The Southern Legislative Conference (SLC), a part of The Council of State Governments, was established in 1947 and comprises presiding officers and key legislators from 15 Southern states. The SLC is a non-partisan organization located in Atlanta which fosters and encourages intergovernmental cooperation among its member states. By working together, Southern state policymakers are able to speak in a distinc­tive, unified voice to address issues that af­fect Missouri and the entire region.

The Annual Meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference is the largest regional gathering of state legislators, legislative staff, policy experts, and governmental officials. The Annual Meeting provides policymakers with an opportunity to share their experiences with others facing similar issues across a broad spectrum of public policy areas—Agricultural & Rural Development; Economic Development; Transportation; Cultural Affairs; Education; Human Services; Energy and Environment; and Public Safety.