Recent SLC News and Updates

December 9, 2020

CSG Releases Report on Multi-Year Occupational Licensing Project
Over the last 60 years, the number of jobs requiring an occupational license, or government approval to practice a profession, has grown from about one in 20 to nearly one in four. CSG, in partnership with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices, recently released the final report from the partner organizations' multi-year, Department of Labor-funded project, "Occupational Licensing: Assessing State Policy and Practice." Click here to learn more.

September 23, 2020

SLLC Supreme Court Preview
The State & Local Legal Center will host a webinar on October 27 previewing the next term of the U.S. Supreme Court. While the Court has agreed to hear lots of interesting cases relevant to states and local governments in its new term beginning on October 5, 2020, many are holdovers from last term! The Court has also accepted numerous new cases of interest including another challenge to the Affordable Care Act and a challenge to Philadelphia's refusal to work with Catholic Social Service regarding placing foster children because it won't place them with same-sex couples. Join Deepak Gupta of Gupta Wessler (who is counsel for Philadelphia, and who will also argue a pair of major personal-jurisdiction cases from Montana and Minnesota), Andrew Pinson, Georgia's Solicitor General (who will argue a case about whether plaintiffs can prevent a case from being dismissed as moot by seeking "nominal damages" after a government changes the challenged policy), and Kevin Daley of the Washington Free Beacon, in a discussion of the cases most interesting to states and local governments that the Court has agreed to hear so far. Click here to learn more or register.

September 16, 2020

2020 CSG National Conference Reimagined
In place of the annual CSG National Conference, from Monday, October 26 through Friday, December 18, CSG will host daily virtual programming that is free-of-charge to all state government officials and staff, CSG associates and CSG partners. Visit the national conference website on Monday, October 5, for a full agenda listing, registration links and more information.

August 14, 2020

2020-2021 SLC Leadership Elections

Tennessee Speaker Cameron Sexton and Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat were unanimously elected to serve as the 2020-2021 chair and chair elect of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC), respectively, by the members of SLC's Executive Committee.

As chair, Speaker Sexton will preside over the Conference through the coming year, assisted by Senator Treat. A 2015 alumnus of SLC's Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills, Speaker Sexton also will assist in shaping the program for the 75th SLC Anniversary Annual Meeting, to be held in Nashville in July 2021, and Senator Treat is anticipated to serve as chair of the 76th SLC Annual Meeting, to be held in Oklahoma City in the summer of 2022.

Tennessee's leadership role within the SLC is a long-established one. The state has the distinction of hosting the inaugural meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference in 1947; adopting the SLC's organizational rules at its ninth annual meeting in Gatlinburg in 1955; serving as host to the 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting in 1996 and, most recently, the 65th Annual Meeting in 2011 in Memphis.

Speaker Cameron Sexton

"Being elected to serve as the chair of the Southern Legislative Conference of The Council of State Governments by my peers is a tremendous honor. I can't think of a more important time than now to lead this incredible regional organization that strives to find innovative and sustainable solutions to address the many challenges we are currently facing – whether it is the health and fiscal impacts brought on by the pandemic or charting a course of prosperity and hope beyond Covid-19. The SLC has served as a valuable resource to elected and appointed state officials across Tennessee and throughout our region for many years. It will remain impactful in the years ahead, and I look forward to, once again, hosting this prestigious event in Nashville in 2021 because it will have a positive economic effect on our entire state." – Speaker Cameron Sexton, Tennessee

Oklahoma previously hosted the meeting four times, most recently in 2008. An invitation from Senator Treat and Speaker Charles McCall on behalf of the Oklahoma Legislature to serve as host for the 76th Annual Meeting of the SLC in in Oklahoma City was accepted by the Executive Committee in 2019. Both Senator Treat and Speaker McCall will serve as co-chairs of the Host Committee, which will be established in the coming months to begin preparation for the event. The meeting, which is expected to draw more than 1,000 attendees from its member states, will highlight successful programs and policy initiatives unique to Oklahoma and bring together experts to highlight opportunities and solutions to challenges facing policymakers across the Southern region.

Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat

"Hosting the 76th Annual Meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference provides us the opportunity to showcase Oklahoma City, in particular – a city that has rediscovered its strengths, and redefined itself for the future – as well as many other areas of our state. As a member-driven organization of state elected and appointed officials, we are particularly pleased that the event will coincide with the completion of both the interior and exterior renovations of our beautiful Capitol building. We look forward to showcasing the world-famous brand of Oklahoma hospitality for all of our guests." – Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, Oklahoma

August 7, 2020

CANCELLED: CSG 2020 National Conference

Due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 CSG National Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Dec. 2-5 has been cancelled.

If you have already registered to attend the 2020 CSG National Conference or have made reservations in the CSG room block, your registration will be refunded and your hotel room canceled. Please note that if you made hotel reservations outside of the CSG room block, you will need to contact the hotel directly to cancel your reservation. CSG staff will be in touch over the coming days to confirm your registration cancellation and answer any questions you may have.

Please do not hesitate to contact CSG at with any questions.