SLC Legislative Service Agency Directors Group
Marcia Goff Johnson
House of Representatives
Immediate Past Chair
Bureau of Legislative Research
Research and Publications Associate
Throughout its nearly seven decades, the SLC has encouraged regional cooperation and networking among key legislative staff members in the South. The Conference’s LSA Directors Group comprises the staff executives charged with the full range of administrative and programmatic services for the legislative bodies in the 15 Southern states. Meetings of the LSA Directors’ Group include presentations on, and analysis of, the disparate bill drafting and information management systems employed by the legislatures in their respective states; open meeting and open records provisions; state legislative committee structures and staffing patterns; state redistricting initiatives; legislative personnel policies; and Freedom of Information in a legislative agency.
Each year the LSA Directors presents the Carter/Hellard Staff Excellence Award to a legislative staff member in the South who has demonstrated distinguished service to their state’s legislature.
The LSA Directors Group listserv allows group members to communicate with one another in a confidential setting. The listserv provides a forum for legislative service agency directors to share information with and ask questions of their colleagues to determine how other agencies are addressing similar issues. Please contact Nick Bowman if you are having any issues with the LSA Directors Group listserv.
Here you will find contact information for the 28 members of the LSA Directors Group.
Carter/Hellard Legislative Staff Award
Named in honor of the late Sam Carter,
Director of Research of the South Carolina
House of Representatives, and the late Vic
Hellard, Jr., Director of the Kentucky Legislative
Research Commission, the award
will be presented at the Legislative Service Agency Directors’
(LSA) Luncheon at the Annual Meeting of the
Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) to the individual
who, in the judgment of themembers of LSA Directors Group, has demonstrated
excellence and dedication in staffing service to
state legislators in the South. Specifically, the individual
» current employment within a state legislature or legislative service agency at the time the award is given;
» a longstanding commitment to the legislative institution;
» an understanding of the role of legislative staffing in representative government;
» participation in the provision of staff work resulting in systemic public policy reform or institutional improvement; and
» consistently approached his or her legislative work with grace and good humor under pressure.