Standing Committees

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The NCSL Standing Committees meet two times each year and allow legislators and staff to benefit from the experiences of other states in shaping public policy, experimenting with new laws, and managing the legislative institutions. Committee members explore issues that states have to deal with, but committees do not recommend policy to the legislatures on issues that are internal to the states. Committees do develop policy directives and resolutions on state-federal issues to guide NCSL's lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C.

The NCSL Executive Committee Task Forces complement the work of the standing committees. Task Forces typically deal with issues that cut across the jurisdictions of the standing committees and are created for a specified period of time.





fall forumThe NCSL Forum was held Dec. 9-12 in Washington, D.C. You can find a wide range of material from the Forum, such as PowerPoints, handouts, audio and video recordings on our Forum resource page.



Paper on table with penNCSL serves as the voice of state legislatures to Congress and the administration based on NCSL policy directives and resolutions. NCSL does this through a variety of ways including letters, comments on regulations and testimony before congressional committees and federal commissions.




NCSL’s Standing Committees develop Policy Directives and Resolutions, adopted by the conference, that serve to guide NCSL to represent state legislatures in the American federal system of government consistent with support of state sovereignty and state flexibility and protection from unfunded federal mandates and unwarranted federal preemption. All new policy directives and resolutions must be submitted to the attention of the Washington office directors, Neal Osten and Molly Ramsdell (, by 5 p.m. ET 30 days prior to the Business Meeting of a Forum or the Legislative Summit.




NCSL DatabaseSee a list of the NCSL Standing Committee officers and NCSL contacts for Standing Committees. You also can search our Standing Committee Directory database for members of individual Standing Committees.

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