2017 NLSSA Training Conference Agenda

Sept. 24-29, 2017 | Reno, Nev.

Reno, NevadaThe National Legislative Services and Security Association (NLSSA) hosts the only national training event designed exclusively for state legislative staff who work in the areas of security, administrative services and tourism management.

This year's conference offers participants a unique opportunity to learn important work skills, build relationships with colleagues from other states, and advance the effectiveness of America's state legislatures.

This year the NLSSA Professional Development Seminar will be held in Reno, Nev., at the Silver Legacy Resort and Casino Sept. 24-29, 2017. NCSL has invited a diverse group of faculty from throughout the country to speak on a wide range of security, historic preservation, personnel and administrative topics. Please join us in Reno for training, tours, workshops, roundtables and networking opportunities.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 24, 2017
Time Sessions

5-7 p.m.

Early Registration
Silver Legacy Resort

6 p.m.

NLSSA Executive Board Meeting (Tentative)

MONDAY, SEPT. 25, 2017
Time Sessions

7 a.m.-Noon


Silver Legacy Resort




8:45-10 a.m.

Opening Ceremony


Legislatures and Parliaments:  Services and Security Lessons of 2017

2017 has been a big year of change for services and security personnel. Take this opportunity to meet your colleagues—national and international. What have been the biggest lessons of the year? What advice do you and your colleagues offer based on your state's or country’s experience? What changes are coming? What are the challenges ahead for services and security personnel?


10-11 a.m.

First Amendment Issues in Chamber, Committee and the Capitol: A Look at Nevada and Other States

Legislation was introduced in more than 20 states this year on the use of capitol grounds, penalties for actions during protests and other issues related to civil disobedience. This session will focus on how courts are ruling on cases regarding constitutional rights.


11 a.m.-Noon

Protest Management

Not since the 1960s have there been so many protests. Hear firsthand from the security personnel who were on the front lines in a number of states. Find out what protest practices are moving across the country, what you can do to prepare for these instances and what you need to do to manage a protest.



Noon-1 p.m.

Lunch: “What’s New in Technology”

1-2:30 p.m.

Managing Capitol Properties

The challenges of managing a capitol complex or campus are diverse and often involve topics not visible to the capitol communities they serve. No matter if the campus is large or small, all have distinct challenges both during and after legislative sessions. The work of managing capitol facilities directly impacts the ability of government to do its business and operate unimpeded. Delve into challenges and different approaches required of facility management staff to ensure service delivery, security and access.


2:30-4 p.m.

Training for the Unexpected: How Can You Effectively Train Security Personnel and Capitol Employees

Many states have service and training requirements for security personnel. In addition, states have set up training programs for capitol employees on what to do in the event of emergencies. Learn what training security personnel need and how to train state capitol employees on what to do in security emergencies.


4-5 p.m.


Leadership and Management

The terms aren’t interchangeable. There’s a time when you need to lead and there’s a time when you need to manage. What’s the difference? What skills do you need? How do you develop these? And how do you use these skills to bring out the best in others?


6-7 p.m.


Opening Reception



TUESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2017
Time Sessions

8:30-10 a.m.


Behind the Scenes Casino Security


10 a.m.-Noon

Drones: Technology and Security in Capitols

Local, state and national officials remain increasingly concerned over the use of drones—especially how drones might be used illegally. Learn about the latest technology, the weight drones can carry that increases concern, the technology available to identify drones, state laws regarding drones and state capitol experiences with drones.

Noon-1 p.m.



1-5 p.m.

Planning for Capitol and Large-Scale Events

More and more, capitol grounds are being used for public events, ceremonies and gatherings. Learn from the experts who handle large scale public events about what you need to do upfront to make sure you are prepared to pull it off. What agreements must be in place before event planning even begins? What is your responsibility and what are the responsibilities of those using the facility?


Dinner on your own


Time Sessions

8 a.m.

Bus to Carson City


9-10 a.m.

Investigating and Managing Member Misconduct

How do you effectively investigate a member of your legislature? How does an investigation unfold, who is involved and what considerations do you have? Hear firsthand about a Nevada member misconduct case and the lessons you can take home.

10-11 a.m.

Capitol Renovation: Planning for the Public, Members and Security

Renovations have been completed in Minnesota, are underway in Tennessee and planned for Virginia. Hear from one of the top consultants on what changes states are making to accommodate new security when renovating.


11 a.m.-Noon Tour of the Nevada Capitol

Noon-1:30 p.m.

Lunch at the Nevada Governor’s Mansion


Jon Ralston, veteran Nevada journalist, will speak about “A Quarter Century of Nevada Politics”


1:30-3 p.m.

Coordinating Security Between Agencies

Learn how capitol employees coordinate security between local, legislative, executive, national and international departments.


3-4 p.m.

Roundtable Discussion: Best Practices in Security Management
Attendees will develop a list and discuss the top three security practices in their state and government. 


THURSDAY, SEPT. 28, 2017
Time Sessions

9-10 a.m.

Parliament Security

What additional focus must services and/or security personnel bring to parliamentary positions? Hear from NLSSA international members on the additional responsibilities parliamentary employees have.



10-11 a.m.


Mediation and Conflict Management—With Coworkers, Subordinates and the Public
It’s always a good idea to keep up on mediation and conflict management skills. More and more, those on the front line in the states must be able to deal with the public, protestors, difficult employee and others. Hear about best practices including a focus on working with the mentally ill.

11 a.m.-Noon


Looking Ahead: Emerging Trends and Threats Affecting Seats of Government Worldwide


Noon-1:30 p.m.

Lunch on Your Own

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Regional Meetings

2:30-3:30 p.m.

NLSSA Business Meeting


6-10 p.m.

State Dinner and Awards Ceremony for NLSSA Members and Friends

National Automobile Museum


FRIDAY, SEPT. 29, 2017
Time Sessions

9-11 a.m.

Optional Program (Tentative)