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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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Word of the Year is 'Flexibility' for Legislative Sessions

Sesame Street used to do a segment called “The Word of the Day” where Elmo, along with a celebrity, taught kids a new word and what it means. Well, since the beginning of the pandemic, the word of everyday for state legislatures has been “flexibility.”

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Back to Business: Legislative Sessions Update

By the start of February, 38 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia Council will have convened their 2022 regular sessions. Minnesota will be the last legislature to convene this month, on Monday.

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As we close out Native American Heritage Month, the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators celebrates its leadership, elected earlier this month following the NCSL Legislative Summit.

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Breaking Down Barriers | Maryland Speaker Adrienne A. Jones

Maryland Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D) welcomed us into her living room for an NCSL Living Room Town Hall virtual interview on the significance of being the first Black and first female speaker in “the Free State.”

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De-Escalation in a Time of Turmoil

Americans were shocked when the U.S. Capitol was invaded last week.

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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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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.