2019 SLC Annual Meeting Logo

Convened as the focal point and culmination of its yearly activities, the Annual Meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference is the nation's largest regional gathering of state legislators, legislative staff and government officials, and the premier public policy forum for Southern state legislatures.

Focusing on both existing and emerging state government innovations and solutions, the SLC Annual Meeting provides policymakers diverse opportunities to engage regional and national policy experts about the issues that matter most to them and their constituents. As the foundation of policy discussions, officers of the Conference's six standing committees select the most critical and relevant state government policy issues facing the Southern region as committee session topics.

Of equal benefit, numerous informal discussions allow state government officials to share their knowledge and experiences with colleagues facing similar challenges and opportunities. This hallmark of the SLC Annual Meeting gives policymakers an opportunity to meet and collaborate on a broad spectrum of state government issues.

Louisiana 2019

Each year, the SLC annual meeting reminds participants of the tradition of hospitality that is the trademark of the South and shines a spotlight on the host state’s year-long planning to accommodate members from across the region with special activities and events unique to both the host city and state.

How to Participate

  • Register for the meeting;
  • Reserve a hotel room;
  • Sign up for guest and youth activities on the Host State website;
  • Stay current on Annual Meeting updates via e-mail and the meeting app; and
  • Come to New Orleans prepared to share, learn and enjoy!

Important Dates

May 24

Last day for discounted registration rates

Last day to secure hotel reservations

June 21

Last day for online Annual Meeting registration

Last day to cancel registration without incurring charges

Last day to submit a proposed policy position

July 13

Meeting convenes

On-site registration opens

July 17


Speaker Taylor Barras, Louisiana

A message from

Speaker Taylor Barras, Louisiana

Southern Legislative Conference Chair, 2018-2019

Dear Friends and Colleagues, 

On behalf of the Louisiana Legislature, I am honored to serve as the 2018 – 2019 Chair of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) and to host our 73rd SLC Annual Meeting in New Orleans, July 13 – 17, 2019. We look forward to sharing with you Louisiana’s rich history, warm hospitality and vibrant city.

Our Southern Legislative Conference reflects a region of unparalleled opportunity, abundant resources, diverse populations and natural beauty. Collectively, through the efforts of our strong legislative institutions, we strive to govern in a manner that reflects fiscal responsibility, but also seeks to advance economic certainty and provide the necessary programs and services for our residents to prosper.  We are students ourselves on this journey of public service, and participation in the Southern Legislative Conference is one of the most effective mechanisms for sharing information and finding solutions to the challenges we encounter in our own states.

The oldest organization of its kind, The Council of State Governments’ regional legislative conferences have been the testing ground for state elected officials’ ideas and programs for more than 80 years. 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 to come together to learn from one another is a testament to the strength and vitality of the SLC, as well as that of the Southern region.

The South continues to demonstrate that, as a region, we are up to the many challenges and opportunities that come our way.  We increasingly are the region at the forefront of innovative public policy in areas such as workforce development, economic development and higher education. 

Our 73rd annual meeting will provide you with a renewed outlook on public service, bring you closer to policy experts and practitioners of innovative programs, and allow members time for candid conversation and dialogue in an environment conducive to learning and exploring.

As your Chair, I urge you to participate in the many programs offered by the SLC and regularly attend the annual meetings.  I am confident you will benefit from your association with members from across the region and across the aisle in a way unique to the South.

I look forward to serving as your Chair and seeing you in New Orleans.


Speaker Taylor F. Barras, Louisiana

Speaker Taylor F. Barras
SLC Chair 2018 – 2019