SLC Rules require that all proposed policy positions be submitted by a legislative member of the Southern Legislative Conference a minimum of 21 calendar days in advance of the Annual Meeting.
For 2017, all proposed policy positions must be received in the Atlanta office by July 7.
Members of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) of The Council of State Governments (CSG) may wish to articulate specific positions, endorse specific policy practices, or comment on specific federal actions as they relate to the states. Such actions are permitted by the Rules of the Southern Legislative Conference of The Council of State Governments and by these guidelines as maintained by the SLC Executive Committee.
SLC Policy Positions reflect a regional consensus not found in other parts of the country and give the SLC a voice in Washington and elsewhere on many issues of both regional and national urgency. Unless otherwise stipulated, all Policy Positions adopted by the Conference sunset the first day of the following Annual Meeting.
Proposed Policy Positions are available on the SLC website before the start of the Annual Meeting and printed copies are available at Annual Meeting registration on opening day.
Proposed Policy Positions should:
Proposed Policy Positions submitted for consideration by SLC must contain the following information:
Proposed Policy Positions also should follow the general formatting guidelines of:
Please see previously adopted SLC Policy Positions for clear examples of appropriate formatting for proposed Policy Positions.
Each proposed Policy Position is assigned to one of the Conference’s standing committees for review and action at the Annual Meeting. The sponsoring legislator brings a pre-filed proposed Policy Position to the committee under whose purview the subject matter is most appropriate and requests that the committee adopt the proposed Policy Position.
The Policy Positions Committee is an ad hoc committee appointed by the Conference chair during the opening session of the SLC Executive Committee on the first day of each Annual Meeting. Committee membership comprises one member from each state represented at the Annual Meeting, and the vice chair of the Southern Legislative Conference may be appointed to serve as chair of the Committee.
Prior to the start of the Policy Positions Committee’s deliberations, the chair of the Committee asks for a motion to allow SLC staff to correct for spelling and clarity. During the Policy Positions Committee meeting, attendees may not approach the table or confer with Policy Positions Committee members during deliberations. Only the legislator sponsor(s) and the chair of the SLC standing committee that adopted the proposed Policy Positions can be called upon to support or clarify issues raised by members of the Policy Positions Committee. Legislator sponsor(s) of proposed Policy Positions are encouraged to be present during the deliberations of the Policy Positions Committee.
The Policy Positions Committee may not amend any proposed Policy Position; however, the Committee may take the following action(s):
Upon review and disposition of all proposed Policy Positions, the proposed Policy Positions approved by the Policy Positions Committee are distributed at the closing plenary and business session, to be voted on by the full Conference. A voice vote for or against the proposed Policy Positions — generally considered as a slate — is called after the report of the Policy Positions Committee.
SLC’s professional staff members are available to assist with the Policy Position process and answer questions about specific policy areas.
|Issue Area||Staff Liaison|
|General Questions||Mikko Lindberg|
|Agriculture||Anne Roberts Brody|
|Energy||Anne Roberts Brody|
|Environment||Anne Roberts Brody|
|Human Services||Roger Moore|
|Public Safety||Roger Moore|
|Rural Development||Anne Roberts Brody|
During the interim between Annual Meetings, a proposed Policy Position submitted by a legislator member of the Conference of an emergency nature, as determined by the chair, shall be transmitted promptly by Conference staff to all of the members of the appropriate Conference committee as determined by the chair and to the Executive Committee. Voting is conducted in accordance with SLC Rule XI, Section 2: Interim Procedure.