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Legislative Effectiveness

Legislative Effectiveness

Legislative EffectivenessThe NCSL Legislative Effectiveness Committee examines strategies, practices and procedures for making legislators, staff and legislatures more effective. The committee focuses both on key skills for legislators and on key operations and powers of state legislature. The issues include education and training for legislators and legislative staff, legislative structure and management, rules and procedures, leadership, committees, staffing, information resources, constitutional issues and ethics. The committee also addresses topics concerning the executive branch of government and Congressional procedures and reform.

OFFICERS AND NCSL STAFF

NCSL’s president and staff chair are making appointments for officers to the NCSL Standing Committees this fall. Return here soon to see the roster for officers of the Legislative Effectiveness Committee for 2014-2015.

NCSL Contact: Brian Weberg (Denver)

 

 

WHAT WE HAVE PLANNED

Potential themes for the upcoming year include:

  • Legislative transparency in tension with legislative productivity
  • Legislative oversight of state agency performance
  • Innovations in legislator/constituent engagement
  • New members’ effective use of legislative staff

COMMITTEE MEETINGS

Find committee handouts and presentation slides from the 2014 Legislative Summit in Minneapolis.

The next meeting of the Legislative Effectiveness Committee will be at the NCSL Forum on Dec. 11, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Check the NCSL Forum webpage here for registration information and the complete Forum schedule.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

The Legislative Effectiveness Standing Committee has members who are legislators and staff people from a majority of the United States and several territories. It is this their role to share best practices and information provide as much information to help legislatures more effective.

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NEW LEGISLATORS

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Legislating is tough work, and there is little time for new members to adjust to their responsibilities.  Being a state legislator means having to make hard decisions on spending, policy and constituent problems. New member orientation helps freshmen legislators prepare for their difficult new duties.

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