72nd Annual Meeting of the
Southern Legislative Conference
The 72nd Annual Meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference will convene in St. Louis, Missouri, July 21 – 25, 2018.
Convened as the focal point and culmination of its yearly activities, the Annual Meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference is the nation's largest regional gathering of state legislators, legislative staff and government officials, convening at the premier public policy forum for Southern state legislatures.
Focusing on both existing and emerging state government innovations and solutions, the SLC annual meeting provides policymakers diverse opportunities to engage regional and national policy experts about the issues that matter most to them and their constituents. As the foundation of policy discussions, leaders of the Conference's six standing committees select the most prevalent and relevant state government policy issues facing Southern states as committee session topics.
Of equal benefit, numerous informal discussions allow state government officials to share their knowledge and experiences with colleagues facing similar challenges and opportunities. This hallmark of the SLC Annual Meeting gives policymakers an opportunity to meet and collaborate on a broad spectrum of state government issues.
Each year, the SLC annual meeting reminds participants of the tradition of hospitality that is the trademark of the South and shines a spotlight on the host state’s year-long planning to accommodate members from across the region with special activities and events unique to both the host city and state.
How to Participate
- Register for the meeting;
- Reserve a hotel room;
- Sign up for airport transportation and guest and youth activities on the Host State website;
- Stay current on Annual Meeting updates via e-mail and the meeting app; and
- Come to Missouri prepared to share, learn and enjoy!
Last day for discounted registration rates
Last day to secure hotel reservations
Last day for online Annual Meeting registration
Last day to cancel registration without incurring charges
Last day to submit a proposed policy position
On-site registration opens
A message from
Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, Missouri
Southern Legislative Conference Chair, 2017-2018
I am honored to serve as your Chair for the 2017–2018 term, and I look forward to hosting the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) in St. Louis, July 21–25, 2018, along with my colleagues in the Missouri General Assembly.
During my association with the SLC, I have learned that our regional legislative conferences, under the umbrella of The Council of State Governments, are the sounding boards for state elected officials; they are events where we can share our new, innovative programs and services, discuss regional developments for a vast array of issues, and compare ideas among close colleagues and neighbors. From these opportunities come possibilities.
The Southern Legislative Conference's unique convening power – sustained for more than seven decades – has enabled us to bring together diverse voices from within our region, helping to clarify differences and find practical solutions to shared governmental problems. Nowhere is our mission more on display than during our annual meetings, where we bring expertise, balance and informed debate to the state-level discussion of policy options.
As our legislatures convene in 2018, we will continue to seek solutions to the many challenges facing our states. The SLC is uniquely positioned to assist its members in this endeavor. As you prepare for your legislative sessions, I urge you to utilize the many programs and services available to you.
I look forward to working with you during my term, and I extend a personal invitation to each of you to "Meet Me in Missouri" in July.
Senator Ron Richard
Senate President Pro Tem
SLC Chair 2017–2018