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.

Before the trend in 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 providing needed services to everyone participating in the legislative process.



New Mexico State Capitol buildingSept. 14-17, 2015 | Santa Fe, N.M.
Mark your calendar for the 2015 annual training conference. The meeting will feature a diverse group of faculty from throughout the country to speak on a range of security, personnel, and administrative topics.   









Sereant at ArmsThe NLSSA Newsletter is a great way to stay updated on all NLSSA activities throughout the country. The NLSSA Newsletter is published and distributed biannually. All articles related to legislative services, security, NLSSA activities or news from your home state are always valued and appreciated.





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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.



Legislative Staff Management Institute | LSMI

LSMI LogoJuly 18-25, 2015
Application deadline is May 8
Attend this unique eight-day executive management training program designed for senior legislative staff members and those on their way to such positions. Learn practical application of tools staff can use to meet the complex policy and management demands confronting state legislatures. Develop and enhance your management and leadership skills. Apply Now!





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 Diane Chaffin for more information.




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 NLSSA staff section liaison Diane Chaffin.


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