Alternative to Attending Summer Conference Announced

A number of you have mentioned that you are not able to attend the 2012 Summer Conference in person, but would be interested in attending online; therefore, arrangements have been made for all the sessions to be broadcast online through a conferencing system called WebEx.  There  will be full video and audio capabilities, online chat and additional features we have not had with other systems in the past.  Online attendees will be able to participate in the sessions almost as though they were in person at the conference. There will be a charge of $50 to attend the conference online which can be paid through the NASS website, similar to an in-person registration. The charge will help cover the cost of the online conferencing.  The link to register is https://www.regonline.com/?eventID=1071305&rTypeID=246351; please note that this link is the only way to reach the registration page for online attendance.
I hope all of you who cannot attend in person will take advantage of this opportunity to attend online.  Please contact me if you have questions.

News about the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act

Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act as adopted at conference is released.

From Jeff Hague, Registrar of Regulations, Legislative Council, State of Delaware ~ The Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act establishes an outcomes-based, technology-neutral framework for providing online legal material with the same level of trustworthiness traditionally provided by publication in a law book. The Act requires that official electronic legal material be: (1) authenticated, by providing a method to determine that it is unaltered; (2) preserved, either in electronic or print form; and (3) accessible, for use by the public on a permanent basis.
A COPY of the Act
A PRESS RELEASE about the Act

Updates for ACR Members from President Julie Yamaka

Several announcements and acknowledgments in advance of the upcoming summer conference:
● ACR Vice President John Martinez (NM) is hard at work updating the State and Federal Survey with the new details and figures you all have provided to him. Please contact John right away at john.martinez4@state.nm.us if you haven’t yet provided your state’s updates, or if you only completed one of the two
surveys. Thomson Reuters West has once again generously offered to do the printing for the biennial Survey. They and John are working to meet the deadline to have the new 2010-2011 Survey printed in time to distribute at the Summer Conference.
● Don’t forget to get your Colborn Award nominations in. Use the Nomination Packet and Nomination Form found online at:
http://www.administrativerules.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=93:acr-colborn-award&catid=43:acr-colborn-award&Itemid=56
The 2010 Awards Committee, Jane Chaffin, Chair (VA), Molly Masich (NC) and Scott Eaton (NH) are accepting nominations through Friday, June 11.
● Secretary Al Jaeger (ND), NASS’ liaison to ACR this year, has written a lovely letter to the Secretaries of State and Division Directors who oversee the states’ administrative rule filing, publishing and review functions, encouraging them to send their staff to the NASS/ACR Summer Conference. Those letters went out in April.
Here’s a link to a copy of it:
http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/transfer/jaeger.pdf Thank you to Secretary Jaeger for doing this on our behalf.
The Program Committee, Emily Caudill, Chair (KY), Elizabeth Palen (VA) and Debbie Ritzko (NY) assembled an action-packed agenda for ACR’s summer conference in Providence, R.I. Please view it at:
http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/transfer/acragenda.pdf or on the ACR Website at: http://www.administrativerules.org/
Thank you for the time and effort that went into putting together this agenda for us.
● Go on-line to the NASS website at: http://nass.orgto register by June 16 in order to get the early registration price and to reserve a hotel room at the NASS Conference rate.
● Wolters Kluwer Lois Law will be sponsoring ACR’s A/V and Internet set-up, and our afternoon breaks in Providence. Thank you to Wolters Kluwer and to Sue Rogers for arranging this with NASS and the ACR Program Committee.
● LexisNexis is sponsoring a dinner for ACR attendees on Saturday evening, July 17 at 7:30, following the NASS Welcoming Reception. Thank you to LexisNexis and to Leslie Ostrander of LexisNexis for putting thistogether. Please watch the listserv for additionaldetails, and to respond to Leslie when she requests attendance numbers.
Please don’t hesitate to give me a call if you have any questions.