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By Molly Ramsdell

Don’t miss the Setting the States’ Agenda NCSL Business meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 1 from 8 to 9:45 a.m. during NCSL’s 2018 Legislative Summit in Los Angeles.

gavel on law book During this session, members will have the opportunity to vote on:

  • Policy directives and resolutions, adopted earlier in the week by the NCSL standing committees, that set the States’ Agenda in Washington, D.C..  
  • NCSL’s officers and Executive Committee.
  • NCSL’s 2019 Budget.
  • Changes to the NCSL’s By-Laws.

A few facts for you to know on how voting works in this session: 

  • Each state only has one vote.
  • While legislators and legislative staff vote on the NCSL budget, By-Law amendments and the election of officers and members of the Executive Committee, only legislators can vote on the policy directives and resolutions.  
  • For a policy directive or resolution to pass it must receive an affirmative vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the member jurisdictions who respond to the most recent quorum call.

If you are concerned about the impact of federal decisions on your state and your ability to legislate, then don’t miss this important session to ensure your state’s voice is heard in Washington.

Did I mention we are also serving breakfast? 

Want to learn more? The information below is a great resource.  If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact:

Policy Directives and Resolutions for Consideration by the Standing Committees.

More on the NCSL Policy Process.

Molly Ramsdell is director of NCSL's Washington, D.C., office.

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