2010 SLC News and Updates

August 26, 2010

SLC Annual Meeting Presentations now available.
Presentations from the 64th Annual Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina, are now available for viewing. Click here to view the presentations.

September 14, 2010

SLC Chair Lauded for Environmental Efforts
Senate Majority Leader and SLC Chair Mark Norris was recognized by the Tennessee League of Conservation Voters for his leadership on land conservation issues. Read more here.

September 18, 2010

SLC Delegation Heads to China
A delegation of four state legislative leaders began a 9-day visit to China, focusing on renewable energy, transportation solutions and trade. Updates on the trip will be available here.

September 19, 2010

SLC Delegation to China: Day One
In order to set the stage for the meetings arranged during the week, as well as gain some knowledge about the historic and cultural significance of China today, the delegation began Day 1 with extensive briefings from officials with the CPAFFC and the Foundation, with a focus on the history of Beijing, which included a visit to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.

September 21, 2010

SLC Delegation to China: Days Two and Three
On the second and third day of the SLC Delegation to China, participants visited sites around Beijing, including the Tianjin Economic Development Authority, the Ministry of Railways and China's High-Speed Rail system, and a solar facility, and dined with the with former Chinese Ambassador to the United States.

September 23, 2010

SLC Delegation to China: Day Four
On the fourth day of the SLC Delegation to China, participants traveled to Shanghai and experienced that city's MagLev train, the world's fastest commuter train.

September 25, 2010

SLC Leadership Program Convenes in Arkansas
The Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills (CALS), the leadership program of the SLC, was held in Arkansas, September 25-29, 2010. For more information on the program, click here.

September 29, 2010

SLC Leadership Program Concludes
The 2010 Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills concluded in Arkansas following four days of intensive activities and leadership training. For more on the CALS program, click here.

October 7, 2010

SLC Senior Fiscal Analyst Speaks at FDIC Meeting
SLC Senior Fiscal Analyst Sujit CanagaRetna provided insights into state fiscal issues, presenting at the 2010 Economist and Analyst Meeting of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Division of Insurance and Research, in Dallas, Texas. Click here to view the presentation and here for the remarks.

October 14, 2010

Border Legislative Conference Convenes in Sonora
The Border Legislative Conference (BLC), a joint program of the SLC and CSG-WEST, convened its 22nd annual conference in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico. Topics of discussion included planning sustainable development along the U.S.-Mexico border and binational stormwater and wastewater management efforts. Click here for more information about the XXII BLC.

October 25, 2010

States have until November 26 to notify the U.S. Treasury of their intent to use part of the $1.5 billion fund available to help small businesses. An SLC Fiscal Alert with details of this program is available here.

October 26, 2010

SLC and Oklahoma Speaker-Elect Kris Steele
Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) Executive Director Colleen Cousineau and SLC Senior Fiscal Analyst Sujit CanagaRetna visited the Oklahoma State Capitol earlier this week to participate in a series of meetings set up by Oklahoma House Speaker-Elect Kris Steele related to criminal justice reform in the state. Click here for more information.

October 28, 2010

Senator Mark Norris Joins IFTI Board
Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute (IFTI) recently appointed Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris to its executive board. Senator Norris serves as SLC Chair and most-recent past Chair of the SLC Economic Development, Transportation and Cultural Affairs Committee. Also a topic in the recent SLC Special Series Report, The Expansion of the Panama Canal and SLC State Ports, Senator Norris emphasized the importance of intermodal transportation in the Southern region. For more information, click here.

November 1, 2010

SLC States Secure Federal Grants for Rail Projects
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently awarded the second round of federal grants to promote high-speed and intercity passenger rail in 23 states, including seven SLC states (Florida, Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia). Click here to read more about high-speed rail grants received in the South.

November 9, 2010

Representative Brandon Jones Returns from Marshall Memorial Fellowship
A 2009 CALS Participant, Representative Brandon Jones, Mississippi, was nominated by the Southern Legislative Conference of The Council of State Governments to participate in the Marshall Memorial Fellowship (MMF), a program of the German Marshall Fund of the United States that offers emerging American leaders an opportunity for in-depth exploration of European politics, institutions and societies by sending them on a 23-day journey across several countries to meet and speak with their counterparts. See the following links for more information: Representative Jones | MMF

November 12, 2010

SLC Legislators Participate in Americas 2020 Summit
Regional legislators from Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas joined colleagues from the western region and Mexico to consider issues related to emerging international transportation corridors and challenges involved in creating safe, secure, smart borders. Click here for more information on the Americas 2020 Summit.

December 14, 2010

Innovations recognized from Virginia and West Virginia
The Council of State Governments presented awards to the Virginia Interoperability Picture for Emergency Response (VIPER) from Virginia and the West Virginia Games for Health projects to recognize their innovation and contribution to excellent government practice at a ceremony at the CSG Annual Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island. For more on the CSG Innovations program, click here.