The monetary penalties and legal financial obligations associated with being involved in the criminal justice system is a growing concern among policymakers across the country.
Legislatures have an interest in ensuring that nonpartisan staff refrain from political activities that may diminish their effectiveness, but staff also have the constitutional right to express themselves politically.
NCSL identified 102 bills from 36 states that directly relate to policy options identified in the Work Matter framework. Those bills and the Work Matters policy areas are summarized on this page.
Most states offer at least one method for any eligible voter to cast a ballot before election day. While some states provide early in-person voting, this webpage addresses absentee voting and all-mail voting.
No excuse absentee/mail ballot voting
*Rhode Island lists a number of excuses to vote absentee, including "no specific reason necessary."
The “Our American States” podcast is where you hear compelling conversations that tell the story of America’s state legislatures, the people in them, the politics that compel them, and the important work of democracy.
Urgent infrastructure needs are straining public resources. This month, the magazine examines the policies, planning frameworks and new funding approaches states are using to improve infrastructure systems in four vital areas.
Join NCSL staffers and "Building Democracy" hosts John Mahoney and Megan McClure along with a roster of expert guests as they explore this history—the good and the bad—and how the first meeting of these colonial representatives was the starting point in the story of America’s state legislatures.