This award is given by the NCSL Executive Committee to members of Congress and the administration who have worked to restore, protect and advance the standing of the states in our federal system. The winners of the 2013 Restoring the Balance Award are four United States senators who showed exemplary leadership in advocating for and in passing the Marketplace Fairness Act in the Senate in May of this year by a vote of 69-24.
- Senator Mike Enzi, Republican, Wyoming
- Senator Richard Durbin, Democrat, Illinois
- Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican, Tennessee
- Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Democrat, North Dakota