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National Conference of State Legislatures

Last Updated: 2006

Founded in 1975, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) is a nonpartisan public officials’ association composed of sitting state legislators. The NCSL promotes the professional development of state legislators and their staffs and produces publications highlighting policy innovations in other states. In its meetings each summer, legislators develop policy positions regarding various areas of federal lawmaking that guide the advocacy and lobbying efforts carried out by permanent staff at the NCSL’s Washington headquarters. Through these efforts, the NCSL attempts to persuade Congress to pass legislation that preserves state decision-making authority and fiscal health.

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