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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

  • Pollsters: Political Environment Worst in Memory

    Republican pollster Neil Newhouse started off with a grabber: How many in the audience are running for office, he asked. Next, he wanted to know, how many of those races are competitive?

  • What We Convey is More Than We Say

    In case you’re wondering, the rock concert yesterday afternoon was in room L100ABC, during the Legislative Staff University course on communication skills.

  • States on Front Lines of Drug Death Epidemic

    A Minnesota state lawmaker who lost her 23-year-old daughter to a heroin overdose in 2007 carried legislation this past spring to help prevent similar deaths.

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