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Do you know of a legislative staffer, or a legislative agency, who goes above and beyond in their service to their peers, lawmakers and the legislative institution? Nominations are now being accepted for the Legislative Staff Achievement Awards.

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2020 Notable Document Awards—Call for Nominations

NCSL and the Legislative Research Librarians staff professional association are on the hunt for documents that go above and beyond and stand out from the fray!

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Now in its 15th year, NCSL’s Online Democracy Award recognizes a state legislative website that stands out for making democracy user-friendly. The award will be presented at NCSL’s 2020 Legislative Summit, Aug. 10-13 in Indianapolis.

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Chambers Make History With New Principal Clerks and Secretaries

The 2020 legislative session marks a first for eight legislative staffers and one former senator as their chambers welcome them as chief clerk or secretary.

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NCSL’s "Our American States" podcast presents a special new six-part series, “Building Democracy: The Story of Legislatures,” covering the history, characters and stories of state legislatures in America, from the beginnings in Jamestown, to the present day and into the future.

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Our goal is to provide you the tools you need to stay informed and do your jobs better. If you’re interested in additional training, connect with one of our professional staff associations to learn more about opportunities to learn with your peers.

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Great management is important to the success of any organization. Yet, too few managers focus on their management roles and responsibilities, instead preferring to focus on the skills and expertise they mastered that propelled them into the role of manager.

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The political workplace is a haven of various opinions and oftentimes contentious topics about which people are passionate and which can sometimes lead to problems. But while conflict (that is, civil conflict) is expected in legislative chambers, it should not be within legislative staff offices.

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Legislatures will have full plates of policy work to address in the next session. We know that many hours of research, deliberation and negotiation are behind the final product of a bill, study or initiative, and we hope legislative staff know that you can call upon NCSL’s assistance and research services along the way.

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Whether it is before a caucus, committee, community gathering, or coffee-fueled planning meeting, most legislative staff will speak to a group at some point.

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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.