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Women in Politics Making a Difference: Representative Geran Tarr

Alaska Representative Geran Tarr has had a lifelong interest in community activism and social justice. Before becoming a legislator, she was heavily involved in environmental and women’s issues and spent some time working as a legislative aide. But it was only after a conversation about her future with Representative Sharon Cissna that she considered running for office.

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Women Making a Difference in Politics Award: Representative Amy Loudenbeck

Representative Amy Loudenbeck defies common stereotypes of what a legislator should be like—a one-time firefighter, avid reader (“I have about 20 books on my nightstand at any time”), outdoorswoman and hobby goat farmer. But her path to the legislature was not that uncommon.

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Category: Legislators, NCSL
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NCSL Foundation Board Member Goes Extra Mile Remembering 9/11

As Americans across the country remembered with somber hearts the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, one man ran the extra mile.

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Category: NCSL
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Women In Politics Making a Difference Award: Representative Jeanette Nuñez

These female legislators have made an impressive impact in each of their states and local communities through perseverance, collaboration and, most importantly, pursuing their dreams. The Women’s Legislative Network interviewed all four of our award winners. Check out what makes these women so remarkable!

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Put on Your Learning Cap at the PDS for Research and Legal Staff

Join with fellow research, editorial, library, legal and committee staffers from across the nation for an invaluable professional development opportunity Oct. 4-6 in Harrisburg, Pa.

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California Is Latest State to Change Bail

With the enactment of Senate Bill 10 on Tuesday, California becomes the first state to statutorily eliminate money bail as an available condition of pretrial release.

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State Legislatures Magazine: NCSL’s New Officers

Every year, NCSL welcomes a slate of dedicated new officers. This year, we say hello to our new president, Illinois Senator Toi Hutchinson, and our new staff chair, Jon Heining, with the Texas Legislative Council.

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Category: NCSL, Magazine
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Did Legislators Continue to Prioritize Occupational Licensing in 2018?

At the beginning of this year we asked: Will licensing stay on center stage in 2018?

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NCSL Talks Hollywood: Women on Screen and Behind the Camera

Los Angeles—NCSL’s Legislative Summit brought more than 5,000 people to Los Angeles, and the Women’s Legislative Network closed out the week by putting Hollywood front and center.

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Help Us Compile the 'Wise Women Legislative Guidebook'

After the arduous election campaign, a newly-elected woman legislator walks through the doors of the statehouse for the first time as a representative of the people.

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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.