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The SLC’s mission is to foster and encourage intergovernmental cooperation among its 15-member states. In large measure this is achieved through the meetings, publications and policy positions of the Conference’s six standing committees. Committee members are appointed by their chamber’s legislative leadership and each committee elects its own officers. Through the deliberations of Committee members, an array of issues facing all Southern state legislatures are considered.
The Southern Legislative Conference is the largest of four regional legislative groups operating under The Council of State Governments and comprises the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
The Southern Office was opened in Atlanta in 1959. Initially charged with serving all three branches of state government, the duties of the office have evolved to providing services primarily to the more than 2,400 legislative members and staff of its 15-state region. SLC members are appointed by the leadership of the 30 legislative chambers in the South. The SLC Annual Meeting has grown to become the largest regional gathering of state legislators in the country and attracts the largest audience of any of the CSG regional conferences.
The SLC’s six standing committees, Agriculture & Rural Development; Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs; Education; Energy & Environment; Fiscal Affairs & Government Operations; and Human Services & Public Safety, provide a forum which allows policymakers to share knowledge in their area of expertise with colleagues from across the South. By working together within the SLC and participating on its committees, Southern state legislative leaders are able to speak in a distinctive, unified voice while addressing issues which affect their states and the entire region.