Research and Committee

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.



News sign 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.



Elections: Nominations are due June 6 for candidates running for the RACSS Executive Committee. There is one opening for vice-chair and three openings for directors.

Awards: Nominations for the Legislative Staff Achievement Award, recognizing RACSS members for their legislative work, are due May 23.




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, you can learn more about the variety of roles staffers play in the legislature.




Virginia State CapitolSharpen your professional skills with state legislative colleagues from around the country at the 2014 LSSS & RACSS Joint Professional Development Seminar. The meeting is being held Oct. 6-8 in Richmond, Va. More details to follow soon.



webinar globeMaking Readers Care about Your Writing, on April 25, presents the concept of issue-driven writing as a way to connect with legislative audiences.

State Government Information and the Copyright Conundrum, on May 7, covers copyright protections for state government documents that limit their distribution and digital archiving.

Government Prayer After Town of Greece covers the U.S. Supreme Court case; presented by the State and Local Legal Center.

LSMI 2014

LSMI Logo Legislative Staff Management Institute
July 12-19, 2014
Application deadline: May 2
LSMI is a unique eight-day executive management training program designed for senior staff and those on their way to management positions. Learn practical tools to meet the increasingly complex policy and management demands of legislatures and develop your leadership skills.

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  • RACSS Newsletters

    The Spring 2014 issue of the RACSS Newsletter is now available. Current and past issues are available in the archives, covering 2003 to 2014.

  • RACSS Elections

    Nominations for election to the RACSS Executive Committee are due June 6, 2014.

  • Legislative Staff Achievement Award

    The Legislative Staff Achievement Award recognizes RACSS members who have done outstanding work for their legislatures. Nominations are due May 23, 2014.

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