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In Memoriam: Earl Mackey, First Executive Director of NCSL

Earl Mackey, the leading architect and first executive director of the National Conference of State Legislatures, died on Aug. 26 in Portland, Ore. He was 81.

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POTUS Can’t Block Critics on Twitter, Says Federal Appeals Court

The decision, which affirmed the lower court’s ruling, may signal how First Amendment doctrine limits public officials’ use of social media in other contexts as well.

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State Legislatures Magazine | A Remarkable Man: Bill Pound Retires After 44 years With NCSL

In a heartfelt send-off in the July/August issue of State Legislatures magazine, Bill’s longtime friend and NCSL colleague Carl Tubbesing shows that few leaders and organizations fit together so perfectly as Bill Pound and NCSL.

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Only Arkansas Has Passed Term-Limit Bill in 2019

Twenty states have introduced 45 bills pertaining to state legislator term limits in the 2019 legislative sessions. 

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Recall Elections: Embodying Spirit of Democracy or Political Tool?

When state legislators do something we don’t like, do we have to wait until the next general election to vote them out of office, or should we be able to get rid of them right away?

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What can Congress learn from state legislatures, the nation’s laboratories of democracy, about best practices, particularly when it comes to helping new members succeed?

Well, quite a bit, according to testimony from an NCSL director before Congress Thursday..

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4 Ways to Commemorate the History of American Democracy

With the upcoming commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the first meeting of a democratically elected body in the Western Hemisphere fast approaching, the Commonwealth of Virginia is continuing to expand the ways you can interact and experience the deeply rooted history of American democracy.

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SCOTUS to Decide Whether States May Copyright Statutory Annotations

Rarely does a U.S. Supreme Court case implicate the work of state legislatures like Georgia v. Public.Resource.org. In this case the court will decide whether a state may copyright statutory annotations. 

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New Hampshire Abolishes Capital Punishment on Legislature's Veto Override

New Hampshire became the 21st state to abolish capital punishment when the legislature today overrode a veto from Governor Chris Sununu (R).

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In Memoriam: New Mexico Senator John Pinto

John Pinto was the longest-serving senator in New Mexico history and the longest-serving Native American legislator in U.S. history. He was 94 when he died May 24 in Gallup, N.M.

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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.