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Lawmakers Comment on George Floyd Killing, Racism

Like most Americans, state legislators have been moved deeply by the killing of George Floyd and the resulting protests and conversations.

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Legislators Bear the Torch of Democracy

State legislators fight for issues, represent their communities and commit their time to preserve and strengthen our democracy. That’s hard work. And in these strange and tumultuous times, legislating may feel harder than ever.

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NCSL Launches Tracking Database for Legislative Responses for Policing

Using NCSL’s new Legislative Responses for Policing State Bill Tracking Database you can track bills as they progress through state legislatures across the US and keep track of new proposals.

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Former NCSL President Debbie Smith Honored With Naming of High School

The Washoe County School Board has voted to rename a high school after the late Nevada state Senator Debbie Smith, who passed away from brain cancer in 2016.

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Category: Legislators, NCSL
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Learn About the House From Home: Resources for Remote Civics Learning

NCSL, along with state legislatures and other  organizations provide a wide range of resources (some state specific) for those seeking  to learn, or teach, about state legislatures, separation of powers and how to get involved in state and local government.

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Let’s explore some best practices designed to maximize our home-based effectiveness, both as individual staffers, and as leaders and managers of staff teams. For optimum results, experts in the telework field suggest employing the three Rs: routine, rules and relationships.

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Time to Reflect on Our Values

What if, instead of being irritated that our busy schedules have come to a screeching halt and looking for ways to entertain ourselves, that we actually stop and take inventory of our lives? Where are we now? Where are we going? Who’s important to us? What’s important to us? What if we lost everything that we thought would bring us happiness (health and wealth)? What would we have left?

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Category: Ethics, NCSL
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From Isolation to Recognition: State Legislatures Honor Vietnam Veterans

Here and now, isolation is a real thing. Or at least some of us understand the concept better. It hits deep, those feelings.

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While the nation is gripped with anxiety about the coronavirus pandemic, state legislators should consider several ways to connect with their constituents through social media to disseminate reliable COVID-19 information, including sharing  important resources now available through the White House.

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Senator David Carlucci (R-N.Y.) visited Washington, D.C. to help NCSL showcase state leadership in privacy and consumer protection.

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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.