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Building Democracy Episode 5: NCSL’s Role in Creating the Modern Legislature

Not to toot our own horn, but NCSL’s history is integrally tied to the titanic efforts, personalities and organizations that sought to bolster the legislative institution in the second half of the 20th century.

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Category: NCSL, Podcasts
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Study Shows Drop in Jail Populations, Bookings

Each year, nearly 11 million people are admitted to jail in the United States, nearly 18 times the number of yearly admissions to state and federal prisons.

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Breaking Down Barriers | Maryland Speaker Adrienne A. Jones

Maryland Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D) welcomed us into her living room for an NCSL Living Room Town Hall virtual interview on the significance of being the first Black and first female speaker in “the Free State.”

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Category: Legislators, NCSL
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New Podcast: State Innovations to Manage High Cost of Gene Therapies

Some gene therapies “are approaching several million dollars and those costs are felt across the health care system, particularly for Medicaid and state employee plans,” said Colleen Becker, a sernior policy specialist in NCSL's Health Program, during a recent installment of NCSL’s “Our American States” podcast.

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How Lawmakers Are Confronting COVID-19 College Challenges

After a 2020 session disrupted by COVID-19, lawmakers across the country return to statehouses to continue responding to the pandemic. One issue legislators will address will be the myriad challenges facing colleges and students pursuing a postsecondary degree or credential.  

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Biden Announces Retroactive Waiver of State Cost Share for COVID-19 FEMA Assistance

After nearly a year since President Donald Trump declared the COVID-19 pandemic a national emergency, President Joe Biden signed a presidential memorandum that directs the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide emergency COVID-19 assistance under the declaration at 100% federal cost share.

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Check In With NCSL for the Latest Election Night Results

NCSL likes to be the first to have the news about state elections. Presidential and congressional results? Others have those races amply covered. But for news from the states, NCSL is tops.

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Who Represents You? State Legislator Demographics Released for 2020

Have you ever wanted to know more about your representatives in the state capitol? What is their educational background? Their age? And beyond those specifics, what does the “average” American legislator look like in terms of race/ethnicity, gender, generational cohort and education?

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Category: Legislators, NCSL
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Privacy and Government Surveillance

Government occupies a unique space in the privacy debate–we trust the government with our private information every day, but a lot of data is also collected about us without our knowledge.

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Category: NCSL, Technology
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Honoring the Life of Ray Pethtel

Ray Pethtel, a pioneer in the field of legislative program evaluation, died Sept. 12.

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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.