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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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State Legislatures Magazine Celebrates 40 Years

State Legislatures magazine begins celebrating NCSL’s 40th year this month.

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NCSL Putting Together MAP-21 Workgroup

Given the state impact of MAP-21 and its successor, NCSL’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure (NRI) Committee is putting together a  MAP-21 working group.

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Category: Federalism, NCSL
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Best Practices for Debate and Decorum

Has the interim made you a bit rusty on rules of debate and decorum? Check out these eight short videos that highlight the best practices for debate and decorum. Topics include referring to officers by title, not name and respecting the independence of the legislative branch.

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Category: Legislators, NCSL
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State Legislatures magazine celebrates humble launch 40 years ago.

The headline on the four-page, black and white publication proclaimed “State Legislative Organization Is Born.” It was Volume 1, Number 1 of State Legislatures Today. Dated January 1975, it marked the birth of an organization—NCSL—and a magazine, both 40 years old this month.

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Voter Law Changes in 2013: A Roundup

When it came to new election laws, 2013 was both remarkable and not-so-remarkable. 

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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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It's Back-to-Session Time for Most State Lawmakers

As the new year gets under way, so do America’s state legislatures. This year, 46 legislatures will convene to discuss and examine a variety of topics.

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Category: Legislators, NCSL
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Learning the Lessons of Gettysburg

A recent leadership development program that NCSL staged for legislative leaders at the battlefield in Gettysburg, Penn.,  was perhaps the most impressive program that I’ve seen.

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Any one of these is a bad sign: a unanimous opinion, a short opinion, and an opinion early in the Supreme Court’s term. But all three at once means you probably never stood a chance.

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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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