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Now Playing: American Democracy Game Teaches Important Civics Lessons

A commitment to civics education and to helping legislators and legislative staff educate the public about representative democracy and the legislative process led to the 2011 launch of NCSL’s American Democracy Game.

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Check Out How NCSL Celebrated ADA30

The sweeping legislation that is the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) became the cornerstone of anti-discrimination protections for people with disabilities, ushering in a new era of opportunity for a community left long waiting when it became law on July 26, 1990.

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Do States Need More Federal Assistance in the Next Stimulus?

While not all states are experiencing the same level of lost revenues, many are experiencing some degree of economic downturn. States have received federal resources for virus-related expenses, but not to replenish the revenue shortfalls they are experiencing.

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Category: NCSL, COVID-19
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An Intern's Summer Project: Combining Data Analytics With Political Science

I always wanted to combine data analytics with political science, because I believe that numbers and figures can help tell stories that we often ignore.

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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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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.