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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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“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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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.