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About State Legislatures

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Adding Third Parties to Legislative Sexual Harassment Policies?

Sexual harassment policies in more than half of state legislatures surveyed in 2019 apply to third-party actors. Definitions of third-party actors differ throughout legislative offices and may include lobbyists, media, vendors, tourists and the general public. What are other states doing?

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Having Another Job at Home

Having another job back home may be essential to a lawmaker’s ability to serve. Center for Legislative Strengthening Intern Helen Brewer takes a look at how legislators have another job outside of the legislature.

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ABOUT STATE LEGISLATURES

About State Legislatures

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Modernizing Congress: Lessons from State Legislatures

NCSL's Natalie Wood co-moderated a panel with the Bipartisan Policy Center in D.C. on September 23, 2019 featuring Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof and New Mexico House Representative Georgene Louis.

 

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Sexual Harassment

State legislatures across the country are tackling the issue of sexual harassment. Over 100 bills have been introduced on the topic nationwide. NCSL is tracking current legislation and has made policy and training recommendations.

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Taking Oversight to LOFTy Heights in Oklahoma

Strong legislative oversight is a top priority for many state lawmakers, with good reason. It is a fundamental institutional check and balance, crucial to legislative independence and effectiveness.

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Decorum in Debate

Each chamber of a legislative institution has the right to protect its proceedings by controlling interactions among its members on the floor and in committee. This LegisBrief is designed to help readers gain a better understanding of decorum in a debate.

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