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Legislative Staff Profile: Portia Palmer, Clerk of the Florida House of Representatives

For Portia Palmer, the clerk of the Florida House, public service is in her blood.

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Whose Rules Are They Anyway?

Legislatures may turn to several sources when making parliamentary interpretations—for example, their state constitutions, chamber rules and statutes. These documents do not always cover every parliamentary nuance that a chamber may face, however.

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NCSL Seeking Winning Websites: Online Democracy Award

Each year, the NCSL Online Democracy Award recognizes a state legislative website that stands out for making democracy user-friendly. A look at websites of past winners can spark inspiration and new ideas for any legislative website.

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Meet the New Principal Clerks and Secretaries!

The 2018 legislative session marks the first for several members of the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries (ASLCS) as chief clerk or secretary in their chamber. Congratulations to the newest chief clerks and secretaries!

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Remembering Tim Massanelli, Arkansas House Parliamentarian

The opening day of the Arkansas House of Representative’s fiscal session began with a moment of silence to honor longtime parliamentarian Tim Massanelli, who passed away at age 85 on Feb. 12.

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Sexual Harassment Policies and Interns

Legislatures around the country are grappling with the issue of sexual harassment—but how are interns protected by state policy? We asked several internship administrators about the guidelines  and resources available to student interns.

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Staff Spotlight: Eric Glover Moved from Courtroom to Library

Eric Glover joined the Idaho Legislative Research Library in summer 2016 as Legislative Librarian. His duties include oversight of the library, providing research and reference services, cataloging, collection maintenance, and indexing. 

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Staff Spotlight: Theresa Holst, Manager of Visitor Services, Colorado Legislative Council

Theresa began her career in state government working as a staffer in the Colorado House of Representatives in 2005.

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Staff Spotlight: Lee Cassis – New Clerk of the West Virginia Senate

The unanimous election of Lee Cassis last week as Clerk of the West Virginia Senate was of great significance to himand also to the Senate itself. Although the office is nonpartisan, it has traditionally been held by a former member. Cassis, on the other hand, has worked at the legislature since graduating from college and served as assistant clerk the past seven years.

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To Speak or Not To Speak? That is the Question

Billy Fallon, a professor in the School of Communication at San Diego State University, was quick to answer this question at a session of NCSL’s Young and New Professionals (YNP) group at the Capitol Forum. “There’s no question: the answer is to speak.”

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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.