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It’s the Law: New Report Highlights States That Mandate Evidence-Based Programs

For state lawmakers looking to reduce waste and improve program outcomes, a growing number of states rely on rigorous analyses of program results to inform budget, policy and management decisions, also known as evidence-based policymaking.

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The Oxford Comma: Grammar, Lawmakers, and (or, Lawmakers and) Courts

Why such a fuss about the Oxford Comma? Why do legislatures care?

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“Our American States” podcast: Students and legislatures - a two-way street

In this week’s “Our American States” podcast, we hear from two legislators working actively to engage student’s in their districts by going into the classroom to connect and educate them about representative democracy and the American form of government.

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Alabama Bill to Strip Lt. Governor of Legislative Role Fails

Alabama has no lieutenant governor and the state Senate considered legislation that would have limited lieutenant governor duties to only succeeding the governor if that office is vacated. But the bill failed in the Senate last week.

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Whose Rules Are They Anyway?

Legislatures may turn to several sources when making parliamentary interpretations—for example, their state constitutions, chamber rules and statutes. These documents do not always cover every parliamentary nuance that a chamber may face, however.

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Remembering Tim Massanelli, Arkansas House Parliamentarian

The opening day of the Arkansas House of Representative’s fiscal session began with a moment of silence to honor longtime parliamentarian Tim Massanelli, who passed away at age 85 on Feb. 12.

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Sexual Harassment Policies and Interns

Legislatures around the country are grappling with the issue of sexual harassment—but how are interns protected by state policy? We asked several internship administrators about the guidelines  and resources available to student interns.

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Lawmakers Gather in Ohio for Learning Circle

Several legislators participated in a Learning Circle at the headquarters of the Kettering Foundation in Dayton, Ohio, last November. They were seeking answers to some important questions are perennially asked by legislators and citizens alike.

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Engaging Constituents Doesn’t Have to be a Heavy Lift

New Mexico Senator Gerald "Jerry" Ortiz y Pino (D) proves that convening public meetings with constituents is not as daunting as it might seem. In fact, his approach is both efficient and effective.

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Women Legislators Cross 25 Percent Threshhold

This is a banner year for women in state legislatures, as 2018 marks the first time that the share of female legislators nationwide has crossed 25 percent.

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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.