About the Southern Legislative Conference

Founded in 1933, The Council of State Governments (CSG) is our nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. A regionally based organization, CSG fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships.

Opened in 1959 as the final regional office of CSG, the mission of the Southern Office is to promote and strengthen intergovernmental cooperation among its 15 member states, predominantly through the programs and services provided by its Southern Legislative Conference (SLC). Legislative leadership, members and staff depend on the SLC to identify and analyze solutions for the most prevalent and unique state government policy issues facing Southern states. Member outreach in state capitols, leadership development and staff exchange programs, meetings, domestic and international delegation study tours, and policy fly-ins by the Southern Office support state policymakers and legislative staff in their work to build a stronger region.

Established in 1947, the SLC is a member-driven organization and serves as the premier public policy forum for Southern state legislatures. The SLC Annual Meeting and a broad array of similarly well-established and successful SLC programs — focusing on both existing and emerging state government innovations and solutions — provide policymakers diverse opportunities to interact with policy experts and share their knowledge with colleagues.