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The Oregon State Capitol celebrates its 75th birthday on Tuesday. Born out of two fires—the first destroyed the original statehouse in 1855, the second consumed a structure modeled after the U.S. Capitol in 1935—the Capitol is four stories high and topped by a 23-foot bronze and gold leaf statue of the Oregon Pioneer (affectionately known as the “Gold Man” by the building’s inhabitants).

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Energy Planning for Climate Regulations: Upcoming Webinar Oct. 10

Washington and the states are abuzz over the president’s  climate action plan and the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new ruling on carbon pollution standards for future power plants, leaving many to wonder how policy makers can assist in achieving targeted emissions without harming economic productivity.

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There are a few moments in life that draw together the strands of your life. We often don't even see the moment for what it is until later, years ...

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In a 5-4 decision on Monday, the United States Supreme Court ruled that when officers make an arrest for a serious offense based on probable cause and...

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Three states emerged from the 2012 elections with both a veto-proof legislature and divided government (government in which the governorship and upper...

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New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D) speaks with former Mississippi Governor and RNC Chairman Haley Barbour State legislative leaders ...

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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.