SLC Delegations and Technical Tours

In order to better facilitate information shar­ing between and among its member states, the U.S. federal government and foreign nations, the SLC arranges delegations comprising legislative leaders and committee chairs to domestic and international points of innovation to observe a particular program or service first-hand, communicate member states’ positions on federal legislation and regulations, and enhance economic relations with countries of importance to the Southern region.

The SLC also develops opportunities for legislators to gain more in-depth knowledge on critical issues and challenges facing them as policymakers. Occasionally in partnership with other countries, technical tours and fly-ins of small groups of legislators enable delegates to participate in issue-specific dialogues with other members from across the region, hear from policy experts and engage in open discussions.

2019 Transportation Chairs Consortium
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November 12-13, 2019 | Atlanta, Georgia

2019 Transportation Chairs Consortium

Officers of transportation and infrastructure committees from across the South convened in Atlanta for the 2019 Transportation Chairs Consortium to discuss important transportation and infrastructure issues facing the region. Representatives from 10 SLC states – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia – participated in the two-day event. 

The Consortium was organized by the SLC to provide participants an opportunity to discuss state-specific and regional policy issues, including the status of infrastructure in the South; successful transportation funding initiatives; technological impacts on transportation and infrastructure; U.S. ports’ and waterways’ contribution to regional economic growth; and effectively utilizing public-private partnerships for transportation expansion and modernization. Presentations were given by the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Georgia Ports Authority, Georgia Department of Transportation, and AT&T.

Participants also discussed transportation policy with each other during scheduled roundtable discussions, allowing them to identify common transportation and infrastructure problems, share best practices and impediments, and review recently enacted legislation. In the process, it provided participants with a better understanding of other states’ efforts and successes, along with existing challenges.

The Consortium, provided solely by the SLC, was hosted by Senator Steve Gooch, Georgia, and Representative Nathaniel Ledbetter, Alabama, vice chair of SLC’s Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee. Other participants included:

  • Representative Lynn Greer, Alabama
  • Representative Mike Holcomb, Arkansas
  • Representative Geraldine F. Thompson, Florida
  • Senator Brandon Beach, Georgia
  • Abby Day, Policy Analyst, Georgia
  • Senator Ernie Harris, Kentucky
  • Senator Jimmy Higdon, Kentucky
  • Representative Ken Upchurch, Kentucky
  • Senator Doug Libla, Missouri
  • Representative Becky Ruth, Missouri
  • Senator Micheal Bergstrom, Oklahoma
  • Representative Ronny Johns, Oklahoma
  • Rick Fulmer, Staff Attorney, South Carolina
  • Senator Larry Grooms, South Carolina
  • Representative Tommy Stringer, South Carolina
  • Representative Dan Howell, Tennessee
  • Senator Becky Massey, Tennessee
  • Delegate Jim Butler, West Virginia
  • Senator Charles Clements, West Virginia

SLC Fiscal Officers' Delegation to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
November 7-8, 2019 | Dallas, Texas

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Fiscal Affairs & Government Operations Committee Delegation

A delegation of fiscal officers from the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) traveled to Dallas, Texas, to visit the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and receive briefings on the state of the economy.  One of 12 regional Reserve Banks in the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas serves the Eleventh Federal Reserve District, encompassing Texas, northern Louisiana and southern New Mexico.  The Eleventh District is one of six that consists of all or parts of SLC member states. 

Under the leadership of President Robert Kaplan, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas has established itself as an expert on the implications of technology-enabled disruption for businesses, the workforce and education.  

The experts at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas engaged participants on a variety of important economic and fiscal topics and trends.  Participants began the delegation with briefings on the background and role of the Federal Reserve system, as well as information on its partnerships with both public and private sector community leaders. 

Participants also discussed the national economic outlook and future recession risk, as well as the effects of technological innovation in disrupting the workforce and challenging existing education policy.  Bank economists also briefed delegates on the influences of immigration policy and changing demographics on economic growth, as well as the United States-Mexico economic relationship, the anticipated impact of the new USMCA trade agreement, and energy market trends.

Delegation participants included Senator Steve Livingston, Alabama; Representative Clay Pirkle, Georgia; Representative Steve Rudy, Kentucky; Representative Patsy Hazlewood, Tennessee; and Senator Craig Blair, West Virginia.


SLC Delegation on Medical Marijuana Regulation
October 29-30, 2019 | Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Medical Marijuana Regulation

Delegation

A delegation of legislators from the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) traveled to Oklahoma City to study the state’s medical marijuana industry. Using Oklahoma as a case study, participants had an opportunity to learn about the challenges and opportunities that arise from the legalization, regulation and implementation of medical marijuana programs.

Participants received briefings about the 2018 ballot initiative and subsequent legislation that enabled the state’s medical marijuana program, as well as the regulations and licensure requirements that have been implemented to monitor the growth, distribution and usage of medical marijuana. Participants also learned about the impacts of medical marijuana legalization on the state’s agriculture sector and various challenges it poses for law enforcement agencies. Officials from the Legislature, Department of Health, Farm Bureau and Bureau of Narcotics briefed delegates on these issues.

Participants also had the opportunity to tour one of the state’s medical marijuana growing operations and processing facilities, followed by a visit to a medical marijuana dispensary, both in Guthrie. The sheriff of Logan County attended a luncheon with participants to share his perspective on Oklahoma’s medical marijuana program, how it can be improved in the future, and what other legislators can learn from the state’s experiences.

The delegation was hosted by Senator Casey Murdock, Oklahoma, acting chair of SLC’s Agriculture & Rural Development Committee. Delegation participants included Representative Danny Crawford, Alabama; Representative Micah Gravley, Georgia; Representative Richard Health, Kentucky; Senator Chuck Hall, Oklahoma; Representative Ron Travis, Tennessee; Senator Katrina Shealy, South Carolina, chair of SLC’s Human Services & Public Safety Committee; and Senator Danny Verdin, South Carolina, past chair of SLC’s Agriculture & Rural Development Committee.


Past Programs


September 12-13, 2019 | Augusta, Georgia

Fiscal Affairs & Government Operations Committee Delegation

Georgia Cyber Center

December 11-14, 2018

Agriculture & Rural Development Committee Delegation

Presiding Officer Delegation to Cuba

October 29-30, 2018 | Jackson, Mississippi

Delegation

Oklahoma to Mississippi: PEER Committee

October 3-5, 2018 | Querétaro, Mexico

Education Committee Delegation

Higher Education Delegation to Querétaro, Mexico

September 26-29, 2018 | Panama Canal, Panama

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Technical Tour

U.S.-Panama Political and Commercial Relations

June 5-6, 2018 | Washington, D.C.

Energy & Environment Committee Delegation

Federal Energy and Environment Policies

November 7-10, 2017

Agriculture & Rural Development Committee Delegation

Agricultural Trade with Cuba

October 25-27, 2017 | Miami, Florida

Human Services & Public Safety Committee Technical Tour

Criminal Mental Health Project

October 3-6, 2017

Agriculture & Rural Development Committee Delegation

Agricultural Trade with Cuba

August 17-18, 2017

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Technical Tour

U.S.-Canada Border Operations

November 14-15, 2016

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Technical Tour

Port of New Orleans and Port of South Louisiana

November 14-15, 2016 | San Antonio, Texas

Human Services & Public Safety Committee Technical Tour

The Center for Health Care Services

October 24-25, 2016

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Technical Tour

Port of Charleston, South Carolina

May 18-20, 2016 | Washington, D.C.

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Delegation

CSG Transportation Policy Academy

November 17-18, 2015 | San Antonio, Texas

Human Services & Public Safety Committee Technical Tour

The Center for Health Care Services

November 4-5, 2015 | Washington, D.C.

Education Committee Delegation

Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization

October 28-29, 2015

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Technical Tour

Port of New York and New Jersey

September 23-25, 2015

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Technical Tour

Panama Canal Expansion Project

August 11-13, 2015

Energy & Environment Committee Technical Tour

Shale Oil Development in North Dakota

May 11-13, 2015 | Washington, D.C.

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Delegation

CSG Transportation Policy Academy

December 8-10, 2014

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Delegation

Multimodal Transportation Strategies

November 17-18, 2014 | San Antonio, Texas

Human Services & Public Safety Committee Technical Tour

The Center for Health Care Services

September 24-26, 2014

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Technical Tour

Panama Canal Expansion Project

June 10-12, 2014 | Alberta, Canada

Energy & Environment Committee Delegation

Alberta Oil Sands

September 11-13, 2013

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Technical Tour

Panama Canal Expansion Project

June 23-24, 2013 | Atlanta, Georgia

Human Services & Public Safety Committee Workshop

Medicaid Program Integrity

June 11-13, 2013 | Alberta, Canada

Energy & Environment Committee Delegation

Alberta Oil Sands

February 28 - March 1, 2013

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Delegation

Trade Relations with Canada

November 11-17, 2012

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Delegation

Economic Cooperation with Germany

September 12-14, 2012

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Technical Tour

Panama Canal Expansion Project

June 26-28, 2012 | Washington, D.C.

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Delegation

CSG Transportation Policy Academy

May 29-31, 2012 | Alberta, Canada

Energy & Environment Committee Delegation

Alberta Oil Sands

November 14-15, 2011 | Washington, D.C.

Human Services & Public Safety Committee Delegation

State Healthcare Exchanges

October 4-6, 2011 | Washington, D.C.

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Delegation

CSG Transportation Policy Academy

October 3, 2011 | Atlanta, Georgia

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Workshop

Creative Economy Workshop

September 17-24, 2011

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Delegation

U.S.-China Relations

November 11-12, 2010 | Dallas, Texas

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Delegation

Americas 2020 Summit

October 29, 2010 | Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Energy & Environment Committee Technical Tour

Mississippi Coast Technical Tour

September 18-25, 2010

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Delegation

U.S.-China Relations

September 13, 2010 | Waynesboro, Georgia

Energy & Environment Committee Delegation

Vogtle Electric Generating Plant

December 2, 2009 | Powder Springs, Georgia

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Technical Tour

American Maglev Technology

November 5, 2009 | San Antonio, Texas

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Workshop

Americas 2020 Summit

September 27 - October 4, 2009

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Delegation

U.S.-China Relations

June 23-24, 2009 | Washington, D.C.

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Delegation

Federal Transportation Legislation

June 9, 2009 | Powder Springs, Georgia

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Technical Tour

American Maglev Technology

October 11, 2009 | Charlotte, North Carolina

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Technical Tour

Lynx Light Rail System