The July-August issue looks at partisanship in legislatures, renovating capitols, pay for lawmakers, the challenging job of chief of staff, the costs of legislation and much more.
VOLUME 36, No. 7 | July/August 2010
By Suzanne Weiss
Taking a stand can be lauded as courageous by some and seen as a cop-out by others. The reality is somewhere in between.
By Marty Linsky
Leadership today requires new skills to navigate a rapidly
Online: NCSL Leaders’ Center helps legislative leaders
meet the challenges of managing the institution.
By Edward Smith
Washington House Majority Leader Lynn Kessler is the recipient of this year’s
top legislative leadership award.
FEDERALISM IN THE AGE OF OBAMA
By Alan Greenblatt
Is the president exploiting the states’ fiscal woes to push his policies?
Online: Read a Q and A with Paul Posner, a federalism expert from George Mason University in Virginia.
AN OBSERVATION OF THE STATE-FEDERAL RELATIONSHIP
By William T. Pound
Federalism is a system of dynamic tension between levels of government.
PENSION REFORM: NOT EASY, BUT WORTH IT
By Ron Snell
Lawmakers spent the past five years shoring up public retirement plans.
Online: Learn about legislation to address public pensions from the 2010 sessions and view an archive of reports on pension legislation back to 1999.
By Garry Boulard
Capitols, a symbol of democracy, have lost some of their luster, but renovations started in better times are often a budget burden.
Online: Learn about the challenges of maintaining America's most-visited legislative building in a conversation with Stephen Ayers, architect of the U.S. Capitol.
WARMING UP TO CLIMATE CHANGE
By Glen Andersen
Lawmakers are looking at ways to adapt to rising temperatures and other changes.
Online: More NCSL climate changes resources.
WHAT LEGISLATURES NEED NOW
By Karl Kurtz and Brian Weberg
The prescription for change offered 40 years ago in “The Sometime Governments” has run its course, but legislatures still face plenty of challenges.
Online: Read excerpts from "The Sometime Governments."
IN BRIEF: WESTERN WATER
By Larry Morandi
The clash between public water and private land is a constitutional issue in the West.
IN BRIEF: WOMEN IN LEGISLATURES
Reflecting on 25 years of the Women’s Legislative Network
Online: Read more about women in legislatures at NCSL’s Women’s Legislative Network, which promotes the participation and leadership of women legislators.
TRENDS AND TRANSITIONS
Online: Learn more about legislators’ education levels and more about what forms of identification are acceptable for voting.
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