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Great management is important to the success of any organization. Yet, too few managers focus on their management roles and responsibilities, instead preferring to focus on the skills and expertise they mastered that propelled them into the role of manager.

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Expanding Access to Care for Rural Residents Via Telehealth

Did you know that 113 million Americans lack access to appropriate mental health services? In fact, as of November 2019, 61 percent of mental health professional shortage areas—a designation that indicates health care provider shortages—are in rural areas.

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The political workplace is a haven of various opinions and oftentimes contentious topics about which people are passionate and which can sometimes lead to problems. But while conflict (that is, civil conflict) is expected in legislative chambers, it should not be within legislative staff offices.

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Legislatures will have full plates of policy work to address in the next session. We know that many hours of research, deliberation and negotiation are behind the final product of a bill, study or initiative, and we hope legislative staff know that you can call upon NCSL’s assistance and research services along the way.

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Research indicates that the first years of a child’s life are profoundly significant in terms of brain development and growth, with more than 1 million new neural connections formed every second during that time. That’s a lot of brain activity!

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Category: Human services
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States Review Rules in Wake of College Admissions Scandals  

The issue of college admissions was further amplified when federal prosecutors indicted more than 30 college parents as part of the bribery scandal that became known as Operation Varsity Blues. 

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Category: Education
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Whether it is before a caucus, committee, community gathering, or coffee-fueled planning meeting, most legislative staff will speak to a group at some point.

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State Apprenticeship Legislation in 2019

Informed by a need for skilled workers in in-demand industries, states continue to explore how apprenticeships can help drive local economies by increasing workforce talent. Last week was National Apprenticeship Week and here's a rundown of state apprenticeship activity.

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NCSL Cybersecurity Task Force Co-Chair Promotes Collaboration in D.C.

Cybersecurity Task Force Co-chair and California Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin met with staff members from the U.S. Senate and Department of Homeland Security last week to promote state leadership in cybersecurity and data privacy, share lessons learned, and encourage further collaboration and support from the federal government.

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With session prep gearing up in most legislatures around the country, staff to-do lists may be getting a bit unwieldy. But here’s one item you should add to the top: Simplify your to-do list!

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.