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July 27, 2010

Notable Documents Given National Award

LOUISVILLE, KY.— Fifteen outstanding documents will be honored by a staff section of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) for their excellence in exploring topics of contemporary interest to legislators and staff. NCSL’s Legislative Research Librarian (LRL) staff section will present its Notable Document Awards at NCSL’s 36th Legislative Summit in Louisville, Ky. Thirty-four documents from 12 states were submitted for the award. The winners are:

CITIZEN’S GUIDE
"AIDS and the Law: What You Should Know" and "Laws for Older Adults"
Illinois Legislative Research Unit

"Permitting in Montana"
Montana Legislative Environmental Policy Office

FISCAL MATTERS
"Feasibility of Restructuring Budget and Financial Management of North Carolina State Government"
North Carolina General Assembly Program Evaluation Division

"2010-2011 Appropriations Report"
Utah Legislative Fiscal Analyst’s Office

"Utah's Economy: What's Happened and Where Do We Go From Here?"
Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

INNOVATIVE ARTICLE
"Wisconsin at the Frontiers of Astronomy: A History of Innovation and Exploration" (feature article in the State of Wisconsin Blue Book 2009-2010)
Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau

LEGISLATOR’S GUIDE
"Illinois Tax Handbook for Legislators"
Illinois Legislative Research Unit

"How North Carolina Compares: A Compendium of State Statistics"
North Carolina General Assembly Program Evaluation Division

"A Legislator's Guide to Taxation in Virginia, Volume 1: State Taxes"
Virginia Division of Legislative Services

LEGISLATIVELY MANDATED
"Increasing Efficiencies in Idaho's Parole Process"
Idaho Office of Performance Evaluations

"2009 Full Tax Preference Performance Reviews"
Washington State Joint Legislature Audit and Review Committee

NOTABLE ONLINE RESOURCE
"Legislative Time Capsule" (Web application)
Minnesota Legislative Reference Library

PUBLIC POLICY- ENVIRONMENTAL
"Contamination of Stormwater Pond Sediments by Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in Minnesota: The Role of Coal Tar-based Sealcoat Products as a Source of PAHs"
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

"Public Health Impacts of Wind Turbines"
Minnesota Department of Health, Environmental Health Division

A “document” for purposes of this award was defined as one produced by a federal, state or local government agency, or by a foundation, consulting firm, or quasi-public or private sector nonprofit organization. Formats include print, microfilm, CD-ROM, periodical/serial or URL.

The Legislative Research Librarians staff section, one of NCSL's 11 professional staff organizations, was established to promote effective information retrieval techniques for legislative libraries; to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas relating to legislative information, operations, and procedures in the states; and to enhance the professionalism of the members.

Composed primarily of librarians and information specialists in legislative agencies, the section sponsors an extensive schedule of programs at the NCSL Legislative Summit and a Professional Development Seminar. Each of these meetings focuses on current developments in information management, information technology and legislative research.


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.