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. CSG is a region-based forum that 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, the Southern Office of The Council of State Governments fosters intergovernmental cooperation among its 15 member states, predominantly through the programs and services provided by its Southern Legislative Conference. Legislative leadership, members and staff utilize the SLC to identify and analyze solutions for the most prevalent and unique state government policy issues facing Southern states. Meanwhile, SLC member outreach in state capitols and coordination of domestic and international delegations, leadership development and staff exchange programs, meetings, and 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 the largest of four regional conferences of CSG. The Annual Meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference is the premier public policy forum for Southern state legislatures and the largest regional gathering of legislative members and staff. The 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 ask questions of policy experts and share their knowledge with colleagues.