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Modernizing Congress: Lessons From State Legislatures

Bipartisan Policy Center
1225 Eye Street NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
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Congress is finally examining its shortcomings—it is fed up with the routine dysfunction and low public approval ratings. In looking for solutions to modernize its processes and procedures, state legislatures can provide valuable lessons. What are the states doing right? And what can Congress learn from them?

Join us, in partnership with the National Conference of State Legislatures, on September 23 to explore how state legislatures—the laboratories of democracy—can help Congress become a more effective and efficient institution.


State Sen. Larry Obhof (R-Medina)
President, Ohio Senate

State Rep. Georgene Louis (D-NM)

Emily Baer
Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of New Hampshire

Michael Thorning
Associate Director of Governance, BPC

Natalie Wood
Director, Center for Legislative Strengthening, National Conference of State Legislatures

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