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  2. The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) has provided fiscal and policy advice to the Legislature for 75 years. It is known for its fiscal and programmatic expertise and nonpartisan analyses of the state budget.

  3. Lao Definition & Meaning - Merriam-Webster

    Lao noun ˈlau̇ plural Lao or Laos ˈlau̇z 1 : a member of a Buddhist people living in Laos and adjacent parts of northeastern Thailand 2 : the Tai language of the Lao people Lao adjective Word History First Known Use 1808, in the meaning defined at sense 1 Time Traveler The first known use of Lao was in 1808 See more words from the same year

  4. Lao language | Britannica

    Lao language, also called Laotian, one of the Tai languages of Southeast Asia, and the official language of Laos. Lao occurs in various dialects, which differ among themselves at least as much as Lao as a group differs from the Tai dialects of northeastern Thailand. The latter are usually called Northeastern Thai, but the difference between Lao and Northeastern Thai is more political than linguistic.

  5. Laos - Wikipedia

    On 2 December 1975, after taking control of the country, the Pathet Lao government under Kaysone Phomvihane renamed the country as the Lao People's Democratic Republic and signed agreements giving Vietnam the right to station armed forces and to appoint advisers to assist in overseeing the country. The close ties between Laos and Vietnam were formalised via a treaty signed in 1977, which has since provided direction for Lao foreign policy, and provides the basis for Vietnamese involvement at ...

  6. Lao language - Wikipedia

    Lao, sometimes referred to as Laotian (ລາວ, 'Lao' or ພາສາລາວ, [pʰáːsǎːláːw] 'Lao language'), is a Kra–Dai language of the Lao people. It is spoken in Laos , where it is the official language for around 7 million people, as well as in northeast Thailand , where it is used by around 23 million people, usually referred to as Isan .