March 25, 2013
The Southern Legislative Conference is accepting submissions for its newly formed State Transformation in Action Recognition (STAR), a regional adaptation of the former CSG Innovations Awards. The STAR program identifies and promotes innovative ideas and programs from the Southern region’s best problem solvers: the states themselves. The SLC welcomes applications from a wide array of state agencies, departments, and institutions operating within the executive, legislative, and judicial governmental branches. Click here for more information.
March 21, 2013
The CSG Toll Fellowship Program is one of the nation’s premier leadership development programs for state government officials. Each year, Toll Fellows brings top state government officials from all three branches to Lexington, Kentucky, for an intensive six-day, five-night “intellectual boot camp.” The program’s agenda includes a lineup of dynamic speakers and sessions designed to stimulate personal assessment and growth, while providing priceless networking and relationship-building opportunities. Visit the CSG Toll Fellowship Program website for further information.
March 20, 2013
Florida Representative Clay Ford, an active member of the SLC Energy & Environment Committee, passed away Monday, March 18, following a long battle with cancer. Representative Ford, an attorney, began public service in the Arkansas House of Representatives in 1975, and was a delegate to the Arkansas Constitutional Convention in 1978. After relocating to Florida, he served on the Gulf Breeze City Council from 1990 to 2007, and as Mayor Pro Tempore from 2000 to 2007. Representative Ford was elected to the Florida Legislature in 2007 and served as Chair of the Energy and Utilities Subcommittee of the Regulatory Affairs Committee. He is survived by his wife, Carol Ann, three children — Clay, David and Doug — and nine grandchildren.
March 4, 2013
The Southern Legislative Conference hosted a complimentary webinar on Friday, March 15, addressing some of the specific strategies states are adopting or pursuing to improve the integrity of their Medicaid program at every level. The scope of Medicaid has broadened dramatically in recent years, a trend attributed to the expansion of eligibility guidelines, growth of the eligible population, increased utilization and a marked increase in the services covered. The webinar featured presentations on reform efforts in Kentucky and Georgia and from the Pew Center on the States Health Care Spending Project. Visit the SLC webinars page for further information.
March 1, 2013
A delegation of SLC members from Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and Mississippi recently participated in a Border Study Tour of Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The tour, organized and sponsored by the government of Canada and the Southern Legislative Conference, was designed to educate state legislators about the U.S.-Canada economic partnership and the significant economic benefits that proposed border initiatives will have for the SLC states. Not only is the United States – Canada trade relationship the largest and most integrated trading relationship in the world, Canada is the top export destination for 11 of the 15 SLC member states. Click here for further information.