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Pillars of the Institution: Nominations Open for 2022 Legislative Awards

Do you know an excellent editor, a laudable librarian, a daring drafter, a legal leader, an iconic IT person or clever committee staffer? Now’s your chance to recognize exemplary legislative staff and their work in the only national forum for state legislators and legislative staff.

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Legislative Librarians Make it Onto the Shelves

Alex Burnett and Jessica Lundgren, senior librarians with the Maine Law and Legislative Reference Library, noticed a glaring omission when reviewing a proposed table of contents for an upcoming book on law librarianship.

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NCSL Celebrates Legislative Staff Week May 3-7

Thank you to the 30,000-plus legislative staff throughout the country and territories who keep their legislatures running, even in the more challenging years—and challenging is certainly one word that could be used to describe the 12-plus months.

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COVID19 Crisis Shifts Priorities for Legislative IT Staff

In an August survey, key information technology CIOs and directors in state legislatures said they have shifted priorities and provided new services to meet the demands of a remote workforce and to support virtual legislative sessions and hearings.

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Now Playing: American Democracy Game Teaches Important Civics Lessons

A commitment to civics education and to helping legislators and legislative staff educate the public about representative democracy and the legislative process led to the 2011 launch of NCSL’s American Democracy Game.

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She’s Golden: Sheila Mason Marks 50 Years at the Kentucky State Capitol

She's a champion of civic education and a go-to resource on legislative internship programs, having run Kentucky’s highly regarded program for the Legislative Research Commission for two decades.

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State Legislatures magazine | Making the Most of Working From Home

If you're sorting your clothes by "work pajamas" and "sleep pajamas," you've pretty much made the full buy-in to working at home.

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Take a (Virtual) Tour of Your State’s Capitol

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many states closed their capitols to the public and suspended guided tours, a staple for school-aged kids to learn about their state’s history and the role of the legislature.

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Spring 2020 Legislative Staff Week: Kudos to You!

Say what you will about these unprecedented, challenging and bizarre times, they clearly have brought out the best in legislative staff—most notably, their resiliency, creativity and compassion—and, happily, these efforts have not gone unnoticed.

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Legislative Staff Week: Staff Snapshots

We recently caught up with several legislative staff from around the country to find out what they love about the legislature, insights for their peers and how they’re coping during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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.