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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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From Tiny House to Statehouse

After finishing college with a degree in business, and spending much of the next few years doing seasonal work as a fishing guide in Alaska and in Chile, Washington native Brittany Yunker-Carlson knew she wanted a place to call homebut didn’t know where.

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Staff Week Webinar: Public Service in Difficult Times

Patrick Edgar, who delivered a useful and well-received presentation on being a public employee during difficult times at the Legislative Research Librarians Staff Section's September meeting in Helena, Mont., will be featured in the first annual Legislative Staff Week webinar.

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Welcome to Legislative Staff Week!

NCSL appreciates how much legislative staff are vital to the work of every state legislature, and we are using this week to shine the spotlight on the staff and their contributions.

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Sexual Harassment Reaches State Lawmakers as Well as Media, Show Business

A news story involving an individual—whether it be a TV show host, playwright, CEO or even a hacker—accused of sexual harassment or misconduct has been a virtual daily occurrence since the allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein surfaced in October. Legislators, both state and federal, also have been subject to allegations.

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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.