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NCSL President Bruce Starr's Message to Legislators

At NCSL, we keep our eye on Congress every day.  Our staff in Washington, D.C., is on the hill to fight for the goals we all share--no unfunded mandates and preemptions, and the preservation of our states’ authority. But we depend on you.

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New Hampshire House Speaker Terie Norelli Not Seeking Re-election

After 18 years in the New Hampshire House, including three terms as speaker, Terie Norelli announced  Monday that she would not seek re-election in 2014.

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Spring Is Convening While Most Legislatures Are Adjourning

Spring flowers are starting to bloom. Birds are chirping. Glorious sunshine is ushering out any last signs of winter. In other words, Spring has convened! And, by the time the air becomes permanently warm, most state legislatures will have adjourned.    

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Legislator Compensation Commissions Help Take Politics Out of Pay Raises

NCSL recently completed its annual legislator compensation study and found only nine states that have increased salaries over the past 12 months. Perhaps the most interesting take away from the study revealed that the only legislatures that witnessed a pay change were in states where the primary responsibility for determining lawmaker’s salaries did not reside with the legislature.

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In Wisconsin, Saying Goodbye, Eloquently

I arrived in the Wisconsin Senate chamber the evening of April 1 just in time to hear the last of four retiring senators address his colleagues. Republican Senator Dale Schultz, who has represented his Rockland Center district for 32 years, was on his feet.

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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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The important work NCSL does on behalf of our states in Washington, D.C., pays big dividends for all of us. 

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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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Midwest State Fiscal Leaders Gather for Budget Projections in Chicago

Despite the recent bipartisan budget agreement, federal budget negotiators won’t be locking arms and singing "Kumbaya" anytime soon, according to Stan Collender, national director of financial communications at Qorvis

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About the NCSL Blog

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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