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Research and Committee Staff Section

Word cloud for RACCSWelcome to RACSS, the organization for legislative staff involved in research, policy analysis, committee staffing or constituent services. RACSS members work for legislative research or chamber offices, caucuses, committees or individual legislators.

RACSS presents programs in conjunction with NCSL’s Legislative Summit and at periodic professional development seminars. RACSS regularly sponsors webinars to enhance research skills for legislative staff and publishes a periodic newsletter to keep members informed about RACSS activities.

 

LEGISLATIVE SUMMIT RECAP

Summit Logo RACSS' members participated in informative sessions at the Legislative Summit in Minneapolis, including a legislators' panel on what they need and value from staff, building a brand for staff agencies, remote committee testimony and an ethics roundtable.

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2014 RACSS SEMINAR

Virginia State Capitol and Visitors Center Register by Sept. 12 to get the early bird discount for the 2014 LSSS & RACSS Joint Professional Development Seminar, Oct. 6-8 in Richmond, Virginia. Click below for the agenda and meeting details.

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THE LEGISLATURE AS A CAREER

 

An initiative from the Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee is aimed at recruiting young people into legislative service. In the video at right, Ashley Demauro, a research analyst in the Pennsylvania House, talks about her work for the Education Committee.

At www.legislative careers.org, you can learn more about the variety of roles staffers play in the legislature.

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NEW RACSS OFFICERS

Chair's GavelBryant Howe of Utah is the new chair of RACSS for 2014-2015. Charlotte Carter-Yamauchi of Hawaii is the new vice-chair and Sabrina Lewellen of Arkansas is now immediate past chair.

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WEBINARS

webinar globeCheck out the recordings of recent webinars presented by RACSS and other staff sections.

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SPRING RACSS NEWSLETTER

news signs The Spring issue of the RACSS Newsletter is now available and marks the beginning of RACSS' 35th Anniversary celebration. Articles include recollections from past chairs, a short history of the staff section and announcements regarding the 2014 RACSS election and staff achievement award nominations.

 
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  • 2014 LSSS & RACSS Seminar Agenda

    Agenda for the 2014 joint professional development seminar for RACSS and LSSS. The meeting is being held Oct. 6-8, 2014, in Richmond, Va., for legislative research staff, drafters, editors and committee staff.

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