NCSL Policy Directives and Resolutions


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NCSL Policy Process

The NCSL Standing Committees provide an opportunity for legislators and staff to benefit from the experiences of other states in shaping public policy, experimenting with new laws and managing the legislative institutions. Committee members explore issues  states have to deal with but committees do not recommend policy to the legislatures on issues that are internal to the states. Committees do develop policy directives and resolutions on state-federal issues to guide NCSL's advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C.

NCSL's Washington staff lobby the Congress, the White House and federal agencies for the benefit of state legislatures in accord with the policy directives and resolutions recommended by the Standing Committees and adopted at the NCSL Legislative Summit Business Meeting. As a result of those policy decisions, NCSL is nationally recognized as a formidable lobbying force in state-federal relations.

More on the NCSL Policy Process (pdf)

More on the NCSL Policy Process (5 minute video)

NCSL Rules of Procedure

Policy Week

Below are the policy directives and resolutions the committees will discuss during Policy Week, Sept. 20-24, 2021.  Policy Week is an opportunity for all legislators and legislative staff to learn about NCSL Standing Committee policy processes, and to discuss existing policy directives and resolutions scheduled for review and potential consideration at the upcoming Legislative Summit, Nov. 3-5. A final list of policy directives and resolutions for consideration at the Legislative Summit will be posted on Oct. 15, 2021.  For more information on Policy Week please contact Molly Ramsdell.

Policies for Consideration at the 2021 Legislative Summit

All new policy directives and resolutions, and amendments to existing policy directives, must be submitted to the director of NCSL’s Washington, D.C., office by 5 p.m. EST on Oct. 5, 2021 (30 days prior to the annual business meeting).

Existing Policy Directives and Resolutions by Committee

Additional Resources

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