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August 14, 2013

NCSL Recognizes Outstanding Legislative Documents

Documents produced by state legislative staff and agencies win awards

ATLANTA –Thirteen outstanding documents on topics from citizens’ and legislators guides to fiscal policy to natural resources were honored by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) as winners of the 2013 Notable Documents Award.

The winners received the Notable Documents Award, which is presented annually by the Legislative Research Librarian (LRL) staff section at NCSL. Representatives of the staff section presented the awards during NCSL’s 39th annual Legislative Summit in Atlanta.

The contest defines a “document” as a product of a federal, state or local government agency, or a foundation, consulting firm, quasi-public, private sector, or nonprofit organization. Formats include print, microfilm, CD-ROM, periodical/serial, or website.

The 2013 Notable Documents are:

Citizen's Guide:

Ohio Facts, 2012 Edition - Ohio Legislative Service Commission

Fiscal Policy:

Budget 101: A Guide to the Budget Process in Texas -Texas Senate Research Center

State Employee Compensation and Turnover- Idaho Office of Performance Evaluations

Historical and Cultural Resources:

Civil War Sesquicentennial in Virginia: Impact at the Halfway Mark– Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission

Legislatively Mandated:

Human Trafficking in Pennsylvania: Policy Recommendations and Proposed Legislation– Joint State Government Commission, General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Legislator's Guides:

Firearms Laws in Minnesota: A Guide for Legislators– Minnesota House Research Department

Kentucky’s Boards, Commissions, and Similar Entities– Kentucky Program Review and Investigations Committee

Public Policy-Education:

2013 Nevada Education Data Book– Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau

Public Policy-Public Safety:

Digging into One-Call: A Review of Montana's Underground Facility Damage Prevention Program– Montana Legislative Services Division

Natural Resources:

Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast– Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana

Report on Silica Sand– Minnesota Environmental Quality Board

Performance Evaluation:

Options for Creating a Separate Department of Medicaid Require Transition Planning– North Carolina General Assembly, Program Evaluation Division

Notable Online Resources:

Legislative Reference Library of Texas Pinterest Boards–Texas Legislative Reference Library

NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.