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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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“Be First, Be Right, Be Credible” – Crisis Communications from the Legislature

Those words of wisdom come from the Centers for Disease Control and are applicable to every branch of government. While it’s not always possible to be first, legislative staff can control the factual content of their message and the credibility of their members.

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Let’s explore some best practices designed to maximize our home-based effectiveness, both as individual staffers, and as leaders and managers of staff teams. For optimum results, experts in the telework field suggest employing the three Rs: routine, rules and relationships.

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Welcome to Legislative Staff Week | Meet Jackie Osborne, Alabama Staff Senate

NCSL will use this week to shine a spotlight on the often-unsung heroes of our state legislatures and the leadership and resiliency on display. In addition to highlighting staff members on the NCSL Blog and in State Legislatures magazine, NCSL will host a webinar and podcast geared specifically towards legislative staff.

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SCOTUS Rules State Legislatures Can’t Copyright Statutory Annotations

In Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org the Supreme Court held 5-4 that non-binding, explanatory legal materials created by state legislatures cannot be copyrighted.

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Do you know of a legislative staffer, or a legislative agency, who goes above and beyond in their service to their peers, lawmakers and the legislative institution? Nominations are now being accepted for the Legislative Staff Achievement Awards.

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2020 Notable Document Awards—Call for Nominations

NCSL and the Legislative Research Librarians staff professional association are on the hunt for documents that go above and beyond and stand out from the fray!

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Now in its 15th year, NCSL’s Online Democracy Award recognizes a state legislative website that stands out for making democracy user-friendly. The award will be presented at NCSL’s 2020 Legislative Summit, Aug. 10-13 in Indianapolis.

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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.