2014 Notable Documents Awards


NCSL NewsNCSL Recognizes Outstanding Legislative Documents 

Minneapolis—Fourteen outstanding documents on topics ranging from education to natural resources to personnel were honored by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) during its 40th annual Legislative Summit in Minneapolis.

The Notable Documents Awards are presented annually by the Legislative Research Librarians staff section. The award recognizes excellence in documents that explore topics of interest to legislators and staff, and present substantive material in an outstanding format. For purposes of the award, a "document" is one produced by a federal, state, or local government. Eligible formats include print and electronic publications, periodicals, serials or websites.

The 2014 Notable Documents are:


Recess Moves! A Toolkit for Quality Recess – Minnesota Department of Education

Historical and Cultural Resources

Points of Personal Privilege: A Collection of Essays by Virginia Senators and Presiding Officers – Virginia Senate Clerk’s Office

Tennessee State Capitol: Grounded in Tradition (Video) – Tennessee Secretary of State

Innovative Presentation

Medicaid Expansion: The Debate Continues (Video) – Utah Legislature Health Reform Task Force

Performance Evaluation

Confinement of Juvenile Offenders – Idaho Office of Performance Evaluations

North Carolina Needs to Strengthen Its System for Monitoring and Preventing the Abuse of Prescribed Controlled Substances – North Carolina General Assembly, Program Evaluation Division

Public Policy—Education

Kentucky School District Superintendent Employment and Contracts – Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, Office of Educational Accountability

Public Policy—Health

Implementation of the Affordable Care Act: Medicaid Expansion Options and Their Impacts – Utah Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

Implementation of the Affordable Care Act: The Utah Model for Implementing Exchanges – Utah Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

Advancing Health Equity in Minnesota: Report to the Legislature – Minnesota Department of Health

Public Policy—Natural Resources

Managing False River Watershed Resources: An Interim Report to the Louisiana Legislature – Louisiana False River Watershed Council, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources

State Comparison

Dog Bites in Maryland and Other States: Data, Insurance Coverage, and Liability – Maryland Department of Legislative Services, Office of Policy Analysis

Laws on Assault of a Sports Official – Connecticut General Assembly, Office of Legislative Research

Statistical Analysis

An Annual Report on Classified Employee Turnover – Texas State Auditor’s Office

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