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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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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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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.