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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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RELACS/LRL Professional Development Seminar Recap

The RELACS/LRL Professional Development Seminar in Harrisburg, Penn., brought together legislative staff from around the country for two-and-a-half days of training and networking. 

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A Fond Farewell to Indiana's Peggy Piety

Legislative staff are often known for their quiet resolve to do the best job they can preserving and strengthening the legislative institution. Margaret “Peggy” Piety exemplified that ideal for 18 years. Her quiet retirement surprised many in the Indiana General Assembly and her peers in state legislatures.

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Mentoring, Motivating and Maintaining Staff

It's not enough to hire the right people for your staff. Successful organizations, including legislatures, have to nurture and retain their best people.

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Celebrating 75 Years! ASLCS Marks a Milestone in Madison

More than 200 clerks, secretaries and staff members from around the country and overseas convened in Madison, Wis., this fall for the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries’ (ASLCS) annual Professional Development Seminar. This year marks the 75th anniversary of ASLCS, the oldest of NCSL’s nine staff professional associations.

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7 Leadership Lessons George Washington Taught Us

Mount Vernon, Va.—If you want to talk leadership skills in Washington, D.C., you’d be hard-pressed to find a better example of putting ideas into action than the man for whom the place is named.

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Back to the Future With Podcasting

Nearly 100 years after the first radio broadcast, who would have guessed that today, audio would be one of the hottest forms of communications? Americans’ ears are more engaged than ever, thanks to the popularity of podcasts.

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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.