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The latest SLC Regional Resource, A Special Condition: Medical Marijuana in the SLC States, reviews the medical marijuana legalization movement in the South. Despite the prevalence of marijuana-related legislation being filed in SLC member states, only a few bills are expected to make their way through the legislative process to achieve enactment. However, as the topic moves further from theoretical and closer to reality, common trends are emerging in legislation across the SLC region.
The Southern Legislative Conference recently released a new SLC Regional Resource, Aeronautics in the SLC States: Cleared for Takeoff, examining the increasing number of aeronautics companies that are locating, relocating or expanding their manufacturing operations in the South, a trend particularly discernible in the aftermath of the Great Recession.
The Southern Legislative Conference is accepting submissions for its State Transformation in Action Recognition (STAR), a regional adaptation of the former CSG Innovations Awards. The STAR program identifies and promotes innovative ideas and programs from the Southern region’s best problem solvers: the states themselves. The SLC welcomes applications from a wide array of state agencies, departments, and institutions operating within the executive, legislative, and judicial governmental branches. Click here for more information.
The Southern Legislative Conference recently published an analysis of the latest state export data from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Notably, U.S. exports of goods and services soared to an unprecedented $2.3 trillion, an expansion of 2.8 percent compared to levels reached in 2012. Click here to review the the complete research post.
The State Local Legal Center (SLLC), International Municipal Lawyers Association, and Georgetown University Law Center's Supreme Court Institute will collaborate to arrange a Supreme Court Practice seminar in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. The seminar will be held in conjunction with SLLC's 30-year anniversary reception. Details on the program and registration for the event are now available.
The Southern Legislative Conference hosted two complimentary webinars on human trafficking and distracted driving on November 25 and December 5, respectively, featuring national experts on the regional issues. Archived resources are now available for these recent online programs, and other critical topics, on the SLC webinars page.
While the economic impact of the automobile sector in the South has been reviewed and scrutinized extensively in recent years, there has been less fanfare about a burgeoning sector in the region: the growing importance of tire manufacturing in the SLC states. This SLC Regional Resource examines how some of the world's largest tire manufacturers are locating, relocating or expanding their operations in the South. Click here for the full report.
House and Senate negotiators have been at work on the long overdue renewal of the Farm Bill since late October. The regional offices of The Council of State Governments and State Ag and Rural Leaders will host a complimentary conference call on the Farm Bill, Wednesday, December 4th at 1:00 pm ET. To register, please email Hans Poschman for call-in information.