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About State Legislatures

About State Legislatures

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CAMPAIGNS AND ELECTIONS

Ballot BoxNCSL tracks state election results, campaign requirements and party composition. We research and analyze how states run elections and govern campaigns, and produce a monthly newsletter on campaign and election issues and legislation.

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ORGANIZATION & PROCEDURE

Maine State CapitolLegislative organization and procedure are the structural backbone of state legislatures. State legislatures illustrate a wide variety of organizational patterns. NCSL conducts research on legislative management, organization, staffing, structure and rules.

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LEGISLATOR DATA

Wisconsin CapitolNCSL collects demographic data on state legislators, including party affiliation, gender, race, and occupations. Once institutions of nearly complete homogeneity, legislatures have been transformed to diverse bodies that increasingly reflect the American population.

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LEGISLATIVE STAFF

Colorado CapitolState legislatures employ over 33,000 professional staff. There is no one model for staff organization or structure.  Instead, they vary from state to state, from small, central, nonpartisan staff offices to large, decentralized staff organizations and partisan staff services.

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OVERVIEW | ABOUT STATE LEGISLATURES

NCSL helps strengthen state legislatures by providing research, publications and technical assistance about the legislative institution, and its processes and procedures. We cover campaigns and elections, civic education, and ethics. We provide detailed information about legislator demographics, compensation and terms, as well as data on legislative staff, legislative organizations and agencies, and legislative sessions. Individual pages within the About Legislatures portal offer more detail on each program and a collection of related documents. For more information about NCSL's services to state legislatures, contact our Legislative Management Program.

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