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My How Things Have Changed

From looking up bills and resources, to providing committee testimony, NCSL staff are often called on when time is of the essence. It’s not uncommon to field a phone call from a legislator walking to a committee hearing or floor vote, wanting “Anything you have on XYZ, and can I get that within the hour? Thanks.”

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What's in the Recipe for a Bill?

Have you ever thought about what a bill is—in the legislative sense that is? No? Well, let’s consider it.

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N. H. House Clerk Paul Smith a '40 Under 40' Honoree

Paul Smith, clerk of the New Hampshire House of Representatives since 2014 and a former state representative, was recently honored as one of the state’s “40 Under 40” by New Hampshire’s only statewide newspaper, the Union Leader.

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RIP: Former NCSL President, Utah Lawmaker Miles 'Cap' Ferry

Miles 'Cap' Ferry was known around the Utah legislature for his loud clothes and his quietly effective style for getting his bills passed. Mr. Ferry, who died late last week at 84, was president of NCSL in 1983-84 and served 20 years in the Utah legislature, including a stint as majority leader.

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Registration Open for 2017 Legislative Summit in Boston

The wait is over! Registration is open for the 2017 NCSL Legislative Summit, Aug. 6-9 in Boston. The Summit is the biggest and best gathering of state legislators and staff in the country.

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New Episode of 'Our American States': Legislative Leadership

Leadership guru Warren Bennis famously said, "Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality." The art of legislative leadership is examined on the latest edition of NCSL's "Our American States" podcast.

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The Design of Legislative Chambers

Thirty or so years ago, I was standing in the back of the Indiana Senate chamber talking with Robert Garton, who was then president of the Senate.

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STEM Education a Hot Topic for State Lawmakers

Across the country, state legislators have renewed interests in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.

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All the Steps to Convene a Legislature

Pomp and circumstance amidst a whirlwind of other activities describes the opening of a legislative session.

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Microsoft Pulls Back Curtains on Cybersecurity for Lawmakers' Visit

With states collecting a vast amount of data, the risk of a breach or exposure is imminent and lawmakers are determining how to respond. This past December, 26 legislators and legislative staff from 11 states headed to Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Wash., to learn more about the threats states face and what can be done about them.

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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.