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Happy 100th Birthday to Wisconsin's Capitol

Tap the keg, grill the brats and pass the kringles. It's time to celebrate the 100th birthday of Wisconsin's Capitol.

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The Origins of 'Lying in State'

“Lying in state”  goes back millennia and is tied to the custom of honoring kings upon their passing.

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2016 Special Session Roundup

Special sessions have been held in 12 states this year and five of these states—Alaska, Arkansas California, Louisiana and Utah—have had more than one special session.

 

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Colorado LegiSource:  A Great Way to Reach and Teach State Legislators

Colorado LegiSource blog features weekly posts  that range from “inside baseball” (Do-overs in the Legislative Process) to history (Old Supreme Court Windows Honor Ethnic and Racial Group History in Colorado) to fun facts (“Why Don’t We Fix the Radiator?”: How a Broken Appliance Led to a Dazzling Restoration at the Colorado Capitol).

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Road Trip, Code Trip!

If it’s lack of time holding you back from visiting all the state capitols in the mainland, Randal Olson, a postdoctoral researcher who specializes in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data visualization, has developed an algorithm to determine the most direct driving route to the state capitols (9.33 days of driving, with no stops).

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Massachusetts State House Time Capsule Yields Delights

Paul Revere and Samuel Adams couldn't have fathomed the attention lavished on the little package of artifacts they buried in the cornerstone of the Massachusetts State House on the Fourth of July, 1795, and unearthed Tuesday night.

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Water, water everywhere, Nor any drop to drink

West Virginia’s legislative leaders did not think that the first couple of weeks of session would be upended by a declared state of emergency in the capital city Charleston because of a chemical spill that contaminated the water supply for over 300,000 people including the Capitol.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.