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State Legislatures Magazine: Public-private Partnerships Could Take a Toll

Are the states ready for public-private partnerships?

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State Legislatures Magazine: Top 10 Issues for 2017

With many suggestions from my policy expert colleagues at NCSL, I sit down every November to write the January State Legislatures magazine article on what the hottest issues will be in the coming year.

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The January issue of State Legislatures reports on the key challenges facing statelawmakers as they return to start their 2017 sessions. 

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State Legislatures Magazine: Citizens Are the Stars of Election 2016

It was the year of living-room legislation. The voters—or rather, citizens as legislators—nearly matched their statehouse counterparts in placing issues on ballots nationwide.

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State Legislatures Magazine: 10 Books Every Legislator Should Read

What trait do many legislative leaders share? They read. Not just bills and policy reports. They read history, biography, fiction, science and technology. The kind of stuff that can nudge us to consider things in new ways

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Despite a tumultuous election at the federal level, state legislative chambers were little changed as a result of the 2016 election. 

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Great Managers Are Not Born ...

It’s the same in all organizations, public or private. The manager/employee relationship is where the rubber meets the road in terms of employee motivation and organizational performance. 

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World War II Veteran Fred Risser Continues as Longest-Serving State Legislator

Wisconsin Senator Fred Risser, the 89-year-old World War II veteran who represents the 26th district, was re-elected unopposed Tuesday. Risser, a Democrat who was first elected in 1956, is the nation's longest-serving state legislator

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State Legislatures Magazine: Bounty of Ballot Measures

Addled by amendments? Baffled by ballot measures? Perplexed by propositions? You’re not alone. The good news is that NCSL’s elections experts are here to help.

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State Legislatures Magazine: Legislators Navigate Election 2016

Across the nation, many of those aspiring to office at the state level this year are in an unenviable position.

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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.