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Ballot Measures Change Legislative Operations

In addition to establishing or continuing COVID-19 protocols, a handful of states sought voter approval on alterations to legislative operations. These may not be the flashiest of ballot measures—they don’t get the same attention as marijuana or election measures, for example—but they directly affect NCSL’s members and how they members can do their jobs.

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Some Noteworthy Election Firsts—and How Former State Lawmakers Fared

While most Americans were glued to the Presidential race between former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump, history was being made down the ballot with several noteworthy firsts.

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Who Represents You? State Legislator Demographics Released for 2020

Have you ever wanted to know more about your representatives in the state capitol? What is their educational background? Their age? And beyond those specifics, what does the “average” American legislator look like in terms of race/ethnicity, gender, generational cohort and education?

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The State of Legislator Pay in 2020

As states work to mitigate major budget shortfalls, some legislators have looked to their own salaries for savings.

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State Legislatures magazine | Making the Most of Working From Home

If you're sorting your clothes by "work pajamas" and "sleep pajamas," you've pretty much made the full buy-in to working at home.

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The Inside Story of How Mississippi Retired Its State Flag

Of all the actions taken by lawmakers in 2020, none was more unexpected than the Mississippi Legislature's rapid and bipartisan vote to retire the state's official flag and it's prominent Confederate battle emblem.

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An Intern's Summer Project: Combining Data Analytics With Political Science

I always wanted to combine data analytics with political science, because I believe that numbers and figures can help tell stories that we often ignore.

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State Legislatures Magazine: Legislative Leaders Pivot to Non-Virus Challenges

The traditions and customs of America’s legislatures have evolved and been nurtured for two centuries and are every bit as vital to their functioning as the deliberations over bills.

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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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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.