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Legislatures Get Back to Their Roots

NCSL, in partnership with American Evolution, took an NCSL Legislative Summit session back in time.

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Reclaiming the Image of Public Servants

The truth is the public just doesn’t know much about state legislators and legislatures. But they know they don’t like them.

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A Case Study in Bipartisanship

The opioid epidemic. Health care. Legalized recreational marijuana. All challenging public policy issues and all ones that leaders from both sides of the aisle tackled in Massachusetts.

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Making Your Case: Develop and Deliver Your Message

Catherine Johns, a communications consultant from Chicago, shared her advice on connecting with an audience and a whole lot more, with participants at the Legislative Summit during a Sunday morning session that was full to begin with and grew as the morning went on. Sponsored by the Women’s Network, it was geared toward women but useful for everyone there.

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NCSL's Legislative Summit Convenes Sunday in Boston

At a time when the role of state legislatures has never been more crucial to the nation's governance, NCSL's annual Legislative Summit convenes Sunday in Boston.

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Birth of American Representative Democracy; 5 Things About the First 22 Burgesses of Virginia

The first convening of the first representative legislative body to meet on American soil wasn't all that different from today's state legislatures—except no social media selfies of the 22 men who attended.

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Young and New Professionals at the Legislative Summit

NCSL’s Young and New Professionals group will be holding two half-day pre-conferences to the 2017 Legislative Summit.

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Senator Deb Peters: States' Rights is Not a Doctrine of Convenience

NCSL President-elect Senator Deb Peters (R) of South Dakota testified before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law today in opposition to the No Regulation Without Representation Act, H.R. 2887.

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To Carry Over or Not?

Many legislative sessions have adjourned or are wrapping up for this year. Yet, bills may remain upon which no final action was taken before session ended. What happens to these bills, you ask? Well, that depends upon the state.

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Election Security: What States Can Do

If you’ve watched the news lately you’ve probably heard a lot about “hacking” elections. It’s no surprise, then, that one of the hit sessions at NCSL’s Future of Elections Conference in Williamsburg, Va., addressed what states can do about elections security.

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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.