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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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Banging the Gavel Instead of Dropping the Puck - Convening in the Age of COVID

In an age of social distancing, legislatures are getting creative about how to convene.

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Showing Civility When We Need It the Most

As the Kansas House of Representatives prepared to end its special session last week, two legislators—one Democrat, one Republican; one black, one white; one from academia, one from law enforcement—showed that civility remains an important ideal and that legislatures can be the perfect forum to start challenging conversations.

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Former NCSL President Debbie Smith Honored With Naming of High School

The Washoe County School Board has voted to rename a high school after the late Nevada state Senator Debbie Smith, who passed away from brain cancer in 2016.

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SCOTUS Rules State Legislatures Can’t Copyright Statutory Annotations

In Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org the Supreme Court held 5-4 that non-binding, explanatory legal materials created by state legislatures cannot be copyrighted.

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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.