Partner Profiles: National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) was founded in 1975 with the conviction that legislative service is one of democracy's worthiest pursuits. NCSL was founded:
- To improve the quality and effectiveness of state legislatures;
- To promote policy innovation and communication among state legislatures;
- To ensure state legislatures a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system.
NCSL is an organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths, and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance, and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues. Representing the citizens of a district and the people of a state is the very essence of free government. With a focus on service, NCSL is a source for research, publications, consulting assistance, meetings, and seminars. It is recognized nationally for its leadership. It is the only organization that provides an open, bipartisan, national forum for lawmakers to communicate with one another and share ideas. NCSL is an effective and respected voice for the states in Washington, D.C., representing their interests--their "ideas"--before Congress, the administration, and federal agencies.
The Environmental Health Legislation database includes state legislation on topics such as asthma, mercury, lead poisoning, pesticides, and indoor air quality. The database is updated monthly and all entries include brief summaries of current legislation as well as bill number and status. Click here to access the National Conference of State Legislatures' Database of State Tracking Legislation. [Note: In the "Primary Topic Area(s)" box, choose "tracking and surveillance"]
For publicly available information and contacts, please use the following links:
- Guide to NCSL Organization : Information about the organization and functions of NCSL.
- Topics and Issues [e-mail link]: Information regarding issues or policy topics.
- Comments [e-mail link]: Leave a message for the NCSLnet administrator regarding the online system.