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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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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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NCSL Talks Hollywood: Women on Screen and Behind the Camera

Los Angeles—NCSL’s Legislative Summit brought more than 5,000 people to Los Angeles, and the Women’s Legislative Network closed out the week by putting Hollywood front and center.

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Cryptocurrency: Currency of the Future or Just a Fad?

Los Angeles—The U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) defines virtual currency as “a medium of exchange that operates like a currency in some environments, but does not have all the attributes of real currency.

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Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Leaders

Los Angeles—The headlines continue to tout a wave of women running for office this year, but time (83 days until the midterms!) will tell whether this election marks an increase in the number of women serving in state legislatures.

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States Taking Election Cybersecurity Seriously

Los Angeles—If you have only been reading news headlines about vote-hacking risks or Russian interference, it might be easy to conclude that America has been sitting on its hands when it comes to election security since 2016.

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Policymakers Visit a High-Quality Preschool Center on Skid Row

Los Angeles—Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, whose name has been a cultural synonym for urban despair for more than a century, is home to one of the largest stable homeless populations in the United States (between 8,000-11,000 people).

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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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NCSL’s Task Force on Energy Supply Discusses Challenges, Policy Solutions

Los Angeles—Rural energy co-ops, the role of technology in emergency energy management, community solar projects and the renewable natural gas market were key topics at the recent Task Force on Energy Supply, a day-long meeting held during NCSL’s 2018 Legislative Summit.

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Fewer Chambers in Play, But GOP's Historic Advantage Threatened

Los Angeles—Heading into the 2018 midterm election, America is as politically polarized as it’s been in decades.

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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.