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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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Wicked Solutions Offered in Civic Engagement Webinar

In a time of extreme partisan politics, public officials need several tools to help them effectively communicate with their constituents and develop solutions to community problems that bring the greatest benefit to the greatest number of people possible. Deliberative engagement is one such tool. 

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Legislators Draw a Crowd in Fort Collins

When it comes to state legislative public forums, the people of Fort Collins, Colo., rank high in the list of engaged citizens. Nearly every meeting held by the local two state representatives and one state senator draws upward of 100 people.

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To Speak or Not To Speak? That is the Question

Billy Fallon, a professor in the School of Communication at San Diego State University, was quick to answer this question at a session of NCSL’s Young and New Professionals (YNP) group at the Capitol Forum. “There’s no question: the answer is to speak.”

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Sexual Harassment Reaches State Lawmakers as Well as Media, Show Business

A news story involving an individual—whether it be a TV show host, playwright, CEO or even a hacker—accused of sexual harassment or misconduct has been a virtual daily occurrence since the allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein surfaced in October. Legislators, both state and federal, also have been subject to allegations.

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Senator Yvonne Colomb: Women Making a Difference in Politics

“Loyal … confident… relentless. Those are three of many words that come to mind when I think about Senator Yvonne Colomb.” This was the opening line of Colomb’s nomination for the 2017 Women Making a Difference in Politics Award. 

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Your State's Constitution - The People's Document

Every state constitution reflects the diverse elements of its constituency, representing a microcosm of its people, traditions and political cultures. It is the document in which the citizens of the state set forth their basic rights, and the structure and operation of their government.

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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.