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NCSL Legislative Video Resource Center

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

The Compass: Politics, Stress and Outside Influences

Legislative staffers speak on the ways emotions and opposing opinions can affect ethical responses. Many hands are involved in the legislative process—legislators, the executive agency, staff lobbyists and constituents, and those voices are often interested in a particular policy or process. “Legislative staff have to look at it from a much bigger, institutional perspective,” says Raul Burciaga, director of the New Mexico Legislative Council Service. “What is good for the state? What is good for the legislature to conduct its business?”