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About State Legislatures

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Legislative Sessions and the Coronavirus

NCSL is tracking the impact the coronavirus (COVID-19) may have on state legislatures, including suspension or postponement of legislative sessions.

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Guide for Writing a State Legislative Personnel Manual

This important resource, developed specifically for legislative organizations, helps staff managers ensure that legislatures, like all workplaces, keep pace with the ever-evolving field of human resources. The Guide can be used to inform common topics found in personnel manuals, as well as those that may be unique to legislatures.

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ABOUT STATE LEGISLATURES

About State Legislatures

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Continuity of Legislature During Emergency

NCSL has compiled information for legislatures to consider in developing or reviewing a continuity of government plan. 

 

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Showing Civility When We Need It the Most

As the Kansas House of Representatives prepared to end its special session last week, two legislators: one Democrat, one Republican; one black, one white; one from academia, one from law enforcement, showed that civility remains an important ideal and that legislatures can be the perfect forum to start challenging conversations. Read the blog and watch the video now.

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Building Democracy: The Story of Legislatures

In this 6-part podcast series that covers the history, characters and stories of state legislatures in America, from the beginnings in Jamestown, to the present day and into the future. Listen to Episode 2: The Story of Legislatures through the Revolution now and be on the lookout for Episode 3 coming soon.

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Coronavirus and State Legislatures in the News

NCSL is tracking the impact the coronavirus (COVID-19) may have on state legislatures, including suspension or postponement of legislative session or committee hearings, reduced public access or temporary closure of state capitols and remote participation. Check back often for updated news articles.

 

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