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Blocking and Banning Followers and Friends By Legislators

The average state legislature has 58 percent of all members on Facebook and 65 percent of all members on Twitter, according to one source. As public officials, they’ve likely had more than their share of online “trolls” following and friending them. But can they block or ban these individuals from their official or personal accounts?

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In the Trenches With Social Media at the Summit

First thing at Summit, legislators and legislative staff got down and dirty in the social media trenches as NCSL and Facebook teamed up to unveil the new Facebook Guide for State Legislators.

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Meet the Press at the Legislative Summit

A panel of journalists during a session on "A Free and Responsible Press in Today's Political Climate" at NCSL's Legislative Summit said the threat to press freedom felt no greater today than it has been at other times in America's past.

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Some Lessons on Presidential Leadership

Lessons in judgment, restraint and self-assurance from some of our greatest presidents were on display Wednesday as presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin closed the NCSL Legislative Summit in Boston.

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Legislatures Get Back to Their Roots

NCSL, in partnership with American Evolution, took an NCSL Legislative Summit session back in time.

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Reclaiming the Image of Public Servants

The truth is the public just doesn’t know much about state legislators and legislatures. But they know they don’t like them.

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A Case Study in Bipartisanship

The opioid epidemic. Health care. Legalized recreational marijuana. All challenging public policy issues and all ones that leaders from both sides of the aisle tackled in Massachusetts.

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Making Your Case: Develop and Deliver Your Message

Catherine Johns, a communications consultant from Chicago, shared her advice on connecting with an audience and a whole lot more, with participants at the Legislative Summit during a Sunday morning session that was full to begin with and grew as the morning went on. Sponsored by the Women’s Network, it was geared toward women but useful for everyone there.

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NCSL's Legislative Summit Convenes Sunday in Boston

At a time when the role of state legislatures has never been more crucial to the nation's governance, NCSL's annual Legislative Summit convenes Sunday in Boston.

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Birth of American Representative Democracy; 5 Things About the First 22 Burgesses of Virginia

The first convening of the first representative legislative body to meet on American soil wasn't all that different from today's state legislatures—except no social media selfies of the 22 men who attended.

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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.