December 28, 2012

DIFP announces new legislative coordinators for all divisions

DIFP has announced the appointment of new legislative coordinators:

Emily Kalmer, DIFP Legislative Affairs Counsel: Kalmer represents the Insurance, Finance and Credit Unions divisions. Kalmer served previously in Senate Research and as an assistant attorney general in the Litigation Division of the Missouri Attorney General's office. During her time in Senate Research, she handled several DIFP-related bills, including 2009's SAFE Act (which changed regulations of mortgage lending) and the 2011 law that enhanced enforcement authority for the Board of Registration for the Healing Arts. She served as a legal advisor to the Senate Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee, which handles most legislation related to the Division of Finance and the Division of Professional Registration. Kalmer earned her law degree at Washington University in St. Louis.

Andy Briscoe, Legislation and Budget Director for the Division of Professional Registration: Briscoe served as Legislative and Constituent Services Director for the Missouri Department of Corrections. In that role, he handled the Justice Reinvestment Act, a 120-day mental health assessment program for offenders, as well as videoconferencing capability for parole hearings. Previously, he served as counsel for the Department of Public Safety. Prior to that, he was an assistant prosecuting attorney and a lawyer in private practice. Briscoe will oversee all budget and legislative issues for the division's 39 boards and commissions and administrative activities. He starts at the Division of Professional Registration on Jan. 2. Briscoe earned his law degree at Saint Louis University.

"Emily Kalmer and Andy Briscoe are experienced public servants who stand ready to provide technical expertise to policymakers, leveraging the knowledge of expert regulators in our department," said DIFP Director John M. Huff. "I welcome stakeholders to reach out to Emily and Andy any time they need assistance on issues relating to the consumer protection and competitive markets mission of DIFP."