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Lawmakers Comment on George Floyd Killing, Racism

Like most Americans, state legislators have been moved deeply by the killing of George Floyd and the resulting protests and conversations.

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Legislators Bear the Torch of Democracy

State legislators fight for issues, represent their communities and commit their time to preserve and strengthen our democracy. That’s hard work. And in these strange and tumultuous times, legislating may feel harder than ever.

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Banging the Gavel Instead of Dropping the Puck - Convening in the Age of COVID

In an age of social distancing, legislatures are getting creative about how to convene.

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Showing Civility When We Need It the Most

As the Kansas House of Representatives prepared to end its special session last week, two legislators—one Democrat, one Republican; one black, one white; one from academia, one from law enforcement—showed that civility remains an important ideal and that legislatures can be the perfect forum to start challenging conversations.

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Former NCSL President Debbie Smith Honored With Naming of High School

The Washoe County School Board has voted to rename a high school after the late Nevada state Senator Debbie Smith, who passed away from brain cancer in 2016.

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SCOTUS Rules State Legislatures Can’t Copyright Statutory Annotations

In Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org the Supreme Court held 5-4 that non-binding, explanatory legal materials created by state legislatures cannot be copyrighted.

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Colorado Abolishes Capital Punishment

Colorado became the 22nd state to abolish capital punishment when Governor Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 100 yesterday.

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Alaska Lawmaker Part of New COVID-19 Website

NCSL has been tracking state actions on the new coronavirus (COVID-19) for a couple of weeks. Now, maybe, it’s time to track legislators' individual actions on it. Here’s a starting place.

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While the nation is gripped with anxiety about the coronavirus pandemic, state legislators should consider several ways to connect with their constituents through social media to disseminate reliable COVID-19 information, including sharing  important resources now available through the White House.

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SCOTUS Will Hear Case Regarding Governors’ Authority to Appoint Judges

Delaware’s Constitution requires that three state courts be balanced between the two major political parties. The main question before the U.S. Supreme Court in Carney v. Adams is whether this scheme violates the First Amendment. 

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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.