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Virginia’s New DOME Commemorates 400 Years of Legislating

Virginia celebrates the 400th anniversary of the first meeting of its House of Burgesses this year, and among the many celebrations honoring this momentous milestone is one very ambitious project.

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11 Chambers Elect New Clerks & Secretaries—Part II

The 2019 legislative session is the first as chief clerk or secretary for these members of the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries (ASLCS)—but all of these legislative staffers have spent years in the statehouse.

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11 Chambers Elect New Clerks and Secretaries—Part I

Each of these American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries (ASLCS) members serve as the chief administrative officers in their chambers; some are the parliamentarian as well. And while they may be new to this role, they are all veterans of the legislature.

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Butter Believe It: A Visit to the Pennsylvania Farm Show

When it comes to the most popular New Year’s resolutions, eating better always tops the list. But in my home state, the diet can't start until the end of the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show.

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Mac Taylor, California Legislative Analyst, Retires After 40 Years

Mac Taylor must like round numbers. At the end of December, the longtime California legislative analyst will be calling it a career after 40 years working for the California Legislature.

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Staff Mini-Profile: Erika Österberg, Colorado Legislative Council

After growing up in Colorado, Erika Österberg lived in New York City for 10 years, where she completed her degree in art history at SUNY Empire State College, and entered the field of visitor services. She first worked at the American Museum of Natural History and then at the Museum of Modern Art.

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Staff Mini-Profile: Theresa Holst, Colorado Capitol Visitor Services

Theresa Holst was trained in photography at the Art Institute of Colorado. She has the intensity and empathy of an artist, yet unlike many artists, she possesses the strong customer service skills required of her current position that is manager of visitor services at the Colorado State Capitol.

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Celebrating the Nation’s Oldest State Capitol Police Force

The Virginia Division of Capitol Police is celebrating its 400th anniversary this year! The department traces its roots back to 1618 and the establishment of Jamestown.

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LESN Fall Seminar at NCSL Capitol Forum

Attendees at the Legislative Education Staff Network fall seminar delved into a variety of policy areas, including school safety, school leadership pipelines and tracking systems, federal policy implications for state workforce and career/technical education systems, school choice accountability and an implementation status update on the Every Student Succeeds Act.

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Ohio House Staff’s Professional Development Brings Business Expertise to the Legislature

Nowadays, both employers and employees seek out professional development opportunities that further develop skills, expand expertise and create effective work environments. State legislatures are also seeking to invest in their employees, legislative staff, through robust professional development programs.

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