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American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries

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2020 Mason's Manual

Mason’s Manual is the only parliamentary manual designed specifically for state legislatures and addresses problems and concepts in the context legislators are likely to deal with them. Not only is the 2020 edition available in time for the 2021 legislative session, but for the first time ever, it is offered in both print and digital formats. Accessing parliamentary laws, rules and procedures has never been easier. 

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ASLCS: Your Organization

Hear from members of the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries in this new video about the benefits of the Society. ASLCS, which was founded in 1943, is open to principal clerks and secretaries and their staff. Learn more about ASLCS.

Results Driven Governing

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Inside the Legislative Process

Inside the Legislative Process is a nationally recognized research tool, providing some of the best information on state legislative processes. Produced through a cooperative effort between the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries and the NCSL, it's now available electronically.

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ASLCS Governance 

ASLCS is governed by its Bylaws and Standing Orders under the guidance of the Executive Committee. Learn about this year's Executive Committee, which next meets on September 18, access the minutes of previous meetings, and review the ASLCS Bylaws, Standing Orders, and Code of Ethics. 

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ASLCS Award Winners

The Legislative Staff Achievement Award is given each year to two individuals who have contributed to both the legislative institution and the Society. Congratulations to this year's honorees, Susan Kannarr of the Kansas House and Bernadette McNulty of the Calfornia State Senate!

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Legislative Staff Q&As

Read the Latest

The latest issues of the ASLCS Legislative Administrator, published three times per year, and Professional Journal, produced annually—as well as the International Directory—are all available online. Check out both current and archived issues.

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Covid-19 Resources for Legislative Staff

From continuity of government considerations to implications for elections and education, state legislatures are taking extra steps to respond to and anticipate impacts of the coronavirus. Check back often for new and updated resources in a variety of policy areas.

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ASLCS Committees | 2020-2021

Eleven standing committees and four special committees will conduct their business virtually for the remainder of the year. Learn about the role of each committee and check the committee rosters. Interested in serving on a committee but don't see your name? Contact the NCSL liaison.