2018-2019 Chair

Marcia Goff Johnson
Research Director
House of Representatives


Immediate Past Chair

Marty Garrity
Bureau of Legislative Research


Nick Bowman
Committee Liaison

Nick Bowman
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.

Contact Information

Here you will find contact information for the 28 members of the LSA Directors Group.

LSA Directors Group Contact Information

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 must have:

» 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.

2019 Carter/Hellard Award Nomination Form

List of Carter/Hellard Award Recipients