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Welcome to Legislative Staff Week!

NCSL is using this week to shine the spotlight on legislative staff and their important contributions. We’ll feature staff profiles, resources you can use, and highlight the many ways you can get involved with NCSL. 

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Virginia Staffer Hits the Top 40

Bladen Finch, director of the Senate of Virginia’s page program, was named by Richmond's Style Weekly magazine as one of 40 Richmond residents under 40 who are credited as “inspiring young leaders” doing interesting things to make Richmond a better place.

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American Evolution Celebrates the 'Class of 400' 2019 Virginia House of Delegates

The 400th anniversary of the very first convening of a democratically elected representative body, the House of Burgesses, in what would become the United States is coming up July 30, 2019.

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Legislative Internships: Pathway to Public Service

With legislatures gearing up for the 2019 session, it’s a good time to highlight some best practices of legislative internship programs discussed at NCSL’s Legislative Summit in Los Angeles this summer.

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Put on Your Learning Cap at the PDS for Research and Legal Staff

Join with fellow research, editorial, library, legal and committee staffers from across the nation for an invaluable professional development opportunity Oct. 4-6 in Harrisburg, Pa.

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Overcoming Stereotypes and Fostering Workforce Diversity

Daryl Dixon was just a child when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Unfamiliar with who this man was, never mind what he fought for, Dixon attended the funeral with his family members. That day, after learning about King and his dream for equality and inclusiveness, Dixon, founder of the Diversity Resource Group, left with one question: If someone so liked and revered could be assassinated, what does that mean for the rest of us?

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State Legislatures Magazine: Federalism, School Safety, Energy Storage

What is the state of federalism today? That question anchors the cover story in the current issue of NCSL’s State Legislatures magazine.

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Summit Speaker: Sidestepping Ethical Sinkholes

Los Angeles—Protecting the legislative institution requires ethical decision-making by those who work in the legislature.

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The ADA, Overtime and the Importance of Job Descriptions

State legislatures should pay attention to a recent ruling by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, that overtime can be an "essential function."

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Amy Trask's Play-By-Play Leadership Lessons

Los Angeles—Amy Trask spent 30 years with NFL’s Raiders, rising from intern to the league’s first female CEO. “So, in brief, she has spent a career as a woman in a male-dominated field, full of high-maintenance personalities who aren't used to being told ‘no’ and who don't always play nice with each other. Sound familiar?” joked staff chair Chuck Truesdell.

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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.