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Control of the Virginia Senate Hinges on Jan. 27 Recount

Virginia Democrat Jennifer Wexton comfortably won a three-way race in a special election for the Virginia Senate despite a snowstorm making it challenging for voters trying to get to the polls.  Wexton’s victory leaves the Senate with 20 Democrats and 20 Republicans.

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Best Practices for Debate and Decorum

Has the interim made you a bit rusty on rules of debate and decorum? Check out these eight short videos that highlight the best practices for debate and decorum. Topics include referring to officers by title, not name and respecting the independence of the legislative branch.

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Category: Legislators, NCSL
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State Legislatures magazine celebrates humble launch 40 years ago.

The headline on the four-page, black and white publication proclaimed “State Legislative Organization Is Born.” It was Volume 1, Number 1 of State Legislatures Today. Dated January 1975, it marked the birth of an organization—NCSL—and a magazine, both 40 years old this month.

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The State-Federal Outlook for 2014

Yes, final agreement on the fiscal year (FY) 2014 appropriations has been reached and states have some fiscal certainty from the federal government, for the moment. But what else can states expect to see from D.C. in the new year?

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Category: Federalism
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A Supreme Court Term of Recurring Themes

If you follow the Supreme Court’s docket, one theme from this term is unmistakable: patent cases. The court has taken at least five patent cases (out of less than 70).  But patents don’t worry the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC). Qualified immunity and protesters do. And the court has been immersed in both of these issues too. 

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Category: Public Policy
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Voter Law Changes in 2013: A Roundup

When it came to new election laws, 2013 was both remarkable and not-so-remarkable. 

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U.S. Supreme Court Docket … Closing Soon!

By the end of January, the U.S. Supreme Court will have filed its docket for the current term ending June 30. Here's a look at some of the big cases affecting the states.

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Category: Federalism
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Hawaii Celebrates 55th Annivesary of Statehood as Legislature Convenes

Hawaii celebrated its 55th anniversary of statehood by inviting hundreds of former legislators to attend Wednesday’s opening session of the Legislature.

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Category: Legislators
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Task Force Paints Grim Fiscal Picture

The State Budget Crisis Task Force, which has been examining state financial planning and reporting, released a report today that  paints a grim picture for states.

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Category: Public Policy
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Women Legislators, Leaders Stay at Status Quo

November’s election brought three new female legislators to the New Jersey Assembly—including Maria Rodriguez-Gregg, a Roller Derby-playing Republican from Marlton—but the total number of women serving in legislatures around the country has hardly changed from 2013.

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Category: Legislators
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About the NCSL Blog

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.

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