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NCSL President: Join Us At the Legislative Summit

Each summer, NCSL hosts the Legislative Summit, the largest gathering of legislators and staff in the country. We work across the aisle every day to solve problems in our own state, but the Summit gives us the opportunity to talk with Republicans, Democrats and staff from around the country, to really dig into the issues, get new ideas, hear about innovations and solutions, and learn about the hot issues on the horizon.

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The Sad Tale of Rails-to-Trails

The odds were against state and local government in the Brandt case for the most compelling reason possible: precedent (old, but pretty much on point) contradicted our position. 

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U.S. House Judiciary Committee Takes Next Step on Marketplace Fairness Act

The 113th Congress is expected to pass less legislation than any other Congress in history. However, someone forgot to tell that to the sponsors of the Marketplace Fairness Act.

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March State Legislatures Magazine - Now Available Online

The cover article looks at the maximum divide over the minimum wage. Opponents of raising the minimum wage contend that will force businesses to cut staff, while proponents argue that giving workers more disposable income puts money back into the economy.

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As the legislative sessions get underway, you have tremendous demands on your time. Legislative staffers are absolutely critical to the efficient running of a legislature. We simply could not do our work  if we didn’t get support from you. 

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The important work NCSL does on behalf of our states in Washington, D.C., pays big dividends for all of us. 

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NCSL on the Hill: NCSL Staff Gets Efficient

Following up on a hearing chaired by Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.), NCSL staff took the half-mile trek across the street  and met with Senator Franken’s staff to discuss our position and research on energy efficiency issues.

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NCSL travels to the Land of Lincoln – not to celebrate his birthday (that was last Wednesday), but to meet with legislators and legislative staff  from the Midwest region at the 2014 Midwest Environmental Health Policy Summit, held Thursday and Friday in – you guessed it! – Springfield, Ill.

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Midwest State Fiscal Leaders Gather for Budget Projections in Chicago

Despite the recent bipartisan budget agreement, federal budget negotiators won’t be locking arms and singing "Kumbaya" anytime soon, according to Stan Collender, national director of financial communications at Qorvis

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Representative Terri Austin Participates in U.S. Congressional P3 Roundtable

It was standing room only on Tuesday, when state Representative Terri Austin (D-Ind.) participated in a roundtable discussion with the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee special Panel on Public-Private Partnerships (P3)

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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.