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WHO WE ARE

Bill Pound, NCSL Executive DirectorSince 1975, NCSL has been the champion of state legislatures. We’ve helped states remain strong and independent by giving them the tools, information and resources to craft the best solutions to difficult problems. We’ve fought against unwarranted actions in Congress and saved states more than $1 billion. We’ve conducted workshops to sharpen the skills of lawmakers and legislative staff in every state. And we do it every day.

OUR MISSION

NCSL is committed to the success of all legislators and staff. Our mission is to

  • Improve the quality and effectiveness of state legislatures.
  • Promote policy innovation and communication among state legislatures.
  • Ensure state legislatures a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system.

OUR STORY

U.S. Capitol domeIn 1974, three organizations represented the interests of legislators and staff, but their influence was diluted. So seven inventive legislative leaders and two staffers got together and envisioned a single national organization to support, defend and strengthen state legislatures. After a survey of lawmakers and staff from around the country confirmed their idea was a good one, the three organizations dissolved, and on Jan. 1, 1975, the National Conference of State Legislatures was born.

HOW WE'RE GOVERNED

The strength of NCSL is our bipartisanship and commitment to serving both Republicans and Democrats. It is recognized in our comprehensive, unbiased research. NCSL serves both legislators and staff. This is reflected in the documents we've created to govern our organization and the organization of our Executive Committee:

THE STATES' AGENDA

Lawmakers play a vital role in developing the States’ Agenda, the blueprint for NCSL’s advocacy work on Capitol Hill. Each year, legislators and staff from across the country who participate in NCSL’s eight Standing Committees adopt policies under our rules of procedure for consideration at the annual Business Meeting during the Legislative Summit. If two-thirds of the states in attendance approve them, these policies become the backbone of NCSL’s efforts to fight unwarranted federal preemption of state laws, unfunded mandates and federal legislation that threatens state authority and autonomy. It’s important work, and NCSL takes its cue from the states. 

THE NCSL BLOG

  • States Respond to Untested Sexual Assault Evidence

    Across the nation, state and local governments are grappling with the discovery of untested sexual assault evidence collection kits—commonly called “rape kits”—in police precincts and storage facilities.

  • The Supreme Court and Simple Math

    The question in Alabama Department of Revenue v. CSX Transportation is whether a state discriminates against rail carriers in violation of federal law even when rail carriers pay less in total state taxes than motor carriers.

  • Marijuana Initiatives Growing on State Ballots

    While states continue to watch how things develop with Colorado and Washington’s retail marijuana programs, some states will once again have their own marijuana-related ballot initiatives to track this election season.

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