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How the National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices Came to Be

The National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices was officially formed in 1976, but legislative fiscal officers were sharing information and networking long before then.

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Andrea Chiapella Senior Policy Analyst, Oregon Senate Minority Office

Andrea Chiapella's search for a  post-college job in public policy took her all the way across the street.

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Confidence is Key: 6 Tips to Speaking with Impact

Repetition, speaking with hedge-words or softeners, and unnecessary apologizing are common mistakes we, as working professionals, make every day.

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Staff Week Webinar: Public Service in Difficult Times

Patrick Edgar, who delivered a useful and well-received presentation on being a public employee during difficult times at the Legislative Research Librarians Staff Section's September meeting in Helena, Mont., will be featured in the first annual Legislative Staff Week webinar.

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Welcome to Legislative Staff Week!

NCSL appreciates how much legislative staff are vital to the work of every state legislature, and we are using this week to shine the spotlight on the staff and their contributions.

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Senator Yvonne Colomb: Women Making a Difference in Politics

“Loyal … confident… relentless. Those are three of many words that come to mind when I think about Senator Yvonne Colomb.” This was the opening line of Colomb’s nomination for the 2017 Women Making a Difference in Politics Award. 

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Your State's Constitution - The People's Document

Every state constitution reflects the diverse elements of its constituency, representing a microcosm of its people, traditions and political cultures. It is the document in which the citizens of the state set forth their basic rights, and the structure and operation of their government.

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Wisconsin Seeks Solutions to Replacing Lead Service Lines

Wisconsin, like many states following the lead in water situation in Flint, Mich., struggled to figure out how to fund the replacement of lead service lines.

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Senator Karin Housley - Women Making a Difference in Politics Award

Growing up in Minnesota, Senator Karin Housley never had political aspirations.  She recalls, “I had school teachers for parents that didn’t talk about politics. I moved out of Minnesota when I was 18. My husband (Phil) was in the NHL (former star defenseman and current coach of the Buffalo Sabres) and we moved a lot.”

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Promoting Civility in Our State Legislatures

Most Americans agree our politics have become less civil since the November elections—70 percent according to an NPR/PBS/Marist public opinion poll released this summer.

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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.