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Karl Kurtz, NCSL's Longest-Serving Employee, Retires

Karl Kurtz has been a leading voice for state legislatures and NCSL, even before there was an NCSL. Kurtz, director of NCSL’s Trust for Representative Democracy, is retiring after 42 years on the job and was feted during a staff luncheon Thursday at NCSL's Denver office.

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Legislative Staff Meet Communications Challenges Head on at LINCS PDS

Working as a communications professional in state legislatures is trickier than ever.

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Education, Tax Incentives, Data Collection Discussed at NCSL Jobs Summit

Education advocate Tom Vander Ark was one of several speakers who shared their ideas  with dozens of legislators and staff members at NCSL’s recent Jobs Summit.

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Legislative Librarians to Give Back to Baton Rouge

Members of the Legislative Research Librarians staff section plan to make a difference to the local community when they gather in Baton Rouge for their fall seminar Oct. 1-3.

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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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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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