November 1, 2019


The concept of states serving as important test cases for national governance dates to the founding of the country. In part 2 of our series, the panel discusses how lessons from how different state legislatures operate today could be incorporated to increase the effectiveness of our federal legislature. The panel begins with a presentation on a study from the Center for Legislative Strengthening at the National Conference of State Legislatures which examines the structures and procedures that have allowed some state legislatures to avoid partisan gridlock.


  • Hon. Robert Hurt, Vice President and Director, Center for Law and Government at Liberty University; Former Congressman, Virginia’s 5th District
  • Karl Kurtz, Principal, Legis Matters; Coauthor, Republic on Trial: The Case for Representative Democracy
  • Introduction: William Hild, III, Deputy Director, Article I Initiative and Deputy Director, Regulatory Transparency Project, The Federalist Society

As always, the Article I Initiative takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speaker.

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