Senate President Robert Stivers, Kentucky
SLC Chair, 2015-2016
I am honored to serve as your Chair for the 2015-2016 term and proud to be an officer of The Council of State Governments’ largest member region, the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC). During my association with SLC, I have learned that we often are the testing ground for innovative legislation, as well as a resource for services and programs designed for our unique needs. As a member of the Southern Legislative Conference, our mission is to play an integral role in bringing expertise, balance, and informed debate to the state-level discussion of policy options.
The Southern Legislative Conference’s unique convening power has enabled us to bring together diverse voices from within our region and across the nation, helping to clarify differences and find common ground to shared problems and issues. Our continued ability during our nearly 70-year history to perform this function is a testament to the strength and vitality of the SLC, as well as that of the Southern region.
Southerners have grown accustomed to a quality of life made possible by a dynamic, diversified, sustainable, and competitive economy. Our collaborative efforts and attention to programs and projects, such as our inland ports and waterways – so critical to the economic prosperity of our region – exemplify the cohesiveness of the SLC. Our legislative priorities as we convene in 2016 will be to find practical solutions to the challenges facing our states to ensure our region stays on the pathway to prosperity.
The Southern Legislative Conference 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 and your staff.
And, lastly, participating at the SLC annual meeting is one of the most effective mechanisms I know for sharing information and finding solutions to the challenges we encounter in our region. Therefore, I urge you to mark your calendars now to join us in Lexington, July 9 – 13, 2016, for the 70th Annual Meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference.
I look forward to working with you in the coming months.Sincerely,