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State Legislatures at 400: Journal Symposium Available for Free for a Limited Time

To help commemorate and deepen knowledge surrounding the history, role, demography and modern institution of state legislatures, the journal PS: Political Science & Politics is offering free access until May 15 to its State Legislatures at 400 Symposium.

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California Senator Ben Allen Presented With Public Leadership in the Arts Award

NCSL and Americans for the Arts presented California Senator Ben Allen with the Public Leadership in the Arts Award for State Arts Leadership Monday in Sacramento. The award honors state officials who effectively lead the arts advancement movement in their region.

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RIP: Maryland Speaker Michael Busch

NCSL mourns the loss of Speaker Michael E. Busch the longest-serving speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates who died Sunday at age 72.

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Opportunities to Commemorate 400 years of Democracy in America

The Virginia General Assembly, along with American Evolution, is commemorating the 400th anniversary of several key historical events that occurred in Virginia in 1619 that continue to influence America today.

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Advice to New Legislators: What I Wish I Knew

David Long, who rose to become the Senate pro tem in Indiana, remembers an early meeting in his legislative career. He asked to talk with the chair of the finance committee to discuss the state’s income tax law and proceeded to tell him “how dumb aspects of it were.”

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Virginia’s New DOME Commemorates 400 Years of Legislating

Virginia celebrates the 400th anniversary of the first meeting of its House of Burgesses this year, and among the many celebrations honoring this momentous milestone is one very ambitious project.

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Former State Legislators in the 116th Congress

Looking closer at the 116th Congress, 49 states have at least one former state legislator serving in either the House or Senate, Delaware being the exception. In total, the 116th Congress has 27 new members who are former state legislators.

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Butter Believe It: A Visit to the Pennsylvania Farm Show

When it comes to the most popular New Year’s resolutions, eating better always tops the list. But in my home state, the diet can't start until the end of the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show.

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Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards: What Will 2019 Bring?

Throughout 2018 and into 2019, gender diversity in the workplace has been an issue on the minds of many. From the private sector to courts and state legislatures, the lack of women serving in positions of power across all professions continues to be a hot topic.

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Nevada Legislature Makes History With Female Majority

With the appointment of two women, Beatrice Duran and Rochelle Nguyen, to fill vacant seats in the State Assembly, the Nevada Legislature made history yesterday by becoming the first state legislature to have a majority of female members.

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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.