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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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Oce Smith, longtime sergeant-at-arms in the West Virginia Legislature, was honored recently with the National Legislative Services and Security Association's President's Charter Member Achievement Award.

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NCSL President: Join Us At the Legislative Summit

Each summer, NCSL hosts the Legislative Summit, the largest gathering of legislators and staff in the country. We work across the aisle every day to solve problems in our own state, but the Summit gives us the opportunity to talk with Republicans, Democrats and staff from around the country, to really dig into the issues, get new ideas, hear about innovations and solutions, and learn about the hot issues on the horizon.

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As the legislative sessions get underway, you have tremendous demands on your time. Legislative staffers are absolutely critical to the efficient running of a legislature. We simply could not do our work  if we didn’t get support from you. 

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New Websites Invite Citizens to Have their Voices Heard

New websites in two states are encouraging citizens to speak up and have their voices heard by lawmakers.  

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Field Trip to Texas  to See How Elections are Run

It was a cool morning in Austin, Texas, when a group of legislators, staffers, two NCSL staffers and state officials met at the state capitol last week for a “field trip” to see how elections are run in a small Texas county.

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Water, water everywhere, Nor any drop to drink

West Virginia’s legislative leaders did not think that the first couple of weeks of session would be upended by a declared state of emergency in the capital city Charleston because of a chemical spill that contaminated the water supply for over 300,000 people including the Capitol.

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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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