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Bringing Franking Into the 21st Century

How to regulate franking in an era when more messages arrive in your digital inbox than your physical mailbox was the focus of last week’s convening of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. 

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As College Football Turns 150, Lawmakers Reflect on Lessons Learned on the Gridiron

Nov. 6, 1869, was a monumental day in the history of college sports. With football season well underway, we look back at that fall afternoon when Princeton University and Rutgers University clashed in the first college football game to be played in the U.S. Today, we celebrate a pair of former college football players who have risen to leadership roles in their legislatures.

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Join the National Tribal Energy Summit Via Streaming

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and NCSL combine forces this week to host the 2019 National Tribal Energy Summit (NTES) at the Westin City Center in Washington, D.C.

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How to Talk to Kids About Civics? Use NCSL's New Legislators Talking Points Card

It’s a familiar nightmare to many, in some way shape or form, you find yourself standing at the front of a classroom of school children, looking up at you, waiting, for you to tell them something interesting.

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In Memoriam: Earl Mackey, First Executive Director of NCSL

Earl Mackey, the leading architect and first executive director of the National Conference of State Legislatures, died on Aug. 26 in Portland, Ore. He was 81.

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POTUS Can’t Block Critics on Twitter, Says Federal Appeals Court

The decision, which affirmed the lower court’s ruling, may signal how First Amendment doctrine limits public officials’ use of social media in other contexts as well.

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State Legislatures Magazine | A Remarkable Man: Bill Pound Retires After 44 years With NCSL

In a heartfelt send-off in the July/August issue of State Legislatures magazine, Bill’s longtime friend and NCSL colleague Carl Tubbesing shows that few leaders and organizations fit together so perfectly as Bill Pound and NCSL.

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Only Arkansas Has Passed Term-Limit Bill in 2019

Twenty states have introduced 45 bills pertaining to state legislator term limits in the 2019 legislative sessions. 

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Recall Elections: Embodying Spirit of Democracy or Political Tool?

When state legislators do something we don’t like, do we have to wait until the next general election to vote them out of office, or should we be able to get rid of them right away?

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What can Congress learn from state legislatures, the nation’s laboratories of democracy, about best practices, particularly when it comes to helping new members succeed?

Well, quite a bit, according to testimony from an NCSL director before Congress Thursday..

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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.