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Technical Assistance: It Could Happen to You in Your State

Did you know NCSL staff will travel to your state to provide committee testimony or to convene a stakeholder meeting?

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Debuting ... Legislatures-At-a-Glance

Have you ever wanted to quickly find the leaders of a Legislature, the percent of female legislators in a state or the state’s Capitol city? Well, now you can find all that and more on NCSL’s new Legislatures-At-A-Glance page!

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A New Chapter in Page Programs: The Senate of Virginia’s Page Leadership Program

The Senate of Virginia’s program, geared towards 13- and 14-year-olds, is unique in many ways: It’s long (full time for seven to nine weeks), students live in a hotel supervised by chaperones, it includes a tutoring program, involves several staff, and enlists community partners such as the Virginia Credit Union—for a class on money management—and Central Virginia Food Bank, the location for the community service project.

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Variety of Health Topics on the Table at NCSL Seminar

State policymakers’ roles in health policy and public health, Medicaid, prescription drugs and behavioral health were all on the agenda when 40 legislators from 19 states attended a recent NCSL health-focused seminar in La Jolla, Calif.

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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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About the NCSL Blog

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.