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Staff Snapshots: Jimmetta Gourdine and Jessica Brown

For its “Staff Snapshots” series, State Legislatures News is asking legislative staff about their role in the legislature. Find out more about Jimmetta Gourdine, right, and her daughter Jessica Brown, both of whom work for the Alabama Legislature.


Living Room Town Hall: Legislative State Week

Listen in on a conversation with NCSL Staff Chair Martha Wigton, Georgia House Budget and Research director, and NCSL Vice Chair J.J. Gentry, counsel for the South Carolina Senate, as we celebrate legislative staff.


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The “Why” Of Working in the Legislature

As legislatures have grown more partisan and often become more challenging environments in which to work, we asked our two guests, both longtime staffers, to talk about what motivates them, how they deal with the stress and what advice they would offer their colleagues.


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Financial Literacy 2021 Legislation

This summary of 2021 financial literacy state legislation includes financial education bills directed at K-12, higher education and adults.



2020 Apportionment of Congressional Seats

The reallocation of seats in Congress is the first step of the redistricting process. NCSL provides a chart that shows how many congressional seats each state will have for the coming decade.



Unemployment Insurance: Improper Payments and Fraud

Increasing unemployment fraud has forced states to evaluate unemployment insurance systems and identify areas for improvement. Find out more.


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Our American States

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.



Read the Latest in State Legislatures News

Find the latest news on state policy, politics and personalities as well as stories from the print edition of State Legislatures magazine.



Special Delivery: State strategies to ensure healthy pregnancies

NCSL’s new report, “State Approaches to Ensuring Healthy Pregnancies Through Prenatal Care,” provides an overview of factors influencing prenatal care access and utilization, different models of care, and state-level solutions and policy options.