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Senator Karin Housley - Women Making a Difference in Politics Award

Growing up in Minnesota, Senator Karin Housley never had political aspirations.  She recalls, “I had school teachers for parents that didn’t talk about politics. I moved out of Minnesota when I was 18. My husband (Phil) was in the NHL (former star defenseman and current coach of the Buffalo Sabres) and we moved a lot.”

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Virginia House of Delegates Control Up in the Air

Fivethirtyeight.com's David Wasserman says it may take days instead of hours to determine which party control Virginia's House of Delegates, held firmly by Republicans until Tuesday night.

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Connecticut Gets a Budget, Lawmakers Get a Honeymoon

As October came to a close, Connecticut tied up loose fiscal ends. After 123 days without a FY 2018 budget, Connecticut became the final state to reach a budget agreement.

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Promoting Civility in Our State Legislatures

Most Americans agree our politics have become less civil since the November elections—70 percent according to an NPR/PBS/Marist public opinion poll released this summer.

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Representative Kay Khan - Women Making a Difference in Politics Award

Representative Kay Khan didn’t take what most would consider the traditional path into politics. As a girl, she was inspired by her mother’s leadership and strong voice in the PTA—a voice that would eventually lead her mother to testify on child nutrition before Senator Hubert Humphrey and Congress. 

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Collaboration, Wisdom-Sharing Highlight Southeastern Women's Leadership Seminar

Twenty women legislators from 14 primarily southern states convened in Winston-Salem, N.C. for leadership training, advice sharing and discussions about economic development.

Twenty women legislators from 14 primarily southern states convened in Winston-Salem, N.C. for leadership training, advice sharing and discussions about economic development.

 

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NCSL’s Early Learning Fellows Convene for Second Face-to-Face Meeting

Last month, 25 legislators and two legislative staff representing 14 states and the District of Columbia traveled to the Mile High City of Denver to participate in the second of two face-to-face meetings as part of their yearlong participation in NCSL’s Early Learning Fellows Program.

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State Legislators Learn Latest Juvenile Justice Reform Policies in Big Apple

State legislators and staff got the chance to learn about the latest juvenile justice reform policies across the country during NCSL’s Juvenile Justice Model Site Visit Sept. 24-26 in New York City.

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Commonwealth Conversations Provide Listening Moments for Mass. Lawmakers

Listening to the concerns of Massachusetts’s residents resulted in a plan that the Massachusetts Senate adopted for its work in the 2017 session and beyond.

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Where Shall We Meet?

Legislative committee rooms are as varied as our state legislatures. Like legislatures, they come in all different shapes and sizes.

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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.