SLC Delegations and Technical Tours

In order to better facilitate information shar­ing between and among its member states, the U.S. federal government and foreign nations, the SLC arranges delegations comprising legislative leaders and committee chairs to domestic and international points of innovation to observe a particular program or service first-hand, communicate member states’ positions on federal legislation and regulations, and enhance economic relations with countries of importance to the Southern region.

The SLC also develops opportunities for legislators to gain more in-depth knowledge on critical issues and challenges facing them as policymakers. Occasionally in partnership with other countries, technical tours and fly-ins of small groups of legislators enable delegates to participate in issue-specific dialogues with other members from across the region, hear from policy experts and engage in open discussions.

SLC Georgia Cyber Center Delegation
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September 12-13, 2019 | Augusta, Georgia

Georgia Cyber Center

Fiscal Affairs & Government Operations Committee Delegation

A delegation of legislators from the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) traveled to Augusta, Georgia, to visit the Georgia Cyber Center (GCC), the single largest investment to date in a cybersecurity facility by a state government. The GCC is a unique public-private partnership involving the state and federal government, military, academia, law enforcement and private sector. The Center is designed to meet the growing demand for trained cyber security professionals in Georgia, the Savannah River region and across the nation.

Participants received briefings from representatives of Augusta University and Augusta Technical College, both of which are located on the GCC’s campus and directly involved in providing cyber security education and training programs to students. Delegation members also received a briefing from the special agent in charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, who discussed the evolution of crime in cyberspace, and from the director of the Cyber Workforce Academy, which is tasked with developing a cyber security workforce at the GCC.

Participants also toured Fort Gordon in Augusta – home to the U.S. Army Cyber Command, National Security Agency Georgia and the Cyber School of Excellence – which played an integral role in the creation of the GCC and continues to be an important source of economic growth for the Augusta metropolitan area.

Delegation participants included Representative Manly Barton, Mississippi, chair of SLC’s Economic Development, Transportation and Cultural Affairs Committee; Representative Giovanni Capriglione, Texas; Representative Fredrick J. Love, Arkansas, vice chair of SLC’s Human Services and Public Safety Committee; Senator Kerry Roberts, Tennessee; Senator Wil Schroder, Kentucky; and Senator Ryan Weld, West Virginia.


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December 11-14, 2018

Presiding Officer Delegation to Cuba

Agriculture & Rural Development Committee Delegation

A delegation of presiding officers from the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) recently travelled to Havana, Cuba, to gain insight into the nation’s growing private sector, agricultural trade opportunities, internationally acclaimed biomedical research, and to participate in high-level briefings with ministry officials.

Despite a history of economic sanctions, the United States has emerged as a major exporter of agricultural goods to Cuba, which imports up to 80 percent of its food. Given Cuba’s geographic and economic position, states in the Southern region of the United States have competitive export advantages in terms of production, quality, logistics and proximity. Of all states exporting to Cuba, Southern states comprise nine of the top 10.

Delegates toured Visa Hermosa ranch, a 67 hectare agroecological farm dedicated to closed-cycle agricultural and livestock production that supplies local privately owned restaurants. Participants learned about the history of the farm, growing techniques, the distribution and sales of their products and how the farm has impacted the lives of the workers.

Mr. Carlos Fernández de Cossio Dominguez, Director General of the United States General Division of Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, briefed delegates on the status of U.S. – Cuban relations, as well as opportunities for partnership and collaboration. Delegates also participated in briefings with senior officials from the Ministries of Agriculture, Foreign Trade and Investment, Public Health, and Transportation to learn about Cuba’s growing economy and industrial development.

Delegation participants included Senator Jimmy Higdon, former Kentucky Senate President Pro Tempore; Senator Ferrell Haile, Tennessee Speaker Pro Tempore; Representative Tommy Pope, South Carolina Speaker Pro Tempore; Senator Greg Treat, Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tempore and Senator Ryan McDougle of Virginia, chair of the Senate Majority Caucus.


SLC Oklahoma to Mississippi Delegation: PEER Committee
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October 29-30, 2018 | Jackson, Mississippi

Oklahoma to Mississippi: PEER Committee

Delegation

In October, a delegation of legislators and legislative staff from Oklahoma traveled to Jackson, Mississippi, to learn about the state’s Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review (PEER), a standing committee of the Mississippi Legislature. Participants received briefings from PEER Committee staff and met with Speaker Pro Tempore Greg Snowden.

Created by statute in 1973, PEER assists the Legislature in performing its oversight function by providing data and investigation of state government operations. The PEER Committee analyzes state agency programs and operations for the Legislature to use to improve government effectiveness, efficiency and accountability. Work products created by PEER include performance evaluations, investigations and expenditure reviews. The PEER Committee comprises seven members from each chamber and employs 23 staff members.

Briefing topics included the creation and history of the PEER Committee, Performance Budget and Strategic Planning Act of 1994, PEER’s partnership with the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative, “Measuring Mississippi” Data Analysis Tool and tips for creating a legislative oversight committee.

Presenters from PEER included James Barber, executive director; Ted Booth, general counsel; and Linda Triplett, director of the Performance Accountability Office.


Past Programs


October 3-5, 2018 | Querétaro, Mexico

Education Committee Delegation

Higher Education Delegation to Querétaro, Mexico

September 26-29, 2018 | Panama Canal, Panama

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Technical Tour

U.S.-Panama Political and Commercial Relations

June 5-6, 2018 | Washington, D.C.

Energy & Environment Committee Delegation

Federal Energy and Environment Policies

November 7-10, 2017

Agriculture & Rural Development Committee Delegation

Agricultural Trade with Cuba

October 25-27, 2017 | Miami, Florida

Human Services & Public Safety Committee Technical Tour

Criminal Mental Health Project

October 3-6, 2017

Agriculture & Rural Development Committee Delegation

Agricultural Trade with Cuba

August 17-18, 2017

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Technical Tour

U.S.-Canada Border Operations

November 14-15, 2016

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Technical Tour

Port of New Orleans and Port of South Louisiana

November 14-15, 2016 | San Antonio, Texas

Human Services & Public Safety Committee Technical Tour

The Center for Health Care Services

October 24-25, 2016

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Technical Tour

Port of Charleston, South Carolina

May 18-20, 2016 | Washington, D.C.

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Delegation

CSG Transportation Policy Academy

November 17-18, 2015 | San Antonio, Texas

Human Services & Public Safety Committee Technical Tour

The Center for Health Care Services

November 4-5, 2015 | Washington, D.C.

Education Committee Delegation

Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization

October 28-29, 2015

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Technical Tour

Port of New York and New Jersey

September 23-25, 2015

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Technical Tour

Panama Canal Expansion Project

August 11-13, 2015

Energy & Environment Committee Technical Tour

Shale Oil Development in North Dakota

May 11-13, 2015 | Washington, D.C.

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Delegation

CSG Transportation Policy Academy

December 8-10, 2014

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Delegation

Multimodal Transportation Strategies

November 17-18, 2014 | San Antonio, Texas

Human Services & Public Safety Committee Technical Tour

The Center for Health Care Services

September 24-26, 2014

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Technical Tour

Panama Canal Expansion Project

June 10-12, 2014 | Alberta, Canada

Energy & Environment Committee Delegation

Alberta Oil Sands

September 11-13, 2013

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Technical Tour

Panama Canal Expansion Project

June 23-24, 2013 | Atlanta, Georgia

Human Services & Public Safety Committee Workshop

Medicaid Program Integrity

June 11-13, 2013 | Alberta, Canada

Energy & Environment Committee Delegation

Alberta Oil Sands

February 28 - March 1, 2013

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Delegation

Trade Relations with Canada

November 11-17, 2012

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Delegation

Economic Cooperation with Germany

September 12-14, 2012

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Technical Tour

Panama Canal Expansion Project

June 26-28, 2012 | Washington, D.C.

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Delegation

CSG Transportation Policy Academy

May 29-31, 2012 | Alberta, Canada

Energy & Environment Committee Delegation

Alberta Oil Sands

November 14-15, 2011 | Washington, D.C.

Human Services & Public Safety Committee Delegation

State Healthcare Exchanges

October 4-6, 2011 | Washington, D.C.

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Delegation

CSG Transportation Policy Academy

October 3, 2011 | Atlanta, Georgia

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Workshop

Creative Economy Workshop

September 17-24, 2011

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Delegation

U.S.-China Relations

November 11-12, 2010 | Dallas, Texas

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Delegation

Americas 2020 Summit

October 29, 2010 | Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Energy & Environment Committee Technical Tour

Mississippi Coast Technical Tour

September 18-25, 2010

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Delegation

U.S.-China Relations

September 13, 2010 | Waynesboro, Georgia

Energy & Environment Committee Delegation

Vogtle Electric Generating Plant

December 2, 2009 | Powder Springs, Georgia

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Technical Tour

American Maglev Technology

November 5, 2009 | San Antonio, Texas

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Workshop

Americas 2020 Summit

September 27 - October 4, 2009

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Delegation

U.S.-China Relations

June 23-24, 2009 | Washington, D.C.

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Delegation

Federal Transportation Legislation

June 9, 2009 | Powder Springs, Georgia

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Technical Tour

American Maglev Technology

October 11, 2009 | Charlotte, North Carolina

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Technical Tour

Lynx Light Rail System