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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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Trio of Lawmakers Honored for Efforts to Stymie Sexual Harassment

Three state legislators have earned spots in Governing magazine's annual Public Officials of the Year for their efforts in combatting sexual harassment.

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How Many Former State Legislators Serve in Congress?

When the 116th Congress convenes on Jan. 3, 2019, several of the new class of U.S. Senators and Representatives are likely to be former state legislators.

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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.