October 22, 2014
The World Health Organization reports that the current outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD), which is believed to have begun in March 2014 in West Africa, is the largest and most complex outbreak of the virus since its discovery in 1976. It was not until August 2014, when two American missionaries were flown to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after contracting the disease in Africa, that most Americans became aware of the outbreak. Nearly two months later, the first diagnosis of Ebola was reported in the United States.
This SLC Issue Alert provides a brief account of some of the efforts SLC states have taken in reaction to the Ebola virus disease, as of October 20, 2014. As governors across the nation continue to meet with health officials in their states, the policies and efforts to combat this disease, for which there is no proven treatment, undoubtedly will continue to evolve.
October 20, 2014
The Southern Legislative Conference will host a complimentary webinar addressing waste storage and water contamination at 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EDT, Thursday, October 30, 2014. In SLC member states, the coal and chemical industries are essential to state economies. Given the importance of these industries to the region for both economic development and employment opportunities, legislators often are faced with balancing business interests with the need for environmental protection and conservation. Hazardous spills in two SLC states—West Virginia and North Carolina—have focused attention on this careful balance. This webinar will examine the spills in those three states and subsequent legislative action to offer lessons learned for other states.
October 14, 2014
General Assembly leadership, mayors and business leaders of Kentucky gathered today to officially announce Lexington as the host of the 70th Annual Meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference, convening July 16-20, 2016. The SLC Annual Meeting offers Southern legislators an opportunity to meet head-on the challenges facing the region by sharing information, experience and understanding across state lines. As current chair elect of the SLC, Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers will guide the SLC the deliberations of the 70th Annual Meeting and the Conference. House Speaker Greg Stumbo also announced his commitment to serving as co-chair of the Annual Meeting Planning Committee.