Photos from Day Three of SLCinSTL2018

Committee Sessions

 

 

 

Opening Plenary Session

 

 

 

2019 Host State Reception – Louisiana

 

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Photos from Day Two of SLCinSTL2018

SLC Committee Sessions

Campaign Against Hunger

Women in Leadership Forum

Family Night at the Zoo

Lawmakers Help Feed the Hungry

Current SLC Chair and Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard joined Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe, House Speaker Todd Richardson, House Majority Floor Leader Rob Vescovo, and lawmakers and staff from the member states of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) to package more than 50,000 meals for the St. Louis Area Foodbank. The meal packaging effort was part of SLC’s annual Campaign Against Hunger event that was started in 2011.

SLC sponsors food-packaging events at each of its annual meetings in an effort to provide food to the hungry, and to bring legislators from its member states together with members of the local communities. The event is organized in conjunction with The Outreach Program, a non-profit 501(c)(3) based in Iowa that organizes similar events around the country, and has helped to package more than 354 million meals to date.

President Pro Tem Richard spearheaded this year’s event that also made donations on behalf of SLC to Outreach, Inc.; St. Louis Area Food Bank, the Emergency Assistance Ministry Pantry; and the Harvey Kornblum Food Pantry.

 

Lawmakers and Policy Experts Discuss Important Issues During SLC’s Annual Meeting

St. Louis, Mo. — Lawmakers and policy experts from across the South gathered to discuss numerous policy issues during Sunday morning’s committee sessions. Three committees met to discuss a variety of issues.

The Agriculture and Rural Development Committee discussed the effects of herbicides on numerous crops. In 2017, newly registered Dicamba formulations were approved for application on cotton and soybean crops resistant to herbicides. Of the 22 million acres of soybeans treated with Dicamba, more than 3.4 million acres suffered damage as a result of Dicamba exposure. During their session, committee members discussed the economic challenges posed by affected crops; explored the changes mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and examined ways to improve application safety.

 

 

The Economic Development, Transportation and Cultural Affairs Committee discussed ways to expand apprenticeship programs in order to promote workforce development. During the session, lawmakers discussed legislative ideas intended to incentivize apprenticeship programs and explored ways to promote economic development and job creation.

The Education Committee discussed the Whole Child Initiative. Developed by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, this approach to education looks at different ways to move away from the traditional focus placed on academic development. The initiative focuses on five essential tenets — keeping a child healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged — to promote long-term student success. During the committee meeting, lawmakers and policy experts discussed the approach and how it can be implemented in their states.

All three committee sessions included a legislative round table were participants from across the region discussed legislative proposals and different ways to move their states forward.

Lawmakers Will Help Feed the Hungry with Annual Campaign Against Hunger Event

Emery-CampaignST. LOUIS – Legislators and staff from Missouri and other Southern states will package more than 50,000 meals for the St. Louis Area Foodbank as part of the Southern Legislative Conference’s (SLC) Campaign Against Hunger event. The event, which is part of SLC’s annual convention being held in St. Louis, will take place Sunday, July 22 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch located at 315 Chestnut St. in St. Louis.

The Campaign Against Hunger event was started in 2011 by Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, who was chair of SLC at the time. Since then, SLC has sponsored food-packaging events at each of its annual meetings in an effort to provide food to the hungry, and to bring legislators from its member states together with members of the local communities. The event is organized in conjunction with The Outreach Program, a non-profit 501(c)(3) based in Iowa that organizes similar events around the country, and has helped to package more than 354 million meals to date.

This year’s event is spearheaded by Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, who serves as the current chair of SLC. In addition to the food packaging efforts, Richard will make three $2,500 donations on behalf of SLC to the St. Louis Area Food Bank, Team Food Pantry and the Harvey Kornblum Food Pantry.

“This community service project is reflective of the SLC annual meeting, where legislators from our 15-state region work side by side, regardless of party or affiliation, to address the pressing issues facing their citizens,” said Senate President Pro Tem Richard. “This donation of 50,000 meals is our way of thanking the people of St. Louis for sharing their wonderful city with us.”

WHO: Legislators and staff from the member states of SLC

WHAT: Campaign Against Hunger food packaging event

WHEN: Sunday, July 22 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch located at 315 Chestnut St.

The SLC will meet for its 72nd Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, July 21 – 25, as part of its mission to foster intergovernmental cooperation among its 15 member states. The meeting is expected to bring together more than 1,300 state legislators, legislative staff and guests from across the region, and generate nearly $2.1 million in direct spending for the St. Louis area* while providing an economic boost for the entire state.

The annual meeting is the premier public policy forum for Southern state legislatures and the largest regional gathering of legislative members and staff. SLC’s member states include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

For more information on this year’s conference in St. Louis, please visit:

https://www.slcatlanta.org/MO2018/program.php.

 

About the Southern Legislative Conference: Established in 1947, the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) is a non-partisan, member-driven organization comprising presiding officers and key legislators from 15 Southern states, and it is the largest of the four regional conferences of The Council of State Governments. The SLC’s mission to foster and encourage intergovernmental cooperation among its member states is achieved, in large measure, through the ongoing work of the Conference’s six standing committees. The Annual Meeting of the SLC, convened as the focal point and apex of its activities, is the premier public policy forum for Southern state legislatures and the largest regional gathering of legislative members and staff.

*As determined by Explore St. Louis

Southern State Lawmakers Convene in St. Louis for 72nd Annual Meeting

Attach50267_20180721_091145 (1)ST. LOUIS – State lawmakers, legislative staff and policy experts from 15 Southern states will convene July 21-25 in St. Louis, Missouri, for the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC). The meeting is expected to bring together more than 1,300 legislators, legislative staff and guests from across the region and generate nearly $2.1 million in direct spending for the St. Louis area* while providing an economic boost for the entire state. The agenda, guided by SLC chair Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R- Joplin, centers on important regional and national policy issues.

“On behalf of the Missouri General Assembly, I am proud to welcome state lawmakers and their guests from around the South to the Show-Me State,” said Senate President Pro Tem Richard. “The SLC annual meeting is about sharing effective policy solutions, regardless of party or ideology, so that we each can serve our constituents better. That’s what good governance is all about.”

Each SLC annual meeting focuses, in part, on the innovative programs of the host state. Various committee sessions will feature high-level officials from the Missouri Departments of Economic Development, Higher Education and Corrections, as well as the Missouri Farm Bureau and the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. In addition, technical tours highlighting Boeing St. Louis; Ameren Missouri’s Maryland Heights Renewable Energy Center and Dorsett Training Center; and the Ag Coast of America, the Mississippi River, will offer participants the chance to see local successes first-hand.

The annual meeting’s agenda also includes two plenary sessions, which will feature Missouri natives John O’Leary, inspirational speaker and Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops. Maxine Clark, founder of Build-A-Bear Workshop, will give the keynote address at a forum focusing on women in leadership. In addition, Pete Herschend, co-founder and co-owner of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation, will deliver remarks to the conference’s executive committee.

Attendees from across the region will have the opportunity to give back to the St. Louis community during their stay. On Sunday, July 22, attendees and volunteers will package more than 50,000 meals for the St. Louis Area Foodbank during the SLC/Ron Richard Campaign Against Hunger.

Louisiana House Speaker Taylor F. Barras, R-New Iberia, chair elect, is expected to be elected as the organization’s chair before the conclusion of the annual meeting.

About the Southern Legislative Conference: Established in 1947, the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) is a non-partisan, member-driven organization comprising presiding officers and key legislators from 15 Southern states, and it is the largest of the four regional conferences of The Council of State Governments. The SLC’s mission to foster and encourage intergovernmental cooperation among its member states is achieved, in large measure, through the ongoing work of the Conference’s six standing committees. The Annual Meeting of the SLC, convened as the focal point and apex of its activities, is the premier public policy forum for Southern state legislatures and the largest regional gathering of legislative members and staff.

*As determined by Explore St. Louis

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