June 28, 2012
Last-minute Congressional action seems poised to stop interest rates on subsidized federal Stafford loans from doubling, but the furor over the deadline has obscured some of the underlying issues that plague higher education access and affordability. A recent Ednotes on the Issues from the Southern Legislative Conference recaps the Stafford Loan crisis and puts it in perspective against the overall higher education financing discussion. You can read the post here.
June 28, 2012
A delegation comprised of Southern legislature’s transportation committee chairs attended The Council of State Governments Transportation Policy Academy and Washington, D.C., Fly-In between June 26 and 28, 2012. The event allowed the legislators to receive high-level briefings on the most pressing transportation issues of the day, as well as meet with members of Congress and U.S. Department of Transportation officials to express the Southern perspective on how these issues impact the states. Further information is available here.
June 20, 2012
Homer Hickam, author of Rocket Boys and an accomplished rocket scientist, will speak at the Opening Plenary of the 66th Annual Meeting of the SLC on July 30. Hickam's inspiring story serves as a welcome message of hope and success through adversity. Meeting registration and more information is available here.
June 14, 2012
The 66th Annual Meeting offers attendees an opportunity for two hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit for participating in a complimentary workshop featuring presentations on federal and state relations in the United States, including discussion on the effects of recent and upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Participants MUST pre-register for the class here.
June 1, 2012
In a visit designed to facilitate dialogue and prompt greater understanding of energy relations between states belonging to the Southern Office of The Council of State Governments (CSG), the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC), and Canada, a delegation of state officials, led by current SLC Energy and Environment Chair Representative Chuck Martin, Georgia, recently traveled to Edmonton and Fort McMurray, Alberta. The delegation included Representative Kurt Wallace, Alabama; Representative Clay Ford, Florida; Representative Angela Cockerham, Mississippi; Senator Bill Ketron, Tennessee; and Representative Stefani Carter, Texas. Click here for further details and here for photos from the visit.