State Lawmakers

In our federal system, much of the policy making that affects our lives occurs at the state level. So, state lawmakers must have the tools and know-how to conduct high quality, bipartisan oversight of the executive branch. Find out more how the Levin Center can support your legislature’s oversight efforts through workshops, resources, and best practices.

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Oversight in the 50 States

Checks and Balances in Action – Legislative Oversight across the States: The Levin Center at Wayne Law commissioned a study of each state legislature’s capacity to conduct oversight and the extent to which each state uses that capacity. Find out more about your state’s oversight performance in this unique resource.

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State Oversight Workshops

We offer custom-designed oversight workshops for members of state legislatures and their staff seeking to strengthen their ability to conduct fact-based, bipartisan, high-quality investigations. 

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State Oversight Resources

We are a knowledge hub and resource center for state legislatures. Browse our state legislative oversight directories, articles, and Levin Center testimony here.  

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“Having the Levin Center teach legislators and legislatures on the importance of oversight -- and the skill and the art of oversight -- is critical. 26 years ago, I worked on Capitol Hill and observed grizzled senators conduct real, old-fashioned oversight and hold agency heads and cabinet secretaries' feet to the fire. What we see on C-SPAN is generally missing in many state legislatures, and I think we can all do a better job.”

David Chiu, California State Assemblymember
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More information on state legislative oversight

Events

Watch our recent panel discussions with state legislators across the country.

Podcasts

Listen to our Oversight Matters episode with California Assemblymember Ken Cooley.

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Research

Read our latest research on legislative oversight of state government contracting.

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