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Congress Looking to States for Best Procedural Practices

What can Congress learn from the states? Quite a bit actually. In fact, The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress was established to learn how to make Congress work better for the American people.

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Extra, Extra! Read All About It: 'Red Book' Is Out!

Do you know what “one person, one vote” is? What about “legislative privilege”? If you are a legislator or legislative staff member, the answers to these questions are essential because the once-in-a-decade process of redistricting is not far away—and your state is in the midst of preparations now.

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Our goal is to provide you the tools you need to stay informed and do your jobs better. If you’re interested in additional training, connect with one of our professional staff associations to learn more about opportunities to learn with your peers.

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Great management is important to the success of any organization. Yet, too few managers focus on their management roles and responsibilities, instead preferring to focus on the skills and expertise they mastered that propelled them into the role of manager.

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The political workplace is a haven of various opinions and oftentimes contentious topics about which people are passionate and which can sometimes lead to problems. But while conflict (that is, civil conflict) is expected in legislative chambers, it should not be within legislative staff offices.

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Legislatures will have full plates of policy work to address in the next session. We know that many hours of research, deliberation and negotiation are behind the final product of a bill, study or initiative, and we hope legislative staff know that you can call upon NCSL’s assistance and research services along the way.

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Whether it is before a caucus, committee, community gathering, or coffee-fueled planning meeting, most legislative staff will speak to a group at some point.

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With session prep gearing up in most legislatures around the country, staff to-do lists may be getting a bit unwieldy. But here’s one item you should add to the top: Simplify your to-do list!

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Tribes Urged to Focus on Gig Economy at Energy Summit

The gig economy, in which short-term workers perform contracted tasks organized through an online platform, can be a key instrument in developing self-determination and developing tribal economies.

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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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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.