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Aug. 8, 2012

Legislative Documents Receive Award

Documents produced by state legislative staff and agencies in the areas of  government compilation, statistical analysis and public policy win awards

CHICAGO - Nine outstanding documents exploring a range of topics including recycling, retirement plans, gaming and history were honored by the National Conference of State Legislatures as winners of the 2012 Notable Documents Award.

The nine winners were selected from among 45 nominees for the Notable Documents Award, which is presented annually by the Legislative Research Librarian (LRL) staff section at NCSL. The 2012 judging panel represented four states. Representatives of the LRL staff section presented the awards at NCSL’s 38th annual Legislative Summit in Chicago, Ill.

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 2012 Notable Documents are:

State Government History Compilation

California’s Legislature
California State Assembly, Office of the Chief Clerk

Vetoed Bills of the Nevada Legislature 1899–2011
Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau Research Library

Amendments to the Texas Constitution Since 1876
Texas Legislative Council

Performance Evaluations

Lottery Operations and Charitable Gaming (Idaho)
Idaho Office of Performance Evaluations

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

Statistical Analysis

Kentucky District Data Profiles School year 2010
Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, Office of Education Accountability

The Wisconsin Scorecard: How Wisconsin Compares to Other States
Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau

Public Policy

Ash Management Guidelines for Private Forest Landowners
University of Minnesota Extension; Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources

The Coke Can from Columbus – An Analysis of Methods for Increasing Recycling and Solid Waste Diversion in Montana
Environmental Quality Council, Montana Legislature


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