Frequently Asked Questions -- NCSL's Website
What are navigation tools for the NCSL website?
Navigation Bar: Located at the top of all pages on NCSL's Web site, the site navigation bar provides direct links and mouse-over links to all sections of the website. Hovering over a navigation button will trigger listings of links to specific areas of the website.
Search: The search tool will help you find specific information that is on our website. You can locate pages on NCSLnet containing a word or phrase of interest. Search is executed from the navigation bar or within inidividual portal sites.
Issues A-Z & NCSL Contacts: These pages list specific issues in each topic area with direct links to site resources for each issue. Legislators and staff also can contact the NCSL staff responsibile for that issue area.
Interactive Video: Site Organization & Navigation
Who can use NCSL's website?
The NCSL web site -- NCSLnet -- provides personalized, comprehensive access to NCSL information on state legislatures and legislative policies and is open to the public. Legislators and legislative staff have access to additional special services. There are no charges for state legislators and staff to register.
Is Registration Required of Everyone?
State legislators and legislative staff must register a user account in order to access all the membership benefits of the NCSL website. Members of the general public also need to register to benefit from the personalized services of MyNCSL and for online transactions (e.g., meeting registration), for subscriber services, or as a sponsor of the Foundation for State Legislatures. Use the following link to access the registration page:
Contact NCSLnet-Registration@ncsl.org if you need to correct your e-mail address or have questions about registering on NCSLnet or accessing these services.
What do I get if I register as a public user or a non-legislative government entity?
Registration as a new public or government user, enables you to benefit from the personalized services of MyNCSL. You also should find your username and password helpful for other services, such as online book ordering, online seminar registrations, or if you subscribe to any of our services available to non-legislative users or become a member of the Foundation for State Legislatures. You can learn more about Foundation for State Legislatures at FSL.
Forgotten your password?
You can retrieve your NCSLnet password by using this link: http://www.ncsl.org/Home/tabid/118/ctl/SendPassword/Default.aspx. This link can also be accessed from the NCSL Home Page by clicking on the Login button in the upper right corner of the page.
Password for Federal Funds Information for States (FFIS) please contact Carol Ryder at firstname.lastname@example.org
Password for StateConnect Directory of State Legislators please contact email@example.com
Contact NCSLnet-Registration@ncsl.org if you have questions or need further assistance.
Does NCSL offer subscription online services?
NCSL provides access to publications and online services on a subscription basis to non-legislative users. You'll be sent your log-on name and password after subscribing.
- StateConnect CSL Directory of State Legislatures. This is NCSL's online listing of all state legislators, governors and statewide elected officials in the 50 states, U.S. commonwealths and territories. You can search by name, state, party affiliation, gender, leadership position and by committee. You will find both capitol addresses and telephone numbers, district addresses and, where available, fax numbers, e-mail addresses and district telephone numbers for all legislators. Results of a Directory search can be exported into your own database to run merge mail lists instantly.
- Federal Funds Information Service (http://www.ffis.org). Federal Funds Information for States (FFIS) is a joint subscription service of the National Governors' Association and the National Conference of State Legislatures. The primary mission of FFIS is to track and report on the fiscal impact of federal budget and policy decisions on state budgets and programs. This information is maintained in a database of more than 200 federal grant-in-aid programs and is disseminated to subscribers through a regular series of reports and briefs.
FFIS offers several types of subscription services as well as customized contracts. Contact Carol Ryder at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
How are "cookies" used on the website?
To aid in navigating of our site, "cookies" are assigned to you according to your access category. These cookies are not saved to your computer and expire after you close your browser, unless you request your login to be remembered for your next visit. If you block assignment of these cookies, your use of the site will be impaired.