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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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State Legislator Demographics

This new interactive webpage builds on NCSL's previous research on the demographics of state legislators and allows users to compare data from 2015 to that from 2020. The analysis covers the gender, race/ethnicity, education, age and religion of legislators across the country.

Results Driven Governing

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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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Raising Awareness About Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

In an effort to improve their workplaces, some state legislatures have revamped trainings to include topics on diversity and inclusion or formed diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) committees to determine what changes may be needed.

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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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Overview