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Legislative Research Librarians

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Legislator's Guide to Parliamentary Procedure

Now available online! This guide provides basic parliamentary information in an easy-to-read format. It is not a comprehensive parliamentary manual nor does it cover every nuance of legislative procedure. Rather, it serves as a primer on parliamentary fundamentals.  

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Stay Informed

The Fall 2020 LRL Newsline is now available!
Published three times a year and created with you in mind, the LRL Newsline is designed to keep you up to date on LRL activities and communications. It also provides valuable information and knowledge-sharing among legislative librarians across the nation.

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2020 Mason's Manual Now Available

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.

RESOURCES WEBINAR

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LRL Virtual Training and Networking

In an effort to continue making connections and sharing information among our members, LRL is holding two information sharing Zoom calls in February 2021. One call will cover how some states are tracking and reporting their work, the second will cover outreach and marketing tactics. Each call will be informal with plenty of time for questions, dicsussion and networking. Registration is required.

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About LRL

See a list of LRL Officers and regional directors, the LRL Directory, Bylaws, Acqusition Lists and much more.

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Preserving Legislative Digital Records

State legislatures face critical challenges in preserving digital materials. This site provides background information and tools and resources from NCSL and other organizations working to keep legislative digital records trustworthy, complete and accessible over time.

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Coronavirus Resources for Legislative Staff

State lawmakers are taking extra steps to respond to and anticipate impacts of the coronavirus. This page is updated daily to reflect new resources in policy areas ranging from education to health care costs and access.

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NCSL: Your Organization

Working in a state capitol is stressful, but NCSL is here to help. We have policy specialists on call anytime, and a website where you’ll find the latest research on the issues you’re working on. Our professional development programs will connect you with people in your field from around the country. Watch the video to find out all the ways that NCSL can help you shine.