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Jennifer Jones, John Snyder Honored With Legislative Staff Achievement Awards

Jennifer Jones of Texas and John Snyder of Kentucky were awarded the Standing Committees Legislative Staff Achievement Award at NCSL's Legislative Summit in Minneapolis in August.

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Utah Welcomes Western State Fiscal Leaders

Dozens of legislators and legislative staff members gathered in Park City, Utah late last week for NCSL’s inaugural Western States Fiscal Leaders Meeting. Attendees from 14 Western states met for a day and a half to learn from policy experts and each other as they prepare to confront pressing fiscal issues in next year’s legislative sessions.

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 Former Alabama House Speaker Seth Hammett Named Governor's Interim Chief of Staff

Former longtime Democratic House Speaker Seth Hammett has gone to work for Republican Governor Robert Bentley as his chief of staff.

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Our favorite information request last week came from a capitol tour guide: “Has any other capitol had problems with visitors wearing “bling” jeans and damaging the building?

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Happy 35th Anniversary, RACSS

You’ve probably noticed the 40th anniversary logo on NCSL’s website and read some of the stories in State Legislatures magazine about our history. But NCSL isn’t alone in celebrating an anniversary this year.

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What to Expect as an NCSL Early Learning Fellow in 2014

The NCSL Early Learning Fellows program is at it again. This year is the third round of the program and both the Fellows and NCSL Early Care and Education project staff are excited.

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Each year the Legislative Research Librarians (LRL) staff section of NCSL sponsors the Notable Documents Awards competition for state and legislative documents. The deadline for submissions for the 2014 awards is Monday, June 2.

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McDowell Lee, Nation’s Longest Serving Legislative Secretary, Dies at 89

McDowell Lee, former secretary of the Alabama Senate, passed away last Thursday. Mac Lee, or Mr. Lee as I called him, was the longest serving clerk or secretary in America’s state legislatures. Before he retired in early 2011, Lee served as secretary for 47 years. He was first elected to the position in 1963. 

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The Legislative Summit in Minneapolis is coming up in August, and I hope you plan to attend. NCSL is the only organization that gives legislative staff a strong voice and many opportunities to grow professionally and connect with colleagues across the country.

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Bill Behnk, Legislative Computer Pioneer, Has Died

Bill Behnk, former Coordinator of Legislative Information Systems for the Office of Legislative Counsel in California, and a longtime member and enthusiastic supporter of NCSL and the National Association of Legislative Information Technology (NALIT), died April 8. He was 87.

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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.

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