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Juicing Up for Electric Vehicles

With 3 million electric vehicles sold in the United States last year, there’s increasing evidence that American drivers are ready for electric vehicles. But is our electric system ready for them?

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Want to Tell a Great Story? Learn to Listen.

Want to change a person’s mind? Connect with someone on a different level? Find common ground? It’s time to work on your story-telling skills.

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Everyone Wins With Servant Leadership

Legislatures were established by servant leaders. But in the age of selfies, insta-influencers and immediate gratification, it’s easy to forget why servant leadership matters.

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Sports Betting: States Are Doubling Down

A year ago, at NCSL’s Legislative Summit in Los Angeles, a session on sports betting focused on how quickly states would begin to authorize the activity in their states in the wake of the May 2018 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The court declared it unconstitutional and opened the door to state-authorized sports betting.

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Rural Economies: Left Behind or Poised for Resurgence?

Broadband isn't the only issue facing rural America, but it casts a wide shadow (probably slow-moving because, you know, dial-up) over efforts to rejuvenate rural areas.

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Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

The Women's Legislative Network continued its celebration commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment Tuesday at a jam-packed luncheon session at the Legislative Summit.

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NCSL’s Task Force on Energy Supply Discusses Grid Modernization, Emerging Energy Technologies

Workforce development, non-wires solutions, advanced nuclear technologies, electric grid transformation, pipeline safety measures and state energy resource planning filled the agenda for the recent Task Force on Energy Supply, an all-day meeting during NCSL’s 2019 Legislative Summit.

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Talkin' 'Bout the Millennial, Gen Z Generations

If you’re 40 or older (we’re looking at you Baby Boomers and Gen Xers), you may feel out of touch with the Millennial and Gen Y generations. But now that those groups—22- to 39-year-olds and 7- to 22-year-olds, respectively—make up a majority of the workforce, legislators have no choice but to take notice.

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Finding Common Ground on Criminal Justice Reform

You never know where you will find a kindred spirit, especially on a contentious and polarizing issue like criminal justice reform.

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What I Wish I Knew ...

No one said working in a legislature would be easy. But the more prepared you are for what’s ahead, the easier it will be to get up to speed and keep from feeling overwhelmed.

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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.