2012 Notable Documents Awards Winners

Legislative Research Librarians Staff Section (LRL)

July 30, 2012

Each year the Legislative Research Librarians staff section (LRL) presents the Notable Documents Awards to recognize excellence in state legislative and executive branch documents.  The Awards will be presented at the NCSL Legislative Summit in Chicago, Illinois, in August 2012.
The purpose of the award is to:

  • Formally recognize excellence in documents that explore topics of contemporary interest to legislators and staff by presenting substantive material in an outstanding format.
  • Advertise the extensive range of information available to legislators and staff.
  • Increase participation by legislative research librarians in the States Information Network.
  • Encourage deposit of documents with NCSL and the Council of State Governments (CSG) by subject-appropriate publishing organizations.

A total of 45 documents from 11 states were nominated for consideration this year, with nine documents being selected in four categories: State Government History Compilation, Performance Evaluations, Statistical Analysis, and Public Policy.
Kristin Ford, Legislative Librarian in Idaho, served as chair of the 2012 Notable Documents Awards Committee.  Serving with her on the committee were Carol Blackburn of Minnesota, Ingrid Hernquist of New Jersey, Elizabeth Lincoln of Minnesota, and Frances Thomas of Louisiana.

Below is the list of 2012 Notable Documents, along with their authors.

Category: State Government History Compilation

California’s Legislature
California State Assembly, Office of the Chief Clerk
Authors: E. Dotson Wilson, Chief Clerk; Brian Ebbert and Russell Tomas
Vetoed Bills of the Nevada Legislature 1899 – 2011
Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau Research Library
Authors: Danielle Mayabb and Teresa Wilt
Amendments to the Texas Constitution Since 1876
Texas Legislative Council
Author: Texas Legislative Council, Research Division

Category: Performance Evaluations

Lottery Operations and Charitable Gaming
Idaho Office of Performance Evaluations
Author: Jared Tatro
Compared to Other States’ Retirement Plans TSERS is Well Funded and Its Plan Features Are Typical or Less Generous
North Carolina General Assembly, Program Evaluation Division
Authors: Kiernan McGorty, Lead Evaluator; Key Contributors: Michelle Beck, Carol Shaw, and Pamela L. Taylor

Category: Statistical Analysis

Kentucky District Data Profiles School Year 2010
Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, Office of Education Accountability
Authors: , Marcia Ford Seiler, Albert Alexander, Sabrina Olds, Pam Young, Keith White, Ken Chilton, Brenda Landy, Deborah Nelson, and Yvette Perry
The Wisconsin Scorecard: How Wisconsin Compares to Other States
Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau
Author: Ryan Miller

Category: Public Policy

Ash Management Guidelines for Private Forest Landowners
University of Minnesota Extension; Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources
Authors: Angela Gupta and Julie Miedtke, Project Managers
The Coke Can from Columbus – An Analysis of Methods for Increasing Recycling and Solid Waste Diversion in Montana
Environmental Quality Council, Montana Legislature
Author: Sonja Nowakowski