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71st Annual Meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference

Biloxi, Mississippi
July 29 - August 2, 2017

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The 71st Annual Meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference will be held in "The Magnolia State," Biloxi, Mississippi, July 29 - August 2, 2017.

The Host State Committee, whose responsibilities include transportation, youth and guest programming, and all conference-wide social events, will offer participants an opportunity to explore the sights, sounds, and flavors of The Magnolia State. Convened as the focal point and culmination of the SLC’s yearly activities, the Annual Meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference continues to be the largest single convention held within The Council of State Governments and the largest regional gathering of its kind.

The Annual Meeting reminds participants of the tradition of hospitality that is the trademark of the South. By combining substantive programming on pressing state policy issues with opportunities to share experiences with colleagues, the SLC Annual Meeting has emerged as the premier regional public policy gathering for state legislators, legislative staff, and government officials serving the South.

Each year the SLC Annual Meeting provides policymakers a forum for engaging regional and national policy experts on the issues that matter most to them and their constituents. Of equal benefit, numerous informal discussions allow state government officials to share their experiences with others facing similar challenges and opportunities, a hallmark of the SLC Annual Meeting. Regional and national policy experts address an array of topics germane to the Conference’s six standing committees, which serve as the foundation for policy discussions.

In addition to the substantive programs, the Annual Meeting 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


Important Dates

June 9 Last day for discounted registration rates
Last day to secure hotel reservations
July 7 Last day for online Annual Meeting registration
Last day to cancel registration without incurring charges
Last day to submit a proposed policy position
July 29 Meeting convenes
On-site registration opens
August 2Departures

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