Tax Extenders
  • Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act
  • Internet Tax Freedom Act
  • Tax and Fee Collection Fairness Act   
1:30 PM -- 2:15 PM
Marketplace Fairness Act
Update and discussion of the Marketplace Fairness Act in Congress which would enable states the ability to collect the sales and use taxes they are owed on remote transactions. 

Panelists:

  • Max Behlke, NCSL
  • Joe Rinzel, Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)
  • Leslie Fox, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)

Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board

Panelists:

  • Craig Johnson, Streamlined Sales Tax
  • Diane Hardt, President, Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board
  • Senator Deb Peters, Vice President, Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board

2:15 PM -- 2:45 PM 
Multistate Tax Commission Update

Panelists:

  • Steve Kranz, McDermott, Will, Emery LLP
  • Commissioner Bruce Johnson, Utah Tax Commission
2:45 PM -- 3:45 PM
Demystifying the States' Apportionment of Corporate Income and the Ramifications of Alternative Apportionment
Discuss the basics of how states apportion multijurisdictional corporate income.  Discuss the use of payroll, property and sales to apportion a business' income along with noting the different ways the states treat sales of tangible personal property and services in their apportionment formulas.  Discuss the ability of a tax agency and a taxpayer to seek the use alternative apportionment from the statutorily prescribed formula, including cases and efforts by the MTC to provide greater uniformity in this area. 

Panelists:

  • Fred Nicely, Council on State Taxation (COST)
  • Todd Lard, Sutherland
  • Ellen Berenholz, Comcast
  • Commissioner Bruce Johnson, Utah Tax Commission

3:45 PM -- 4:45 PM 
MTC Audit Process:  How Do MTC Audits Actually Work?

Panelist:

  • Joel Waterfield, Grant Thornton, LLP

4:45 PM -- 5:15 PM
Tax Expenditure Reports
The primary goal of state tax expenditure reports (or budgets) is to provide information to the public and policymakers about preferential tax provisions that reduce overall tax revenue.  Proponents of these reports laud them as a critical tool to understand and improve state tax systems.  Critics contend, however, that state tax expenditure reports provide inaccurate and misleading information, particularly with regard to business taxes.  This roundtable will continue the discussion of the Task Force's Tax Expenditure Report Working Group that has worked on developing principles for states to consider for their tax expenditure reports. 

Moderator:

  • Representative Jay Kaufman, Massachusetts


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

 

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Task Force on State and Local Taxation

Location:
Hilton Minneapolis Hilton Level 3- Grand Ballroom EF
  • NCSL Task Force On State & Local Taxation

7:00 AM -- 7:55 AM
Breakfast

8:00 AM -- 8:30 AM
Business Meeting

  • Senator Pam Althoff, Illinois, Co-Chair
  • Delegate Sheila Hixson, Maryland, Co-Chair

8:30 AM -- 9:30 AM 
Property Taxes on Communications Network Infrastructure:  A Primer for State Legislators
At the Anchorage meeting in May, the task force heard a presentation from the communications industry about the need to modernize property taxes on communications property in some states.  Some task force members have expressed interest in reviewing this issue on more detail, perhaps through a task force subcommittee that would produce a short primer for legislatures on the issue.  This draft outline suggests what might be included in such a primer as a basis for the task force to consider whether to move forward with this project.

Panelists:

  • Deborah Bierbaum, AT&T
  • Scott Mackey, KSE Partners

9:30 AM -- 10:15 AM 
State Insurance Taxation
Provide an overview of state insurance taxation, including how premium and retaliatory taxes operate, as well as how they interact with the imposition of corporate income taxes.  Discuss a brief history of how the industry became subject to this unique taxing regime.

Panelists:

  • Bob Montellione, Prudential
  • Jim Williams, Mass Mutual
  • Jim Hall, ACLI

10:15 AM -- 11:00 AM
Facilitating Rapid Response to Disasters Act Lessons Learned
Since endorsement by the Executive Committee Task Force on State and Local Taxation of the Facilitating Rapid Response to Disaster Act, eleven states have enacted the model into statute.  Discuss the status report of activity in the states and lessons learned and modifications that were made in order to secure enactment.

Panelists:

  • Senator Wayne Harper, Utah
  • Commissioner Bruce Johnson, Utah Tax Commission
  • Deborah Bierbaum, AT&T

11:00 AM -- 12:00 PM
Taxation Issues in the Shared Economy:  Airbnb
Few people involved in the sharing economy know what taxes they're supposed to pay, nor how to pay them.  Because the rules are unclear, enforcement of existing laws has been difficult for states and localities.  Examine the shared economy, specifically Airbnb, and the emerging taxation issues that have arisen due to their business model.

Panelists:

  • Steve Shur, President, Travel Technology Association
  • Craig Kalkut, American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA)


 

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Leveraging IT Project Business Meeting

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-207B
  • Leveraging IT To Strengthen Government FSL Partnership
Discuss project accomplishments and plan future project activities.

  • Presiding:
  • Senator Wayne Harper, Utah
  • Representative Chris Perone, Connecticut

 

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Crowdfunding: Simplifying the Investment Process in the States

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 1-101DEFG
  • NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Committee
Continuing Legal Education
Crowdfunders, like GoFundMe, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, are making it easier to raise capital for personal, entrepreneurial, cause-related and charity campaigns. Crowdfunding opens new opportunities for investors and provides quicker access to capital for the fundraisers. Hear about and learn from experiences in states that are actively shaping equity crowdfunding to suit their state's needs.

  • Moderator:
  • Representative Joe Atkins, Minnesota
  • Panelist:
  • Anya Coverman, North American Securities Administrators Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Senator Travis Holdman, Indiana
  • Carol Mihalik, Securities Commissioner, Indiana

 

3:00 PM to 3:45 PM

Recruiting and Retaining Tech Talent

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 1-102ABC
  • National Association of Legislative Information Technology
  • Leveraging IT To Strengthen Government FSL Partnership

Technology continues to grow in importance in legislatures, and technology staffs are crucial in providing efficient and effective operations and services.  Recruiting technology workers with high-level IT skills can be a challenge, however, especially for government.  Retention also is important in legislatures, where knowledge of the legislative process and complex procedures is crucial.  Hear about successful strategies to attract and retain top tech talent. 


  • Moderator:
  • Peter Capriglione, North Carolina General Assembly
  • Panelist:
  • Peter Capriglione, North Carolina General Assembly
  • Doug Robinson, NASCIO, Kentucky

 

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Ensuring the Authenticity of Online Legal Information

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 1-102ABC
  • Legal Services Staff Section
  • National Association of Legislative Information Technology
Continuing Legal Education
The Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) has been enacted in eight states, with others considering legislation. UELMA, which applies to state constitutions, statutes, session laws and administrative rules, sets forth specific requirements of authentication, preservation and access that must be met. Learn about UELMA and technological approaches used in two states to satisfy the authentication requirement.

  • Moderator:
  • Gary Wieman, Nebraska Legislature
  • Panelist:
  • Tim Orr, Minnesota Legislature
  • Mendora Servin, California Legislature
  • Michele Timmons, Minnesota Legislature

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

7:30 AM to 8:45 AM

Education Hot Topics Breakfast

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-200C
  • NCSL Education Committee
Take part in two opportunities for small-group discussion on hot topics, including education funding, education data, STEM-focused afterschool programs, digital learning, community schools, and equity and the achievement gap.

  • Panelist:
  • Mary Kingston Roche, Coalition for Community Schools, Washington, D.C.

 

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

The Changing Communications Landscape

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 1-101DEFG
  • NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Committee
Learn about new technologies and the transition to Internet based communications and the potential impact on consumers, public safety, and regulatory frameworks. Hear an update on spectrum availability and auction, net neutrality, E-rate and more.

  • Moderator:
  • Senator Thomas C. Alexander, South Carolina
  • Representative Chris Perone, Connecticut
  • Speaker:
  • Matthew Berry, Federal Communications Commission, Washington, D.C.
  • Panelist:
  • Chuck Davidson, New York University
  • Representative Angela Williams, Colorado

 

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

CFI Committee Business Meeting

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 1-101DEFG
  • NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Committee
Discuss and vote on committee business and consider, review and vote on any new policy resolutions submitted for consideration.

  • Presiding:
  • Curtis Clothier, Alaska Legislature
  • Senator Wayne A. Harper, Utah
  • Representative Chris Perone, Connecticut
  • Gary Schaefer, Louisiana Legislature

 

2:00 PM to 3:15 PM

Emergency Communications

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-103DEF
  • NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Committee
  • NCSL Law & Criminal Justice Committee
  • National Legislative Services and Security Association
A teenager with a smart phone possesses greater communications capabilities than a police officer in the field. The First Responder Network Authority is operational and prepared to roll out the national network architecture to bring public safely communication into the 21st Century. Discuss the framework for this effort and the critical role state lawmakers will play as the network rolls out.

  • Moderator:
  • Representative Daniel A. Eaton, New Hampshire
  • Senator Thomas J. Wyss, Indiana
  • Speaker:
  • Brian Fontes, National Emergency Number Association, Virginia
  • Matt Gerst, CTIA-The Wireless Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Mitch Herckis, NASCIO, Washington, D.C.
  • Victoria Lee, First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), Oregon

 

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Crypto-Currencies: Changing the Way We Do Commerce

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 1-101DEFG
  • NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Committee
Continuing Legal Education
Some stores accept alternative payments, such as Bitcoins and other crypto-currencies, that benefit both customers and merchants. With the concept of crypto-currencies becoming more popular, some states and the IRS issued new guidelines on virtual currencies. Explore the policy implications these new payment methods present for the states.

  • Facilitator:
  • Representative Joe Atkins, Minnesota
  • Gary Schaefer, Louisiana Legislature
  • Speaker:
  • Jim Harper, Bitcoin Foundation, Washington, D.C.
  • Matthew Lambert, Conference of State Bank Supervisors, Washington, D.C.
  • Jason Thomas, Thomson Reuters, Virginia

Thursday, August 21, 2014

 

10:15 AM to 11:15 AM

New Online Threats and Dangers: Can the Law Keep Up?

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 2-205ABCD
Continuing Legal Education
Bad actors are involved in revenge porn, mug-shot extortion, online impersonation, privacy invasions, harassment and hacking. Learn about actions legislatures are taking to combat these new challenges and the complex issues they raise.

  • Moderator:
  • Representative Jeff Morris, Washington
  • Representative H.B. Zuber, Mississippi
  • Panelist:
  • Jim Halpert, DLA Piper, Washington, D.C.
  • Lee Rowland, ACLU, New York
  • Jeff Williams, Dell Secureworks, Washington

Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges Dell for providing the coffee break.
 

10:15 AM to 11:15 AM

Managing Your Online Image

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-200ABIJ
  • Leadership Staff Section
Legislator/Staff Training Track
Young and New Professionals
Both legislators and legislative staff want to make sure their online images are professional, free of anything inappropriate or embarrassing. Learn 10 important steps to ensure you shine online.

  • Moderator:
  • Hope Stockwell, Montana Legislature
  • Speaker:
  • Elizabeth Emerson, Goff Public, Minnesota
  • Clarise Tushie-Lessard, Goff Public, Minnesota
  • Panelist:
  • Chris Duffy, Goff Public Relations and Affairs, Minnesota

 

11:30 AM to 12:45 PM

RoboCops: From Phones to Drones

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-Auditorium Room 1
Continuing Legal Education
New technologies can help investigators solve crimes in ways once thought impossible. But debate continues over how to balance a person's 4th Amendment protection from unreasonable search and seizure with the community benefits gained from these new tools.

  • Facilitator:
  • Representative Jeff Morris, Washington
  • Senator Branden Petersen, Minnesota
  • Panelist:
  • Alan Frazier, University of North Dakota
  • Lee Rowland, ACLU, New York
  • Wade Setter, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Minnesota

 

11:30 AM to 12:45 PM

All Bets Are Off: The Battle Over Online Gambling

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-101DE
  • NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
  • NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Committee
Despite decades of successful state stewardship of the gambling industry, Congress continues to try to encroach on states' prerogatives to regulate gambling within their own borders. Find out about early efforts among a handful of states to introduce online gambling as well as the regulatory impacts on states posed by the federal legislation.

  • Facilitator:
  • James Kilsby, Gambling Compliance, Washington, D.C.
  • Speaker:
  • Andy Abboud, Las Vegas Sands Corp., Nevada
  • Jon Porter, Porter Gordon Silver, Washington, D.C.
  • Roger Salazar, Alliance For State and Consumer Rights, Washington, D.C.

 

3:45 PM to 5:00 PM

Big Data: Big Opportunities, Big Risks

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-101DE
  • NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Committee
  • Leveraging IT To Strengthen Government FSL Partnership
Continuing Legal Education

High profile security breaches have highlighted the enormous amount of data being collected, stored and shared by governments and businesses. Hear about the risks and opportunities big data creates for consumers, government and business, and learn about state and federal approaches to address the growing risk.

Book signing with Chris Surdak to immediately follow session.


  • Moderator:
  • Senator Wayne A. Harper, Utah
  • Lisa Wallmeyer, Virginia General Assembly
  • Panelist:
  • Dave Garriepy, Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), Virginia
  • Jim Halpert, DLA Piper, Washington, D.C.
  • Doug Robinson, NASCIO, Kentucky
  • Christopher Surdak, Hewlett-Packard, California

 

3:45 PM to 5:00 PM

Remote Testimony for Committee Hearings

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-101FG
  • American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries
  • National Association of Legislative Information Technology
  • Research and Committee Staff Section
Legislatures increasingly use videoconferencing to allow citizens to participate in committee hearings without having to travel to the Capitol.  Learn from states with long experience with remote conferencing of legislative hearings, as well as from others that are considering or just beginning to expand these capabilities. 

  • Moderator:
  • Terri Clark, Kansas Legislature
  • Panelist:
  • Curtis Clothier, Alaska Legislature
  • Soren Jacobsen, Idaho Legislature
  • Senator Jill Tokuda, Hawaii

 

3:45 PM to 5:00 PM

3D Printing and the Training of our Future Workforce through Higher Education

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Lower Level-L100ABC
Making a three–dimensional solid object from a digital model is no longer just a thing of science fiction. Explore the potential of this revolutionary new technology and what it means for the future of manufacturing and the way we train the workforce and how we develop state policy. Includes a demonstration of a 3D printer.

  • Moderator:
  • Senator Gary D. LeBeau, Connecticut
  • Panelist:
  • Senator Terri E. Bonoff, Minnesota
  • Jon Cobb, Stratasys, Ltd., Minnesota

Friday, August 22, 2014

 

8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Minnesota Legislative Technology Offices Program and Tour

Location:
Offsite -Offsite
  • National Association of Legislative Information Technology
  • National Legislative Services and Security Association
NALIT and NLSSA members meet with information technology and security personnel at the Minnesota Legislature in tours and briefings at the State Capitol. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. NOTE:  Tour is full.  Contact pam.greenberg@ncsl.org to be placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations.


 

9:00 AM to 10:15 AM

Major Scanning and Digitization Projects at the University of Minnesota

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-205C
  • Legislative Research Librarians
Legislator/Staff Training Track
Learn about two major national digitization partnerships at the University of Minnesota. The first is with Google to digitize the millions of volumes in their collection, while the second is with the Minnesota Digital Library in partnership with the Digital Public Library of America.

  • Moderator:
  • Sabah Eltareb, California Legislature
  • Speaker:
  • John Butler, University of Minnesota