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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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NCSL's Early Learning Fellows Program Completes Another Successful Year

What is NCSL’s Early Learning Fellows program all about? It is the premier program created and hosted by NCSL's Early Care and Education project for the purpose of educating and discussing children’s issues ranging from birth through age eight with legislators and staff from around the country and territories.

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Staff Spends Afternoon at the Library, Then the Court

NCSL’s Fall Forum began with style—in particular, the mosaic tile and vaulted ceiling type of style—as attendees had the opportunity to tour the Library of Congress and attend a Supreme Court lecture.

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NLSSA Charter Member Thomas Cedric Townsend (1943-2013)

National Legislative Services and Security Association members are mourning the death of former Texas Senate sergeant-at-arms, Tommy Townsend who passed away on Monday, Nov. 18. Tommy was widely known and respected throughout the halls of the Texas capitol for a distinguished career that spanned more than four decades.

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Staff Sections Served a Plethora of Professional Development Opportunities

Legislative staff from around the country wrapped up another successful year of professional development seminars.

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LINCS Meets C-SPAN

LINCS—NCSL’s Legislative Information and Communications Staff Section—held its professional development seminar this month in the nation’s capital and the group got a close-up look behind the scenes of C-SPAN.

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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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