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Staff Profile: Kathy Fazzari, New Jersey’s Education Expert

Kathy Fazzari, education section chief in New Jersey’s Office of Legislative Services, knows a thing or two about education policy.

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129 and Counting!

One hundred and twenty-nine. That’s the number of years of service NCSL’s overall standing committee staff officers have in state legislatures. And they have a message for legislative staff, new and not so new, who are not involved in the NCSL Standing Committees: Stand Up! Show Up! Speak Up! Step Up!

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Here's What's So Great About LESN

In the 32-year history of the Legislative Education Staff Network (LESN), the network has provided countless opportunities for legislative education policy staff to connect and learn through meetings and online resources.

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Staff Profile: Virginia Drew, New Hampshire Visitor Center

Learning every day and sharing her love and pride of her state are what Virginia Drew, director of the New Hampshire Visitor Center, likes most about her job. 

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NCSL Staff Chair: Then and Now | Part 1

Throughout the 43 years since NCSL’s inception, we have had the opportunity to work with many incredibly dedicated legislative staff. Among those are the 43 people who have served as NCSL staff chair. It is the only leadership position for a legislative staffer in a national organization that serves legislatures.

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Legislative Fiscal Staff Drop Knowledge Behind the Scenes

Lawmakers consider hundreds of bills each session on a wide variety of policy topics. However, there is only one task the legislature must complete each year or biennium—pass a state budget.

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Staffing the Unicameral: Q&A with Dave Schinzel

Personal staff work directly for a state legislator, in either the capitol or in a district office. They are the ultimate jack-of-all-trades, managing a legislator’s constituent requests, policy work, schedule, and everything in between.

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Spotlight on Kentucky Staff

Most legislative websites understandably highlight state legislators’ biographies, rather than those of legislative staff. Staff work behind the scenes and out of the spotlight, and most seem to like it that way. But in Kentucky, legislative employees are in the spotlight.

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 It’s Never “Groundhog Day” in a Legislature

Writer, photographer, event planner. These are just a few of the assignments Morgan Blanchard Robertson tackles during a typical day.

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Staff Profile: Tammy Wright, Clerk of the New Hampshire Senate

New Hampshire Senate Clerk Tammy Wright turned to yoga while recovering from serious injuries, and her experience and awareness of both the physical and psychological benefits inspired her to share her expertise with others.

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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.