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By, Megan McClure The Leadership Staff Professional Association (LSS) invites all leadership staff, chiefs of staff, caucus staff, administrative staff in leader’s offices, personal and district staff to attend the 2019 LSS Professional Development Seminar (PDS) Aug. 4-5 in Nashville, Tenn. LSS membership at a recent Summit...

New NCSL Report on Misdemeanor Justice In a follow-up to NCSL’s brief on misdemeanor sentencing trends, the new report “Misdemeanor Justice: Statutory Guidance for Sentencing” looks at how statutes provide guidance in misdemeanor sentencing. By Amanda Essex More than 13 million misdemeanor cases are filed in the U.S....

Markets are never entirely free. Rules, regulations, and referees shape the playing field, in the form of municipal codes and international trade agreements, tax incentives and penalties, an alphabet soup of agencies and voluntary industry standards. And players of all kinds try to gain advantage...

Many legislative sessions have adjourned or are wrapping up for this year. Yet bills may remain upon which no final action was taken before session ended. What happens to these bills, you ask? Well, that depends upon the state. In 23 states, the bills die. Nineteen legislatures start...

Lobbyists are not all-powerful. They don’t win every battle. But they do win most of them. Because of its power to influence public affairs, the press has long been known as “the Fourth Estate.” But I think the media may have been displaced. These days, it’s...