NCSL Legislative Video Resource Center

The NCSL Video Resource Center is a collection of recorded webinars accessible for on-demand learning.

Bill Drafting

Statutory Construction and Interpretation

Explore the courts' various approaches to interpretation using specific cases from New Mexico as examples.

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Produced by: RELACS

Federal and State Preemption Basics: What Every Drafter Ought to Know

Follow an overview of the fundamentals of the constitutional doctrine of federal preemption and an introduction to state preemption of local laws.

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Produced by: RELACS

Drafting in Plain Language: Leaving Legalese Behind

What is legalese? Why should legalese should be avoided when drafting bills? How do you apply plain language principles in bill drafting? Learn the answers to these questions and engage in exercises to illustrate these principles.

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Produced by: RELACS

Client Interaction for Legislative Drafters

Learn about effectively communicating with clients, filling in the blanks in drafting requests, asking effective questions, filtering out the noise, and creating strategies to deal with challenging situations, including delivering news that your client may not want to hear.

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Produced by: RELACS

New Drafter Training | What Does that Mean? Crafting and Using Definitions in Statutes

New to legislative drafting? Explore the topic of using definitions in statutes.

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Produced by: RELACS