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Services and Security

National Legislative Services and Security Association

Word cloud for NLSSAThe underlying philosophy of the National Legislative Services and Security Association is to see that all of the logistical services that are provided to legislators, staff and the public, function well.

Prior to the trends of the early 1970s toward more open meetings, security in the legislatures could be accomplished simply by closing the door to the chamber and seeing that no one entered. Once the doors were "opened", services and security personnel were not only faced with dealing with constituents but also with the possibility of disruption and violence.

It is the position of NLSSA that all legislative personnel should be concerned about good order and about providing needed services to everyone participating in the legislative process.

 

LEGISLATIVE STAFF MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE

LSMI LogoJuly 12-19, 2014
Application deadline: May 2
Plan to attend this unique eight-day executive management training program designed for senior staff and those on their way to such positions. Learn practical application of tools to meet increasingly complex policy and management demands confronting legislatures. Develop and enhance your management and leadership skills.

 

 

 

 

 

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POMP, CIRCUMSTANCE & ARMS

Sereant at ArmsThe post of Sergeant-at-Arms has a rich tradition and vital modern role. Chief responsiblities of the postion include assisting the presiding officer, providing security, maintaining decorum and performing ceremonial duties.

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THE LEGISLATURE AS A CAREER

 

An initiative from the Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee is aimed at recruiting young people into legislative service. In the video at right, Jayson Watts, assistant sergeant-at-arms for the Hawaii Senate, discusses his role.

At www.legislative careers.org, you can learn more about the variety of roles staffers play in the legislature.

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

LogoThe general membership of NLSSA shall elect a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, First Trustee, Second Trustee, Third Trustee and Sergeant at Arms to serve as members of the executive board. It is the responsibility of the Nominations Committee to canvass the NLSSA membership for preparing a suitable ballot for annual elections for office to the Executive Board.

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COMMITTEES

PeopleAll NLSSA members are invited and encouraged to serve on any the staff section's 12 committees. Please contact NCSL Liaison, Morgan Cullen, to learn more about the committees and how to get assigned to a committee.

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MEMBERSHIP

LogoFounded in 1973, NLSSA is open to Sergeants-at-Arms, security personnel, state police and support services staff for state legislatures. Membership is also open to legislators interested in NLSSA. If you are not a member of NLSSA and would like to be, please visit our membership page or contact NLSSA Liaison, Morgan Cullen for more information.

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ROSTER

The NLSSA membership roster is updated annually. If you would like to be added to the NLSSA Roster or update your contact information, please email the NLSSA Staff Section Liaison, Morgan Cullen.

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