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How the National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices Came to Be

The National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices was officially formed in 1976, but legislative fiscal officers were sharing information and networking long before then.

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Andrea Chiapella Senior Policy Analyst, Oregon Senate Minority Office

Andrea Chiapella's search for a  post-college job in public policy took her all the way across the street.

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Staff Week Throwback Thursday: The More Things Change ...

Here’s an excuse for not getting around to cleaning out that file cabinet: You never know when you might need those old brochures from decades ago to prove the adage, “what is old is new again.”

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Mark Cutrona: Helping the Drafting Process Go Smoothly in Delaware

Legislative Staff Week gives us an opportunity to learn more about the people who work behind the scenes to assure that legislatures operate smoothly and laws are drafted well. Today, we are talking with Mark Cutrona, the deputy director of the Division of Research in Delaware.

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Legislative IT: From Mainframe to Mobile, From CASS to NALIT

In 1980, a forward-thinking group of legislative staff who had been talking informally at NCSL meetings petitioned NCSL to establish a new staff section for computer staff, since the experience of these staff “would be invaluable to those states using computer applications, those states just getting started or to those who were in the “thought” process.”

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Confidence is Key: 6 Tips to Speaking with Impact

Repetition, speaking with hedge-words or softeners, and unnecessary apologizing are common mistakes we, as working professionals, make every day.

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NLSSA Emerged from Historic Day in California Assembly

The National Legislative Services and Security Association evolved from one of the more famous legislative security situations in history.

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Escape Rooms and Whitewater Rafting: Lessons From the 2017 LSMI

What does whitewater rafting, breaking out of an escape room and taking a theoretical trip on the road to Abilene have in common?

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Humans Need Food, Shelter … and Stories

“It was a dark and stormy night.” Remember Snoopy sitting on his doghouse with his typewriter? Well, that precocious pup was on to something. 

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Legislative Service is in Her Blood

Aurora Hauke is caucus staff and legislative aide to Representative Chris Tuck, the Alaska House majority leader and has worked in the Alaska House more than 18 years. 

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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.