NCSL Policy Directives and Resolutions


GavelDeadline for Policy Submission at the 2019 NCSL Capitol Forum

All new policy directives and resolutions must be submitted to the attention of the Washington Office Director, Molly Ramsdell (, by 5:00 pm (Eastern) on Nov. 12 in order to be considered at the 2019 NCSL Capitol Forum in Phoenix, Arizona.

More on the NCSL Policy Process.

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.

NCSL's Washington staff lobby the Congress, the White House and federal agencies for the benefit of state legislatures in accord with the policy directives and resolutions recommended by the Standing Committees and adopted at the NCSL Legislative Summit Business Meeting. As a result of those policy decisions voted on by the Standing Committees, NCSL is nationally recognized as a formidable lobbying force in state-federal relations.

Meeting Schedule

The meeting schedule consists of one meeting in conjuction with the NCSL Legislative Summit in August and one meeting in December.

2019 NCSL Capitol Forum
Dec. 10-13, 2019
Phoenix, Arizona

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