2021 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 an unparalleled framework for engaging 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.

Tennessee 2021

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 (your registration confirmation email will include a link for booking your hotel room at a discounted rate);
  • Sign up for guest and youth activities with the host state (your registration confirmation email also will include a personalized link to sign up for these events);
  • Stay current on Annual Meeting updates via e-mail and the meeting app; and
  • Come to Tennessee prepared to share, learn and enjoy!

Important Dates


May 23
  • Last day for discounted registration rates
  • Last day to secure hotel reservations
June 18
  • Last day to submit a proposed policy position
June 20
  • Last day for online Annual Meeting registration
  • Last day to cancel registration without incurring administrative charges
July 10
  • Meeting convenes
  • On-site registration opens
July 14
  • Departures
Speaker Cameron Sexton

A message from

Speaker Cameron Sexton, Tennessee

Southern Legislative Conference Chair, 2020 – 2021

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I am honored to serve as Chair of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) of The Council of State Governments during the 2020 – 2021 Conference year and to host, along with Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally, the SLC's 75th Anniversary Annual Meeting in the dynamic city of Nashville. Tennessee has the distinction of hosting our founding meeting in 1947, as well as our 50th anniversary in 1996.

The many facets of disruption that the pandemic has brought to each and every one of us is a reminder that working collectively is the best approach to finding solutions to the challenges facing us. While our region, alongside the nation, strives to chart a path forward through these unprecedented times, I can assure you that the mission of the SLC to keep our state elected and appointed officials current on issues of critical importance to the South has not lapsed.

The programs and services available to you through the SLC represent excellent resources that can help states maximize their efforts to serve their citizens. While the "new normal" may not yet be known to us, the support provided by the SLC can help members navigate a number of unique policy areas that have emerged and will need to be addressed with more collaborative and innovative approaches.

Thank you for the steadfast support you have given the SLC as we approach 75 years of service and dedication to promote and strengthen intergov­ernmental cooperation among our 15 member states. I look forward to working with each of you through the Southern Legislative Conference as we overcome these new challenges, confident the long history of success and resilience of our mutual organization and the Southern region will ensure a prosperous future.

See you in Nashville!

Speaker Cameron Sexton
Tennessee
SLC Chair, 2020 – 2021