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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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NCSL, iCivics Part of Move to Strengthen Civics Education

NCSL joined more than 230 leaders from academia, philanthropy, the media and civic learning groups in Washington, D.C., last month to participate in a conversation about the state of civic engagement and the role effective civic learning and education can play in overcoming the increasing divisions in the United States.

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International Clerks in Spotlight at ASLCS PDS

The 2017 Professional Development Seminar of the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries brought together clerks, secretaries and their staff from 33 states and overseas for a six-day conference in Phoenix. 

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State Legislators Learn Latest Juvenile Justice Reform Policies in Big Apple

State legislators and staff got the chance to learn about the latest juvenile justice reform policies across the country during NCSL’s Juvenile Justice Model Site Visit Sept. 24-26 in New York City.

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Where Shall We Meet?

Legislative committee rooms are as varied as our state legislatures. Like legislatures, they come in all different shapes and sizes.

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In the Trenches With Social Media at the Summit

First thing at Summit, legislators and legislative staff got down and dirty in the social media trenches as NCSL and Facebook teamed up to unveil the new Facebook Guide for State Legislators.

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Making Your Case: Develop and Deliver Your Message

Catherine Johns, a communications consultant from Chicago, shared her advice on connecting with an audience and a whole lot more, with participants at the Legislative Summit during a Sunday morning session that was full to begin with and grew as the morning went on. Sponsored by the Women’s Network, it was geared toward women but useful for everyone there.

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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.