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NLSSA Charter Member Thomas Cedric Townsend (1943-2013)

National Legislative Services and Security Association members are mourning the death of former Texas Senate sergeant-at-arms, Tommy Townsend who passed away on Monday, Nov. 18. Tommy was widely known and respected throughout the halls of the Texas capitol for a distinguished career that spanned more than four decades.

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Staff Sections Served a Plethora of Professional Development Opportunities

Legislative staff from around the country wrapped up another successful year of professional development seminars.

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LINCS—NCSL’s Legislative Information and Communications Staff Section—held its professional development seminar this month in the nation’s capital and the group got a close-up look behind the scenes of C-SPAN.

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Legislative chaplains in the news

Legislative chaplains seldom make news but The New York Times featured not one, but two, stories about prayers in legislatures.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.