ATTENTION LEGISLATIVE STAFF: NCSL IS FOR YOU
As a legislative staffer, you automatically belong to NCSL.
No matter what your job entails, if you are a legislative staffer, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) is your professional organization. NCSL is your resource on legislative issues, your one-stop shop for professional development and your connection to legislative staffers around the country.
This page outlines the opportunities, services and resources that go along with your membership, including:
- Research and Contacts
- Professional Staff Associations and Networks
- Professional Development
- NCSL's Standing Committees
- Ways to Get Involved - Excel with NCSL
- Other Resources
- Frequently Asked Questions
Research & Contacts
NCSL researchers and experts stay on top of legislative issues and give you access to the latest news and ideas through top-notch consulting services, publications and digital resources. Take advantage of a vast amount of free research materials about state policy on the NCSL website.
NCSL answers thousands of questions from legislators and staff every year. A few examples:
- How are states addressing education, health care and budget challenges; e.g., can you send me information about transportation infrastructure funding in other states?
- What are the latest ideas on emerging topics?
- What is Congress doing that affects my state?
- What are the rules and procedures in other legislatures?
- How can I team up with experts on my issue or my counterparts in other states?
If you need background material, research or ideas, NCSL issue specialists respond quickly with accurate, up-to-date information.
Who is the best specialist to fill your request or answer your question? Find out at ncsl.org/members. You can also email or call the NCSL Denver office at 303-364-7700. For state-federal issues, call the Washington, D.C., office at 202-624-5400.
NCSL State Liaisons
To ensure streamlined, personal service, NCSL assigns a liaison (or two) to each state. State liaisons visit their assigned state each year, meeting with legislators and staff to learn about your top concerns and educate you about NCSL programs and services. They also serve as a single point of contact for any questions or needs you may have. Find your state liaison on our interactive map.
Custom Consulting and Assistance
NCSL provides legislators and staff with reliable research and expertise to help analyze and develop legislation. At the request of a legislative leader or committee, our subject matter experts will testify or help identify experts to provide testimony.
Through direct consultation with a legislature, NCSL specialists can work with leaders and staff directors to help make their operations more efficient and effective. Areas of expertise include legislative organization and management, rules and procedures, committee operations, personnel policies and strategic planning.
Connect With Colleagues Across the Country
Professional Staff Associations and Networks
NCSL has nine professional staff associations (generally organized by job function) and three staff networks, all of which provide professional development, networking and information-sharing for different legislative staff disciplines. Each staff association provides professional development for its members, elects its own board, publishes a newsletter, hosts an email discussion group and maintains a membership directory.
Legislative staffers may be members of as many associations or networks as they wish, and are welcome to register and attend any professional development seminar or meeting, whether or not they are members.
Staff associations AND networks
The American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries (ASLCS), the oldest NCSL staff association, serves chief parliamentary officers and staff involved with lawmaking and administrative processes. It is NCSL’s home for legislative clerks, secretaries and their staffs.
The association for Leadership Staff (LSS) serves staff who work directly for legislative leaders or legislative party caucuses, or as personal and district staff for legislators.
The Legislative Information and Communications Staff (LINCS) association connects and serves communications professionals who work for legislative agencies, chambers, caucuses or individual legislators.
The association for Legislative Research Librarians (LRL) serves librarians and information specialists in legislative agencies.
The National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices (NALFO) is the home for legislative staff involved in fiscal research, budget review and tax policy analysis.
The National Association of Legislative Information Technology (NALIT) serves legislative information technology professionals.
The National Legislative Program Evaluation Society (NLPES) serves legislative staff engaged in program evaluation, performance auditing or sunset review.
The National Legislative Services and Security Association (NLSSA) is the long-standing association for security and service experts. It is for professionals who oversee and protect state capitols and coordinate support services for state legislatures.
The Research, Editorial, Legal and Committee Staff (RELACS) association serves professionals who keep the wheels turning in state legislatures with a multitude of skill sets, from research, editing and bill drafting to policy analysis and legal, administrative and constituent services.
The Legislative Education Staff Network (LESN) is a coordinated network of professional legislative staff from across the country who work on education policy.
Young and New Professionals (YNP) serves those who are young and new to working for a legislature. It provides targeted professional development and networking to help with navigating the legislature, managing workloads and so much more.
The Human Resources Staff Network (HRSN) serves professionals who work in human resource management and personnel administration in state legislatures.