I am honored to serve as both the Chair of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) for 2016-2017, and as host to the 71st Annual Meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference, convening July 29 through August 2, 2017, in Biloxi, Mississippi.
During the year ahead, and especially at our annual meeting, we have a great opportunity to forge alliances and bonds which, collectively, strengthen the mission of the SLC. While many variables shape the trajectory of our success as states, both from a regional and national perspective, I believe state legislatures stand at a pivotal moment in our nation’s history.
In the coming year, the member states of the SLC will face a number of opportunities and challenges, all requiring resiliency, resourcefulness, and innovation – traits so common to our region. Building consensus and finding solutions call for shared experience and expertise in both the best and worst of times. The path forward reinforces the vital role the Southern Legislative Conference of The Council of State Governments can play in assisting policymakers.
As Chair of the SLC, I encourage you to take advantage of the programs and services provided by our Southern Legislative Conference, both during and outside our legislative sessions, and I urge you to work through the SLC, with your colleagues from across the region, to find practical and cost-effective solutions to the common challenges that face our region.Sincerely,
Speaker Philip Gunn
Mississippi House of Representatives
SLC Chair, 2016 – 2017