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Lawmakers Take Energy-Centered Trip to Belgium

A bipartisan delegation of seven legislators recently journeyed to Belgium for a study tour focused on the energy sector. The tour was funded through a competitive grant awarded by the U.S. Embassy in Belgium to facilitate a Belgian-American subnational legislative exchange program focused on renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy security. 

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Trade, Education Topics at International Relations Task Force Meeting

Perspectives on international trade and education were among the topics when NCSL’s International Relations Task Force met in New Orleans in January 2019.

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Please Mr. Postman: Are Americans Subsidizing Foreign Shipments?

Just off the holiday season, you’ve  probably been a beneficiary of insanely cheap shipping. Perhaps you ordered an item that arrived with foreign postmarks. If so, you likely paid shipping rates far lower than you would ever see at your local post office.

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NCSL, Brazilians Outline Robust Exchange Program

NCSL has a decades-long relationship with Brazilian legislators. This year, 38 Brazilian legislators and legislative staff members attended the NCSL Legislative Summit in Boston, which is a testament to the strong ties between NCSL and Brazil’s National Union of State Legislators.

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NCSL, Chinese Officials Sign Memorandum of Understanding

At the 2017 Legislative Summit in Boston, NCSL officers and Chinese officials signed a memorandum of understanding to formalize a two-way exchange program between American state legislators and Chinese members of provincial people’s congresses.

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Kenya Parliamentary Staff Delegation Visits NCSL

Building on the decades-long relationship with legislators and staff members in Kenya, NCSL welcomed eight staff members from the Kenya National Senate to Santa Fe and Salt Lake City in late April at the request of the Kenya Senate.

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NCSL received a delegation from the Conference of State Legislatures of Nigeria in Denver from March 13-16.

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U.S. Students Still Rank Far Below Students Around the World

Student achievement in U.S. high schools is stagnant while other countries continue high student performance and others are moving students upward, according to results of the every-three-year Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) measurements..

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NCSL Welcomes Partnership of Parliaments Members to the U.S.

NCSL welcomed 19 German and Austrian legislators from the Partnership of Parliaments to Denver earlier this month.

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International Agreements Aim to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

As states await a ruling from the U.S Court of Appeals on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, the first week of October witnessed two events on the international front regarding efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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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.