July 22, 2014
Southern state lawmakers convene on July 26, 2014, in Little Rock, Arkansas, for the 68th Annual Meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference. The agenda, guided by Senator Keith M. Ingram of Arkansas, chair, Speaker David Ralston of Georgia, chair elect, and Senate President Robert Stivers of Kentucky, vice chair, will focus on numerous issues of critical importance to both the South and the nation. The Southern Legislative Conference Annual Meeting offers Southern legislators an opportunity to meet head-on the challenges facing the region by sharing information, experiences and understanding across state lines. It also provides an excellent occasion to learn about new developments and activities and see what lies ahead for state governments. Nearly 1,000 delegates, legislative staff, and guests are expected to attend.
July 18, 2014
The SLC has released two more Comparative Data Reports (CDRs) on Southern States: Education, prepared by the West Virginia Legislative Staff, and Transportation, prepared by the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission. Prepared under the auspices of the SLC Fiscal Affairs & Government Operations Committee, annual Comparative Data Reports track a multitude of revenue sources and appropriations levels in Southern states and serve as a useful tool to legislators and legislative staff alike as they determine their own state spending. A full list of SLC CDRs, dating back to 2000, is available here.
July 8, 2014
The Southern Legislative Conference will host a complimentary webinar at 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT, Thursday, July 17, 2014, addressing recent innovations in water treatment and conservation. Only 3 percent of the world’s water is fresh, with 2 percent locked up in glaciers and polar ice caps. The remaining 1 percent that is available for human and animal uses has seemed, in the past, to be an inexhaustible, yet vital, resource. Abundant water for drinking, sanitation, industry, irrigation, transportation and recreation has been a hallmark of much of the South. Development pressures, changes in precipitation patterns and transitioning priorities and consumption levels, however, have caused a shift in this situation. To offset or prevent water scarcity, many states in The Council of State Governments’ Southern Legislative Conference have adopted creative solutions to water treatment and reuse, but states must ensure water quality standards and public health concerns are met. This webinar will provide a broad overview of the status and causes of water scarcity in SLC states and address ways in which state legislators can promote innovation in water treatment while conserving valuable natural resources. Click here to register.