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Congratulations to the Winners of the 2017 Notable Documents Award

The winners of the 2017 Notable Documents Awards have been chosen.

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Meet Leo O'Leary, Washington's Page School Teacher

What’s the next best thing when you don’t make the cut to be a page in the Washington Legislature? You become the legislature’s Page School Teacher!

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Innovations in Election Technology

NCSL’s Elections and Redistricting team was in Williamsburg, Va., last week for the Future of Elections: Technology Policy and Funding conference.

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Seeing Results on Evidence-Based Policymaking in Santa Fe

How states can incorporate evidence-based policymaking into their decision-making process was the focus of a recent meeting of state legisators and agency, executive and legislative staff convened in Santa Fe by NCSL and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

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Congrats to the New Chief Clerks and Secretaries

The 2017 legislative session has been a significant one for several members of the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries.

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My How Things Have Changed

From looking up bills and resources, to providing committee testimony, NCSL staff are often called on when time is of the essence. It’s not uncommon to field a phone call from a legislator walking to a committee hearing or floor vote, wanting “Anything you have on XYZ, and can I get that within the hour? Thanks.”

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Colorado's Reading Clerks - In Their Own Words

The talents of Colorado reading clerks Andrew Carpenter (Senate) and Connor Randall (House) were recently highlighted on Colorado Public Radio.

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What's in the Recipe for a Bill?

Have you ever thought about what a bill is—in the legislative sense that is? No? Well, let’s consider it.

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Lessons From a Scandal: Have Investigative Tools in Place

After a wild weekend with a state court’s restraining order being overturned by the Alabama Supreme Court, the House Judiciary Committee was ready to begin impeachment hearings over Governor Robert Bentley’s indiscretions.

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Time to Show Us Your Outstanding Documents

Have you or someone else in your state produced what you consider to be an outstanding document? Don't hide its light under a legislative basket! Submit it to NCSL's 2017 Notable Documents Awards competition.

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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.