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Join colleagues at the NCSL Legislative Summit to hear from a top-notch lineup of speakers across a wide gamut of key military and veterans affairs issues.

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Pillars of the Institution: Nominations Open for 2022 Legislative Awards

Do you know an excellent editor, a laudable librarian, a daring drafter, a legal leader, an iconic IT person or clever committee staffer? Now’s your chance to recognize exemplary legislative staff and their work in the only national forum for state legislators and legislative staff.

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Keeping It Civil in a Partisan World

It is no secret that we live in an incredibly partisan time—you don't need to look beyond your Twitter feed for proof. Two former legislators want to combat its negative impact with a bipartisan commitment to civility.

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Engaging With the International Program at Summit

NCSL received 285 legislators, legislative staff, government officials and lobbyists from 18 countries at the Legislative Summit, a robust gathering of professionals committed to strengthening networks and institutions around the world.

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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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Paying the Price: Strategies to Control Health Care Costs

NCSL facilitated a lively discussion around health care costs to consumers at the NCSL Legislative Summit in Nashville, Tenn. During the session “Paying the Price: Strategies to Control Health Care Costs,” attendees heard from national experts and state legislators about various factors that drive health care costs and policy options to address these cost drivers.

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2019 KIDS COUNT Reveals Positive Trends for Some Children, Disparities Persist

Leslie Boissiere, vice president of external affairs for The Annie E. Casey Foundation, presented mixed findings from the 30th anniversary edition of the foundation’s KIDS COUNT Databook at NCSL’s Legislative Summit.

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Just Like the Plants,  Hemp Policy Conversations Continue to Grow

State policymakers, farmers, manufacturers and federal agencies are abuzz as they consider the possibilities of hemp production.

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Getting Creative at Legislative Summit

When Amy Climer speaks to groups about creativity, she starts by asking for a show of hands: “How many of you consider yourselves creative?” Usually, about half the people—even in a roomful of artists—raise their hands. That was the case during her talk, “Deliberate Creativity: Three Elements of Innovation,” at the Legislative Summit in Nashville last week during the special Legislative Staff breakfast.

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Introverts Stand Out at 2019 Summit

An intrepid group of introverts braved a packed room at the Legislative Summit in Nashville.

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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.