A message from
Speaker Taylor Barras, Louisiana
Southern Legislative Conference Chair, 2018-2019
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
On behalf of the Louisiana Legislature, I am honored to serve as the 2018 – 2019 Chair of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) and to host our 73rd SLC Annual Meeting in New Orleans, July 13 – 17, 2019. We look forward to sharing with you Louisiana’s rich history, warm hospitality and vibrant city.
Our Southern Legislative Conference reflects a region of unparalleled opportunity, abundant resources, diverse populations and natural beauty. Collectively, through the efforts of our strong legislative institutions, we strive to govern in a manner that reflects fiscal responsibility, but also seeks to advance economic certainty and provide the necessary programs and services for our residents to prosper. We are students ourselves on this journey of public service, and participation in the Southern Legislative Conference is one of the most effective mechanisms for sharing information and finding solutions to the challenges we encounter in our own states.
The oldest organization of its kind, The Council of State Governments’ regional legislative conferences have been the testing ground for state elected officials’ ideas and programs since 1933. The Southern Legislative Conference’s unique convening power has enabled us to bring together diverse voices from within our region and across the nation, helping to clarify differences and find common ground to shared problems and issues. Our continued ability to come together to learn from one another is a testament to the strength and vitality of the SLC, as well as that of the Southern region.
The South continues to demonstrate that, as a region, we are up to the many challenges and opportunities that come our way. We increasingly are the region at the forefront of innovative public policy in areas such as workforce development, economic development and higher education.
Our 73rd annual meeting will provide you with a renewed outlook on public service, bring you closer to policy experts and practitioners of innovative programs, and allow members time for candid conversation and dialogue in an environment conducive to learning and exploring.
As your Chair, I urge you to participate in the many programs offered by the SLC and regularly attend the annual meetings. I am confident you will benefit from your association with members from across the region and across the aisle in a way unique to the South.
I look forward to serving as your Chair and seeing you in New Orleans.
Speaker Taylor F. Barras
SLC Chair 2018 – 2019